Although Hubby generally tries to eat healthy and exercise, he's a bit more lax about his program than I. Mostly this is because he can lose weight quickly. All it takes is a few weeks of total dedication for him to drop five pounds. I, on the other hand, struggle to lose every ounce.
As a result, he splurges on "cheat" meals more often than I do. And he skips a lot more workouts, too.
Unfortunately, his behavior rubs off on me. I call it The Spouse Effect.
This would be ok if The Spouse Effect was only an issue on weekends. But his workdays are sporadic. It's not unusual for him to work four days in a row and then have six days off.
Those six days off can mean almost an entire week of struggle against The Spouse Effect.
And, like everything else, it gets harder to fight over time. I'll be totally dedicated and steadfast in the face of The Spouse Effect for the first day or two. But by day three or four, Hubby's encouragement for Chinese take-out or an Italian dinner usually breaks through my weakening barriers.
And it's always easier to skip a workout when your spouse is skipping his, too.
I've tried encouraging Hubby to exercise more and make better food choices, but it seems like his bad habits tend to rub off more than my good ones.
I have to find an effective way to counter The Spouse Effect. Anyone have any tricks or tips to offer?