Fiance back on track

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I have to brag a bit about my fiance - he has been working out for two weeks straight after a few months' hiatus. For about five months last year, he did Insanity and stuck with it on fairly regular basis throughout the week. Not to the degree Shaun T wants you to, but hey, he was seeing results so it worked for him.

Then he fell off the bandwagon around Thanksgiving. It was a huge bummer to see him go from feeling and looking great to back to his unhealthy habits of skipping workouts and eating poorly.

As much as I encouraged/nagged him to get back on track, this was something he had to decide for himself. No matter how many times I asked him to join me for a hike or an Insanity workout, he wouldn't do it until he was ready. It was too easy for him to make excuses and say "one day I'll get back on track." I hoped by setting a good example that he would feel a little bit of motivation. I would wake up early and finish my Insanity DVDs (something I never did a few months ago). I surprised him when I told him I signed up for a mini-marathon ("But you hate running!" he said). And, I annoyed him when I refused to eat white pasta and rice (he loves to cook, so that one slightly hurt his feelings, I think).

Then, a few weeks ago, something snapped and he's back to doing his workout videos every day after work. Even on Fridays, which is huge because last year he'd simply claim it was the weekend, skip the workout and relax instead. Plus, his eating habits are slowly evolving. We all have our vices and his happens to be over eating after dinner. Now he's planning his meals throughout the day with more thought which prevents him from being hungry once 8 p.m. hits.

So, as frustrating as it was to watch him spiral slightly out of control after months of positive results, it's been exciting to watch him improve every single day. I'd like to take a little bit of credit of influencing him to begin working out and eating healthy emoticon

He now strives to cook healthy recipes and makes sure to use brown rice. Plus, we've made plans to run at a track at a local school close to his house during the week when we stay together. I'm so proud he's back at it, and I hope he sticks with it. Plus, he's motivating ME - it's so much easier when your SO not only supports your efforts but mirrors them! We find motivation through each other. Besides, we have a wedding in September that will be here before we know it!

How do you motivate your loved ones to lead a healthy lifestyle?
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