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Battling A Weight Problem

Question:

I have been battling a weight problem for years. My husband has constantly questioned me as to why I could not be successful like other women. I have recently come to terms with some hurt from the past. I feel like I can finally beat my issue of having a weight problem. However, at the same time, my husband has the need to play mixed doubles tennis. I am very jealous and asked him not to. He said I am over-reacting. I feel like this is a real kick in the teeth. Am I over-reacting, or do I have a legitimate reason to feel hurt? Regardless, he is playing tennis.

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Answer:

I have to admit, I am disappointed in your husband’s lack of understanding for your weight problem, which is a problem quite uncommon and difficult to overcome for many people. And, by comparing you with “other women” he has made you feel inferior, which by doing so, has probably instigated the jealous feelings you have toward his tennis partners. Either your husband has no idea how to motivate, or he is being downright cruel, neither of which will help your problem. Weight problems are oftentimes symptoms of higher level problems, such as low self-esteem, a difficult relationship, and stress. It seems to me that although you have stated that you have recently come to terms with some hurt from the past, you still are hurting from your husband’s reaction to your feelings about him playing mixed doubles. This needs to be addressed. Has your husband ever asked you to play tennis with him? If so, he may be feeling like you are being the stubborn one. If not, I would find out why. If it is simply your lack of tennis experience, quite possibly, you could take lessons and learn, which would also be great exercise to promote your weight-loss goal. You also need to consider that you are asking your husband to quit doing something he really enjoys, which may be making him feel resentful. Present him with other activities that you both can enjoy doing together, and make him feel like you are also willing to give a little, too. I hope this helps, – Anne

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