How To Sell Others On Being Healthy
Your numerous comments on my last post about dinners with extended families have inspired me to touch upon a similar subject - how to get the support from husbands and wives, and how to reward them for it. This topic applies to more than just weight loss - think of any of your interests that you have and happen not to share with your spouse or partner, such as dancing, museums, sports, etc - wouldn't it be great not to have to do those things all alone?
The answer, as you all know, lies in compromise. This wouldn't have been difficult to guess in the case of very gender-specific interests, such as shopping for clothes. I personally don't like doing it and buy most of my clothes online, but I love stopping by in electronics stores and checking out all the latest gadgets. Thankfully, there are plenty of both of these stores in New York, so my wife and I never have to motivate each other to get some fresh air outside.
But why would you have to offer a compromise in the case of interests that are healthy and good for both of you? Because the other person may not share that interest with you, regardless of how wrong that is. For many of us on Calorie Count, it is difficult to understand that not everyone is trying their hardest to live as long as possible, but some people are just more interested in short-term gains than in long-term health, and we have to accept that.
Now that we have come to terms with the fact that health-related interests need to be sold the same way as any other hobby, let's think of how to get your partner to take part in them. For example, if you are counting calories and would like to get your partner to be as calorie-conscious as you are, how about setting a weekly calorie goal and rewarding both of you if you manage to reach it? Each person's interests are different, so you will know best what you'll have to do to get your partner's attention.
Do you have any other ideas? How did you get others to support you in dieting? Let us know in the comments.