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Poll: Does your spouse/ significant other help or hinder you weight loss efforts?

mine is very supportive, but I was thinking how impossible it would be if someone was sabotaging me daily. My mom came for a quick visit and totally derailed me.

Fri. May 16, 1:24pm

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Nobody can hinder my weight loss efforts because it is 100% up to me to make the decisions. If I choose to skip exercise or eat what I know I shouldn't that is MY decision.

Friday, May 16, 2008, 1:31 PM

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I agree with the previous poster. But, I also think that if someone is sitting next to you, eating soemthing you know you should not have, it doesn't make it easy.
I'm lucky b/c my boyfriend and I got for walks together, and exercise together when we can. He is being very supportive and is a good infulence on me b/c he has such good habits of his own. :)

Friday, May 16, 2008, 2:42 PM

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I read this Harvard study that concluded that people snack primarily because it is available. They took people who worked in an office and put candy and snack food very close so they could see it and reach for it. As they moved the snacks incrementally inches away they statistically ate less and less. If it was no longer in arms reach it made a big difference, and not being able to see it made the biggest difference. So it might be choice, but it is tougher the more accessible it is.

Friday, May 16, 2008, 2:51 PM

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Supprot says help... the Strawberry Milkshake Oreos, White Cheddar Cheetos, Classic Coke, and ice cream bars in the freezer say hinder.... I think hinder wins over.

Friday, May 16, 2008, 3:46 PM

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My boyfriend totally hinders my weight loss...he has the fastest metabolism on the planet, eats 24/7, and eats the most gnarly fatty foods EVER...of course, since it's there and my will power totally abandons me in my time of need, I totally chow down...

oops! :/

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 5:05 PM

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OMG if you're talking about the food police, I totally know what's up. Those who comment on the food you eat like it's THEIR diet or something, like their so worried - "that's all your having for lunch? there's cake in the fridge. try some". Or even worse, those who wave yummies in front of your face. Not literally, of course, but they just happen to whip out that pizza right in front of you and enjoy every bit of it? That kinda stuff breaks me.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 5:43 PM

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PP- I had a roommate like that! This was when I was a healthy weight and just naturally ate healthy without thinking about it. She was APPALLED that I would just eat a salad or a bowl of soup for dinner. I think she thought I was annorexic or something. I had to eat more just to quiet her down.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 7:58 PM

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Yes, my significant other sabotages my weightloss attempts. He doesn't do it on purpose. But he sits and eats doritos in front of me and fills the freezer with ice cream. It's hard to resist. And when he says "wanna order a pizza?" and I say "no" he says "come on" and I say "okay." So I know that in the end it's my decision. He doesn't put the food in my mouth. But if I lived by myself I would probably be a healthy weight.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 8:00 PM

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I'm all about being responsible for my choices, but one can't deny how much harder is it to keep making those good choices when a spouse/partner keeps the environment stocked full of temptations. As the pp said, if I lived alone - piece of cake.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 8:21 PM

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8:00 & 8:21, you are not alone. I could've written this myself ""wanna order a pizza?" and I say "no" he says "come on" and I say "okay."' I, too, buy healthy foods and he buys junk. Many, many, many days I resist his junk and then some days I just can't. I really appreciate the people who are so strong "I control what I put in my body", and I'm working to get to that place, but I'm not there yet. Having the freezer and cabinets stocked with empty calorie food definitely sabotages my weight-loss efforts. Also, My partner also does not EVER exercise with me. He will get pizza delivered from a place a block away :(

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 8:30 PM

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I knew a guy who had pizza delivered from the place UNDER his apartment! I couldn't decide if that was hilarious or just sad.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 9:25 PM

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Did he still have to pay the delivery fee? Just curious.

Thursday, July 03, 2008, 9:10 PM

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My ex would eat the food off our plates before he was even done with his dinner. So you gotta eat quick if you want your meal. Talking to him didnt help. He also made derogatory comments but couldnt be bothered helping out so that I could go exersize. Our lives were all about him and making sure he was happy. He told me he didnt care if I was fat as long as he got the daily sex that he needed. When we went out to eat and I brought leftovers home, I planned on using them in tomorrow's meal, but he would sneak up in the middle of the night and eat it. It got where I wanted to hide everything so he wouldnt inhale it all.

Friday, July 04, 2008, 6:30 PM

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