"He used to fix plates that a linebacker could eat," jokes Vicki. Simply by paying extra attention to those serving sizes, they’ve seen a lot of success. Chris has lost 25-30 pounds since January and Vicki has gone down a pants size, though hampered by a sprained ankle.
"My favorite part is knowing if I fell off the wagon, he’d gently and lovingly remind me of my accomplishments and what I can do," says Vicki.
This care is key to their dieting relationship. They’re very careful to be supportive and not competitive. She explains: "Nobody else knows your flaws like your spouse, and some partners can use that knowledge as a weapon." Matt Tausig’s advice to keep this from happening: "Just focus on making the other person happy and it’ll work."