How to help your partner lose weight? How do you stay or get fit as a couple?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I dragged him to Weight Watchers.  🙂  I’ve been a member on/off since 2003.  I damaged my spinal cord and through my recovery managed to pack on 80 lbs.  So I joined to get the weight off.  I’ve been up and down over the last 10 years, but I catch myself closer and closer to goal everytime.  Currently I’m 15 lbs above my personal goal, but back on plan.  He knows about all of this (when we met I was below goal).  So he asked about joining and I explained the plan.  He thought it sounded reasonable and like something he could do, so he joined.  

He loves the online tools on his phone.  And the barcode scanner.  And its easy.  It’s all normal food.  I think he like that there are men in our meeting (he doesn’t have to sit there in a meeting full of old ladies!)  So far, so good.  Also, its easy for him since I do the bulk of the cooking and I make things that fit within my plan (I get way less points than him, despite being not that far apart in weight – we’re exactly the same height.) 

We ski a lot in the winter.  We have a 4 day ski holiday coming up, and weekend trips.  We both belong to the same gym and choose classes.  He loves yoga.  I am not a yogi, but I’m willing to give it a whirl if it means he goes.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My fiance joined weight watchers online when I was doing weight watchers meetings so that he could have the same gadgety tools I had and could plan meals he made for us better.

I got a fitbit Flex, and he wanted one, too.

I have been doing beachbody workout programs since last January and in August, he saw me trying out a new program T25, and he loved the idea of it being only 25 minutes a day. He’s been following that program ever since, and loves it.

So really, just do what you need to do to stay healthy, and include him in those activities. I don’t think my fiance would have tried the T25 program if I hadn’t started it and had been working out in the house for 8 months leading up to it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We do DVD workouts together after work (Jillian Michaels, Insanity, etc.).  I’m the one who started it.   I love doing them together.  Mostly because if he just watched, he would probably think they were easy.  When we do them together, he knows how hard they are — and I kick his butt!

Post # 7
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2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@nadnuk:  I forgot about this! I have fitbit as well.  And he’s bugging for one (it’ll be part of his birthday gift next week.)  We can compete!  

Also, if you’re cooking meals for both of you, you can make them on the leaner side (whichever meal you eat together) and then bulk up your other meals away from home with healthier options for your own weight issues.  At least that way you won’t have to cook two meals.  

Weight watchers online has a guys only forum.  He might be more apt to do that if he knows there are other dudes in his shoes. 

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