In This Episode
In this episode, we’re talking about relationships, especially when it comes to encouraging your spouse to get healthier.
This is a topic that I see come up fairly often in Facebook groups, and it’s one that we talk about with clients a good amount.
Note: Throughout this episode, I’m going to refer to husbands, because the majority of our clientele are married to a men, but please know that I’m not trying to exclude non-heterosexual relationships and that the same advice applies to any partnership.
There are three categories I’m talking about.
- You and your husband are on the same page about wanting to make changes to your health. Maybe this means losing weight, improving other health markers or feeling better. Whatever that looks like, you have a shared goal or vision.
- The woman wants to make changes, lose weight, etc. and the husband seems to be actively opposing that or making it harder for.
- A wife wants her husband to make changes, (e.g. lose weight, lower cholesterol or blood pressure), and he doesn’t want to or doesn’t seem to care.
The common denominator?
You’ve got to have clear communication. Whether you’re creating a plan toward a common goal or sharing your desires and needs with a less-than-supportive spouse, open conversations are the key.
I’m sharing tons of practical tips and real life examples of how some of our clients have approached these situations.
- How men and women often experience weight loss differently
- How to navigate different approaches to the same goal
- Tips for communicating your goals, needs and feelings
- How to continue to make your health a priority, even when your spouse isn’t supportive
- Ideas for creating shifts as a family
- The spillover effect for your whole family when you choose to make your own health a priority
There are two big concepts I hope you’ll take away from this episode:
First, you and your partner don’t need to be on the same page in order for you to make your health a priority. Don’t let someone else’s lack of support prevent you from doing what you need to do to live your life to the fullest, happiest, healthiest and most confident.
Second, you can lead your family by example. You can decide that you’re going to do it for you. And, more often than not, that’s going to have a more powerful impact on your family than trying to force things.