Probably like a lot of you lady sparkers, I'm the main driver behind healthy eating and lifestyle in my household. My husband knows that when I've made up my mind, that's it. He can either get on board the train or get run over by it. Patrick decided to hop on board, albeit reluctantly.
So for three weeks or so we went on like this. I insisted on eating healthy, and reminding him that we don't want to end up with severe health problems in our 50s like our parents. I went to the gym, he didn't. Patrick did help me with meal planning; I think he likes having some control over what's on his plate.
Then everything changed this weekend.
Sunday we sat down to plan our meals and write the grocery list as usual. Then I sent him to the grocery store with our list while I ran another errand next door. When I found him in the grocery store, he'd only added two items not on the list: extra fruit for me and chips for him. So far, so normal, right?
The fruit was very thoughtful. (Which, thankfully, is normal for him.) But he'd BOTHERED TO READ THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION on his chips. And chose baked ones low in fat and cholesterol.
Health food? Probably not. But hubby read the nutritional information - all on his own! Breakthrough!
Later that night he fixed dinner (whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs) while I worked out on the Wii fit. He asked me if I could step away for a minute and make a salad to go with dinner.
I almost fell off the balance board! Could this really be MY husband, requesting a salad? The man in the kitchen didn't appear to be a pod person, so I made him a salad. Loaded with vegetables he specifically requested. Weird, but delightful.
After dinner I got back on the Wii while he talked with his dad on the phone. He saw how much fun I was having and jumped on as soon as he finished chatting. This was at 10:30 at night!
Since then Patrick has stayed on the healthy diet, working out plan. Because he wants to and enjoys it.
I am so proud of him. And relieved, because this will make our healthy lifestyle journey easier. And deeply joyed because it means we'll have many years of health and happiness. Way to go, Patrick!