My hubby is my fitness partner by accident. How does that happen? I was thinking about how over the last 25 years , Bob and I have become fitness partners quite by accicent and it has been good for both of us.
For many many years, hubby lived the sedentary lifestyle. This was much to my amazement. He had been an athlete in high school, but after graduation did not give exercising or healthy eating a thought. No amount of encouragement from me could get him off the couch or his hands out of the chip bag.
Then, at age 40, he decided to start exercising. He began to ride a stationary bike I got for Christmas. It’s a good thing he made this decision. It probably saved his life. When he rode, he started to have a pain between his shoulder blades. His family has a history of heart attacks at a young age. He decided to go get it checked out and ended up getting a stent in the “widowmaker” artery that was blocked in his heart. The widow would have been me….so I’m glad it all turned out the way it did!
Now he had to exercise and eat right. Motivated mostly by fear, he began a running program and went on a low-fat diet. I wanted to be supportive, so I also went on the diet and started t0 run. The low-fat diet had a lot of tasty recipes and it wasn’t long until we both started to lose weight. Hubby worked his way up to 5 miles per day and decided to enter some 5ks. I am not much of a runner, but I would go along when he ran outside. I couldn’t keep up with him, but we ran together on a cinder track near our house. When he did a 5k in Southporte, NC I signed up for the 1 mile fun run. After while, I had to drop out of the diet because I was starting to be uncomfortable sitting on the floor or hard chairs. (I was losing weight in places where I sort of needed it!) So I added some snacks each day and tried not to indulge in front of him too much.
After quite a few years of this routine, the overuse injuries started to get hubby down. He couldn’t run as much. The fear factor was starting to wear off and he wasn’t sticking to his low-fat diet as well either. Enter a friend who lost about 30lbs doing P90X. Hubby decided he wanted to try it. He ordered his P90X from the internet. Of course I wanted to be supportive, so I decided to do it with him. The first three days just about killed me (and I was already exercising regularly 5 days per week). Then the results started to happen for both of us. He gained upper body strength and I discovered I did have abs after all! I eventually could do some pull-ups and I had never been able to do that before. This really increased the self-confidence. We were both in the best shape of our lives.
About a year ago, hubby got a new, very sweet job that offered the services of a personal trainer. He is able to work out to a plan tailor made for him and he can work out during his lunch hour. I continued to be supportive by doing P90X plus and ChaLean Extreme at home. Unfortunately, the weight krept back on for hubby, even though he was working out. He scheduled an appointment to see the company nutritionist and asked me to go along.
Basically, she said he needed to make a conscious decision to change the way he was eating, especially on the weekends. So now we are both eating more lean meats and fresh fruits and veggies and eating less bread, pasta and other starchy carbs. We are also limiting desserts or changing the types of desserts we eat to more healthy choices. We spend a lot of time planning meals, buying the groceries carefully and paying attention to when we are full.
Having a fitness partner can really make a difference when you are trying to change the lifestyle you are living and make it healthier. It’s been working for Bob and I for quite a while. If you would like a fitness partner or fitness coach contact me!
Author: Sue Kauffman
Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at email@example.com
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