One year (and 6 months) of being married – a husband reflects!

The Honeypot blog tends to be a bit female-heavy on perspective, so we pulled in our resident guy, Shane to give his thoughts on what changed – and what didn’t – after getting married.

This blog was initially going to be “one year of being married” but since deadlines aren’t my friend, it’s now 18 months later. Whoops!

So here we go – a guy’s thoughts on marriage 18 months after our wedding:

Some things were very different

Calling Katie my “wife” was very odd. Being engaged for just under 18 months before the wedding, I barely had time to adjust to “fiancée” before upgrading to “wife”. So for about 3 months after the wedding, I said things like “my girl f—, fia—, wife(!) Katie…”. And don’t get me started on the number of forms I had to scribble on after ticking “de facto” instead of “married”…

Then there was the ring – I never wear jewellery, not even a watch, so suddenly wearing a ring was a big deal. I noticed it all the time. It made my hand heavy, it clicked and bumped things, it was strangling my finger. It’s less noticeable now but I still don’t often wear it around the house only put it on when I leave the house (like shoes) or when people come around (like pants).

Some things never change

Life goes on – bills needed to be paid, food needed to be bought, Netflix needed to be watched. After this big hype of the wedding and the honeymoon, where everything pretty much got put on hold, within a week everything else in our lives just went straight back to normal.

What’s more, Katie was still the same person – she didn’t suddenly become the “old ball and chain” (a cringeworthy phrase) or some homemaker housewife. She still left open olive jars on the kitchen bench and I still didn’t make the bed before going to work. We still laughed and argued about the same dumb things.

We suddenly had money again

Weddings are expensive. Most the money related matters leading up to the “big day” (and by that, I mean the day before the wedding when all the suppliers needed to be paid in full!) involved sticking to our budget and saving extra money where possible. But now, we’ve got money again! Suddenly payday meant there was disposable income!

I didn’t know what to do next

A weird feeling I had for a bit after the wedding was emptiness of purpose. We’d spent just over a year focusing all our time and energy on planning a wedding (and launching Honeypot!) that afterwards I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do. It was more that I could do a whole number of things but had taken a year hiatus from thinking about them.

Funnily enough, the practice we had budgeting, planning and saving for the wedding was very handy. We ended up applying for 2-year working visas and moving over to the UK for our OE.

The “kids” discussion

Apparently there’s a social script that suddenly starts running when you get married (and don’t already have progeny) and it dances around the innocent query of a particular time frame. Most people navigate the “so… kids..?” questions subtly enough, but there others who are (a) more bothersome (siblings), (b) have less shame (parents), or (c) aren’t good at nonchalant (grandparents).

My current response is we’re getting a puppy first.

So the wedding was a big, stressful, exciting, one-off event but 18 months later? A lot of stuff changed, a lot of stuff stayed the same. Some things happened and some things didn’t happen. All in all, it feels a lot like just getting on and living life. Just now it’s with my wife beside me instead of my girlfriend!

How to get in shape for your wedding – the groom’s guide

Following our last blog on bridal fitness, we caught up with Damian Rabaud from Alpha Genesis for his groom’s guide to looking awesome in a tux for your big day. 

Tailor your body to help your tailor

The key to a groom looking great in their tux starts in the fit of the tailoring. Strong lines (the fit of the tux) should fit nicely across the shoulders and taper into the waist line. However, meet your tailor half way by having those features to begin with – that way the tailoring will enhance them even more.

How? You’ll need to build up that classic V-taper in your upper body by developing your traps (upper back), medial delts (the sides of the shoulders), and your lats (the sides of the back).

Try this superset to build the V-Taper:

Groom workout - V-Taper Super Set

Keep it simple to slim down

There’s no tailoring for your face, so if you want to further enhance those elegant lines of your tux, a strong jaw line is a must! So it’s time to trim some body fat.

Every morning, set a timer for 10min, with the timer set to go off every minute (there’s plenty of free interval timers available for your smart phone for free). Every time the timer goes off, change exercises. When you’re done, write down the amount of reps you managed to do in the minute – and try to beat it the next day.

Try this fat trimming set:

Groom Workout - Fat Trim Super Set

 

Be patient

It takes time to get results – so keep it simple, start early and be patient! It’s about building it up over time, not quick results (and with wedding planning normally taking well over a year, you’ve got the time!)

Alpha Genesis is a personal training gym located in Dairy Flat on Auckland’s North Shore. Set up specifically to cater to you as an individual, the private environment allows them to get to know every client as a person. They’re committed to tailoring your work out to fit your goals, whether that be just entering into the world of fitness, or a battle hardened gym goer looking to be pushed further. Sign up for a free consultation so you can bring out your Alpha and become the best you can possibly be.