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I really enjoyed your article. I liked the ideas. I also like the fact that you tell me to not talk about it all the time, but to just support good diet and exercise! Report
My husband, who is retired, is quite satisfied with being overweight. He even just went to the doctor and got a very good report: just a little low in HDL. Of course, he's on the cholesterol drugs, high blood pressure medicine, etc. I cook healthy, but he goes to the store and buys all the junk food to snack on. We used to walk, and he used to play golf, but now he mostly sits. He does complain about his back hurting and I have told him that if he could lose all the weight in his stomach, he'd feel better, comparing the condition to pregnant women having back aches. I cannot believe that his doctor doesn't bring up his weight. My doctor is always on me about mine. So nothing on the list of how to help your family members is something I could use in his case. I am going to read the other comments now because I'm sure there are others like my husband. Report
This article came at an interesting time for me. My husband has never really struggled with weight the way I have. However, recently he has noticed that his Levis are tighter to button up. So he mentions that he needs to do something. He is a little funny about it though. He thinks he should still be able to eat whatever he likes (just half of it) and watch TV every moment he isn't working or sleeping. He has a desk job, so he sits all day. I would like to see him increase his physical activity, but the minute he starts to breathe a bit heavily, he says he can't do it.
I would like some ideas to get him to be more active. Report
I'm not sure what to think of this article. My husband is much much heavier than I am. He already knows he needs to loose weight. He has kind of been working on it (inconsitently). He has lost some of the weight too. But I never want him to feel pressure from me. I personally don't do well if I feel pressured by someone else. In fact it will either make me mad or feel down (like I am not good enough as I am). I think things like buying him "active" gifts or taking him on a suprise hike would not go over well. It sounds underhanded and sneaky - indicating that I want him to do something without telling him straight out. I think he has to want to do it for himself, not me. I will give him encouragement if he does healthy things and praise him if he does loose some weight but I am not going to pressure him. And maybe he will want to join in if I am working on it for myself. Report
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). Report
This was a FANTASTIC article with great ideas. A great reminder that it's our actions that
speak louder than our words. Thanks for the tips.
Deb Report
I like the ideas that are engineered to encourage, but let's not get manipulative about how we "encourage" others. Some of these ideas can be just plain frustrating to others and I think that's worse than openly talking about fitness or nutrition too much. I don't want to be too critical here, I understand this article is offered in the spirit of helpful ideas to use in being a good influence. It just triggers my "manipulation alert" that usually sends me running the opposite direction when I detect it. Report
I have tried a lot of things on your list to no avail. Some people cannot be reached no matter what you do. I have led by example by losing 100 lbs. I keep only HEALTHY foods in the house, so they "sneak" eat out of the house. I will NOT police other people's eating habits anymore. I have to worry about MY eating habits. If I cook and no one eats what I prepare, I don't care anymore. Report
I loved the article, thank you! I recently moved in with family after a move, and it is weird not being able to control everything that comes into the house. We have tried the game night thing, though, and everyone has a blast--our favorite activities are the Wii Fit, swimming, and lawn darts. Report
I love this article. It is something that I am struggling with at my house. I think we will be trying to conceive in the next few years, so I am trying to get in the habit of eating well, and I want us to raise happy healthy kids, so I want him to get in the habit too.

We have done several of those things lately... cooking at home, adding a bet (we're wearing pedometers and having a contest to see who gets more every day) and the reward is massages from the other, and more! Thanks for additional ideas. Report
I enjoyed this article as it discusses things to do with all family members, not just children. Thanks!!! Report
Great article and good ideas! I incorporated a fruit grazing bowl on our kitchen counter and I'm amazed at how my kids are drawn to it over the junkie over-processed stuff that used to be in the cabinet. Report
My cooking is disastrous, so I simply, subtly encourage Hubby to prepare healthier dishes. He makes the BEST baked chicken ever, but he's more apt to target the beef at the grocery store (not the lean kind, either), so I have to always suggest we get chicken instead. I also lead by example...Hubby has decided no more sodas in the house (about a month after I tried to decide and Hubby said no way) and he's going on walks with me more. Small and subtle works well with him when it comes to healthy living! Report
These are all good ideas, although a bunch of them don't apply to me. It's just me and my husband, no children, and my parents live pretty far away. I apply as much of this as I can to my husband, but it's really my parents who could use this advice and, well, I can't exactly cook dinner for them or plan activities with them! Report

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