“Tomorrow is Monday so everything changes. New diet starts and I’m hitting the gym after work!”
Tomorrow arrives. You are up at the crack of dawn. You may have the dog to take for a walk. Kids to get ready for school. You get to work and it is mayhem. You finish work and leave the office feeling stressed and exhausted. You may have the best intentions, yet you return home, your partner has their feet up and suggests you open a bottle of wine to relax. The gym is cancelled.
According to a study by Munoz, M (2016), the relationship you have with your partner has a greater impact on your chances of being obese than your genetics. Now this isn’t your free pass to start pointing the finger and blaming your other half for everything. Your genetics do still play a significant part in your likelihood of being overweight, but the lifestyle that you and your partner lead is crucial to your long term health.
Losing weight is tough, especially if you have a significant amount to lose. The journey to full health may take months, if not years. So changing those existing lifestyle habits is key. Firstly, you need to create a support network that will help you succeed. If you really want to dump those unhealthy habits, you need to get your partner or friends on board.
Sometimes you just need to be honest. Sit them down and explain how much this means to you and how much you need their support. You will want them there to share your experiences and successes, and you will need them for encouragement and motivation (or a kick up the backside on your off days).
Outside of your relationship, start getting involved in neighbourhood events, your local parkrun, or join local exercise classes. The broader your support network, the greater the chance of your success.
If you are struggling to find that much needed support at home, then maybe it is time to invest in a personal trainer. If you need someone to hold you accountable then email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.