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Should those supporting my lifestyle changes be healthy themselves?

Sheri D. Pruitt
Psychology
When making lifestyle changes, the more time you spend with a potential supporter (someone who is not necessarily making changes but has agreed to support you) on a daily basis, the more important it is for their health habits to be in line with your goals. If your Auntie Mae lives a thousand miles away but has agreed to talk with you any time you want or need to, she probably doesn't need to change her own eating or exercise habits in order to support you. However, your spouse, children, or co-workers, with whom you spend the majority of your time, will be a lot more helpful if their own lifestyle habits are in line with your goals.

The other advantage in having supporters whose lifestyles are consistent with your goals is that they are likely to be more sincere and enthusiastic in their support. It's more difficult for someone who eats poorly, doesn't exercise, and smokes to say with sincerity that they believe in the changes you are trying to make and understand their importance. This doesn't mean that someone with poor lifestyle habits isn't capable of caring about you and the changes you are trying to make; it simply means they may be less committed to your goals.
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