You Are Who You Hangout With

When I was growing up my mother would often say; “you are who you hangout with.” It was her way of making sure that I was surrounding myself with people who wouldn’t get me into trouble. It was sound advice that did in fact keep me out of trouble and helped me to succeed both personally and academically. Recently, I have been giving much thought to my mother’s advice and finding that it still holds true today, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

bernie and brittany biggest loserWhile on the Biggest Loser I was paired with a complete stranger (Brittany) she ended up being an extraordinary young woman whose friendship and support enabled me to change my life. Later on the show, the initial couples were split and remaining contestants were placed into one of two teams- either the black or the blue team. I was placed on the black team led by Jillian Michaels. Although the team consisted of five other members besides myself (Kelly, Paul, Jen, Maggie, and Brittany), there were three of us that ended up being inseparable. Through much reflection I have come to realize that with out their help my weight loss journey would have been much more difficult and far less gratifying.

Together we faced many personal issues that we masked behind the pounds we carried. We also supported and motivated one another to continue on when our weight loss goals seemed out of reach.  I can’t thank Brittany and Maggie enough for their love, support, and encouragement. Knowing that my mother’s advice couldn’t be truer I am honored to be associated with such incredible and strong individuals.

As you embark on your own weight loss journey, please keep my mother’s advice in mind, “you are who you hangout with,” and be sure to surround yourself with individuals who share similar goals and ambitions. Don’t be afraid to seek out people who you can depend on for support, both in and out of the gym. With loyal companions by your side you’ll soon find that the journey you once thought unachievable is merely a shared adventure between friends!

4 Responses to You Are Who You Hangout With

  1. Sammi says:

    Wow, way to bring tears to my eyes here Bernie!

    It is so true about the company you keep though. (and my mom told me the same thing) Seriously, without the support of my true friends and family, I would not be where I am now. Your kind words about Maggie and Brittany were incredibly touching and I hope they realize what an incredible friend they have in you as well. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Bernie,

    I hope all is well. We met last Friday at the Hawthorne Celebrity Challenge. I couldn’t find your contact info on the web so I thought I would reach out via your blog. Again great meeting you and if you ever want to get involved or learn more about how our organizations helps the hungry here in Chicago, please feel free to give me call. Thanks again and take care.

    Best, Andy

  3. Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.

    You are such an amazing man. Chris and I have both been so truly blessed having met and spent time with you in Indy. I loved this blog about the company you keep. I suppose the same is true regarding being what we eat. Bernie we welcome you back and hope to see you back in Indy again soon.

    Melissa and Chris

  4. Bernie says:

    Hello Everyone!

    Thank you for your comments, I can’t stress enough the importance of surrounding yourself with people who have the same interest and goals as yourself. With the right people in your corner you’ll be well on your way to realizing a healthier and happier you!

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