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July 26, 2015

My Fitness Journey, Lesson Five

Isolating

(Image by Ruche, Pinterest)
Sometimes we forget how much our social gatherings revolve around food and drinks. We catch up with friends and family over cocktails and snacks all the time - that's just the way it is. Can you imagine anything different? I wish we would catch up more over an evening walk or game of tennis. 

When I started this journey, I promised myself that I would not let this diet and lifestyle get in the way of my life. In the beginning, I would go to breweries, bars and restaurants and just sit there with my water while others were consuming delicious drinks and meals in front of me. I didn't find it too strange since I was still engaged in the conversations and enjoyed spending time the company I had, but then everyone would tell me that I am 'no fun' and ask why I bother going out... so I stopped. 

During the weekdays, I continued to feel isolated by gym after work while my friends were doing happy hours and dinners. Although I am still working on finding a balance of having a glass of wine every once in a while or changing my workout schedule to avoid isolating myself and pulling myself away from social gatherings. It is important to make note that by changing your diet and lifestyle you will run into roadblocks like this. Work hard on finding a balance right away that will help you achieve your fitness goals while still connecting with friends and family. Otherwise, you will find your health and fitness journey to be very isolating and will give up quick.