Tip: Live Healthy to Set a Good Example
This is a post from my continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
As I alluded to when I was discussed my weekend excursions at a local Chinese buffet, I have a regular list of trainers and dietitians that often contact me whenever I “promote” junk food to the masses.
I get the frustration.
Regardless what you think of my ability to influence or persuade people, I still at least have two or three people read what I put into words every day. The argument of many trainers and dietitians is that when I post about a weekend excursion at a buffet or a trip to Waffle House that I’m encouraging others to do the same. If I post on Facebook that I’m taking a few days off of the gym, others might be encouraged to do the same. If I tweet that I’m about to delve into a big basket of hot wings and fries for lunch at a local pub, some might think that would be a good idea for dinner that night.
I’m certainly not the only one that influences, though. You do, too.
You don’t need to have a blog or be on twitter or go on CNN to influence — you influence others every single day of your life. Eyes and ears are always on us. While I recommended that you lose friends to lose weight to get away from their bad influence on your life, the door swings both ways. You need to watch your calories, moderate your food choices, and move around when you’re around other folks and make sure that YOU are a good influence.
Set an example. Follow, don’t lead, and encourage others to change.
You influence the choices of others everywhere you go. It starts when you wake up and opt for the scrambled eggs instead of the pop tarts in front of your kids, spouse, etc., then your power of influence continues through lunch when you order the club sandwich on wheat instead of the cheeseburger on fries in front of your co-workers. You can again influence your family or whomever you eat with that night at dinner with the food on your plate.
And, you obviously influence those that know you go to the gym, run races, play sports, or whatever it is you may do to keep moving to burn calories..
With all of that being said, I don’t plan on omitting or lying about details of my life. This blog isn’t a manual, it’s a story. We all have bad days. We all have days where we let go a little, like Thanksgiving. I’ll let you hear about those days. But, hopefully, and I think I’ve proven this, the days where I talk about how much I love the gym and how dedicated I am to reaching my goals far outweighs those days when I talk about going to Waffle House at 1 AM.
And, let me tell you, I loved going to the gym today.