“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Before I get into details of why I have the best husband ever, I should probably update you all on how the Fitness Challenge is going. Our last weigh in I came in at 140.3 lbs. I have been pretty much hovering in a 2 lb swing between 140 and 142, and that is totally ok with me. The hubs was down to 200.3, which is over 10 lbs down from where he started. I am so proud of him! He has been super committed to getting fitter, and his dedication is paying off. Not that I really thought he needed to lose weight, but if he is happy then I am happy. Plus, he has been much more energetic and upbeat since he started eating better and working out more regularly which is a total bonus for me! 🙂
Our challenge this week was to attend a session of boot camp. Since I was working for every other session, Thursday was the day for me. The hubs decided he would rather go together than on his own, so he came too. The workout consisted of a lot of sprints (yuck!) with various other exercises mixed in (butt kicks, side shuffles, planks, calf raises, walking lunges, and wall sits…). For some reason my legs were really fried, which sort of surprised me after not having done a leg work out in several days. I chalked it up to doubling up on legs last week and not adequately recovering due to working so much and not sleeping enough. We both made it through the workout without any issue; however, when I was still hurting the following day, I decided to take a rest day to try and combat all the soreness and general fatigue. Despite the reprieve, my legs were still feeling tweaky the following morning. That lead to a modified workout with the trainer, which was a total bummer… especially when Adam got to do the real workout. I did at least get in some spin and time on the bike trainer though (I still hate the trainer btw).
That leads me to why my husband is so great. I never imagined falling for someone who could be so quietly supportive. Sure he’s not ever going to be the type of guy to show up with signs or a cowbell at a race, or shout his love for me to the masses. However, he is the kind of guy who will run a race with me when I’m not sure I can finish it… even if he hasn’t trained and my pace is painfully slow for him. He’s the type to come to the pool with me because he knows that swimming makes me anxious. He’s the kind of guy who, when I bought him the fancy GPS he was drooling over for his bike, bought an extra mount for mine so I could use it too. He also regularly goes out of his way to get me thoughtful gifts to encourage me to train, like the heart rate and cadence monitors (to go with the fancy GPS) so I can track my mileage on the aforementioned bike trainer. That’s in addition to setting it up for me every time I want to use it because he knows I am too technology impaired to figure it out for myself. He even goes out of his way to set my bike up in the trainer (even though that I can actually handle myself) every time I use it just to let me know he cares… or maybe he’s afraid I’ll break it… jk
In all seriousness though, he has been beyond patient when it comes to anything to do with cycling- from the numerous trips to bike shops, to the agonizing over which bike to pick, to driving to Mass to get the bike I initially fell in love with, to making sure I had a flat repair kit and kick ass girlie water bottles. Beyond that, he made a huge effort to find the most scenic and beginner friendly cycling routes in the area to help alleviate my fear of riding. He even got me a Tough Chik chick gift card for Christmas so I could buy the bike apparel I’d been eyeing in an effort to encourage me to stick with it.
When it came to my birthday this year, he literally could not wait to give me the gift he picked out. It’s still 9 days before my birthday, yet I am now the owner of a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. He was so excited to explain all the features. I felt a little badly because I think he expected me to get as pumped as he was about it. However, I will be the first to admit that I am not, by far, a gadget person. I do use Runkeeper on my phone when I run, but I usually throw it in my hydration pack and use it mainly to track mileage. I am not someone who ever had any interest in a GPS watch (other than maybe for swimming because I suck at counting laps); however, the hubs is a master at purchasing gifts. He specifically picked one that pairs with my heart rate monitor, so I can get a more accurate measure of how many calories I burn and how hard I’m working. I am sure I will be more excited about it once I get the hang of using it. Luckily, I know a cute guy whose willing to help me figure it out. 😉
I know there are a lot of ladies out there who love when their men get them expensive jewelry or designer handbags, but I prefer a good pair of running shoes. Lucky for me, I have a guy who gets it. Just about every favorite piece of gear I’ve had from winter apparel to hiking boots and gadgets has been carefully selected by the man of my dreams. The hubs has a special gift for getting me things I never thought I’d want or need yet now I can’t imagine living without. More than that, he’s the type of person who put together a 10 hr playlist for my first 50K just to make my run suck a little less.
When I was with my abuser, I was convinced that he would have done anything for me if I just asked… After the wedding fiasco, we all know just how wrong that was. The hubs, on the other hand, truly would do anything for me. He enjoys helping and finding ways to make me happy. While I’m a firm believer that everyone deserves back what they are willing to put into a relationship, I’m not sure I ever thought I’d be lucky enough to find that person. Now I feel blessed to know I have.