While I think a lot of these ideas are great if you and your spouse are trying to lose weight together, or if you have children that you are trying to instill good health values into, I think it is also important to realize that health and wellness is a choice we all have to make. For example, I am trying very hard to be healthy and most of the things on this list have happened naturally as a result of my quest and general interest in active activities. However, everyone needs to make their own choice to become healthy or pursue a healthy lifestyle. Believe me, they know if they are overweight or out of shape. Some things like a "surprise hike" can be hurtful and manipulative. I think being supportive and running your household healthy are great ideas. But if someone hasn't decided that they are ready for the difficult, emotional roller coaster that weight loss can be, you need to let them to come to that decision on their own time table - just like you did. In the meantime, lead by example and don't be afraid to talk to them about your journey and what is going on with you (instead of telling them what should be going on with them).
- 12/10/2010 11:22:20 AM