Spreading the SPARK! In a sneaky way...

Monday, June 06, 2011

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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    This is so awesome that it's making me cry happiness for you. May you continue to live a happy and healthy life together.

    1965 days ago
    I just came across this blog now. It is awesome! What a great thing you are doing for your family.

    I personally think this blog should have earned you a Motivator of the Day award, because it is truly inspirational!
    2298 days ago
  • DEB4HIM-1
    I love this blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2463 days ago
    I love it! And I'm off to look for a good place to "hide" the book emoticon
    2472 days ago
  • STAR4W
    You go girlie!! That's awesome!! I wish my husband would do that, but alas I won't hold my breath! LOL He will do what he wants, and as long as I keep going for my children..maybe he will get the idea sooner rather then later! Great job girlie! I am so proud of you!! You just are an inspiration everywhere!!
    2474 days ago
  • JOMAMA516
    Yay for sneaky little sparker! That's awesome that you got him healthy without even having to really try very hard! I think some people just need to see it in action before they decide to hop on the spark train!

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    2476 days ago
    OMG I LOVE IT!! It is sO much easier when we have the support of a loved one. Girl you guys are going to rock it out!!!
    2478 days ago
    Yay!!! Way to go for inspiring your hubby to get healthy. My boyfriend is starting to change his ways as well. He used to eat pretty badly and now he is more aware of what he eats.
    I wish u guys the best!
    2481 days ago
    Absolutely awesome blog! Good for you,girl and congratulations for showing the Spark to others! You are really one sharp cookie! lol WAY TO GO ! Proud and Happy for you! You gave a gift that will keep coming back to you!!! SMART GIRL !!! lol emoticon
    2481 days ago
    I love this blog for so many reasons! First, that you are doing such a phenomenal job with your journey; second, that you have sparked your hubby to improve his own health purely through example, and; third, I can feel the love you and your hubby have for each other right through this post (AWWWWWW! emoticon ) Good for you, and keep it up! emoticon
    2481 days ago
    Oh my gosh! You are awesome and your attitude is contagious!

    Love it!!

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and best of luck to you on continuing your journey! emoticon emoticon
    2481 days ago
    WOW, that is emoticon !!! How exciting for you both.

    emoticon on losing 42 lbs so far!! That is emoticon !!
    2481 days ago
  • BRDGT262
    That's awesome!!! :)
    2481 days ago
    emoticon I LOVE it! emoticon and it all started with a little Spark! emoticon emoticon
    2481 days ago
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