Rule Series: #4

4. Surround yourself with love and support. Be love and support.

Have you ever been on what some would call a ‘health kick’ and a person near and dear to you derailed your efforts? It could be as simple as convincing you that one meal won’t matter, one night out on the town is just what you need, or going for a run after work is not a priority. This person is not trying to sabotage you, but that is exactly what is happening. Why? If you are convinced to make decisions not in line with your goals once, you will make them twice. [and you know how the rest of the story goes]

college girlfriends running a half marathon together

You may defend your environment from the perspective that you should be strong enough to say no. We can’t do it by ourselves. Our environment is a very important factor in whether or not we succeed. Ensure your environment is what you need.

And lastly, are you love and support for others? Or do you knock trains off their track? To get love and support, be love and support.


Give yourself a chance

Every day. Set yourself up to succeed. Give yourself a fighting chance to have a great, successful day. How you measure success is completely up to you. It comes in many forms for me, and it depends on the day. Most of the time it entails a productive work day including time at the yoga studio and focused on Stride10, a sweat session, and quality time with the hubby. Other days it is running errands and getting things done around the house. And, sometimes success for a whole day is defined by spending two hours with my favorite kiddos.


The thing is, all of those days described above are easily derailed if I have not set myself up for success. This is because a successful day begins the day before and the day before that. They are all building blocks. One bad night of too little sleep does not just impact one day. One poor food choice often does not stop there. One missed workout may lead to a hiatus from the gym, studio, or trail.

I am not pointing any fingers. I have been there my fair share of times. It happens less often these days because I remind myself that whatever I want to accomplish the next day will take a rested and nourished body and a clear mind.

Give yourself a chance every day to accomplish what you need to accomplish.