Who's your Crew?
Posted by connie b on
In NASCAR, the drivers get all the glory. But without the behind-the-scenes work done by the pit crew, the race would not be possible. They prep every inch of the car to ensure that it's in the best possible condition, and that the driver is safe. After the race they repeat the process, repairing any damage done and getting the car ready to perform again. No, this is not a lesson in drag racing! It solidifies the idea that EVERYONE needs a support system. Humans are inherently wired to flourish with social support, regardless of the endeavor. This is especially true when we embark on a fitness regimen. We need people to cheer us on, and also to help us out. We might need help with childcare, or housework, so we can invest some time in ourselves. Maybe a phone call, or gentle nudge to help get us up in the morning. Whatever it is, not many of us can go at it alone, at least not long term. I wouldn't have been able to fully embrace this lifestyle without the support of my husband. He has never, for any reason, asked me to miss a workout. He has ridden the diet roller coaster, mostly without complaint, for five years and counting. He forgives my low-carb moodiness, finds cool, clean restaurants, and keeps an endless supply of chicken breasts on hand. And I would, quite literally, have to drop dead on the sidewalk if I wanted to slack off on a run with him. The rest of my family, though far away, are equally supportive. They come to me with questions and ideas, or for advice on making better choices. On days when it feels like a little too much work, I remember that it's not just for me. I have a handful of people that I can turn to if I'm lagging in a certain area, and trust to set me straight. The list could go on indefinitely, but what is certain is that I've never achieved a single goal without the help of my pit crew. There is no linear path to fitness; it's an up and down process, and it can be really emotional. Being stuck at a plateau, missing your mark in a game or race, or rebounding after a weight loss, can be disheartening. We need people who believe in us, and can uplift us through the tough times, and share in our successes. While reflecting on the people who have come into my life to guide me, I'm filled with gratitude and respect for each of them. The trainers, Doctors, and patient friends, that contribute to every win. I hope that each of you can fire off the names of your support squad without hesitation, because I know your journey has been, and will be, easier because of them. Let's all take a few moments to thank the people that allow us to aim high, and let's hear it for the Pit Crews! Erin stays busy pursuing her own fitness goals, and helping to educate and inspire those she loves to live healthier lives. A hair stylist by trade, she manages a salon, and is chipping away at a degree, ultimately in dietetics and kinesiology. She lives in South Florida with her husband and a “pound puppy” named Pedro.