We've all read those posts that suggest that if your friends are fat - you're going to be fat. I think there's some truth to that. (And sadly, I'm probably *your* fat friend.)
Actually, I exercise quite a bit and recently started running longer distances. I feel good about it but also feel a little bit scared. I've never run this far before. Frankly, before I started the Jeff Galloway program, I couldn't run a mile. Now I run ten miles. I couldn't do this when I was young and skinny. People say you can't be a strong vegan, but I couldn't do this when I ate meat. People who've known me all my life are starting to be a little weird to me. And I get it, on a level. I'm weird to me. It has been a paradigm shift of strength and none of us were expecting that.
I was talking to my trainer about it yesterday - that fear - but I'm not sure if he "got it." He asked me to draw a network diagram of my relationships and note what each close relationship was based on and how that was changing. Seemed extreme in the moment, but when I saw this article on ZenHabits about creating your [new] habit environment, it made sense to me.
I hope you'll read Leo Babauta's article, Creating Your Habit Environment, and find something there worth sharing with a friend. Having a good online fitness community via DailyMile and Facebook has really helped me. If you'd like to 'friend' me for fitness purposes - anytime. Let me know what you think of the article!