A man is wondering if he shouldn’t have chosen the gym over his girlfriend and her daughter.
He asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum for help. He practically lives with his girlfriend of 18 months. The problem is she doesn’t approve of his schedule and believes he cares more about working out than spending time with her. After a heated argument, he basically agreed.
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“AITA for telling my girlfriend that, yes, the gym is more important to me than her and her daughter?” he explained. “I have been dating my girlfriend for about 18 months. She has the cutest little 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.”
“I work from 4:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. I get to bed by 4 a.m. and then wake up around noon and then, on most days, head off to the gym and spend about two hours there total. Working 10-hour shifts means that I don’t have a ton of time in between shifts but that I also have more days off than most working people.”
But relationship issues began to arise when his girlfriend thought he cared more about working out than her.
“This was never a problem until I (basically) moved in with my girlfriend,” he said. “Lately, when I wake up and try to head off to the gym, she’s all, ‘You only care about doing what you need to do. [My daughter] doesn’t understand why you are leaving and why you don’t want to spend time with us.’ Things came to a head when my girlfriend started objecting to my going to the gym.”
I told her, ‘I have to get my workout in today. It’s a priority.’ She then responded, ‘So, the gym is a priority, but me and [my daughter] aren’t? If you want to be part of this family, it’s not all about you anymore. So what’s more important to you? The gym, or us?’ I responded, ‘Well, if you’re going to force me to choose instead of making room for something that you know is important to me, then I guess I have to choose the gym.’ I then left.”
Redditors weighed in on the situation.
One user said the girlfriend gave him an “incredibly unfair ultimatum.”
“They both handled this argument poorly,” another said.
“Y’all are incompatible and need to just go your own ways,” someone added.
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