Subject: Spousal Support or lack there of.
The subject is a very serious one. Many many times I hear complaints of a lack of spousal support. I have dealt with a lack of spousal understanding and support myself, we all have.
Not just diabetics of course… anyone who wishes to lose weight or improve their health by following a low carb paleo meal plan will encounter a lack of spousal / family support.
A couple of more egregious instances come to mind ….
1) A couple had no low carb or primal food in the home, the wife was starving so the husband picked up dinner on the way home. He walked in the door with “take out” spaghetti….. with garlic bread of course.
2) Another instance, a husband was actually trying to stuff chocolate cake into his wife’s mouth… and she was a Type 1 Diabetic!!! …. so disheartening.
Note : Spouse of a diabetic, take time to understand your spouse’s disease… before it’s too late.
PLEASE be supportive and understanding of low carb paleo meal plans and how beneficial they can be.
Speaking specifically for diabetics, we are all bombarded by pressure to conform to the “Carb Up Shoot Up” diabetes treatment plan that is supported by the American Diabetes Association and most Certified Diabetes Educators. Diabetics should NOT have to battle with their spouses too. :(
The post below is actually a repost from my original blog, “click here“.
This is a tongue in cheek look at my wife’s support… :)
Tammy Left Me Saturday
I do miss her and will miss her more.
She went to her parents for the 4th…wait….you thought she’d left me for good??
I didn’t mean to leave you with that impression. :)
(that is a marketing ploy…people love “dirty laundry”)
Love and Support is Key
To achieve your health and fitness goals, you need the love and support of a significant other, like I have with Tammy.
You need someone who can give you a gentle push down the stairs when needed, like I have with Tammy.
You need someone who can pick you up after they’ve kicked you so hard you can’t walk, like I have with Tammy.
Typing these words reminded me that I haven’t thanked nor shown my wife enough appreciation publicly on this blog, for her love and support since my hospital stay.
I will never forget the love and concern Tammy showed for me the very first night in the hospital.
I could barely hold my eyes open….but there was Tammy, right by my side. She kept asking me questions about some paperwork while the nurses were working frantically to re-hydrate me so I wouldn’t slip into a coma.
I couldn’t make sense of what she was saying but I could tell she was getting irritated so she came back the next night when I was more alert. She was wanting to know the death benefit of my life insurance policy…..
Here’s a picture of my hospital room, or a picture of a hospital room….
Like the time I told her with great pride, “I finally jogged 2 ½ miles today!” She called me a liar…so we went to the high school track field and I ran a 2nd 2 ½ miles that very day to prove it to her. Yes, Tammy really knows how to motivate me.
She used the same technique the day I passed the 5 mile distance barrier. Once again, there she was pushing me in her own unique way….calling me a liar. So the next day we went to the track and I exceeded the five miles by running around the track 24 times which is 6 miles.
My wife uses a slightly different form of reverse psychology almost every week when she buys Cheetos, Gatorade, Doritos, or some other very tasty non-nutritious food or drink that she knows I can’t consume.
Yes, Tammy is constantly testing me. I guess she’s allowing me to show how strong I can be by seeing these in the drawer or refrigerator everyday and choosing everyday not to eat or drink them.
She last utilized reverse psychology during the shooting of my 30 day pics. I asked how the pictures looked, (I was talking about the picture quality).
She responded, “you look ok except for your gut”
…..Yes, without the love and support of a close friend or spouse…it’s really tough to achieve your goals. Everyday I am thankful for having the love and support of my wife Tammy.
I had Brad (my youngest son) read and approve this for publication….so blame him. :)
I’m joking about spousal support in the above story… but it is no laughing matter.
HELP your spouse go ‘low carb paleo’ … better yet… you do it too! Try it for 30 days and you will see.
Here is my Diabetes Warrior Info:
My Diabetes Meal Plan ( a true diabetes diet,not like most of those promoted by American Diabetes Association)