It seems like the more secure you are in a relationship the more likely you are to gain weight, because often we keep ourselves in good shape to make ourselves more attractive, and if we have already attracted someone that becomes less necessary.
The more food you shovel in at dinner the more likely it is that there will be a notable side effect as the food is digested, which can have a bad effect on the rest of the evening. Too much alcohol can have a dampening effect too. This is all in addition to making yourself fatter. Also, you're showing a prospective lover what kind of self control you have. I have friends who talk about having had too much to drink on a first date and because of that there wasn't a second date.
I have definitely gained weight since getting married in 2010. Retiring this week from work and will be getting my weight problem straightened out now. More time to get up and work out. I like working out in the morning and I have the rest of the day to do what I need. My husband retired in May or this year so we can both work on a healthier life style. Excited about retirement. WE are going to South Carolina for the winter where we can golf and enjoy warmer weather.
I don't think it's picking up the others bad habits rather I feel it's more about settling. When single you take care of yourself to increase your chances of landing a date (and ultimately a partner), however, after this is achieved there's less incentive to stay trim and over time you let yourself go ...
I've gained at least 20 pounds since i started dating my current boyfriend 2 years ago, although I didn't really think about it till now. But I had a lot of lifestyle changes around the same time I started dating my boyfriend, so I don't really blame it on him or our relationship.
A few years ago I had a boyfriend who was in federal law enforcement and was in fantastic shape: healthy and muscular. Although many of our dates involved food (either at restaurants or cooking at home), many of our dates were at the gym too. He was a great motivator. Just when I thought I couldn't do one more rep he would say "one more, you can do it". And he was right. He also showed me how to eat healthy and yet still enjoy some of my favorite foods. I will always be thankful to him for what I learned from him. I know I can do it if I put my mind to it and have someone to encourage me.
My hubs and I will start working out together every Thursday evening. I'm so excited! By reading the other comments, I think Thursdays are going to be the 'new' date night. I only wish it could be more than one night a week, but because of his hours it's not possible. I'll be getting it in at the Y myself during the rest of the week. We've both made individual commitments to ourselves to really give it all we've got in losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more. I can't wait!
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