‘My wife thinks my new healthy lifestyle is costing money and family time’

Tell Me About It: She thinks I need counselling to adjust to life post cancer

“Love always involves sacrifice [. . .] and your sacrifice at the moment is to join her in what she considers to be a relaxing and romantic time.” Photograph: iStock

“Love always involves sacrifice [. . .] and your sacrifice at the moment is to join her in what she considers to be a relaxing and romantic time.” Photograph: iStock

Question: I have been in remission from cancer for the past two years. During treatment I had a lot of time to think about my health. At the time I became ill I was a social smoker and I would normally drink a few beers two or three nights a week and more at the weekends. I never had an issue with weight and could eat what I wanted, when I wanted, without gaining a pound. Although I have always been a gym member, I rarely used the facilities to exercise properly.

My two children are both under the age of 10 so I need to be as healthy as I can for them. My wife has always had a healthier lifestyle than me but she admits she could make some improvements. During my recovery period I made some major lifestyle adjustments and I hired a new person to help run my business so I could reduce time spent in the office. I have undertaken a number of lifestyle courses and occasionally travel abroad to wellness conferences.

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