This blog is tough to write for me because I am very much a "people-pleaser" and don't like hurting people's feelings. But, I have realized this about myself: I feed off of others - whether depressed, over-eating, exercising, positive, negative, etc. Whatever vibes those around me send out.. I pick-up.. and sometimes it is not a good thing.
You have heard the saying, "Birds of a feather flock together"? I believe that to be true in many ways. When you are a food addict... and you hang with other food addicts... the behaviors that come along with that are "ok" if you are SHARING the gallon of ice cream right?? Like alcoholism and drug addiction... if you hang out with addicts.. you stay in addiction.
I am VERY MUCH triggered by my friends or family that are food addicts. I had instances where people were in a different part of their journey than me and their struggle made me want to binge. I have tried helping people just to end up sabotaging my own progress.
The cool thing is... every day is a new chance to start new. To hang out with the "birds" that inspire you, encourage you, workout with you. Take a good look at where you are in your journey... including the company you keep. Is your "flock" of friends and family supporting you or are they sabotaging you? Can you love some people from afar while you work on yourself? Canyou cut some people out completely?
When I made a list of my support system vs. people that I had to cut from my life... I literally only came up with TWO people that completely could not stay in my life. The rest...I keep at arms length if needed and I don't miss a therapy session. Staying on track takes a "flock" of support. Choose your "flock" wisely! :)