No, the title doesn’t refer to a cheesy ‘50s Sci-Fi film. I’m talking about a real threat to you and your health today. So let me explain just what is a crab person and what they could do to you today.

It Must Stink to be a Crab
When fishing for crabs, you can just toss your catch in a bucket and not have to worry about them escaping. It’s true. Even if the bucket is shallow enough for them to reach up easily, grab hold and pull themselves out, your dinner is secure.

Why? Well, when one crab in the bucket starts pulling itself out, the other crabs grab it and pull it back down. Are they jealous of the other crab’s abilities or its desire to escape? Is it a reflexive survival instinct? Either way, it seems crabs can be real jerks. Now you probably see where this is going…

You Can Run, You Can Hide…But the Crab People Are Everywhere!
Have you ever been in a group of people and tried to make healthy food or drink choices? If you have, you’ve probably been on the receiving end of some crab-like behavior where someone tries to grab you and pull you down.

“Oh you can have just one.”

“Come on, you’ve got to live a little.”

If you’ve experienced this you may have even bent your healthy lifestyle so you didn’t feel like an outsider. After all, everyone likes to feel like they belong.

Are these friends, work acquaintances or relatives really out to get you? In a way, yes. When someone is attempting to make healthy choices, it shines a light on the decisions of others. As a result, “unhealthy eaters” may suddenly be confronted with feelings of guilt that they should take better care of themselves.

Some may feel ashamed because of a lack of will power or their own failed attempts to live healthfully. Envy, resentment, spite or competitive feelings can lead some people to react in a way that can have a negative impact on your choices. “If I can’t have it, neither can you.”

These urges can almost unconsciously drive them to say and do things to bring healthy people down to their level. After all, misery loves company. This may sound a little drastic, but I hope you can get my point. 🙂

What can you do to fight the crab people? You could resolve to stay home more or not allow yourself to be drawn in but there is another way.

Surround yourself with a group of like-minded people who are focused on improving their own lives. Support rather than sabotage goes a long way to keep you motivated and growing. I’m proud to say that the Bodysmith is such a place. Every day we welcome and embrace people who are committed to improving themselves and reaching their goals.

If you want your own support group give me a call and let’s find out how much you can achieve.

–Coach Brad

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