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Changing Your Lifestyle With Your Loved One

Throughout my weight loss and lifestyle change, my husband Kyle has been a constant source of support. He joined Weight Watchers with me in April 2012, and together, we've lost 196 pounds. Having someone eating the same foods, counting the same points and sharing the same goals is what helped us finally get healthy. Today, I asked him to share his thoughts on what it's like to change your lifestyle with your loved one. 




Kyle's Heaviest Weight: 330 pounds

Current Weight: 239 pounds

Goal Weight: 210-215 pounds

Proudest achievement so far: I have a kid who likes vegetables and other healthy food, and makes healthy choices.

Think back to April of 2012 when I asked you to join Weight Watchers with me. What was different compared to when I'd asked you to join before? 
Kenlee. In all reality, we were eating crap, and I didn't want her to have the same lifestyle.

How was this attempt different compared to the other times you'd tried to lose weight on your own? In other words, what made this attempt successful? 
You. I tried the diet pills, all that bull crap - it doesn't work. You have to have the support system there.

Do you think Weight Watchers is a good program for men? 
Yes because I haven't felt like it's been a diet all - you make the system work for you. I think the problem is when people diet, they're restricting themselves. If I want ice cream, I have ice cream, and I just gotta deal with the consequences of it. If I could change anything, I would have started sooner.

What are some of the benefits to changing your lifestyle with your spouse? 
You always have someone to talk to, someone who understands what I'm going through and understands the struggles, and also the victories.

What are some of the maybe not-so-fun parts of changing your lifestyle with your spouse? 
You're a lot more motivated than I am, so I don't always appreciate your chop-bustin' ... but it's for good reason.

What's your favorite healthy meal or food that we eat now? 
I like the salads I take to work - never thought I would say that.

What's your least favorite healthy meal or food that we eat? 
It took me a long time to adjust to brocolli ... But I actually like a lot of fruits and vegetable now. Lately, I really like beets and radishes.

Is there a certain food you still have a weakness for?   
Ice cream and baked goods - that's my kryptonite.

What's been your favorite race that you've run? 
I liked the Warrior Dashes - those were fun.

What race/challenge is on the top of your bucket list? 
Probably a long distance bike ride or maybe a Tough Mudder.

Aside from looking smokin' hot now, how would you say you've changed since you started living healthier? 
I'm more adventurous - I've tried and enjoyed a lot of foods I would have never tried before. Especially spicy foods. I've learned that I can replace some of the bad stuff with better flavors.

How would you say our relationship has changed since we started living healthier? 
I think it's gotten better. We're stronger individually, but we're stronger as a couple, too.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work on being healthier with their spouse/family? 
Be patient. It's not easy. It doesn't happen over night. I think in the past, I was expecting results like, right now, and that just doesn't happen. You gotta be patient and remember it's truly a lifestyle change.

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  1. Loved this post! You guys are awesome. Thanks for sharing, Kyle!

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