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My husband was saying...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Last night I was asking him about the lunches I've been making and he has been saying he's enjoying them. I wonder if it's partly because I'm paying attention to him?

To go farther with it though, he's been taking his lunch break walks again. I'm not sure if part of it is that he feels like he needs to keep up with me and is trying harder because of it or I'm just talking way too much about the walks I'm doing and the healthy meals I try to have every day.

With my packing his lunches and his walking, it seems that his weight is moving again. He's starting to trend down again, all this without any other support but me. He told me that he stepped on the scale yesterday and it's down to 214, which is lower than he's been holding for the longest time. Perhaps if I can get him to step it up, we can see him under 200 by the holidays this year?

I know that I can't push him, but I know when I can tempt him with healthier choices and after dinner walks (which will get consistently harder as soon as sunset is 4 pm). When we can afford it again, I'll get us the YMCA membership again since we were using it frequently before last summer's incident which threw off our entire life for months (see my bed bugs blog last summer).

I like that my healthy choices are rubbing off on him. Now if only I can get him to give up chips and pop completely. Even after telling him he's drinking flame retardant (brominated vegetable oil in Mountain Dew), he still won't stop. I'd love to get him off caffeine, but once again, it's up to him. Chips to him is like chocolate to me...

I suppose as long as I'm cheering him on with the choices he does make, it's all I can do for him. He does really great for a couple of weeks at a time, then goes right back to old habits. It doesn't help we have a vending machine in our lobby. I don't use it more than once every 6 months, but it seems he's using it almost daily since I find chips in his hands when he walks in the door frequently.

I'll stick with little victories with him and only give him advice when he asks...

Today's Holidays: National Relaxation Day (being a Mom, this never happens), National Failures Day (if you never fail at something, you've never tried anything) and National Lemon Meringue Day.
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    I think you are rubbing off on your husband more than you know. Sometimes it takes baby steps though~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1677 days ago
  • KAREN608
    How can he not notice all the good changes going on in your life and household food? Smart guy. So happy for the both of you.
    1679 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    It's always easier to lose weight when you have a partner that is also committed. My main problem on exercising is that I hate to do it alone. My neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks and some drivers also thinks this is a speedway. I don't feel safe walking alone so I do most of my exercises either at home or walking the mall, grocery shopping, etc.

    emoticon to your husband for walking with you and eating healthier (even though those chips call out his name, at least he's trying).
    1679 days ago
    He's made some good changes. Slow and sure will still see progress!
    1680 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    baby steps, that is what I say. My husband is getting healthier because of me but if I push, then he doesn't want to do it. We go for walks together and he has run with me a few times so I will take these victories and know that I am rubbing off on him.
    Keep up the great work, you are a great influence on him and your children. Examples will be followed when you least expect it! My girls think that I am really strong and to me, that is the biggest victory that I could ask for!
    1680 days ago
  • ACRAIG921
    You are setting a good example for your hubby and it shows. Glad to hear that his scale is going in the right direction too. Now if only I could get my hubby to do the same!! Best of luck to both of you.
    1680 days ago
    Just keep being a positive example and he'll want to stick with these healthy changes. The same thing happened in my house when I thought there was no hope. :)
    1680 days ago
  • GRAMMY7070
    Even baby steps for your hubby are better than no steps. I think they do better with encouragement, too. I know if I am nagged I wil just keep doing what I want .
    1680 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    I think you are taking the right approach with your husband. Mine is the same...doesn't like to be pushed but gentle nudging works wonders.
    1680 days ago
    It really does help when the better half is part of the weight loss journey. While mine is not, he does help but getting the minimal number of snacks home and sometimes hides them away from me too!!!
    1680 days ago
    On, Lemon Meringue Day! My husband would love that. I may even try a light version of the lemon filling and see if it works with splenda and egg substitute. I have a lemon bush (which thinks it's a tree) so I have the lemons.
    Keep up the good work. Great that husband is losing, too. I try to provide healthy stuff for my husband and he is trying to lose also. Now that he is on real food and not a medically supervised diet program it is a whole lot harder. He tends to "forget" that he has eaten and eats again.
    I find it best not to bring certain foods (like cookies, candy, chips, nuts) into the house because altho I can have just one of something, he will eat the whole bag a handful at a time and claim he just had one or a few. Makes it hard to fix cashew chicken when the cashews are gone! It used to be the kids--never had the chocolate chips when I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
    1680 days ago
    I won't drink brominated vegetable oil either! I swore it off back in 2000 when I realized oil was part of citrus sodas. Gross!

    Our journeys are our own, and we can't control what another person does. But good for your husband for following your lead!

    1680 days ago
    great that he's losing weight too. Now you have a buddy on your weight loss journey!
    1680 days ago
    This is awesome....
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