The Friend-Free Diet

There are no secrets when it comes to getting to the body that you want. No pills, no machines, no extreme workouts that could even get you close to the hyper-athletic, extremely fit physique that you’ve always dreamed about. I should know, for there probably isn’t one routine, one protein shake, one Ab-Roller that I haven’t tried.

It starts with the mirror. The ever-reliable lie-detector that knows all of your dirty secrets. Together with his best friend, the weighing scale, they tell you how it is in the most simple yet deadly way possible, with all of the undeniable facts that come crashing down on you like a ton of bricks.

When your wardrobe starts to go from fit and tight, to loose and barely fitting, then you just know that it’s time for change, and that’s exactly what I did. But of course, you can’t just stand up and say you’re going to make a change, it goes down much, much deeper than that. Sure you have your routine all mapped out, and yes, you have your diet plan down to the last calorie. But as Murphy’s law always says, anything that can go wrong, WILL go wrong.

As the title says, there is only one true way of being able to follow the fitness plan that you have for yourself, you have to be friend-free. Now you might be wondering what having the lack of friends has anything to do with fitness. I’m not saying that you should go a purge all of the friends that you have on your Facebook, no that’s not what I mean at all. All I’m saying is that in achieving the goals that you have for yourself, a lot of sacrifices must be made, and sometimes those sacrifices involve giving your friends the cold shoulder.

It’s the little decisions after all, that will ultimately decide the way that your diet will go, and when you live a busy lifestyle being surrounded by people that are equally busy, you all end up sharing one thing, the hunger. It’s a hunger that grows and grows and grows, and sometimes even the slightest of cravings can get everyone in a full panic of where they can satisfy such things. It’s the trouble of being around people that know exactly how to get you going. As the title says, the only, truly effective diet, is one that goes friend-free.

I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve been in a position wherein I had to make a choice between chowing down on a greasy burger with a friend, or getting a salad on my own, or grabbing that two-piece chicken instead of that fat-free choice. It’s an everyday battle that I lose more than I win.

But hey, that’s how it is, and as much as I want to fight it, I know that there’s just no way that I can give up all of the good times that I spend with my friends, even at the cost of a few thousand calories. They’re experiences that can never be replaced, and I would much rather be laughed at by both the mirror and the weighing scale, than have to deal with the endless rants of being a flaker.

In the end, you will know, that there really is no such thing as a friend-free diet, and that the decision to get fit is something that you will have to deal with, and commit to, on your own time. Your friends, if they are true friends, will always be there to support you no matter and you should already know that. The key to hitting your goals, is really about having the right balance to life and all of its aspects. Challenge your will and resolve and see where it will take you.

About the Contributor

Ram Topacio is the all-around office joker that has a heart for all things poetic. His attention to detail makes it so that there’s nothing he can’t make a joke out of.

This contributor is a customer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.

Photo by @chelsonduty. For more of her works, visit her Instagram.


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