My journey begins toward a healthy lifestyle & eventually weightloss!! I had a real eyeopener at the MD office Monday!!!! I had gained 12# in 6 days!!!! I was now officially at my highest weight since GBS & losing 155#!!!! I was 248#!!!! I found out that part of the problem is due to my physical/medical condition.....water retention, low iron & low thyroid.....but the rest is due to my overeating!!!! My BP was out of sight & my heart was acting up, so I have to undergo more testing next week!!!! But in the mean time I need to put forth some effort of my own!!!!
This is a questionnaire that I was asked to fill out for a study I am doing with Jules, the Beck Book!! I tried to be as honest as I know how to be!!!! I believe this study a few of us are doing, will help!!!! I expect to learn alot about myself!!!!
How many times have you tried to lose weight?
~~ TOO many to count, even had GBS but because I allowed others to influence how I ate & what I ate, gained half the weight back!!!!
How Many times have you lost weight but gained some or all of it back?
~~ Again…..TOO many to count!!!!
How satisfied are you with your current weight?
~~ I am NOT satisfied which is why I am here!!!!
How willing are you to change your eating and exercise habits?
~~ I think I am willing, I am having trouble implementing the change
How willing are you to tell relevant people you're changing the way you eat?
~~ I have already told them!!!!
How willing are you to put in the time needed to exercise, shop for foods listed on your diet plan and prepare healthy foods?
~~ I want to do this, but am so easily discouraged that I am afraid of failure, yet again!!!!
If you're not completely willing to do these things, you'll need to learn how to increase your motivation because these tasks are essential. Is there some reason you believe you can not only lose weight but also maintain your weight loss for your lifetime without doing these things?
~~ I think my physical condition is hindering me some & I know that depression is part of it!!
How often do you eat standing up?
How often do you eat quickly?
~~ Frequently, due to old habits from 33yrs as a nurse & having to eat fast!!
How often do you forget to notice every bite you're eating?
~~ I seldom notice the bite I am eating!!
Don't worry, the answers to these questions make you realize that your eating habits need improvement. You'll learn how to get yourself to eat sitting down as well as to slow down and notice every bite consistently.
~~ I sure hope so!!!!
REACTIONS TOWARD DIETING
How often do you feel a sense of unfairness that you’re not supposed to eat what or as much as others are eating?
How often do you get discouraged when you’re dieting?
~~ EVERY time!!!!
How often do you feel the dieting just isn't worth it?
~~ On a regular & frequent basis!!
Most people who have failed at dieting have negative attitudes. You'll learn how to develop more helpful attitudes throughout the workbook.
HUNGER AND CRAVINGS
how often do you try to avoid feeling hunger or cravings (by eating past the point of just mild fullness or by eating snacks you hadn't planned?
~~ Always in the evening!! It is like I am continually grazing!!
How often do you think, I really need to eat something now?
~~ I only get that feeling when my blood sugar is low or crashes!!
Most dieters mix up hunger and cravings. They also believe that it's somehow bad to experience these sensations. You'll do experiments to demonstrate to yourself that hunger and cravings aren't bad, they're merely uncomfortable, they come and go, and you can learn to tolerate them.
~~ Did not know there was a difference!!
How often do you eat more than you should when....
Yes ~ You're feeling down, nervous, lonely, frustrated, or annoyed
Especially ~ You're bored
Don’t think so ~ You're trying to avoid or postpone doing something you know you should do
Yes ~ You're tired
Yes ~ You're not feeling well physically
Absolutely ~ You're very hungry or experiencing cravings
Many people who struggle with losing weight eat in response to emotional or physical triggers. You'll learn how to plan in advance what to do when you encounter these triggers.
WHEN YOU SEE FOOD YOU SHOULDN'T EAT, HOW OFTEN DO YOU THINK, IT'S OK TO EAT THIS FOOD BECAUSE
yes ~ It's not a whole piece
yes ~ It's not that fattening'
yes ~ I'll make up for it later,
yes ~ I can start again tomorrow
yes ~ It won't matter this one time
No~ It will go to waste
No ~ No one is watching
yes ~ I already paid for it
No ~ I can't care
yes ~ I really want it
yes ~ I deserve a treat
yes ~ I'm celebrating
yes ~ I have no willpower
yes ~ I already cheated
Dieters have an endless number of reasons, excuses, to eat more than they should. You'll learn to respond to these kinds of sabotaging thoughts by reminding yourself that you have a choice. You can give in to these excuses, eat too much and never get thinner, or you can stick to your plan.
When you see food you know you really shouldn't eat, how often do you think, it's ok to eat this food because...
yes ~ People will think I'm strange if I eat differently from them.
yes ~ If I don't eat it, I'll displease someone.
yes ~ Someone told me not to
yes ~ Everyone else is eating it
It's interesting how dieters can justify, overeating based on other people's attitudes and behavior. But it is just a rationalization. If you want to lose excess weight and keep it off, you have to consistently work toward this goal, no matter what other people say or do .
If you've finished, look over your answers and write down the things you've learned about yourself.
I have learned that:
~~ I am a binge eater at times
~~ I don't have much motivation
~~ I eat too quickly
~~ I don't pay attention to what I am eating & how it tastes, etc.
~~ I need a change in attitude & I have alot to learn!!!!