I've probably blogged about this at some point in time, but it's a good thing to revisit (and let's face it, since I never tagged any of my posts, there's no way I'll find specific "support" posts to reference after nearly seven years of blogging, anyway).
I think it's safe to assume that everyone can agree, having a supportive person (or two) around while you are trying to make a major change is a good and helpful thing. I was lucky in that when I started my diet, my husband was willing to drink the Kool-Aid...er, eat the salad/healthy food right alongside me. He went along with how I changed up our meals, as well as how I stopped buying snacky food - not once did he ever bring home ice cream or anything that might have made dieting more difficult for me than it already was. And I'll never forget the first time I went to visit my best friend after I'd been dieting for a while, and she not only made sure to have some specific items on hand that I was eating regularly (like Greek yogurt), but she planned our eating out to healthier restaurants, instead of our traditional haunts like Carl's Jr. Could I have done it without their support? Probably...but it sure was nice to have.
The same goes with exercising - not only did Jeff support me as I wove my way through different types of movement, from my pink bike, to my Wii Fit system, from working out with my trainers, to running, but he never complained (much, anyway) about the cost (and once he started running, he understood real quick about the importance of good running shoes, no matter the price). Same with my best friend - she planned time for us to exercise, and, as with my last visit, accompanied me on her bike while I got my long runs in.
My running buddies are no different. From running with me at my pace, to understanding my funky anxiety at times...they have been willing to listen to my frustrations and have been offering to help get me through this. The support I'm currently in the throes of receiving from several of my running buddies is immeasurable. I am not a quick fix, that's for sure. But I'm being given the gift of kindness, patience, and helpful advice, and I'm reminded, once again, of how lucky I am to have good people in my life.
But...what about the not-so-supportive people? I might have painted too rosy of a picture, because I do have some meh people floating around me. And they bother me. It's not that I think I'm such a special snowflake that everyone should be supportive of me all the time, but who needs these negative types in their lives? Sometimes, I can't avoid them, much as I'd like. Sometimes, I need to figure out ways to tune them out when I can't escape them. But sometimes? They just need to go. It might be a continuation of my "I'm FIFTY (one) and I can do what I want" mindset, but life is just too short to let unsupportive, negative people affect me.
What about you? Do you have a good support system when it comes to your healthy lifestyle? Do you have Negative Nancys in your stratosphere, and if so, how do you deal with them?