My husband has been self-employed and working at home the past year. He is very successful and happy doing this, and I am proud of him.
I've noticed this past year that since he's been working at home, that he is eating a lot more than when he worked in an office setting. Some of it is just proximity to the refrigerator and pantry; some of it is not needing to fit into business attire. He munches throughout the day on everything, both healthy (carrots) and not-so-healthy (chips).
He's mentioned that he his surprised at his weight gain (he's always been on the skinny side; now he's skinny with a beer belly!), and casually mentions that he should get outside and get some exercise. I invite him on walks with me in the evenings, but it's hardly exercise...more of a slow stroll. That is the only form of physical activity that he's motivated to do. I tried to get him to join a volleyball team with one of his friends, but he wasn't interested. We both have a few nights every week to ourselves: I go workout, and he stays at home and watches TV, works or goes out to a bookstore.
It's a tough call, because if the situation were reversed, I would have a hard time hearing that he thought I needed to lose weight. What do I say to him, or what can I do? He says he's "health conscious", but there is no action behind those words. I would like to see him feel better about himself physically (he's often tired, not feeling "sexy", etc.), and I do worry about long-term health consequences. I'm trying to cook healthy meals...what else can I do?
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