When a married couple embarks on a journey to lose weight together, it often strengthens their bond. When only one spouse decides to make important life changes, however, it can sometimes lead to jealousy, frustration, and even divorce.
According to the Independent Journal Review, Angela Crickmore, a 36-year-old mother from London, reached 180 pounds after years of living a sedentary lifestyle. While she was bothered by the extra weight, she claims that her marriage never suffered because of it.
“I felt beautiful. My husband thought I was beautiful. But the outside pressure from friends and family made me very self-conscious,” Crickmore said.
After one of her friends lost 20 pounds, Crickmore decided to follow suit and make some positive changes in her daily routine. She researched diets online and decided to start eating small meals once every three hours.
Eventually, the weight began melting off. Now, Crickmore has dropped a whopping 70 pounds, going from a size 18 to a size 6. However, as her life changed for the better, her marriage began to deteriorate.
In order to avoid falling into old habits, Crickmore no longer cooked dinner for her son and husband. While the svelte gym rat enjoyed her new body, her husband preferred to stay home and watch television.
“The new me felt great, active and wanting more out of life,” Crickmore explained. “I wanted to hike, camp, travel, meet people. I became so active that I even stopped watching TV.”
Her new lifestyle became too much for her husband to handle, and the two divorced after nine years of marriage. The U.S. has a divorce rate of 3.4 per 1,000 people, and while jealousy may have played a role, it’s rare to see a couple separate after one spouse undergoes such a positive transformation.
According to The Sun, Crickmore’s son, Luy, went to live with his father after the divorce. The fit mother almost called it quits on her new lifestyle after this, adding that she “started to have panic attacks.”
However, Crickmore soon realized that it was just something she had to accept. Three years after the divorce, she claims to be happier than ever and ready to meet someone new.
Now that she has completed her sports nutrition degree, Crickmore hopes to become a fitness coach. If she works as hard to reach that goal as she did to lose weight, it’s safe to say she has a bright career ahead of her.