So … marriage is great. For the most part. There is one thing, that no one really warns you about:
Post-wedding weight gain.
It’s a problem that affects many married couples. You’re happy, you don’t really feel like you need to impress anyone – your spouse has declared in front of an audience that they’ll love you no matter what. You start cooking for 2 … which really means 4 – because we can take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. But then there are no leftovers. Some couples struggle with this all their lives. Some individuals are strong enough to overcome the challenges alone. But others can only conquer weight loss and healthy eating if it’s a team effort.
And 15 months into our marriage that’s where we found ourselves – doughy, overeating, and feeling like we couldn’t do anything to stop it.
But then … we found a way. We started counting calories, choosing healthier meals, eating smaller portions. As the weather grew warmer, we started exercising – even if it was just a short walk. And almost 6 months later, our lives have changed completely!
We haven’t met our “weight-loss goals” quite yet, but the journey has proven to be more important. Our plan doesn’t limit what we can eat – but it helps us make conscious choices not to overeat.
Jonathan has lost 46 pounds. I’ve lost 25. It’s been a transformative journey in more ways than just the number on the scale. We feel great, we’re happy to have lost weight, but it’s about more than that. We’ve changed our lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle we’d like to continue maintaining even after we meet our weight loss goals!