Receiving Weight Loss Support from a Spouse
Thankfully, my wife supported me as I was losing weight.
Shortly after I started losing weight in 2009, my wife gave birth to our daughter, our first child. Even through the turmoil and life change that a new/first baby can bring, I had permission to go to the gym whenever — and however long — I liked.
As I eluded to yesterday, many other husbands/wives I hear from don’t have that luxury. Unfortunately, I hear about a lot of bitterness and resentment.
In addition to being able to head to the gym carte blanche, my wife was also there to encourage me as the weight flew off in those first six months. Hitting weight loss milestones on the scale was just as exciting for her as it was for me.
None of my wife’s support should’ve come as a surprise, though. She “bugged” me for years about the importance of me needing to lose weight so I could stick around for our kids. In early 2009, she had finally gotten through to me.
Becoming active, counting calories, losing weight, and becoming interested in fitness is a very admirable thing. I encourage it wholeheartedly and wish everyone I know would take an interest in bettering their health.
With that said, remember that as with everything, moderation is key.
Most people you meet aren’t going want to keep hearing about how many calories their food has in it. Your co-workers don’t want to hear about how much you lifted in the gym or how fast your ran every sales meeting. Your family and friends don’t want to lose you yet another Saturday to yet another race.
While sharing your life with your partner is no doubt important, be careful not to suffocate them and make everything about you and your weight loss goals.
Find a balance between your friends, family, and fitness.