Weight Loss is Like Marriage – It’s Hard Work, but It’s Worth It!

Steve & Bonnie PfiesterWhen you go into a marriage, you each come with a lot of baggage – baggage you might not even know you had. At first, you are so in love you don’t notice the weight you each carry right away. Over time, the burden of carrying the extra junk begins to show – and new junk gets piled on too! In many ways, marriage is like weight loss. It requires a permanent commitment to succeed, and it takes a lot of work, discipline, balance, self-control and constant effort if you want to maintain it.

Today we celebrate 20 years of marriage! This above photo was of Steve and I at a company beach party in the early part of our marriage (in the 90’s – that explains the high waisted swim suit I had on! OMG!). The party was put on by Steve’s favorite boss of all-time, Tom Kane of the Center for Orthopedic Sports & Physical Therapy in Tallahassee, FL. We thought we were so fit. haha!  Boy did we have a lot to learn!

steve and bonnie pfiesterSure, we worked out. We even did occasional cardio! lol However, we were merely in the honeymoon stage of both our marriage – and our fitness. The newness was fun and exciting. We were beginning to do a lot right, but we were still doing a LOT wrong.

Over the years, we not only learned that marriage was going to be harder than we thought, and so was staying fit and healthy! It’s taken years to learn how to eat healthier and work out better (more effectively and more efficiently). We’ve learned how to maintain a healthier weight by managing calories and practicing self-discipline. Instead of yo-yoing up and down, binging (cheating) and then crash dieting, now we eat pretty healthy all the time with small cheats here and there – which is a healthier and happier way to live. We rely less on exercise to erase our food “sins” and more on self-control and keeping our diet and lifestyle in balance so we don’t have to spend 2 hours a day in the gym.

Steve and Bonnie PfiesterI encourage you to always work to improve. Alway seek knowledge. Always work at it! And always remember you are learning every single day – even in your failures. And, most importantly, NEVER GIVE UP. All the hard work, all the failures, all the mistakes, all the struggles are WORTH IT as LONG AS YOU stick to the commitment you first made. If you quit, all the work was for nothing.

I’m so thankful Steve and I have stuck it out, even when the hard work didn’t seem to work right away (like doing a new fitness program…and you wonder when it will EVER pay off!). Sound familiar? I am telling you! There were days we both were nearly convinced we couldn’t succeed no matter how hard we tried. Now we laugh at that thought! And the same goes for you – in whatever you are striving for. Don’t give up when things are tough…chances are, victory is JUST around the corner!!!

Keep your eye on the prize! Don’t look back and keep pressing on. The reward is greater than you could EVER imagine!!!! Whether it’s weight loss or your marriage. The reward is worth the work!

<3 Love you Stephen James Pfiester!!!


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  25. cursor

    I am congratulating you on your anniversary. Happy aniversary

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      THANK YOU!!!

  26. Lynne

    Happy Anniversary! You two are such a blessing to so many of us! Thankful for your commitment to one another and to your love for learning and love for teaching us.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      AWE!! THANK YOU!! <3

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    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      thanks for reading!!!! ;)

  28. IHeartVegetables

    awww happy anniversary!

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      thank you!!!!

  29. kim

    Happy anniversary!! :)

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      Thanks Kim!!!

  30. Michelle

    Happy Anniversary! That is quite an achievement, especially in this day and age, well done Pfiesters.

    Not to steal your thunder or anything, but I am really impressed with our generation (40-somethings), and how well we have adopted the fitness lifestyle and implemented it in our lives (those of us who have). Its an amazing thing to look back 20 years and realise you look BETTER now than you did then. Not many previous generations can do / say the same!

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      In many ways, people are more educated and know more about fitness than ever before. Yet, in many other ways, there are SO many obese people who are in worse shape than generations before us. More people eat out, there are more unhealthy choices and we are more sedentary than ever with all the electronic devices. It’s up to US to spread our knowledge and encourage others to get fit – and stay fit! (and I agree with you! Many of the 40+ generation is more fit than 20 yr olds!)

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