Weight loss is the one resolution that stays with us month after month and year after year. It starts out in January (right after a glutenous Thanksgiving and Christmas) and continues through the spring (gotta get that beach body right) then on through the fall (lose a few pounds real quick before gaining the holiday weight). This never-ending cycle continues on and on and could never end, but having someone to motivate you could make or break your weight loss journey.
Is your partner supporting or sabotaging your attempts at a healthy lifestyle?
Being in a relationship makes you want to eat better and work out more. You finally have someone you want to get "hot" for. You want them to look at you and say "Wow". Sure, you wanted that Wow factor with strangers on the street, but if they didn't look at you and say "Wow", who cares? They're just a stranger on the street anyway... But when you finally get in a relationship, you want to look good for your significant other and make them proud to be with you.
It's a proven fact that accountability helps you stay focused on your weight loss plan. That form of accountability could be a food journal, a fitness app, or a co-worker who's a great workout buddy. But if it's your significant other, the one person you communicate with probably more than anyone, you will be that much more likely to stick to what you've started.
A supportive partner motivates and inspires you to keep going. Even though they will (or should) love you regardless of how you look, if they really care about you, they should want you to be healthy. They should be encouraging you to make smart choices when it comes to eating healthy and working out. Plus, it adds a little friendly competition. And all this working out and getting fit will definitely spice things up behind closed doors!
Try new (healthy, but tasty) recipes with each other. Go for a bike ride together. Get (and use) a gym membership. Do whatever it takes to spice up your life and help each other out in your healthy living journey.
"Erik and I have both tried to lose weight separately for years, unsuccessfully. We finally decided to try Advocare nutrition lifestyle together and we've been so successful. We encourage one another, and hold each other accountable. It's really made our relationship stronger to pursue this challenge as a couple." -Kelly O., Roanoke, VA
Someone who is not supportive is only sabotaging your healthy lifestyle. They talk you out of working out and into eating bad. With them in your ear, every day becomes a cheat day! And to avoid preparing two separate meals, you just compromise and eat whatever junk they're having. But that's not okay! You can't let them bring you down. If anything, you've got to encourage them to do better. Try to motivate them to eat better and work out more often. Let them know that you are not eating healthy to be "skinny" (although that is a totally acceptable side effect). You want to live a long, happy life and you want them there with you.
There will inevitably be many ups and downs in your weight loss journey, but with a committed partner to help you along the way, you will be much more likely to find long-term success.
How do you and your partner motivate each other?