5 Years of (Mostly) Wedded Bliss + How We Met Vid!

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Five years with you. On one hand, these 5 years seem like the longest 5 years of my life, no offense. This is ONLY meant in the best way. I always joke that our marriage is like that of a dog’s life, in that each one year equates to seven. And with all that we have accomplished, explored, created, built, endured, battled, and conquered together over the last 5 year, I think it’s safe to say we have done the equivalent of 35 years’ worth of loving, fighting, laughing, crying, and bonding. Despite some pretty low lows we’ve experienced together (where, let’s be honest, I didn’t deserve your kindness and love), life is beautiful with you. I am beyond grateful for each of these “35 years” I’ve gotten to spend with you.

Now, on the other hand, these 5 years have just gone by in the blink of an eye. Where on earth did those years go? Just like that, we have 2 documentaries under our belt, 5 seasons of Extreme Weight Loss, almost 3 books, 2 DVDs, a few additional fitness certifications, an appearance or two (maybe more) on a few news/talk shows, some magazine features, 3 different condos/homes lived in (starting with a small room in my parents’ house), a billion and a half memories, and most importantly…2 more sweet babies, equaling 4 total, to complete the 6-Pack.

I swear, it seems like yesterday that you and I were both sitting in that self-improvement seminar. You, striving to find your footing in life as a struggling trainer having just moved out of your car. Me, a newly single mother of two experiencing one heck of an identity crisis and trying to find nutritional balance after years battling an eating disorder. We found each other at the lowest points in both of our lives, and we were raw, vulnerable, authentic…and dare I say, courageous. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. As Rascal Flatts brilliantly said, God definitely “blessed the broken road that lead me straight to you…”

I love you, Babe! Happy Anniversary!!!!

Love,
Heidi

Now to all of you…thanks for bearing through the mush. The story of how we met, straight from our very own mouths :).

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22 Comments

  1. Becky - July 2, 2015

    Heidi,

    I can relate to your life since my husband and I are a blended family of 6 and we will celebrate our 5th anniversary year! It is inspiring knowing where you and Chris came from and where you are now. I was a single mom for 2 years and God gave me strength during that difficult time , but I grew spiritually and emotionally during that time and became a stronger woman because of it!

  2. Monica - July 1, 2015

    Heidi and Chris, I am so happy you found each other. Chris I’ve known you before all this…. I am thrilled that you have found “the one”. You deserve it! You have always been an upstanding, caring individual! I’m happy you found a good, successful path with a seemingly great woman. Amazing how our lives have changed from over 10 years ago!!! I also found my soul mate!!! Congrats!!!

  3. Becky - June 30, 2015

    Loved the video! I’m in AZ and I want to buy that couch, Where is it from?

  4. Joyce - June 30, 2015

    What a great story of your beginnings…You touched upon something similar in my life and how my husband and I began our relationship journey during a very dark and low time in both our lives. We will be celebrating our “first” wedding anniversary on September 13th and wish you both many many more. You have a beautiful family and are both very inspirational. Keep it going!!

  5. April Parrish - June 30, 2015

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!!! I’m a huge fan of you both and enjoy your blog so much. I’m a dance teacher and mom of 2 so I’m always looking to improve myself & health. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a blessed day! ❤️

  6. Sherry - June 30, 2015

    Happy anniversary you two! Thank you for sharing your story an not sugar coating it!! Nice to know you are both very down to earth.

  7. Courtney S - June 30, 2015

    Loved the story… but where is the wedding day picture?

  8. Julie Pearcy - June 30, 2015

    That sounds like a Landmark course. Cute story. You guys are so inspirational.

  9. Kim - June 30, 2015

    So… By trying to improve yourselves at a self improvement seminar, your union improved so many more lives than you can ever imagine. I wish “35” more years and much more on the two of you and the six pack!

  10. Kristin - June 30, 2015

    Happy anniversary that is a totally adorable story and I so respect you Heidi for being honest about your eating disorder. I my self have struggled with my relationship with food for years and it makes you feel so less alone when you see some one such as your self overcome it and be open and honest about it! Thank you for that. And Chris that was a totally cheesey and sweet line lol

  11. Sherri Rigney - June 30, 2015

    Made me tear up. Congrats you two 🙂

  12. Deirdre - June 30, 2015

    Happy anniversary to you both xxxxxxx you are amazing at what you do. Where are the years going eh! The kids are very lucky to have you both.

  13. Aymeric - June 30, 2015

    Hi both of you ! Really i love your couple, your family, your life and what you do. You are like a dream for me that i hope i will live and know in my life, i will fight for.

    So my question is : Could you tell us how do you’re meeting ? And after that, could you tell us your first date 😛
    If you can give all your feelings in this both days/moments and how did you know that was the great person.

    Ty ! 😉

    • Aymeric - June 30, 2015

      Sorry if my english is bad… you know how french people are bad with languages xD

  14. Candace - June 30, 2015

    That was very well said and very sweet. Happy anniversary to two people who seem like some of the nicest most genuine people out there!!

  15. Sammie - June 30, 2015

    Power couple. <3 Thanks for being so vulnerable, Heidi. Love you guys!

  16. Rebecca Myrick - June 30, 2015

    Happy Anniversary to y’all! I have such respect for you both and truly admire the great things you do. I pray you always communicate and remember the struggles that have made you stronger, together. I was a single mother of one, and know that struggle so well! I love how y’all are open and real people. I have tried to be chosen for the show by attending a casting call (that trip thru icy roads tested my relationship lol) and submitting a video. I wasn’t chosen and pray those that were appreciate the opportunity of a lifetime that they have! Truly a blessing! If anyone gives up, FIND ME! I’ll be there!! With bells on! 🙂 Wishing y’all a Happy Anniversary and a lifetime of happiness and success!

  17. Bethany - June 30, 2015

    This is such a sweet story. I love how much you both adore each other, it truly radiates from both of you and that is something to cherish. I adore my husband and (most of the time anyway) he adores me too. I hope one day I can radiate that love as much as you two do to each other and the people you encounter. Inspiring.

  18. October - June 30, 2015

    Is there a way to get subtitles on your videos? I’m deaf and every time you post a video I get so sad!
    I can’t hear what you two amazing people have to say .

    • Linda - June 30, 2015

      There is something under the process bar that says CC, that’s used for subtitles!

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