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How to Deal with Your Fiance's Unhealthy Habits

9 Ways to Cope Before Walking Down the Aisle

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
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5. Be sneaky. If you can't convince your fiancé to make healthier choices, why not just sneak a few of them in? (It's way better than cooking two separate meals!) SparkPeople has so many and tricks for making your meals, snacks and desserts healthier (and more nutritious) that your loved one probably won't notice!

6. Don't try to keep up with your partner. Although it's cute to do things together, when it comes to eating or drinking, going "twinsies" isn't always a good idea. Always listen to your hunger signals and don't mimic what's on your fiancés plate. You may even want to consider eating off of a smaller plate at home and using measuring cups and spoons as serving utensils so that you can keep in check. And if you really want to have something your partner is having, just grab a smaller portion and take time to enjoy every bite.

7. Have dinner together. You know that eat-dinner-together-at-the-table thing? Well, it turns out mom was on to something: often have better relationships. So why not start the tradition before you start a family? Agreeing to sit down to dinner—and only eating when at the table—allows you to nix all that mindless noshing in front of the television and gives you another opportunity to connect. It's a win-win!

8. Get support. While your fiancé is probably your best friend, you can't rely on one person for everything. So if you're not getting the get-healthy support you'd like and need, reach out to your friends, family, coworkers, or even your online. Always remember that you're not alone in your healthy journey.

9. Be patient. While your fiancé might not be the most supportive at first, it's likely that after he or she starts to see you changing, he or she may come around—even if it takes a few weeks or months. Remember that we're all at different stages in our healthy journeys, and you can't force someone to have the same "ah-ha" moment about getting in shape that you have had. So continue to encourage and invite your fiancé to join in your healthy changes, and hopefully your loved one will join you on a healthier path sooner than later.
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • VAINVT
    I've been married for 46 years, and progress was slow. However, it is important to keep your own standards and hope your mate eventually catches up. Comments and information were not a big help in my case... - 2/10/2014 8:58:39 AM