The thing about "peer pressure", especially within a couple, is that you have the ability to exert just as much "pressure" as the other does!
So, here's the question: which of you does the shopping and cooking? If it's you, then you are the one who really holds the "power" in the decision process, and what you do now can be what sets the stage for how things will be in the future.
I wanted to have a permanently "healthier" diet, so I focused on finding and making healthy foods that I absolutely love. I also like "treats", so I made a point of including relatively healthy ones in to every day. I want the Man to be happy and healthy (and here!), so made sure that he loved everything as much as I do.
A few examples:
- we like to share some munchies in the evening, so we have a massive bowl of air-popped popcorn (80g of kernels, less than a Tbsp of butter, and a few dashes of salt) between the two of us
- we still occasionally have ice-cream, but more often will have a bowl of yogurt (plain) that we've tarted up to whatever we're in the mood for (vanilla extract, almond extract, raspberries, blueberries, almonds, pistachios, cinnamon, cardamom - whatever!)
- we have desserts of home-made self-crust pumpkin pie with whipping cream, or plum cake, or apple strudel (we get those from our favourite German bakery, who use all real ingredients), but I am just careful with the portion sizes
- for a warm "sweet", we'll thin slice an apple, cover with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, nuke for a minute and serve with a dollop of yogurt that has been doctored up with a wee bit of maple sugar and some vanilla extract (good substitute if you don't have whipping cream) and some sliced almonds
- we end every evening with a cup of hot cocoa (2 Tbsp natural cocoa powder, 1 tsp maple sugar, 1 cup skim milk - nuked) and a square of really high quality dark chocolate
Seriously, the Man's tastes changed as quickly as mine did, and neither of us have any desire for what we used to consider as "treats". Our meals are delicious and filling, and we made sure that we always have the flexibility to include the above goodies when we want them. Neither of us is good with deprivation or discipline, but putting the focus on "delicious" has made this a pretty easy transition!
Our only issue has been that the Man has a killer metabolism and needs to eat at least double the calories that I do to maintain. We deal with this by him having larger portions and with him adding more calories throughout the day when he's at work (usually goes out for lunch, and he always has snacks and goodies at his desk or in his vehicle).
Seriously, figure out what choices will work well for you and will make you happy, and exert some "peer pressure" of your own to set the stage for both of you to have a healthier diet for always. Good luck to you both!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
Revised Goal weight: 150 lbs (reached May 27, 2014)
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