Unsupportive Partners: 7
Ways to Placate Your Mate When They Don't Feel Great about You Losing
Weight By Stephanie Saunders
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To have and to hold from this day forward;
for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in weight loss and muscle
building; till death do us part. It is unlikely that these were your actual
vows on your wedding day, but often the most difficult struggle a couple can
face is when one member is considering a change, while the other prefers the
status quo. That includes having kids, changing careers or homes, and, yes,
getting into shape. You'd assume that the more attractive your partner becomes,
the happier you would be, but this isn't always the case. Increased
attractiveness can foster insecurity, jealousy, resentment, and in extreme
cases, emotional withdrawal and sabotage.
When a significant other becomes more
attractive, and as a result, receives more and more attention, it can make the
other person insecure. And if everyone starts turning their heads, look out!
That person may start to wonder, "Why is my partner seeking so much attention?
Is something already going on? If I find them attractive as they are, why isn't
that enough?" The answer is, of course, that we want to change to feel better
about ourselves. Not that having heads turn as you enter the Christmas party is
not a bonus, but it really is about meeting your own goals. And when the love
of your life suddenly forgoes snuggling on the couch with Chinese takeout for a
P90X workout, resentment can
enter the picture.
So how do you continue toward your fitness
goals without letting it affect the relationship you have with your
with communication. In the same way you should consult your doctor
before beginning an exercise program, talk to your partner about what you are
looking to accomplish. Explain that this is not motivated by a desire to
attract other people, or anyone already in your life, but simply because you
want to be healthier and feel better about yourself. Going into detail about
your exercise plan and nutritional goals can take the unknown out of the
equation, and possibly spark a desire in your mate. If you are still met with
resentment, explain that you do not expect your partner to change just because
you want to, and that you love him or her exactly as he or she is.
Ask for support. The road
to health can be a tough battle, and we can use all of the support we can get.
Asking your partner to be supportive along this road can make a huge
difference. Ask your mate to use positive comments regarding your progress, and
to only ask if you are making a wise choice, if you actually slip up. This will
allow your partner to feel like he or she is part of the process without giving
him or her the power to control it. Encouraging your partner to join you along
this path will elicit the greatest amount of support of all.
training partner. If your mate is unwilling to join you, find someone
who is. Having a training partner creates greater motivation and retention than
doing it alone. Obviously, find someone of the same sex, or at least someone
who won't threaten your mate. If you're meeting resistance from your mate,
working out with Lorenzo Lamas won't increase the love at home. In addition to
pushing one another to work out and eat healthy, talk with the training partner
about your frustrations and ask about his or her own. If you are unable to find
a Workout Buddy, remember your Beachbody® Coach is always available to give
you added motivation.
Don't fall into eating pitfalls.
Grocery shopping, meal preparation, and snacking can be challenging in
a household on the same eating path. But when you are trying to eat lean
protein and vegetables, and your partner would prefer macaroni and cheese with
a side of fries, the challenge can become World War III. If you are the primary
shopper and food preparer, you have a lot of power over what your family
consumes. Healthy food can taste great, and your mate might have no idea that
you have altered his or her diet. With that said, you might need to make
concessions for what your mate desires and make alterations to meal plans that
can satisfy both people's needs. Something as easy as adding an extra side for
your mate can keep the peace. If you are not the primary meal provider, be
prepared to take control over what you consume.
Also, make sure tempting treats are out of
immediate reach. If you have a countertop full of potato chips and Oreos®,
eating carrot sticks might lose its appeal. Put all of your partner's junk food
in a specific drawer, and avoid it.
Try to work out around family time.
There are only so many hours in a day, and you should spend at least
eight of those hours asleep. Finding time to exercise can be challenging as it
is. And if that exercise time cuts into time that can be spent with a loved
one, resentment can build. I have several friends who began workout programs
that took them immediately from work to the gym daily, which got them home at 9
PM. Basically, they didn't see their mate until Saturday, which did not go over
well. Here is where P90X and
INSANITY® workouts are
so helpful. If you can manage to crawl out of bed a bit earlier in the morning,
you can begin your day with an amazing workout, and still be home in time to
have dinner with your partner. If you're a night owl, try working out after
your love has retired for the evening. Being considerate of your time together
can make all the difference in the world.
Keep the peace, but honor
thyself. Sometimes all of the communication and consideration in the
world will not help a partner to understand your desire to change. If this is
the case, short of seeking therapy, you must continue toward your goals and try
to make it as undisruptive as possible to your partner. We realize that this is
one of the most important relationships in your life, but no relationship is
more important than the one you have with yourself.
from health and fitness to please someone else will just lead you down the path
of resentment. Keep moving forward, creating positive change, and try to still
give energy to the relationship. Maybe your partner will not understand, but
perhaps over time, he or she can learn to accept.
Relationships can be incredible adventures
that offer great opportunities for growth, happiness, and security. Learning to
navigate that adventure can be challenging, but ultimately well worth it.
Always remember that your greatest tools are communication and compassion.
Sometimes, trying to understand why our partner is resistant can help you
figure out a way to explain your needs to them. And know that change will come
in life, whether we create it or not. Figuring out how to foster support over
something like lifestyle change can make the harder struggles in life easier to
deal with later on. Having six-pack abs should not destroy "till death do us
part." And with communication, consideration, and some effective planning,
perhaps your mate might learn to love your new look.