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The Odd Couple


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Tuesday, November 05, 2013



Today is day 22 of my "on track" streak!

My husband and I were once referred to by a former friend as "the odd couple." This friend wouldn't elaborate on what he meant by that. Perhaps he meant we were odd because of our age difference; I'm ten years older than my hubby. More likely, though, he was talking about our SIZE difference.

Hubby is a small guy, and it bothers him sometimes. He's five foot six, and weighs 150 lbs. Then there's me. I'm five two, but I've ALWAYS outweighed him. When we first met in 1996, I weighed 210. It surprised me that my weight didn't bother him. I even flat out asked him if he was embarrassed to be seen with me because I was so overweight. He said "Of course not...I love you. Are you embarrassed to be seen with me because I'm not taller?" Well, my answer to him was also "of course not!"

As the years went by, my weight slowly increased, and eventually my weight was in the 270's. Hubby never criticized me, though. He was still his same, loving self. The only time he ever mentioned my weight was during a vacation in Florida. We were walking in Saint Augustine, and it was a hot day. Every step was a huge effort to me. I was sweating profusely, my face was turning red, my heart was pounding, and I had to stop and rest a LOT. Finally, hubby said "Wait here, I'll go get the car and come pick you up." We were both afraid that I was going to collapse if I took another step! I was so relieved when he brought the car to me and I could get inside with the air conditioner on. But I was also ashamed. I knew that I had ruined our good time.

We rode in silence for a few miles, and then hubby said "You've got to do something about your weight. Its killing you, and I can't live without you." I felt like crying, because that was the most loving thing that anyone had ever said to me. And I vowed that I WOULD lose weight.

That was in August of 2005. I did lose the weight, but after less than a year of maintenance, I gained it all back...and then some. I wound up weighing 286 lbs, which was the highest weight of my life. I was so depressed and discouraged. I wasted the next few years with half hearted weight loss attempts. It wasn't until March 1, 2012 that I finally got serious and made a lifestyle change.

It hasn't been easy, and it hasn't been without detours. I have been able to maintain long streaks along the way. But there have also been many times that I have gone completely off track and gained a few pounds back. But hubby has always been there for me, reminding me that as long as I have more good days than bad ones, I will make progress. He is there to encourage me to workout when I just don't feel like it. He always tells me that he believes in me, and that gives me the strength to keep on going.



So far, I've lost 71 lbs. I'm still bigger than him, but I don't care. We may be the odd couple to some people, but I no longer let that bother me, and neither does my hubby. And with hubby's love and encouragement, I am going to keep working hard until I reach my goal. One day at a time!




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LORIVIOLA 4/3/2014 10:57PM

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MCJULIEO 11/26/2013 9:50AM

    You are a jewel, and so is he!

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PENNYSAVER2 11/22/2013 11:01AM

    Wow, I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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KOHINOOR2 11/21/2013 6:41PM

    Excellent blog. Congratulations for all of your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUILTER84 11/21/2013 3:13PM

  I love the way you describe losing weight...what others think and what is "real". I think you have a wonderful husband....he is a *keeper*. Keep up the good work. I'm trying to get back on track again, I'll succeed someday before I die....teehee

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EBURGITE 11/15/2013 2:42PM

    love the progress graphic! it's too painfully true.
thanks, again for your transparency. emoticon

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LAKEGIRL4 11/14/2013 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing! It DOES make a difference when you have the support of your spouse. You are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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CINDYBEL 11/14/2013 12:16PM

    You are a lucky woman. Hold on to that man with all your strength. emoticon

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MAYBER 11/13/2013 11:56PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey
Really like your Success drawing it is so true
Best wishes as you continue to be inspirational
One day at a time love prayers peace
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LEANMEAN2 11/13/2013 5:37AM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you know how much you both mean to each other.

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SMILEYBEE 11/12/2013 3:03PM

    What a great blog! You put into words what so many of us must struggle with! I've heard about using positive affirmations for years, but after reading your blog I'm going to start writing a nice note to myself each day! I've already begun trying to focus on the positive ... so I think an affirmative note here by my computer each day will reinforce my positive thinking. emoticon

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JMARIES51 11/10/2013 12:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have always been bigger than my other half (2 husbands and now my boyfriend). It always has bothered me a lot. But I know that when I am being consistent and working out, taking care of myself, I don't think about the difference at all.
Keep up your awesome work. You are my inspiration. hugs, Joann

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CICELY360 11/9/2013 9:28PM

  Great blog

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MUSCLE-UP 11/9/2013 7:24PM

    I would miss you too. You are so positive and kind. I think he won out on the marriage lottery as well. Keep up the good work and emoticon on the amazing weight loss. Keep going emoticon

Nan

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KANDOLAKER 11/9/2013 5:54PM

    Your husband sounds like a jewel - what a blessing to have such love and support!! Keep that streak going, you are doing great.

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CHUBBY_MOM 11/9/2013 11:58AM

    Your friend may have referred to you as the odd couple, but I think it should have been the amazing couple!

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EMILY0724 11/9/2013 10:21AM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful hubby! You are well on your way! I love the picture of what success looks like! So true

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GEORGE815 11/9/2013 8:22AM

    Great advice!

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SUNNYWBL 11/9/2013 1:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Just keep on keeping on!


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CARTERSGRANDMA 11/8/2013 10:24PM

  Your hubby sounds like a SWEETHEART! Keep up the positive attitude. :)

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TSISQUAUSDI 11/8/2013 8:27PM

    You are so lucky to have someone you can believe in! Love is beautiful when it's real!

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GYMCHICK30 11/8/2013 4:55PM

    Awesome

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JOANNHUNT 11/8/2013 12:11PM

    THAT IS SO AWESOME AND LOVING. KEEP PUSHING. YOU CAN DO IT. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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MJKRESS 11/8/2013 11:49AM

  My weight loss goal is to be 1# less than TootsMySpouse - I weighed over 200 and he weighed 180# (so he said - in September it was 186#). Recently, he had a balloon angioplasty and stent placement and has "joined me" on my weight loss journey. So now... he's down to 174# and I'm at 183#. Nothing like chasing a moving target... but I'm SOOO happy to still be able to do it.

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JIBBIE49 11/8/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. What an honor.

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DKAY0923 11/8/2013 4:12AM

  great blog

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  Great Blog

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JIBBIE49 11/8/2013 12:25AM

    Hugs

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GWINNER1 11/8/2013 12:05AM

    It's wonderful to have such a great support system. I'm sure you'll reach your goal.

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BLUETIFFANYS 11/7/2013 10:03PM

    Keep it up! Your doing great!

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THEIS58 11/7/2013 9:38PM

    Great

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NO-MAS-2013 11/7/2013 8:58PM

    This is such an inspiration to me! I really appreciated "what success looks like". I'm happy that you have a supportive husband and are getting healthier all the time. Keep it up! Thanks for sharing.

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SUPERDAD55 11/7/2013 7:16PM

    What a wonderful story and a wonderful Husband. As we say in the south,
You have a keeper there...
Not everyone has found their perfect match, but you sure have.
You have inspired me to keep my short streak going. Give your wonderful husband a big high five from another husband who has also found his "other half". And as I can tell you, opposites do attrack and this is what keeps the world going around.
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AMBER461 11/7/2013 6:49PM

  Great story and a wonderful husband. Keep up the good work and dropping that weight.

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GRLTAZ 11/7/2013 5:41PM

    Awww, darnit, you made me cry. I am crying happy tears though, Happy you have such wonderful loving support and that you are still fighting the fight for healthy. I am also hopeful, that I may some day find that kind of support, maybe in a life long partner. Happy that I have great blogs to encourage me on my very long fight (since I have a lot of weight to release but also because I will be maintaining once it is off ). I am glad you are here. Even with the occasional bad choices I make.... healthy is as healthy does and I am doing healthy ! Thank you ! TC

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NONNAOF2 11/7/2013 4:03PM

  How wonderful to of found the right person in your life, your husband! You are doing so well, keep up the good work! :-)

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RUDITUDI2000 11/7/2013 3:57PM

    Thanks for sharing this today. I love people who get married and then stay together, its never a piece of cake but its so worth the effort to stick together! You WILL meet you goals! Don't ever get up! THanks for cheering me on and lifting me up when I've been so down this week! I really appreciate your stopping by to encourage me.

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SPARKBJOK 11/7/2013 3:51PM

    He's a keeper for sure! Best to you both.

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JENJENN7 11/7/2013 3:41PM

    Your story is great! You are blessed with a wonderful, supportive husband! And, he is blessed with an amazing and courageous wife!
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MARIANNMC 11/7/2013 2:00PM

    Your story of ups and downs is very encouraging to me. It makes me want to keep trying. I really like your graphic "Succes: What People Think It Looks Like..." Congratulations on your weight loss. Give your good husband an extra hug from me!

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