Weight Loss Ride or Die: Why you Need One

Friday, July 1, 2016

One of the things my husband and I had in common 12 years ago was our desire to get healthier so we started a diet together. We had a long distance relationship, so our dieting was long distance too. We both got results! Life has indeed improved for us: we are now married parents of 3 wonderful children. We have moved twice and we have seen other changes in life. I have learned that over the years, my husband is my Weight Loss Ride or Die.

A Weight Loss Ride or Die is someone who will support you in your health journey so that both of you will reach your weight loss goals. I understand that this may not work for all couples but so far, it has worked for us.

There are seasons in life (such as the 3 times I was pregnant) that I am not up for the weight loss ride. Still, I find that I can support my husband. He has also had seasons when he was not up for the ride but he supported me in my health goals.

A Weight Loss Ride or Die doesn't have to be an individual but it can also be a group. I adopted this concept after the birth of my second daughter. I joined a weight loss group and lost a great amount of weight. You can see the before and after photos here. I'll be honest and tell you that when I could not longer afford the group, I went at it solo but always with the help of my original Weight Loss Ride or Die. You can see the results I got here.

I find myself in a place where I am not comfortable with my weight because of where I've been. I've been leaner before and I saw my health progressing rapidly. It's hard to let go of that reality. I also find myself aware that as I go to my doctor regularly, I get great advice on how to get back to a healthier weight.

It has been said that "if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Going together with my Weight Loss Ride or Die has many benefits. I love how we can support each other and we can encourage each other on a regular basis. When I've been down in the past, he has looked me in the eyes and told me, "You've done some great work and you cannot let stress get the best of you. You will get through this and you will be stronger on the other side."

I hope that you can think of a person or a group who can support you on your weight loss efforts. You will find that when you get to your goal, you will have that same supportive human being by your side to celebrate who you've become.

* On a personal note, this is Week 2 of my weight loss program and I'm down 6 lbs. I'm encouraged to get going as I seek to improve my health and get the benefit of better runs this marathon season.