Well I have officially SPARKED my husband! I have noticed in the last month my husband doesn't want to get left behind on this journey that I'm on. I want you to know that I have never pushed my new lifestyle on my family. I have been steadily working on MYSELF, and it's paying off, and not going unnoticed!
My husband doesn't appear to be overweight. He's got a good physique, but is in his late 30's, and probably could stand to lose 15-20 lbs. He has also had a terrible tobacco habit(most of his life), is a first class junk food junkie, and fast food addict! He literally ate at the same pizza joint EVERYDAY, for like a year straight for lunch. (makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it) So needless to say I have been worried about his artery's and cholesterol.
He has been a great supporter of mine since starting Sparkpeople. Never once has he ever said a word to me about gaining weight in the last 16 years we have been together. I have lost 42lbs since Feb 2011 and, I was discussing it with him about a month ago. I pointed out that it would be a shame, if I worked this hard to lose 100lbs, and improve the quality of my life, and continue to live healthy lifestyle.... he ends up getting sick from years of chewing tobacco abuse, or got heart disease from his unsavory eating habits. Then he completely amazed me, and quit tobacco that afternoon!!Cold turkey!! Tomorrow will actually be a full month tobacco free! I am soooo proud of him! He is a strong man, and when he puts his mind to doing something he WILL do it! He also has pretty much quit fastfood, and is making a conscious effort to eat healthy, whole foods. Also he can't be out done by a girl...he has started running again! He was active duty military for 12 years completed RANGER school, and became a U.S. Army Ranger! I know he can do anything he sets his mind to.
Well with the military still in his heart, he ended up joining the guard a few years ago. An is actually fulfilling his 2 week training obligation this week! He was sort of complaining that he was going to be bored, and there was nothing to do during their down time. He was afraid he wasn't going to get any healthy food while he was gone, and that they weren't going to do any physical training. I got an idea...right before he left, I grabbed my copy of THE SPARK and tucked it in his bag. I figured if he had some down time, and had no other distractions he would feel compelled to read it.
Well later that afternoon I got a call from a rather noisy HUMVEE...I asked him how it was going, and he said he was reading THE SPARK!!! He said "I found your book" and "thanks for packing it for him"!! VICTORY! He has been reading it, and he seems excited! Last night even though the rest of the unit didn't P.T. he took the initiative to run on his own, and even took a buddy with! He said he was spreading the SPARK! He even has been saying stuff to me like...I'm gonna get a running STREAK going...a streak?? Now he's sounding like me! He said that other people were asking him about his book, and he said he was gonna let other people read it while they are there!! I'm so proud of him! Things are working out just the way I always dreamed they would! Healthy mommy...healthy family. Yay!
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