Healthy Relationships

June 5, 2012

PhotobucketMy goal for 2012 was to be healthy in all facets of life, including relationships. I find myself in one again, and aside from emotional health (arguably the most important factor in a relationship), we are striving to adhere to healthy eating and exercise routines. Since relationships generally seem to give people a sense of comfort and acceptance, it’s not uncommon to see one or both partners pack on some pounds after they’ve settled down. Instead of giving in to those fuzzy feelings and taking advantage of now having a partner to check out new restaurants with, we have employed some tactics to aid us in making weight loss progress:

  • Staying active together. Yesterday we played badminton for a bit after work, and over the weekend we rode bikes around town. We still get to spend time together like we would cuddled up on the couch, but while being active and burning calories.
  • Preparing healthy meals together. Now that I’m in a relationship this is the perfect time to try out new recipes AND to share recipes we each like with each other.
  • Grocery shop together. Don’t you want to be part of one of those cute couples at the grocery store? Even if this isn’t one of your aspirations, it’s good to chose foods that you both agree on. We grabbed some jerky and nuts for movie snacks this weekend, and often grab ingredients for meals together too.
  • Dine out together. Yep. You read that correctly. There are healthy dining options if you plan ahead. Read menus and make sure you know what you’ll be getting ahead of time, and then go out and enjoy eating a salad or some naked chicken wings with the one you love.
  • Set goals together. I mentioned before that Sam would be cooking me a steak once I’ve lost 100lbs. Don’t think that transitioning from friend to boyfriend gets him out of that commitment. Setting goals is beneficial for many reasons and doing it together helps keep both of you accountable.
  • Talk about it. We have many conversations surrounding health and weight loss. I express my fears to Sam about gaining weight back if I lose sight of my diet and exercise routines. It’s important for your partner to know your concerns so he or she can be supportive whether or not they also have weight to lose.

Now that I’ve got this mushy, couples post out of the way expect a billion more of them because I’m a happy girl and it’s my blog.


2 Responses to “Healthy Relationships”

  1. samiskunx Says:

    Love it. It so true about happy weight. You are very inspirational. John and I have been cooking together a lot more lately and I notice when we don’t cook together it’s an epic fail for both people.

    • figurefinder Says:

      As Lyndsi likes to say: failing to plan is planning to fail. But yeah, if you work together it’s soooo much easier to stay on track. I always dated guys (in the past obvs) that had super metabolisms and ate whatever they wanted. It’s pretty nice to have someone in my life that understands the struggle.

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