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Hubby's big breakthrough

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Probably like a lot of you lady sparkers, I'm the main driver behind healthy eating and lifestyle in my household. My husband knows that when I've made up my mind, that's it. He can either get on board the train or get run over by it. Patrick decided to hop on board, albeit reluctantly.

So for three weeks or so we went on like this. I insisted on eating healthy, and reminding him that we don't want to end up with severe health problems in our 50s like our parents. I went to the gym, he didn't. Patrick did help me with meal planning; I think he likes having some control over what's on his plate.

Then everything changed this weekend.

Sunday we sat down to plan our meals and write the grocery list as usual. Then I sent him to the grocery store with our list while I ran another errand next door. When I found him in the grocery store, he'd only added two items not on the list: extra fruit for me and chips for him. So far, so normal, right?


The fruit was very thoughtful. (Which, thankfully, is normal for him.) But he'd BOTHERED TO READ THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION on his chips. And chose baked ones low in fat and cholesterol.

Health food? Probably not. But hubby read the nutritional information - all on his own! Breakthrough!

Later that night he fixed dinner (whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs) while I worked out on the Wii fit. He asked me if I could step away for a minute and make a salad to go with dinner.

I almost fell off the balance board! Could this really be MY husband, requesting a salad? The man in the kitchen didn't appear to be a pod person, so I made him a salad. Loaded with vegetables he specifically requested. Weird, but delightful.

After dinner I got back on the Wii while he talked with his dad on the phone. He saw how much fun I was having and jumped on as soon as he finished chatting. This was at 10:30 at night!

Since then Patrick has stayed on the healthy diet, working out plan. Because he wants to and enjoys it.


I am so proud of him. And relieved, because this will make our healthy lifestyle journey easier. And deeply joyed because it means we'll have many years of health and happiness. Way to go, Patrick! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JESS_LARA 2/1/2010 3:46PM

    I'm so glad Pat is eating healthy too, and even working out! That's wonderful! Yeah, Pat!

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JENJESS48 1/27/2010 10:04PM

    Btw, Patrick read this blog and likes it, too. He thinks it's funny. emoticon

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THEZWOMANN 1/27/2010 10:00PM

    Good for you! I'm still waiting on my hubby, but your story gives me hope! LOL Thanks for sharing.

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-FEMALE- 1/27/2010 9:59PM

    Aww, that is so cute. Go Patrick!

(BTW, I LOVE that name!)


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Proud of holding even

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Last weekend was the second of my three wedding receptions, and we had family and friends in from out of town. We ate out almost every meal, and of course the h'ors derves that we served at the reception weren't exactly health food. Oh, and of course there's the cake. And the restaurant desserts. Ugh.

BUT I did the best I could. I stuck to my plan all week, and was reasonably careful at the restaurants on the weekend. I limited my dessert intake despite my husband's best efforts.


Yesterday was the moment of truth: weigh in. And, shockingly, I stayed dead even. I didn't gain an ounce! I didn't lose either, but I'm still really proud of myself for just holding even. Sometimes the best you can do is just tread water, and last weekend was one of those times. I'm really proud of myself for doing that.


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JESS_LARA 1/24/2010 9:57PM

    Way to go Jen! I always have the hardest time when there is a special occasion; there are so many temptations!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/20/2010 3:46PM

    Good for you. THat is a real achievement with all those temptations. Beautiful picture!

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Doing better today

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Today is day 3 of getting back into the swing of things, and I'm finally doing better. I even feel awake! Now if I can just make it to the gym, it'll be a great day. emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/9/2010 10:00AM

    You get to the gym, I'm right behind you. Hey we could make a crowd! How's that! emoticon

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Time to get serious

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Okay. [deep breath]

I got married in late November. And then the holidays come, as they do every year. And since the wedding, and partly because of the holidays, I just haven't been watching what I eat and making sure I get to the gym. But now those days are over. It's time to get serious. No more excuses. If I don't do it now, I'm not going to. I go! emoticon

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NEILSKM 1/5/2010 11:36AM

    Good Luck! I know you can do it.

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Photographic proof

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Before my wedding, I was feeling fat, ugly, and generally horrible. I forgot all about it, though, in the rush to get things done and the enjoyment of the day and the honeymoon.

And then I saw the wedding photos.

And you know what? I look gorgeous! Not fat or ugly at all. Who would have thought that photos could boost your self-esteem like that? Turns out that when I looked in the mirror, I was focusing on my flaws and not seeing the whole picture. The photos really helped with that.

That said, I still want to lose weight. But now I'm not so hard on myself, and have positive rather than negative sources of motivation. Woo hoo!

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WILLBOYWONDER 12/15/2009 11:42AM

    I know several beautiful gorgeous ladies who feel that way about themselves. It takes a lot to see past the cloud in front of you in order for the real beauty to shine through. Looks like you got past that dark cloud. We definitely all are too hard on ourselves. Glad you have let up on that.

Keep on with your program and take it one day at a time. Good luck on your goals.

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FITGIRL15 12/15/2009 11:39AM

    I have often wanted to clone myself, just so I can view my physical body from an outward perspective... I think that taking photos does just that!

Looking in a mirror allows us to internalize things without a lot of time to rationalize them... and this is often when the negatives overshadow the positives!

Take your time when looking in the mirror and you WILL see the good too!!!

PS... I think it is very hard for a bride to look horrible on her special day! I am sure you dazzled your guests and looed absolutely radiant!

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GIANT-STEPS 12/15/2009 11:34AM

  I've always held that most people need more positive reasons to improve themselves than negative. Folks should want to get in shape because they feel good about themselves instead of because they feel bad.

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RENA1965 12/15/2009 11:26AM

    Bravo, this is why I tell people to use real photos on sparks- the mirror can lie but many times the camera can do us justice..

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