Couples who train together remain together. This is an idiom that I really believe in. Why? My boyfriend and I are living proof. Let's preface this with our background: both of us were very active during our younger years and we loved to run and play football. We never had to worry about our weight. As I got older, I remained in a job that I hated for 6 years because I desperately needed the money. During that time, I gained 3 stone (42 lbs) because I'd turn to food for comfort. My boyfriend remained healthy and fit, which made me feel so bad about myself that I became increasingly self-conscious. Then, my boyfriend moved away to college for 6 long months and he started to gain weight: 21 pounds in total. By living in a college environment where few people were similarly interested in practicing football, he went from playing sports 2-3 times a week to stopping altogether. What's more, he lived in a house where his land lady cooked large, but unhealthy meals for him and his roommates every evening. He could feel his clothes getting tighter and tighter and my boyfriend lost all interest in trying to lose the weight.
When I finally got out of my job, I was determined to lose my own weight and feel confident in my own skin. I started eating healthy foods and working out 5-6 days a week. I was a different person and I was determined. I slowly convinced Darren to go for walks with me and convinced him to prep his food. After college, he began to take up football and was back to his old self. He lost the weight and he feels better than ever.
Over the course of my journey, I lost a total of 42 lbs and worked hard to become a qualified fitness instructor. I motivate people every day through my fitness page on Facebook and also through Instagram. I was named in the top 16 Irish fitness instagramers by evoke.ie (it’s a huge accomplishment in Ireland).
Through working out together we have become closer, we are more organized with our lives. Instead of watching television all the time, we go for a long run in the evenings. We both have a love of fitness and know it‘s not a short term thing. It’s permanent. It’s for life. If you are in a relationship and you both need to get healthier, get fit together. If you start by getting rid of unhealthy food from your house and going for a short walks/ runs, it really can turn into a positive change for both of you. To top off all the good things that happened to us since we lost the weight, we got engaged at Christmas. We are busy planning our wedding in May 2016. We are happy, fit and healthy. What more could we ask for?
This Transformation Tuesday story about how couples who train together, remain together was shared by PumpUp’s @DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram. Featured image courtesy of pixsharx.