I quit making excuses and soon joined the group. I found myself re-arranging my schedule to make sure I could be at the track with the rest of the group. The positive change from this peer pressured activity has made a big difference in my life. Even though initially I was reluctant to join the group, I am now glad that I did. The first two weeks of trying to keep the walking pace with the group was difficult. I could barely keep up, let alone have conversations. Yet, everyone was encouraging me to become a faster and longer walker. Now, I am still part of the group and feeling healthier then I have in the past.
The walking made me stop and evaluate other ways in my life that I could be healthier. I changed my diet and starting drinking more water. As a result, I have lost some weight and have more energy. When the weather is too miserable to walk, we even meet at the mall. Even if it is just a little bit, it is fun to challenge myself to walk further and faster with each meeting. I often look back and think about how much weight I would have added if I had not joined the group. I am healthier and feel better about life as a whole. This was one time that peer pressure was a positive influence for me.