How many of you feel that your exercise plan is derailed week after week because your boyfriend/fiance/spouse/partner doesn’t want you spending the time or makes other plans for you? Or you feel it is a point of tension between you two? Come on, I know there are lots of you out there!!
When PB and I first met I wasn’t sure how into fitness and eating well he was. He looked really good, but he is also a hardworking attorney and involved a lot in church, so I didn’t know how much free time he had for leisurely runs (and bread from scratch, for that matter).
At first we would talk about our great exercise plans, but neither of us really stuck to it. I would decide to stay home and chat on the phone all night with him (and it would be cold and dark by the time exercise time came around) and he… well, I don’t know what he did but he also wasn’t really exercising that much.
Fast forward 20 months later and we exercise together every weekend we are in the same town. We even tell each other how good or bad our workouts are during the week! For example, yesterday I rocked a 3.5 mile run on the dreadmill at the gym (less than a 9:00 minute pace, which is awesome for me for over 3 miles) and couldn’t wait to tell him! PB, on the other hand, got lazy and skipped. (How’s that for throwing him under the bus?!?) We both look forward to the day we can get up at sunrise, in the same place, head downstairs for a quick run together, and then head to work.
I really feel that without him motivating me with words and his own workouts (and literally dragging me outside to run with him sometimes), I wouldn’t have been able to reach the fitness goals that I have. Or to continue reaching the ones I have now.
Having someone to keep you accountable and also to be there by your side can have some great positive influences! Sometimes I get annoyed with PB when he tries to make me exercise, but afterwards I am always thankful!!!!
I’d also like to add that I have learned it is in my best interest to exercise at least 4 times a week… bare minimum..PB has learned that about me too… because when I don’t, I become a very crazy lady. I am mean and annoyed all the time and generally grumpy.
as in.. I go from this:
Does that happen to anyone else?
Do you and your hunny exercise together? Do you find that he or she motivates you to work harder and exercise more consistently? I love having my own personal cheerleader AND team member all in one.