6 Reasons you are struggling to lose fat – Reason 5: Your Environment isn’t set up for success 
Please, don’t let the title of this article confuse you. No matter how hard you try, just as there is no perfect time to start your journey, you’ll never create the perfect environment for success. Life will always get in the way if your mind searches for the slightest thing that’s not ‘perfect’. Just like a tiny seed that’s dropped in dirt, covered in darkness and struggles for days before reaching the light, so you too have to make the best out of the situation with which you are presented to achieve success. In today’s article, I aim to shed light on the potential emotional and physical obstacles that may be unnecessarily hindering your progress, enabling you to move them and ease your path to your goals. 
When talking about the environment, I’ m talking not just about your physical environment, but also your psychological environment – the one inside your head – and the role those closest to you may be having in you not reaching your full potential. Let’s start-out with the simple physical environmental factors. I know you’ve heard it before, but it’s worth raising again. Before anything else, you must make your house a no junk food zone. That means cleaning-out all the cereals, bread and, yes, even that secret stash of chocolate you have for that bad day at work. 
 
In its place you need to fill your house with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices and, most importantly, fill that fridge with good quality meat and fish. This is so important because we are creatures of habit. We can all start out with the best intentions but, when that first bad day at work comes you will resort back to your old self and search your house for junk food. We are also lazy creatures due to our modern environment of convenience we have created, so without junk food to hand, you’re very unlikely to go out and buy some. After a little sulk about the lack of chocolate you’ll carry on with your healthy eating, as planned, and wake-up feeling great and guilt-free. 
In its place you need to fill your house with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices and, most importantly, fill that fridge with good quality meat and fish. This is so important because we are creatures of habit. We can all start out with the best intentions but, when that first bad day at work comes you will resort back to your old self and search your house for junk food. We are also lazy creatures due to our modern environment of convenience we have created, so without junk food to hand, you’re very unlikely to go out and buy some. After a little sulk about the lack of chocolate you’ll carry on with your healthy eating, as planned, and wake-up feeling great and guilt-free. 
If single and living alone this will be nice and easy, it’s your house, your rules! Otherwise, it is all a little tricky as you’ll need to get your partner/family/housemate/pet on-board. They’re welcome to eat junk food, just make sure they do it out the house!! But first try getting them on-side, sit them down and explain how much doing this means to you and that you need their unconditional support; who knows, they might even suggest joining you. But remember that you’ve already found your ‘why?’, the chances are that your partner is still on that journey and they’re just doing it because you are. It probably won’t be long before you hear such things as ‘Can’t we just get a chippy tonight’, ‘Are you sure you don’t fancy going out tonight?’ or ‘You are turning so boring’/’You used to be so cool’. Stick to your guns and remember your ‘why?’! I didn’t say it was going to be easy! 
 
Now let’s look at your friends. The reason I’m telling you all of this is not to ruin your relationships with your friends or partner, but to make you aware of what WILL HAPPEN! If you have been foretold the future then you can prepare for it, rather than be undone by it. Anticipating that your partner and friends will, either intentionally or unintentionally, try and derail you will enable you to recognise the signs and laugh it off, rather than plant the seeds of doubt in your mind. This isn’t to say that they don’t care or love you, it’s just a natural reaction in social situations; so don’t go questioning all your relationships, just remind them how much it means to you! 
 
Have you ever seen a bucket of crabs? They could easily climb-out to freedom, but they don’t. Why is this? Because if one crab tries to escape, then one of the others will pull it back down into the bucket. So the clever crab who tried to escape, realising it could do better, is instead stuck there doomed with the rest of the crabs. Now unfortunately humans are like crabs; how many times have you said you’ll stop drinking, but then gone out with your friends and ordered a water, only to have the micky taken out of you all night? This is where most people give up and have a drink. A large part of socializing involves eating and drinking and poor choices are always easier to justify when others around you are making those same poor choices. 
 
Can you see that in this scenario you are the crab trying to escape and they are the other crabs trying to hold you back? In that scenario who do you think feels more uncomfortable? Your friends who are sat there drinking beer, either drunk or well on their way, probably knowing that they need to start cutting down and start eating healthy because their health and body just isn’t what it used to be. Or you sat there already taking action to recapture your health and body, but still enjoying everyone’s company and still having a laugh?? Likelihood is that they’re the ones feeling uncomfortable and trying to pass their awkwardness onto you. 
I call these people ‘Energy Vampires’ or ‘Mood Hoovers’ because through constant negativity, placing a negative spin on everything positive you do, they try to bring you down. Regrettably, these people are probably lifelong friends or family, but by taking action and responsibility for your health it is making them look bad and highlighting to them that maybe they need to change. But they won’t, because we’re inherently lazy creatures, remember. By stepping out of your comfort zone and making strides to become a better person you will have made them realise that they are being left behind as you strive for success, and if they don’t jump on board they will get left behind. They are the ones stuck in a rut, learn from their mistakes, and don’t be the crab who gets pulled back in. 
 
As you start to realise who your true friends are who will actually get behind you and support you on your journey you will realise that you will subconsciously start to surround yourself with people who are on the same levels as you and who will push you forward and lift you up onto greater things, not try and drag you down to help them deal with their insecurities. 
You may think I’m mad, but I promise you I’ve seen this time and time again, clients who start off and get comments like “ hey fatty are you eating again”, “it will never work, you never stick to anything” or how about the classic “you are perfect the way you are” ….. It’s back into the bucket! What you need to realise is that the people you are surrounding yourself with are the exact reason why you are in the situation where you feel the need to change. They won’t be the same people who will help you do something about it. These same people will be coming back to you on 6 months’ time and asking “wow you look great, what did you do” or saying “ I knew you could do it” they won’t be there during your hard times but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be there to ride on the waves of your success! 
 
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