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How to Pick a Good Workout/Diet Buddy

Sometimes we need someone else to help push us along in our efforts to get healthy. A boyfriend or husband could be a good idea, but I have found that it could also be a recipe for disaster. Insert, I am going to have that cheeseburger if I want to have that cheeseburger and you're not going to judge me for it conversations -- Not the best for a harmonious relationship. So look outside the box home for a partner in health. Here are a few tips on finding the ideal workout/diet buddy:

  • Should be someone who is honest but not mean. Someone that would say, "Don't eat that cheeseburger because that's going to equal extra time on the treadmill tomorrow." instead of, "Don't eat that cheeseburger you dumb pig."
  • Should be someone with your best interests in mind. This person will understand the sensitivity of losing weight and try and make it easier for you, not harder.
  • Should be someone with similar goals in mind. Say you want to lose 15 pounds, then find someone who also wants to lose 15 pounds. If you want to lose 40 and they only want to lose 5, you're most likely not going to harmonize.
  • Should be someone you see regularly. A coworker, sister or friend would be ideal.
  • Should be someone who does not live with you. As supportive as your husband is, he may not be the best for helping you lose weight.
  • Should be someone who would enjoy similar rewards. If both of you enjoy shopping, you could celebrate reaching your goals with a shopping trip together for new duds for your new bods.
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