It’s always exciting to feel like you’re finally beginning to make progress on your fitness journey. Whereas you might have once upon a time given up on yourself, now that you’ve overcome the first hurdles, you should find it much easier to continue on and reach your fitness goals. However, there might be a problem: other people aren’t quite as excited for you as they may be. Below, we take a look at a few “other person” troubles that can occur to someone getting in shape.
Dealing With Insecurity
You’ll have received a boost in confidence now that your fitness regime is starting to pay dividends. You’ll look better, have more social confidence, and all-around be on your way to being the best version of yourself. However, while you’re steaming ahead, others will be left behind – and they might not like it. In particular, romantic partners can take issue with this new version of you. Remember, their issues stem from them: it is not something that you’ll have done. Though you might want to reassure them that you’re still the same old you!
Though many of us try to be otherwise, it’s hard to deny that people as a whole are a judgemental bunch. If you’ve transformed your body, you might have to deal with people thinking that there’s some other reason other than you’ve simply worked hard to get to your ideal body shape. When someone adds muscle mass, for instance, it’s not uncommon for people to ask “are they on steroids?” Or when someone slims down, they might be accused of having an eating disorder. Both of these statements come from a place of ignorance. You can educate them if you want, or just ignore it.
We tend to fall into our habits, and rarely do we leave them. If you’ve made your health and fitness a priority, then you’ll have left some of the old habits – such as those work snacks or afterwork drinks or Friday night take-out food – behind. But the people you used to share them with are still doing them, and they might try to convince you to stick to the old regime and join them. You’ll have come too far to risk eating and drinking what you like!
The New You
You might have noticed how some people don’t like the idea of vegetarians; they think they see themselves as superior and try to knock them for it. If you’re on a health kick, you might find that people try to make a joke out of it, or otherwise put you down. They just don’t want to be left behind, as you’re moving ahead.
Recognising Your Change
Finally, it’s also important to look inwards. It is possible to get lost in fitness, and if people you care about are telling you’re changing, and not for the better, it will be worthwhile listening to what they have to say, and making a positive change if necessary. Fitness isn’t worth alienating the people close to you!