@ REYNINGSUNSHINE: I can absolutely relate to this scenario. It seems like some people, not necessarily my loved ones, but coworkers and such, do like to tease or mock people who are trying to make healthy choices. Even the ppl who are thin and fit and spend every spare minute either training for, or running in, marathons. I firmly believe it's because being thin or attractive or physically fit is the only thing they have going that makes them feel special, and if other people get thin and healthy, too, they won't hold that monopoly and won't feel like such a rare and special commodity. Those ppl, with their negativity and junior-high-cool-kid mentality just get tuned out or treated to a playful but decisive comeback. (A few brain cells and quick wit can stop almost any naysayer cold--especially the insecure ones.) I just feel like, if you're healthy, great--you should want to see others get healthy. If you're not healthy, fine--just don't try to hold back the ones that decide to do something about it. Stay strong and remember why ppl make fun of others in the first place. ;-)
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523 12/23/12 5:06 A
Sometimes, yes. Not in the "here, have sweet treats!" way but in the "here, eat this bad food, and if you don't, we are going to make fun of you" kind of way. They only support my healthy behaviors if it can be hidden. They don't understand that I choose healthy entrees at restaurants because that is what I LIKE, and I do take bites of treat foods to experience the sensory part of food. I'm not an all-or-nothing person, and I choose what is "worth the calories" for myself, but they seem to always want to choose that for me.
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820 12/22/12 2:19 P
My hubby alternates between sabateur and supporter. A couple of days ago he bought me a chips and a big container of chip dip. That's one of the foods I can't stay away from. So far, I've managed to ignore it, by keeping it in the back of the fridge.
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They do, when we have family dinners, always mke vegetable dishes and refuse to bring soda, and if I make something that requires sugar i use less suger and i do tell the. So they will say things like I don't have to lose weight.
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My husband will make comments that appear to be supportive. However, he also makes pestering little comments about how I "eat like a little birdie now" and I know him - that's not a compliment. He needs to lose weight more urgently than I do - he's very large - but just isn't in the mind set to make it happen right now. Little things he says tells me he feels threatened by the improvements in my appearance. And it's not uncommon for him to question how much more I want to lose - he thinks I'm going to look too thin - well, I'm still over 190 pounds so I don't really think I'm in danger of that at this point. And sometimes I don't know if he's trying to sabotage my efforts or just doesn't think things through - by asking to order a late night pizza - or choosing a buffet or all you can eat place when it's his pick for dinner out.
You know, I've noticed that the vast hoards of birds in my back yard really love chips...
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427 12/20/12 3:34 P
Yes. He doesn't want to lose the weight because it will require him to cut back or give up many of the things he loves. I tell him with sparkpeople, he just needs to enjoy his favorites in moderation. For example, we ate pizza last night for my 5 year olds birthday party. I had one piece. He does not think he could cut back that drastically, but then again, he hasn't tried. And when I sent him to the store to get milk, he came back with not 1 but 4 bags of chips. I think I will let him have some of it and then it will quietly disappear
@ slenderlla: I remember when I lost my weight the first time. It was a daily battle, or at least a daily commitment, to keep it off and not slide back into old habits. It doesn't magically become easy to stay small once you get that way. Thus, my present situation.
My DH keeps insisting he loves me "thick" and doesn't want me to change a thing, but we were friends for years when I was thick before--and we didn't get together till I was a size 6. Suddenly he, and men all over the place, noticed I was there and saw me as a woman and not "one of the guys." So it's not really that he likes me better this way; I think he just finds things easier this way. Less time working out or walking means more time to spend watching TV with him. If I don't go for walks or eat healthy, I won't be asking or expecting him to do it, either. He lost 60 lbs early in our relationship because he ate what I cooked and went for walks with me. Now he's put that back on, and I think he just doesn't want to make the effort this time, so it'll be easier for him if I don't either.
Bottom line, though, I have to do this for me to be happy. Even if he really, truly, loved the way I look now better than when I was small, it wouldn't matter because I don't like it. I was much happier, and felt so much better and more energetic then. My knees sure were happier!
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120 12/20/12 2:46 P
Yup, my mom...food equals love especially at the holidays.
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My hubby denies that I have improved my health and life by losing over 80 pounds. He thinks my fitness activities are excessive and tells me I have no expertise in nutrition. He keeps bringing junk, junk, junk food into the house. Often I'm strong and it doesn't bother me, but occasionally his junk food trips me up. Sometimes I think he really is trying to hurt me and other times I think he is just in denial and refusing to improve his lifestyle. I may be a little nuts when it comes to food and weight and scales and exercise, so it is hard for me to be objective. I'm afraid we do not bring out the best in each other.
My mom and most of my other relatives just think it comes easy to me now. It has been almost 4 years since I lost the weight, but it takes effort every day. Really only my maintaining SparkFriends understand.
My husband does, he gets tired of the foods that I like to eat so he makes meat and potatoes kind of meals. He gets upset that I don't eat this type of meal with him. It creates a bit of a problem in our relationship.
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It is very frustrating. However the bottom line is: no one can sabotage you unless you let them. No one can make you chew and swallow food if you don't want to. Keep that in mind when the food-pushers attack you over the holidays! You don't have to say yes. You don't have to be rude either but keep your healthy goals in mind when you face the food-pushers.
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I've started bringing my dinner to work, to ward off all the "a few fries won't hurt you" and "you have to eat" conversations there.
At home, I just had to tell my better half that I ate right and was healthy before we started dating, and I need to get back to doing that again for myself, my health, and my happiness. I've asked him not to bring home fast food or desserts, and if he does, I'll appreciate the thought but I can't eat the food. It's hard sometimes because we aren't made of money and I was raised not to waste food. He knows that, too, and I think he counts on it to keep me from turning anything down.
Does anyone else get frustrated with someone in their life that really doesn't want them to lose weight, either because of their own insecurity, or maybe because they really do like you in a larger size? Or because they need to change and don't feel like they can, or don't want to make the effort, and misery loves company? I have the hardest time convincing my other half that it doesn't matter how great he thinks I look great if I'm not happy in my own skin. I feel like he's afraid if I get back to the size and state of mind I was in when I was smaller, that he may find himself with competition--which is not true, because I'm committed to him, but I really think his own insecurity is driving his "generosity".
All the time. DH is always asking if I want to go out to dinner, brings home take out and tries to get me to fall into his rabbit hole of decadence. I'm not always good at resisting, either. I think it's a subconscious thing because HE'S the one who's diabetic and should be eating healthier and exercising to prevent unpleasant complications like, blindness, amputations, and DEATH, but for whatever reason, he's unmotivated and wants me to be fat and unhealthy with him. Yeah, I'm bitter. I just try not to let him get to me.
Do you find that the people you love often end up being enablers--or even sabotuers--in your efforts to reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle? It seems like even the most well-meaning of my friends and family verbally support me, but then...
He brings home the ice cream, or take out, or something else unhealthy, because I've had a really rough week and I deserve it...
They order out at work and insist that you have some cheese fries or greasy pizza, because I've been doing so great and I have to reward yourself every now and then...
He runs out and grabs a surprise treat because I'm so beautiful the way I am, I don't need to lose weight anyway, and besides you can't deprive yourself totally, right?
Mom makes a high-fat, high-carb, high-cal meal because it's a special occasion any time I stop by...
What do yall do, how do you gracefully handle it when someone spends money, time, or effort, giving you bad-habit foods you don't need--and really don't want--to eat? What do you do when you're determined to eat right, and others seem determined to indulge you and not let you "starve" yourself with all those lean proteins and whole grains?
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