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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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OURELEE1 11/5/2013 4:04PM

  You have a wonderful and caring Dh

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REGILIEH 11/5/2013 4:00PM

    How very sweet and caring your husband is! Take care of you so you are taking care of him!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/5/2013 3:58PM


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BKNOCK 11/5/2013 3:44PM

    He sounds like an awesome person! I am glad you have him to "help" you along!
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KITT52 11/5/2013 3:38PM


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NEW-CAZ 11/5/2013 2:44PM

    How wonderful, you have a great hubby! Lucky lady- they're few and far between. I have the other one emoticon emoticon

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GOCALGAL 11/5/2013 2:35PM

    emoticon emoticon You continue to amaze with your emoticon blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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JAYDEE1211 11/5/2013 2:32PM

    How lovely. We all need a support person who is there regardless.

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MARUKI52 11/5/2013 2:23PM

    What a great blog and what a lucky lady you are, Pixie, to have such a loving and supportive husband.

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HAPPYMENOW58 11/5/2013 2:17PM

    Wow! Great blog! You have the sweetest husband.....What a super guy! What a nice love story....Made my day, Pixie..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/5/2013 2:09PM

    He really is a loving man

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GETULLY 11/5/2013 2:08PM

    You have a winner! Keep him! emoticon emoticon You are both First Rate!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 11/5/2013 1:38PM

    What a sweet hubby you have! It's so nice to have these "cheerleaders" always in our corner. emoticon

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PGHP31CK 11/5/2013 1:35PM

    Love the success graph! So very true!

And a huge WOOHOO for your hubby. It means su much to have the support of the one you love!

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HOLLYM48 11/5/2013 1:24PM

    It sounds like true love! Congrats to both of you to make each other happy!
Keep up the great work on getting healthier so that you can go back to Florida and walk for miles this time!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/5/2013 1:09PM

    He sounds like a keeper!

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MARITIMER3 11/5/2013 1:06PM

    I think you've made many people wish they had a husband as supportive as yours. If you're the odd couple, it's too bad there aren't more like you.
Hugs to you both,
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HEALTHY4ME 11/5/2013 12:57PM

    Have to say my dd has been married for 3 year now, and with her hubby for total of 10. She didn't want to go out with him at first as more than a friend cos she is 5'5 and she is 5'11. she also is a bigger girl and he is reg. size for his height. She was worried at the weddign it would look strange. I said noone noticed cos your smiles were so bright and the love in your eyes shone out.
HUGS to you and hubby. I have weighed the same as hubby, mostly. Alhtough one time when he was ill he got down to the low 140s and i was probably 180. Otherwise we are pretty well matched, and I am 1.5 years older.... which he doesn't let me forget!

Have a great on plan day!

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CFMOSS 11/5/2013 12:56PM

    Yep....the journey's worth it - thanks for encouraging us right alongside you.

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SHANTODD420 11/5/2013 12:56PM

    What a loving and caring husband you have pixie. Age is just a number and it does not matter. Keep up the hardwork and dedication have a wonderful Tuesday.

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_BABE_ 11/5/2013 12:52PM

    I want to repeat what others have noted in that you are a perfect match. Love is not a magazine cover shoot or a soap opera casting's two people who take each other for better or worse. I loved St. Augustine myself....beautiful history there!

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VINGRAM 11/5/2013 12:50PM

    I can relate to what you're saying. My husband has always been smaller than me. He always says he's not embarrassed but he is concerned for my health. I lost 70 pounds but I've regained it all! Have started back on a program I have lost 10 at the 70. We just have to keep pushing. I love love the graphic on the way to success!!! Thanks for sharing your heart!! emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 11/5/2013 12:46PM

    What a wonderful and loving story. I think that the odd couple is the cool couple. emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/5/2013 12:35PM

    I love your attitude! Wonderful! All the best to you both!!! emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/5/2013 12:27PM

  lovely story thanks for sharing

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NASFKAB 11/5/2013 12:25PM

  you are so lucky to have such a great caring person with you

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JAMARIGOLD 11/5/2013 12:18PM

    What a blessing! Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 11/5/2013 12:16PM

    I love your story! Thank you for sharing it. I admit my progress has been imperfect, too. I know you struggle, but you never, ever give up! That is true success.

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GINIEMIE 11/5/2013 12:15PM

    What a precious blog, and what a loving relationship. I believe we see beauty through different eyes. What I think is beautiful or odd, is odd or beautiful to another.
I pray that you continue your journey and that you and DH will have long happy lives-together.
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ATHLETELORI 11/5/2013 12:10PM

    Sounds like true love to me.

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BUTTERFLYGRACE 11/5/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon What awesome support!

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KIWIANN 11/5/2013 12:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Odd Couple? You sound pretty well-matched to me!! Keep up to good work!! Keep streaking, and making as much progress as possible before the end of the year!! You and your hubby deserve a LONG life together emoticon

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BLESSEDGRAMMA2 11/5/2013 12:02PM

    Wow what a sweet blog :))))))

and..... I can relate - I, also, am only 5'2"....

and.... my husband sounds like yours - very supportive and loving no matter what my weight is....
I've always been a thin to medium sized petite person,
until 6 years ago when I quit smoking :((

so this "new" weight size of mine was quite an adjustment (to say the least)..

I can so totally relate to this blog!

Very proud of you for losing 74 lbs...
and being so dedicated to everything...

I can't wait for my first 25 to be gone!
Cant wait :)))

Thanks for sharing a heartfelt blog!

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JEANNETTE59 11/5/2013 11:59AM

  I'd say the Perfect Couple!

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