“It’s just not fair!” I whine like a baby, standing with disbelief on my scale. It hasn’t budged an inch. Not even a centimeter. What’s going on here?
Since May, my husband and I have been trying to live a healthy lifestyle. We go to the gym consistently, are eating much better and are drinking a whole lot more water than we ever did. I even bought a dental flosser (although I’ve yet to open the box). But it’s obvious the commitment is there.
So, you would think we would both see the same amount of progress, right? Wrong! Since May, my husband has lost 20 pounds to my seven. His stomach is visibly smaller, while mine looks like I ate a watermelon, whole. And while he seems to drop 2 or 3 pounds a week, I am lucky to be down a quarter of a pound. Some days, a whole week can pass and I see absolutely no progress on the weight-loss front.
It’s beyond frustrating.
Sure, I’m the supportive wife. I’m happy he feels better all around, his aches and pains are gone, his gout is non-existent — he’s like a new man!
But how come he is down two pants sizes, while I still look about six months pregnant?
One day I had a bit of a meltdown. I had worked extra hard at the gym that day, putting in about an hour and a half, burning more than 500 calories, which is good for me. Surely, the scale would show it?
When I got home, though, and did my daily weigh-in, I was actually up slightly. I wanted to cry.
Before he realized how upset I was about this, my spouse informed me excitedly that he was down 3 pounds.
“Really? ” I screamed. “Really? HOW NICE FOR YOU!”
I spent the rest of the day drowning my sorrow in a “Grey’s Anatomy” marathon and not talking to anyone.
This was just not like me. I needed to change my ways.
The next morning, I apologized to my husband. It was very cruel of me to act that way. I would turn a new leaf. I was in my work-out clothes and raring to go.
Of course, Mr. Skinny accepted my apology. What he didn’t know was that when I got on the scale that morning, I was actually down 2 pounds. Success!
I felt so much better.
Karen Orloff’s latest book is “Miles of Smiles.” Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her column appears every other Thursday.
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