25 Mar
Help, My Husband Morphed into a Health Nut

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

About three months ago, my 40-year-old husband started becoming healthy. He eats better, he works out, and he’s lost 25 pounds. He looks amazing. The problem is, now he wants me to join him. I work out a few times a week, and I eat fairly well, but I don’t want to get over-zealous like he is. This is leading to a lot of arguments. Should I just start drinking the wheat grass and shut up?


Healthy But Not Nutty


Dear Healthy But Not Nutty,

No, you shouldn’t drink the wheat grass and shut up. What you should do is secretly check his email and text messages, because is he having an affair? I get suspicious of any middle-aged married man who takes a sudden interest in getting in shape.

Even if he isn’t cheating, I hate him anyway for losing 25 pounds in three months. I’ve been doing the 30-Day Shred religiously (I have a Jillian shrine and everything) and have only lost ten pounds in a year.

Now, we’ll assume he isn’t having an affair. We can probably also assume he doesn’t consider lifting the TV remote or running to the freezer for a scoop of ice cream “working out.” So we’re dealing with a fanatic. What to do?

First, are you healthy and hot-looking already? If so, tell him you don’t have to be an exercise zealot to look good. It may not prevent an argument, but at least you’ll have the last word, which is a desirable marriage practice here at The Mouthy Housewives.

However, the rest of society seems to find the ability to compromise a valuable marriage practice. This is the same society where grown women lust over teenage vampires, so clearly society is insane. Should we care what they think?   Stand by your own exercise principles. Be an example of moderation and balance for your husband. After all, there is more to life than pumping iron.


Heather, TMH

4 Responses to “Help, My Husband Morphed into a Health Nut”


Comment by JohnoMori.

At 43, I am about 6 years into my midlife crisis workout zealotry. It all started when I gave my wife personal training lessons for her 40th birthday (yes, she is a tad older). It was a risky gift. I mean, come on, even with the best of intentions, which mine were, what sort of message does that send? Well, she took the lessons and went batshit crazy for working out. I had to get on board just to keep up. Neither of us is having an affair, that I am aware of, as we’re both too tired anyway.


Comment by HellTygr.

Ah, there’s no zealotry like the ‘recently reformed’ zealotry. From his perspective, he feels better because of what he’s doing, and he can’t possibly fathom that everyone around him that he cares about doesn’t want to feel better. That, in itself, is a good thing.
But three months ago, what you were both eating and doing was good enough for him, and unless you have seriously pressing health issues, he should live by example, not by preaching. If the changes in his health and energy are amazing enough, you’ll join him on your own, otherwise, let him know that the only change you’re really seeing is the need to tell others how to live their life, and that is far less attractive than the 25 extra pounds he used to have.


Comment by amy.

Ha! That was my first thought too. AFFAIR!

Wish I could catch whatever he got.


Comment by Rachel.

My instinct was affair also, but sometimes men suddenly think about their own mortality and get on a health kick. He might get less militant over time. In the meantime, remind him that he is your husband and not your father and that while you appreciate his concern and enthusiasm you are taking care of yourself and happy with your current diet and exercise program.

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