Do you have a support system?

At the beginning of the year, we have all of this renewed motivation and excitement about starting a new fitness program and dialing in our nutrition. We stay committed for a few weeks, we start seeing some progress, but then we hit a plateau, and the weight loss slows down or even stops.

Then what happens? We lose that initial motivation, and with no one holding us accountable, we start making excuses and the next thing we know, we’re back to a sedentary lifestyle.

We need a healthy lifestyle with sustainable habits and a support system around us that will help keep us on track.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Thinking about those closest to you, are those five people having a positive or negative impact on your health and wellness goals?

One thing that I love about CrossFit and more specifically about B3 Gym is the community we’ve built. You’re instantly surrounded by people who accept you for who you are and are there to support you. If you’ve never been in a CrossFit class before, the last one to finish a workout always gets the loudest cheers. We make a point with our community to wait to start putting away our equipment until the last person finishes. We celebrate with each other when we finish a tough workout.

Inside the gym, we have an instant support system. Our coaches and other members provide a ton of support for one another, but thinking outside of the gym, how are your friends and family members impacting your health and fitness goals? When I start working with a new client on their nutrition, one of my first questions is about their support system at home. If you’ve living with someone, and especially if you are sharing the grocery shopping and cooking responsibilities, your partner or family member has to be on board if you want to achieve the results you’re looking for.

I started working with a nutrition client a few months ago and we had this exact conversation. They had mentioned that their partner was totally on board. After our initial consultation, my client shared their goals, all of the resources we went over and most importantly, their WHY with their partner. They worked together to come up with a grocery list, picked out some recipes and committed to cooking meals at home. Not only has my client lost weight, body fat, and inches, but their partner has also seen some incredible results!

If you don’t have the support at home, it IS possible to achieve your goals, but think about this scenario: you planned out your meals for the week, did some meal prep over the weekend and you have everything ready to for when you get home after a long day. You get home and your roommate or partner has ordered pizza and is having a beer and they ask you to join. What do you do? I think most of us would join in! But let’s say this scenario presents itself every single night. Maybe it’s not pizza, but they’re ordering out ALL of the time. It’s so hard to stay committed to a healthy diet when temptations are all around you.

It’s the same with your exercise program. You have a goal of getting to the gym 5 days a week. Your roommate or partner isn’t that into fitness. During the time you’ve blocked off on your calendar for your workout, your friend asks you to do something else instead. You miss your workout and think you’ll just make sure to get to it tomorrow. But then the same thing happens the next day and the next thing you know, you’re out of your routine and you haven’t been to the gym consistently in weeks.

If you have friends, family members, or a partner who is on board with your health and fitness goals, you get a built-in support system and accountability buddy, and that positive influence can go a long way to help you reach your goals.

Take some time to identify the five people that are the closest to you. Who do you spend the most time with? Do these people have a positive mindset, or do they tend to be more negative? Do they hold similar values as you? Will they support you and your goals? You are the average of those five people and if they are not a positive influence on you, they are preventing you from seeing the progress and results you want.

If you want to focus on your health, nutrition, and fitness goals this year, consider finding a gym community for support. Every gym is a little different, but each one has its own community and I encourage you, if you’re not already part of a fitness community, to go out and find one!

Connect with people, build relationships and reach your goals.

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