(he is so gonna kill me for posting this photo, he just wanted to show me some outfits for our xmas photos..ooh I'm in trouble)
Day Twenty Three: I am thankful for hubby's determination, willingness to get back up, and most importantly believing. One month later, he is down 25+ pounds, five pounds from his goal of losing thirty pounds... no magic pill, just "effin" hard work and discipline.
You know getting fit and staying fit are two entirely different things. There's almost this invisible pendulum of one extreme to the other with us. I feel like hubby and I are always one way or the other, where we are gung-ho on fitness and then when we fall, we fall hard and getting back up seems next to impossible. Throughout the years, fitness for both of us seemed to take on two different meanings. For me, I've grown to love running, it became more than just a workout, it was "my" thing and shedding a few pounds is always the plus side, but hubby will always tell me (even on my fattest days) that I'm not fat. And I know, I'm not. Sure it wouldn't hurt to lose a few inches and get toned.. but unlike him, my job never required me to be up to standards so fitness for him was not just about losing weight but for him, records were kept to insure his fitness was up to par in his job.
So when we gain our weight back or lose our ways.. it's so hard to get back up. But that's where we have to understand that "fitness" is a lifestyle change. It's in what we do everyday and the choices we make every.single.day. As I ran miles without him this summer, I wanted him to do the same... so bad. But I've learned that you can't make someone want something and sometimes the best thing to do is just wait. And my husband is a fighter and fought his way back to where he wants to be.
I'm so proud of him and I want him to celebrate the pounds shed.. because you need to recognize your achievements and see how far you've come. I'm a firm believer that when you feel good on the outside, it can do wonders on your inside.. your confidence builds tenfold.
And you'll see on Thankful 26 that hubby has been "schooling" me on some speed drills.. forcing me to step out of my comfort zone of long distance running and trying to turn me into a sprinter.. well, maybe just training me to shave off some time for my next half marathons.