Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Uh Oh- Your Friends and Family Don't Understand...

We have all been there, rest assured. When I started my fitness journey, it was like my friends and family didn't want me to succeed. Or they didn't understand. Or both. Either way, constantly hearing "you're so thin why are you working out" or "too much water will kill you" or "one cookie won't make a difference". Believe me when I say,  I have heard it all. Most of the time, many people just don't understand. And that's ok. But that doesn't make it hurt any less when people bash your new lifestyle.

There's a few things that I have learned that work over the years...

Many of you know that I don't drink alcohol. If someone asks us to go out, we simply order water on the rocks! If someone gives you a hard time- tell them you are allergic to alcohol. Or tell them you aren't interested in driving drunk. Or tell them that you are such a BA sober that you don't need to alcohol to make you have a good time.

Going out with friends? Don't make it a daily occurrence but you don't have to avoid it either. Just order anything that has a mother, comes from the ground, and can be washed. Drink water. Avoid the bread. Get your salad dressing on the side. It's not difficult to construct a healthy meal at a restaurant.

Friends, family, coworkers giving you a hard time? Simply look them in the eyes and tell them that you are doing this for you and they need to love you enough to support you. Only listen to people who have what you want. If your poor friend is telling you how to be a millionaire- why would you listen to them? No different than an unhealthy person giving you advice on how to be healthy or how to live your life.

Include your family and friends on your fitness journey. Take them to the gym with you. Take them to a workout class. Meal prep together. My family has completely converted the way that they eat and make healthier choices now simply because I included them in what I was doing!

And sometimes.. you have to cut ties with people. If your friends want to go out and party all the time- make new friends with a similar lifestyle. Trust me, your mental and physical health will improve!


  1. I applaud people who devote themselves to a cause whether it's fitness, academia, volunteering , anything. It's so rare these days to see true will
    power, tenacity and commitment. So bravo for you!

    I guess the skepticism when it comes to fitness junkies is the stereotype associated with the lifestyle. I know people who compete in fitness competitions who are the most arrogant, one dimensional, shallow people
    I've ever met. It's like, you do know you have more to offer than just your body and your looks to the world, right ?

    For me it's about a well rounded approach and living a lifestyle that feeds both your body and mind as one cannot be healthy without the other.

    I think that's likely why you run into people who are skeptical of your choices simply because of the image associated with the fitness scene.

    I know you aren't that douche bag type - I'm just saying that's the stigma associated with it.

    And I just need to say - I've followed you for a long time and love the fact that you hunt (my husband hunts and we are huge advocates of your efforts) and the messages you send to your fans. Only thing I will say is I wish you cared less what people think. So many of your snap chats and Instagram posts are in response to ignorant, uneducated people. Why even waste your breath? It detracts from the message you're trying to send.

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  3. Thank you for this post Sarah. My family and friends try, even eat my low carb food, but they don't fully understand and keep saying not to lose more weight (I'm not, I'm just transforming) or to be careful to become less feminine... but it's my body we're talking about.

    I'm 43 yrs old and I've never looked or felt better about my body and I'm not bulky, just muscly lean (well not lean enough lol) and strong. I love being strong tbh. A few years ago I quit smoking& I gave up on alcohol and got myself a gym subscription. Then I found out I was severely anemic and had high blood pressure so I also adapted my diet to clean eating & low carb.

    I will stick with it no matter what. The other day my parents celebrated their birthdays and my mum had even bought special snacks and foods for me, so I sense a turnaround:))

    Thanks again Sarah! It's all about following your heart and dreams

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