You are a product of your environment…
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”
W. Clement Stone
Most people have adopted the practice of creating environments that promote greatness in their life. Some examples of this in your personal life would be surrounding yourself with positive people so that you can be more optimistic or in business networking with successful people in the hopes that you too will reach a higher level of prestige. So when it comes to our physical health, why don’t we surround ourselves with the healthy?
Friends and family will challenge you to accomplish greatness but not always great health. Do they not notice? Are they being polite? I suspect neither of these, the real question is should the big bones call the thick, “fat”? I challenge everyone to look at their environment? Is it guiding you towards successful weight loss?
Say it loud…friends don’t let friends get fat. What I have begun to realize is that in my circle of friends, I often find myself alone in wanting to lose and keep off weight. Now, I am not saying I can’t rally the troops for a short term weight loss bout (i.e. lets workout until summer, for the wedding, or to lose 10 lbs). I am talking about getting the ones you love to change their environment. I now realize that these temporary battles are not helping me win my war with being overweight. I believe that most overweight people will need to change their environment in order to maintain a health weight.
Now I do not claim to know it all; this is just my humble opinion. And I am not telling you to cut off your BFF from the third grade or stop having Sunday dinners at your grandma’s house. What I am saying is that we have friends for different reasons and for different seasons of our life. Some friends are for sharing secrets, some are for shopping, while others are there for a good cry. I am suggesting that maybe its time to find some friends that are good for us physically. Some “lets go for a run” or “do you know how many calories is in that!?” friends to help change your environment for the better.
What have you done to make your environment more health friendly?