Your children? Your friends? Your partner?
Why is it so easy to lie to ourselves? Probably because being in a state of denial is the easy option. But burying your head in the sand won't change anything and will likely lead to the issue you're in denial about getting worse.
Many years ago, before I became a PT I can remember being in denial about the amount of food I was eating each day. I thought to myself 'all this food is healthy and nutritious so that must be ok, right?' Well, yes to a certain extent, but healthy food still contains calories, and eating too many for the amount you move on a daily basis will lead to weight gain. I couldn't understand why my clothes felt tight even though I went to the gym most days and ate a nutritious diet.
Crucially, I wasn't aware of how many calories I actually needed and I wasn't regularly measuring what I was eating, i.e. making myself aware of the calorie content of my food, so I had no idea how many calories I was chomping through each day and other than going to the gym, at that time, I had a sedentary job so was hardly moving for the vast majority of the day. So even though I didn't want to admit it to myself, the scales were not tipped in my favour and I was definitely eating too much and not moving enough.
It was only when I stopped lying to myself and decided that something had to change that I realised what was going wrong. I then did something about it and I am in denial no more!
Have you experienced anything like this? Let me know in the comments.