Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (CEV) You are better off having a friend than being all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.
Think about this verse in relation to getting healthy and fit.
It’s a lot easier to travel this journey when you have someone there supporting you and walking it with you. Having a friend with you makes the “work” more enjoyable. It also provides accountability. Because if you fall (start to slide off the exercise or healthy eating bandwagon) your friend can help you up and/or give you a swift kick in the yoga pants.
Maybe you don’t have a friend nearby that can encourage and support you, or maybe you’re surrounded by family and friends who could care less about their health, nutrition, and weight. Perhaps you even have people around you that try to sabotage your success.
That is when it is absolutely vital to find someone who will come alongside you and encourage, motivate, and even push you to keep going.
There are multitudes of online support groups that you could join. Search until you find the one that fits your needs.
The point is: You need social support and accountability. You need to know that someone is there to help you and to check in with you to make sure you’re doing what you committed to do.
It has been said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The people you hang around with most will influence who you become.
Are your family and friends propelling you toward your goal of becoming healthy and fit? Or are they discouraging you and holding you back? If it’s the latter, I urge you find someone or several someones who can give you the boost you need (as often as needed) to help you achieve your physical goals.
Find someone who will be a positive force in your life, someone who will lift you higher and help you become the person you want to be!
With an excellent support system in place, you can succeed!
This post is excerpted from my book, A Life That Flourishes. Click on image below to purchase.
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.