Everyone will have their vast and varied reasons for getting into a relationship. For me, though, I think the best part of finding someone with whom to spend the rest of your life is the companionship and support that comes with hanging out with somebody who is contractually obligated to love you.
Don't know anybody at your cousin's wedding? Bring along your husband for some good company. Are you joining an improv group, but have the sneaking suspicion that it's a terrible idea? You're right, but with a loving and supportive wife, you can at least rope somebody else into your questionable decision-making.
I think that two heads are better than one, and when you're taking on a difficult but rewarding task like healthy, lasting weight loss, that rings especially true. That's why I think that Redditor jimboyt65 was onto something when he suggested to his wife that they go on a joint diet together.
"We were both approaching 300lbs (136 kilos). As a couple we could barely walk the few steps from our car to our office, We didn't vacation, we didn't go for walks, we didn't do anything but stare at our phones when we went out to eat. We ate takeout three meals a day and were pretty miserable. Our sex life was at first uncomfortable, and then essentially non-existent."
As good a reason as any to go on a joint diet. So jimboyt65 and his wife embarked on their weight loss journey together, and before long, our man started to see results. "I just walked, downloaded a calorie counting app and made sure I never exceeded my daily calorie limit," he explained. "Well slowly but surely, my weight started to come off."
In a lot of weight loss stories, that's where the tale ends, but on this occasion, there was an M Night Shyamalan-esque twist: jimboyt65's wife struggled with the change, and as jimboyt65 reveals: "My wife, on the other hand, quit her gym and trainer after about a week."
Not good, and unfortunately, things were about to get worse for our man, as his weight loss became more and more noticeable. "I lost about 10lbs (4.5 kgs) a month and after four months, it really began to show. It was at this point that she became intensely hostile towards me," he revealed.
"She started making me sleep in the guest bed (she claimed it was because of my snoring ). We communicated through email and texts and even those were hostile. She started posting things on Facebook about 'losing the genetic lottery' when it came to weight and it was best that she just learn to love who she was. A favourite quote that became her Facebook backdrop was 'change your world, not your body.'"
If you're like me, then at this point, the alarm bells are ringing in your head, and soon enough, jimboyt65 got the dreaded text.
"She said: 'I'm sorry to do this to you, but I am deeply unattracted to both your new body and your new attitude. I never thought you would remind me of my bullies but that's exactly what you've become. I'm contacting a divorce lawyer on Monday morning."
Yeah: after making the decision to lose weight, this unfortunate Redditor ended up losing his wife in the process. He's still got hopes of rekindling the relationship, but even if he ends up single once again, I hope that jimboyt65 realizes that he did the right thing in trying to improve his life.