I would like to say “thank you” to Scott Dinsmore of Liveyourlegend.net for putting out a challenge to start a blog.  I’ve thought about it for a long time, but kept procrastinating and just never made the time.  Plus, there was a fear of the unknown and Scott’s video showing how easy it was gave me the confidence to try it.  Thanks, Scott.

How often do we give up on something or not even try it because we don’t have a support network.  This happens a lot when we try to exercise and eat healthy.  It’s happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to others.  Just when you decide to eat something healthy, there is someone that makes a comment like, “what are you, a health nut?” Then there’s the people that bring in cookies or doughnuts when they know you are trying to avoid that stuff.  We all know it takes willpower to avoid eating snacks, but it doesn’t help when people around you try to tempt you.  That’s why it’s important to have a support network.  The more people that you surround yourself with that support and encourage your decisions, the easier it is to stick to them.  If you find someone that also wants to eat healthy, you can encourage each other to avoid eating the cookies and doughnuts.  It’s always easier if you aren’t the only one.

You are also more likely to exercise when you have someone to exercise with.  A friend will keep you accountable when you make plans to take a walk or work out together.  It’s too easy to make excuses when you are planning to exercise by yourself.  When you make plans with someone, you don’t want to let them down.  Plus, exercising with a friend also fulfills our need for companionship.  It gives you a chance to talk and work out at the same time.  Have you ever wondered why people are willing to pay money to attend an exercise class when they could just as easily watch an exercise video at home?  It’s more fun to work out with others and they help support and encourage you.  So, go out and develop your support network today.