Design For Life

Advice column: I’ve a great relationship, but I feel I’m losing my own identity

Fiona Brennan advises an outdoorsy, health-conscious reader who feels she’s taking on too many of her more sedentary boyfriend’s habits

Acceptance of different lifestyle choices is key to a successful relationship. Picture: Getty

Dear Expert,

I am a woman in my mid-30s, living in Dublin. I have been with my boyfriend for almost a year, and for the most part the relationship is going great. We are very different people, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m an outdoorsy person. I love to exercise and play sports, but he’s much more sedentary. He stays in and watches movies or plays guitar. I’m into healthy eating, while he loves comfort ...