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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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CAROL3SAN 11/7/2013 1:17PM

    Great post Pixie. And congratulations on your successful weight loss. emoticon

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GBSLIM 11/7/2013 1:15PM

    You have been blessed with a treasure. Cherish it. emoticon

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PATTYSPENCER 11/7/2013 1:06PM

    A wonderful story and what a wonderful husband!! Sometimes being subtle is way better than having a brick hit you on the head - 8-)

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CHERYLCOWART 11/7/2013 12:59PM

    It is a wonderful thing to have a good partner that loves you so completely. Congratulations on your successes. One more step...I'll have to remember that. emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/7/2013 12:32PM

    Great story!

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VERO24AVALOS 11/7/2013 12:22PM

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VERO24AVALOS 11/7/2013 12:13PM

    What an amazing story... I needed to see this. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 11/7/2013 11:53AM

    live your fairytale baby you two have unconditional love you can do it so keep your head up

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ANNETTEMARIE63 11/7/2013 10:53AM

    this is truly awesome because my husband and I are the same way. I once told him I wanted him to be proud to stand next to me and he said he was never ashamed of me. It is the unconditional love that makes us stronger. emoticon emoticon

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NICKLESPICKLES 11/7/2013 10:39AM

    What an awesome story you two have...unconditional love...its a good thing. You keep on trucking missy emoticon

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RESCUELADY99 11/7/2013 10:26AM

  What a wonderful post. You guys may be an odd couple to some but you fit perfectly together. He sound like a great person (wish mine was more like that). Your a great inspiration to a lot of us. emoticon

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TMBOOTH1 11/7/2013 10:20AM

  This is an awesome story! Congratulations to you for tenacity! You have definitely encouraged me to keep going!

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SUPERPSYCHED30 11/7/2013 10:01AM

    great love story!

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LOLATURTLE 11/7/2013 9:51AM

    This is super sweet!

I see myself in it a bit - my husband is an inch or two shorter than me and used to be 120lbs lighter. ( Now only 90lbs lighter - I've lost 50lbs and he's lost 20. )

I used to wonder, too, what people thought seeing us together, then I decided I didn't care. He doesn't either.

Much love to you from another "odd couple"



(and your former friend doesn't sound very friendly... RUDE!)

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FUNLOVEN 11/7/2013 9:29AM

    True love is not just skin deep! Sounds like you got a keeper there emoticon

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NEWMEINTWENTY14 11/7/2013 8:58AM

    Amazing! :)


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SUSIELYNN50 11/7/2013 8:52AM

  You have a wonderful, supportive hubby and you are a strong determined woman.
All you can do is one day at a time and it sounds like you are on the right track so hang in there and focus on the great love you two share. That outweighs everything!! emoticon

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SJKENT1 11/7/2013 8:31AM

    Thanks for sharing your love story.

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CHERYLHURT 11/7/2013 7:30AM

  You are very blessed!

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NANHBH 11/7/2013 7:24AM

    That's one awesome hubby you've got there!
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RABBIT8 11/7/2013 7:15AM

    agreed wonderful love story!

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NEWTINK 11/7/2013 6:31AM

    this is very sweet emoticon

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DUSTYDOODLE12 11/7/2013 6:29AM

    wonderful love story!! emoticon
I love the arrow to success!!! it's so true, the arrow goes every where but straight up.
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ELLIE381 11/7/2013 6:12AM

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DKAY0923 11/7/2013 4:26AM

  GREAT BLOG

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/7/2013 2:59AM

    Your love for each pther shines thru! emoticon

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CURVERIGHT 11/7/2013 1:30AM

    You have a very sweet husband. emoticon And I wouldn't worry about what that person meant by odd couple. It is our differences that make the relationship work. Being opposite keeps us in check. My husband and I of nearly 18 years are night and day, but we balance each other out. emoticon

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HABITATVITALITY 11/7/2013 12:55AM

    What a sweetheart hubby is and what an awesome story! You have lost a huge amount of weight. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/7/2013 12:45AM

  that is so loving and motivating what he said to you. It make sso want so much more for you to succeed. emoticon

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AJB121299 11/7/2013 12:10AM

    nice

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MISSLISA1973 11/7/2013 12:02AM

    How great to have such wonderful love and support!

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RENATA144 11/6/2013 11:38PM

  May your marriage be blessed. emoticon

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JENNIEQKA 11/6/2013 11:18PM

    wonderful blog of a wonderful person with a wonderful hubby! keep pushing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHIGGERCANE 11/6/2013 10:59PM

    Love your message. Good luck on your journey.

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SUSIEMT 11/6/2013 10:28PM

    Keep up the good work!

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ROCKYCPA 11/6/2013 10:26PM

    What a wonderful love story - you are so lucky! With hubby's support you will be successful!

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X_MONICA_X 11/6/2013 9:45PM

    Thanks for sharing your story! I really needed to read this kind of blog because of the way I've been struggling myself with this journey of eating right and getting back to a healthier weight. You gave me that push again... to just get started and do as much as I can each day no matter what.

Congratulations on your successful journey! And wishing for you many more!

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SUEPERWOMAN 11/6/2013 8:57PM

 
This was MAGNIFICENT!

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NHES220 11/6/2013 8:42PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing such a touching love story! He is certainly in your corner - you could no have a better partner along for the ride! Here's to getting healthy so you two have many more happy years together!
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TERRI289 11/6/2013 8:33PM

    To be loved....best thing on the planet!

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TERMITEMOM 11/6/2013 8:07PM

    Wonderful love story Pixie! You truly deserve each other!

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MRSTABER 11/6/2013 7:57PM

    You may be the odd couple but I sense alot of love and commitment! Congratulations on being such a happy couple!

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MSROZZIE 11/6/2013 7:08PM

    Wonderful blog and you are truly blessed with a loving spouse. What support! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCCC75 11/6/2013 7:04PM

    I loved your "love story"! God has blessed you with a wonderful partner in this earthly walk. Your story made me feel so happy for you. Give your husband an extra hug -- he sounds like a really great person!

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FRABBIT 11/6/2013 6:07PM

  You definitely have a keeper and there isn't any "odd" about that!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/6/2013 6:02PM

    What a sweet husband. He sounds like my wife.

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GABY1948 11/6/2013 5:58PM

    What a wonderful blog! Your hubby is a gem and I am married to his brother I think....we are both TRULY blessed beyond belief! emoticon to your hubby and you! God Bless you both!

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