If you are anything like me, you enjoy talking about getting in shape; but, you have a hard time actually picking up the weights and putting on the running shoes. Each year, I have great intentions, but then the rubber meets the road and I discover just how little motivation I have for causing my body great pain. ~smile~ But, like any other journey in life, getting healthy is not something that happens overnight. It is a process that starts with a single step – in this case, quite literally. What makes changing to a healthy lifestyle less challenging? Companionship! When someone is … [Read more...]
Is Your Relationship Obese?
“What in the world are you talking about, Heather? What does that even mean?” Glad you asked! ~smile~ In terms of personal health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines being overweight as “an adult who has a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9” and they define being obese as “an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher.” I’ve always considered weight gain to be a progression from normal to overweight to obese; however, according to the U.S. Library of Medicine, being obese is not the same as being overweight because some people can be considered overweight due to larger … [Read more...]
Do Your Relationships Suffer When You are Sick?
Today, I feel kind of worthless. I woke up not feeling well, so I went back to bed. Got up again, met Eric for lunch, came home, and since then I’ve been sitting in front of the computer. Unfortunately, all I can seem to think about is how worn out I feel. Hopefully, I’m dealing with allergies because I’ve had more colds to deal with this year than I ever care to have again. Because I feel so “great,” Eric has likely found me slightly less exciting. Last night he asked me to listen to something on the computer when I was just about ready to hop into bed. By my response, you would’ve thought … [Read more...]
Juice Your Relationship
Since early in our marriage, Eric and I have felt a need to improve our health, specifically in the area of eating. Unfortunately between school, work, and other obligations, we often settled for easy, processed convenience foods. After a long day at work, followed by a long night of counseling, our food source could be summed up in one word... Wendy's. Most nights after counseling couples, we would go through a drive thru, come home, plop in front of the television, and eat our meal. Most nights, we plopped in front of the television with our Wendy's dollar menu feast. Needless to say, we … [Read more...]
Sleep… get some.
Sleep… get some. As I've mentioned before in previous posts, when two people are over tired, fights can break out. These are often senseless fights. Early in our marriage, Eric and I had our share of silly, late night “But you do not understand me!” fights; and, the next morning we'd wake up and ask ourselves, “What were we fighting about again?” Sleep seems optional when you're young. God designed our bodies to need sleep, so if we're avoiding sleep and not getting enough, we are paying a price even if we can't see it. Proper sleep is important for the following reasons: It helps our … [Read more...]