We all know they mean well. They encourage you from the sidelines; proud of you for what you’re doing and what you’ve achieved so far. They may be sitting on the couch eating donuts and watching Netflix, but that’s okay; this is for you. And maybe your changes will lead to a desire in them to make some positive changes too.
I’ve seen it all too often. The person who finally, after years of physical and emotional pain, finally decides to do something about it and starts a new health kick — overhauling their diet and training every day. But then that loving partner, starting to miss “the good ol’ days”, but still wanting to look out for you, starts offering you one of those donuts, insists they’re not that bad for you in moderation, and in fact they’re good for you, or questions why you’re listening to all these strangers. What do you do? You haven’t felt this good about yourself for years.
"Often when you finally do something about the physical and emotional pain you’ve lived with for years, you start the journey on your own."
It’s not their fault. It’s basic human psychology. They’re comfortable and things are good right now. They don’t want change. They’re not ready for change. Change means hard work. And they’re actually a bit scared. A bit scared of the unknown. You’ve been this person for years, and now, all of a sudden, you’re becoming someone else. You’re becoming a new person.
Often when you finally do something about the physical and emotional pain you’ve lived with for years, you start the journey on your own. Your partner is more-often-than-not supportive to begin with and proud of your early achievements. However, once you start to see results, and become a new version of yourself, that can become quite scary for your partner. This is when resentment and sabotage can occur — sometimes unknowingly. Follow these steps to ensure they remain your biggest cheerleader.
If some of my points sounded like I was talking from experience, I was 😂 just not with donuts. Long-term relationships with our significant other must be the most difficult relationship we have in our lifetime. But they are certainly our most rewarding. Always consider your partner when making lifestyle changes for yourself. When done with their support, they become much, much easier and more likely to be integrated lifelong.
What will you do to make sure your partner is there for you?
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