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Helping someone, whether they like it or not

Thursday, September 06, 2012

My spouse is going to give up junk food and unhealthy (constant) snacking.
There's no use in denying it; he's getting fat. And if there's one area of life in which I have plenty of expertise, it's poor eating habits and getting fat.

In truth, this is something we were both afraid of... because he QUIT SMOKING six weeks ago. Yay! But the other thing- the risk of weight gain- has turned out to be a very real concern. It seems my spouse can not stop snacking, and we already knew about his poor food choices.

So, this morning, I told him there'd be no more pastries, no more Triscuits, cheese and pepperoni, no more Cheez-its. I will still allow him to eat regular meals of pizza and pot pies, but not the snacks. Or, he could eat healthy meals prepared by me. If he had a problem with that, he could stay home when I went for groceries. He agreed. He knows he needs the help, and he knows I've been down this road before.

Quitting cigarettes was a huge step for him, and I am THRILLED at his accomplishment. I really believe the next part will be much easier for him! While he's been smoking for about 25 years, he's never had a weight problem until now. And as they say, we caught it early.
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    It's great that you're so actively helping your DH and he seems receptive to it, too! We have to take things one step at a time and that's what you're doing. Keep pressing forward. You both can do this!
    2800 days ago
  • NETSUE64
    It's great that you can help and that you've been there too!
    3162 days ago
    WOW! That is huge! Congrats and good luck!!!
    3171 days ago
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    I'm glad he agreed. Sometimes it's difficult to help someone else. I think it's great that he quit smoking! After that, changing his eating habits should come easy for him. They say obesity is a risk factor much like smoking so I'm glad you're helping him before it gets out of hand.

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    3171 days ago
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    Totally awesome. I believe everything in this life is one step at a time. Good for you guys!!!!
    3171 days ago
    GREAT for both of you!!!!!
    3171 days ago
    That's awesome and he has a wonderful coach to help him through!
    3171 days ago
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