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Apologize for eating healthy? What is wrong with this picture?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by  
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October
11
2011

Yesterday a Facebook friend of mine posted the following:

“190 lbs today. Goal set for 165 lbs (where I was 2 years ago). I Need to lose weight bad. I feel like crap anymore. Sorry to all the people close to me who are going to have to suffer through my healthy eating habits, but I can’t stand to look at myself anymore.”

First off, good for the author for deciding to get his body fat and health back under control! With hard work and dedication he’ll be able to cut those 25 pounds of fat in 3-4 months. But that’s not why I re-posted his status update in this morning’s blog…

The thing that really jumped out at me as I read this gentleman’s update is this: “Sorry to all the people close to me who are going to have to suffer through my healthy eating habits…”

If you become winded placing your food order, there's a problem.

If you become winded placing your food order, there's a problem.

I responded by saying, “Never apologize for wanting to eat healthier foods.” I find it sad that people feel like they need to apologize for eating healthy, but that truly is the state of affairs these days. Peer pressure from friends and family who eat like crap and don’t care for their health can be very difficult to deal with. Over the years I’ve heard from countless people who feel ostracized from their circle of friends because they no longer want to go out drinking 3 or 4 times per week, or because they refuse to sit around all day eating junk food and watching sports on TV… and it’s not enough that they simply come along with their friends; they are pressured by their peers to drink with them and eat the same junk food.

I’ll admit that I’ve been very fortunate in this area. My entire family (and I mean everyone) has not only supported the healthy lifestyle I adopted all the way back in 2003, they’ve been inspired by it and have made many positive changes of their own. For example, I do all the cooking and Lisa loves all the healthy dishes I make. She’s never once complained–and Lisa’s very ectomorphic and could pretty much eat whatever she wants and not gain fat. So having that support from those closest to me is a significant advantage, and I won’t deny that. Unfortunately not everyone has the same amount of support in their circle of friends and family. This can be an especially difficult hurdle for those who still live with their parents.

So here is my advice. Sit down with your family and friends and explain why you’re interested in eating healthier. Let your enthusiasm show through and tell them about the numerous benefits you’ll be enjoying with your healthy lifestyle. Invite them to join you–even make a friendly challenge out of the fat loss aspect. Finally, point out that eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up the things you enjoy. Going out with friends for beer and wings is a blast, and you should not give that up if it’s something you enjoy. All things in moderation, that’s all.

What I’ve found is that over the years my circle of friends has slowly changed. I no longer have any friends who smoke or do drugs, and most of my friends lead very healthy and active lifestyles. We’re far from monks (well, a couple of my friends might qualify…), but health is a high priority for most of us. And why shouldn’t it be? Being healthy and active should probably not consume your life, but it certainly should form the foundation of it. I don’t care how much money you have, how successful you are or how many friends you have; without good health it all means nothing.

The obesity epidemic is growing worse every day, and frankly I refuse to make excuses or feel defensive about taking care of myself. My attitude is this: hop on board, or get the hell out of my way.

John Stone Fitness Comments

One Response to “Apologize for eating healthy? What is wrong with this picture?”
  1. It´s sad but true. Several times I had decided to get a healthy lifestyle, but then I feel I have no real support from my family. Or when my friends invite me to hang out and have a lot of not so healthy food. I mean, is not their fault, it´s my choice, but I say it is not easy to say NO and keep your resolution. I have been trying to start a food program since a month ago, and so far I haven´t been able to follow it. Hope I can find the force to reach my goal. By the way, I´m 5’7 and 195 lbs. Have to reach at least 165. Regards.

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