No promises broken here!
I promised Mr. Bunny I wouldn’t write negative things about him here. It’s our bargain–he’s not allowed to read what I write, I assure him that there’s nothing about him he’d be upset by. Which I hope is true. So just to be clear: this post is not about him. It’s about someone else, Mr. Nunyb. Totally unrelated.
Mr. N. is about ten pounds overweight. He’s got a bit of a gut. And he feels really bad about it. He’s always saying things like I’m so fat, I’m disgusting, etc. He doesn’t get any exercise. He travels a lot and it’s exhausting. When he’s home, he doesn’t want to work out, he wants to relax. Unfortunately for him, he happens to be married to someone who is naturally thin, and who gets a lot more exercise as part of her daily routine (she walks a lot). She’s pretty much in control of his diet when he’s home, and she doesn’t always make things that are low in fat, in part because she’s been underweight before and needs to keep the pounds on. He wants to lose weight. She wants him to lose weight. But he can’t seem to stick to a routine. The only times he’s been good about it are times when she’s worked out too, and she’s not going to be working out any time soon. For various reasons. She’s worried if he doesn’t develop good habits now, he’ll be overweight forever and then die of something sad. But she doesn’t know how to encourage him. Nagging is not a good strategy, but is there any way of bringing up the subject that doesn’t count as nagging? She could cook better food, which would probably be wise anyway, but cream is so goooood! And diet alone can’t fix these things. He says that at some point he’ll just decide to start exercising again. But that point hasn’t come in the past three years. She feels bad for him and also just fucking selfishly wants him to be healthier. But it seems like there’s nothing she can do.
Any suggestions for my unfortunate friends?