Relationships can be challenging. They can throw you off track or put you on the highest cloud.
The emotions that result from relationships can be very powerful.
They can range from the giddy feeling you get when you are in love to the deepest sadness that can accompany death to the anger and confusion that can be felt when a relationship is going bad.
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If you are going through a health transformation, it is essential that your family understand what it means to you to get healthy and lose weight.
A good relationship is when someone knows your ups and downs, your perfections and your imperfections and still chooses to be by your side. — therightmessages.com
Obesity tends to be a family problem. If that is the case in your situation, this may be the perfect opportunity to make changes as a family. This is especially true if you have children that are not familiar with a healthy lifestyle.
Let the kids help make healthy meal choices and assist with meal preparation. Understand that the benefits of getting healthy far outweigh looking great in your favorite outfit.
Although looking great is not a bad bonus for making lifestyle changes. Enjoy healthy activities together and schedule a reward when you reach your goals or milestones.
Most family members tend to change their attitude when they see how much it means to the person making the changes.
A big weight loss can have the opposite effect on other members of your family. You may have a spouse that likes being married to a person that has some “meat on their bones”.
Health changes should be about you and not about what someone else likes.
Personality changes that a person goes through can also have an effect on their spouse. Think about the movie “When a Man Loves a Woman”.
Think about how their relationship changed when the main character got sober. All of sudden she began to manage her problems rather than letting her husband clean up after her.
And the “cleaner” was a role he was used to playing. Once that role was gone the whole dynamic of their relationship changed.
People get used to relationships being a certain way and when one member of that relationship goes through a major transformation, things change.
A person that has been obese all their life may gain the self-confidence they never had before they lost the weight.
There is a whole array of emotions and behaviors that can change as a result of weight loss.
It is possible that a current relationship may not last. It is also possible that new, stronger relationships will develop as a result of your transformation.
If all a significant other sees are physical attributes, they may not be the best person for you anyway.
Relationships take nurturing, especially ones that are going through a transition. A person has to be willing to adapt and adjust as things around them evolve.
Toxic relationships can be a big roadblock. They will lead to stress that will most likely lead to emotional eating.
At the very least an unhealthy relationship will hold you back and keep you from reaching your goals. You can learn more about toxic relationships by reading this book.
Relationships are always a work-in-progress and, they are by no means perfect. Be understanding, loving and patient.
Don’t be afraid to stand up for what is important, but always be willing to listen to the other person’s point of view. Relationships are about balance and will go through many changes in a lifetime.