Some days I just enjoy my life more than others. I like that I have accidentally put myself in a position to unintentionally peer pressure someone into doing something they should be doing, like living a healthy life. I don’t even have to say anything to get the ball rolling – it just happens and i’m pretty sure this is why:
I’m a self proclaimed healthy eater who tries to follow the ole 80/20 Rule; although, there have been times where it was more like 70/30, or worse if i’m on vacation. Eeeek! More specifically, during the work week I eat healthy and on the weekends my eating habits can go
a little awry.
In addition to that, around the office people generally assume that i’m training for something like a run, bike or triathlon, because I always get questions like, “when’s your next race?” or “what are you training for now?”. Not that I blame them – I usually am.
Finally, to top it all off and probably the main reason, the Man of the house is a fitness expert and he works in the same building as I do. So, if you know anything about “insider trading”, I feel like my association with him kind of works in the same way. Since HE’S a fitness expert, naturally, I must be, too.
Because of all this, I can understand why people feel the need to explain themselves when they are getting food or chatting with me about the last time they were in the gym. I have some people who see me and instantly give me unsolicited excuses, like:
“I know this looks bad, but it’s been a bad day/week.” (Coincidentally, that’s an even worse reason to eat “bad” food.)
“I haven’t had [insert “bad” food here] in a very long time.”
“I’m not eating all of this right now.”
“I’m going to workout today.”
And the list goes on…
It almost makes me want to say, “I didn’t ask. I’m not judging you. Eat what you want to eat.” Or, like the Man says,
“If you’re having a true cheat day, own it. Be proud of it. That means that you’re doing what you supposed to be doing at least 80% of the time. If not, you’re fooling no one but yourself.”
But let’s face it, I see these people almost daily and I do care, so sometimes I let it go but, more often than not, I actually respond with some words of encouragement to get them back on track. I might tell you 20 times that I want to see your booty in the gym with me and if I see you at least once, it’s worth it because that one time that I see you in there, i’m going to be your biggest cheerleader ever. Don’t get me started on the benefits of leading a healthier life. 😉
If you don’t have a plan yet, get started today! If you’ve hit a road block, tell me about it and i’ll help you over the hump! I’m [subconsciously] peer pressuring you – AND I LIKE IT!!