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The craziest things the Mamamia Team have done for love.

When I first met my husband, he was very far from being the man of my dreams.

Don’t worry, I’ve told him this.  I wasn’t his idea of the perfect partner either.

We figured we’d date for a little while and then break up and move on to other, more suitable types.

But…. Then we spent some time together. And some more time together. And then, well, you know how this story goes.

He had two boys from his first marriage, and every weekend we’d take them rock climbing, jet skiing, bush walking, rollerblading and lots of other activities I absolutely hated.

So when I think about the craziest thing I’ve ever done for love, I immediately picture myself hanging from that plastic cliff face- scared, sweating and with aching arms while my future husband and his very active boys cheered me on.

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I had a feeling I wasn’t the only one to have done something crazy for love. So I threw it out to all our writers across the Mamamia Women’s Network and it turns out I was right.

“I hate the cold and physical exertion but I did a 10-day trek in Nepal because it meant a lot to my partner. I threw up the whole way but it was worth it.”- Alexis

Alexis and Michael in Nepal.

“I told my husband I loved him after about two weeks. It was a big risk but he was moving overseas for a year and I wanted to get it off my chest before he left. He didn’t say it back right away (ouch) but he ended up coming back from his trip after four weeks and we moved in together the week he got home. That was over 10 years ago.”- Jacqui

“I spent two years spending all my money on overseas trips to see the guy I was dating in the US. Waste of time and money.”- Jane

Related: Forget The Bachelor, this real life love story will melt your heart.

“When my fiancé moved into my house I let him bring his 2.5m pet python. We’re in our 40s and everyone has baggage – most have an ex-wife and two kids – so really, a snake is an easy option. Plus, when it dies I can turn it into baggage. Or shoes!” – Shelly

Oh… that’s love.

“I offered to visit my boyfriend’s Nan at a retirement home one weekend when he couldn’t make it. I’d never met her before but my boyfriend said she loved meeting new people. We became really good friends and I kept visiting her, even after he and I broke up.” – Cynthia

“I became a vegetarian. Well, a vegan, but I kept sneaking cheese. He was a health nut. Now we’re married but not before I came clean with him about eating cheese, then chocolate, and then meat behind his back.” – Lisa

Related: A marriage proposal rounds out one of the loveliest stories of the week.

“I tattooed his name on my ankle. It’s still there. Now I just have to meet someone else named ‘Dean’. Can I put that on my Tinder profile?” – Ashley

 “I moved to Canada!” – Sarah

Sarah and Graeme in Canada.

“I moved from the city where I’d lived all my life to a small country town to be with the man I was in love with. Oh yes, and we got engaged five weeks after meeting, even though I’d just turned 19. And yes, we are still together.” – Helen

 “Something crazy I did for love: I had his baby… That’s about as far as you can go for someone you love. It was unplanned and we fell pregnant VERY soon after we met. Lucky for us it turned out well. It really was love.” – Lisa

Watch the lovely Holly Wainwright talk about what she’s done for the love of her best friend. 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

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