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30 Day Blog Challenge - Questions

Friday, August 31, 2012

I posted a list of 30 blog inspiring questions from a 30 Days of Weight Loss Challenge a while back. A few people seemed interested in joining me but were concerned that the list didn't really fit them very well. Many didn't fit me either and I figured I'd just adapt as I went but since others may join in I figured I'd revamp the questions before the month starts so people can decide whether they want to join in.

This is not a perfection challenge so there is NO pressure to do one a day, every day. That makes it too easy to skip one and decide not to pick up again. I would like us to use this to get to know each other better. It's not meant to make anyone uncomfortable so feel free to share only what you'd like to share. Do some of the days or all of the days. Do them one at a time or in blocks. Whatever fits your style of blogging.

I will be starting tomorrow and my goal will be to do one a day but I'll play catch-up as needed.

1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?
2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?
3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?
4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?
5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?
6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?
8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?
9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?
11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed towards your goals?
12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you?
13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier?
14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?
15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?
16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?
17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?
18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available?
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?
23. What are your current fitness goals?
24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)
25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?
26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?

I hope you will join in so we can get to know more about each other's journey!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Great idea......might just give it a go

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TRACY-M 9/24/2012 7:31PM

    Great idea!!

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AMIV07 9/17/2012 10:10PM

  They are really good questions.. sounds good plan! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 9/15/2012 11:16PM

    Looks great maybe I could so part of it everyday. Thanks for sharing

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BLUE42DOWN 9/13/2012 2:24PM

    I'll jump in on this - I've seen the questions before and am curious to see what paths they might take me down.

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LONDIVA 9/12/2012 12:23PM

    Today I have jumped back on Spark to find motivation and encouragement so this is a great way to meet folks I have started a 30 day challenge for myself so I will add this to it Thanks :)

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HOWIEANN 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    I just now saw this. I think I'll jump in today and see where it takes me!

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CMCBRIDE37 9/11/2012 12:50PM

    I am getting started right now with day 1...thanks

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NEWTINK 9/10/2012 5:09PM

    I wish i had found this back before it started ... so maybe i can do it next time if you do this again .... emoticon

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LOGOULD 9/10/2012 10:43AM

    I think this blogging challenge is just the right step to take to get back to the point Spark had once taken me. It is one of the many habits that I let fall by the wayside and since I have started getting back on track, I think it is the next right choice to keep me moving in the right direction. I'll do my best to keep up - and maybe catch up....wish me luck!

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FISEFTON 9/9/2012 2:21PM

    Thank you for the blog, and the list of questions, I just found it on 9th September so I'll play a little bit of catch up - maybe answer 2 questions at a time or just start today and finish in 30 days from now.

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AMARILYNH 9/8/2012 8:43AM

    I'm just finding this blog on Sept. 8th so I want to start fresh and do it in October. I have never been much of a blogger and LOVE fall - most people think of spring as the time of renewal but living in Georgia I choose FALL as my time of renewal - the cooler weather brings all kinds of energy to me!! So I'm going to link your blog in a blog of my own and spend the rest of September getting ready for a MONTH of blogging!! emoticon

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MINNIEME1114 9/8/2012 8:25AM

    I just love SP and how we are connected to great people, resources and new motivational techniques. I love this idea and even with being a week behind, I'm going to jump on board. You make it easy to join in. thanks fro this little gem of an idea.

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MARYJEANSL 9/7/2012 11:37AM

  This is a very good idea - I'm sorry I didn't find out about it until today. Thanks for posting it.

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JLFISH1496 9/4/2012 1:31PM

    I am trying to blog more and I think this is a great way to help me achieve that goal! thanks for posting this challenge! emoticon

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KONOHA-NIN 9/3/2012 7:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I think it'll be helpful to blog about these topics to stay focused. Once the work week starts I'm going to be busy but will be looking forward to trying to keep up. :)

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TEXANS1STLADY 9/3/2012 11:45AM

    I'm in! I love this sort of thing. Today is Sept 3, so I will play catch up on the first post but will make a goal to do it daily! Exciting. emoticon

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EVWINGS 9/3/2012 10:32AM

    A little late, but I'm in and will want to try to do this. I have been doing one a day when I feel I can answer. It is a self-discovery journey and not necessary about weight loss.
Thank you for starting this one.

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TODAYYES 9/3/2012 6:23AM

    I'm in but a little late =)

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    I followed MJZHERE to your post and I am all in. I will do the one intended for today and do an additional catchup included for yesterday.

Thank you so much for this blog!

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4KWALK 9/1/2012 9:33PM

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog. There are many questions here that I have never thought about so I am looking forward to exploring them.

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BOMBSHELLY 9/1/2012 7:49PM

    And...I follwed CODEMAULER. I love this idea!

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CODEMAULER 9/1/2012 7:25PM

    I'm not the best blogger, but I'm willing to give it a go!
(I followed DRAFTLOVER over here, perhaps via another SparkFriend... it's easy to lose track!)

I love it - thanks for providing a great goal for September!!


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CLCINNOVA 9/1/2012 6:59PM

  I'm going to give it a go!

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CRYPTIC_CYPHER 9/1/2012 11:24AM

    THANK YOU!!! You have made amazing progress, and this seems a really good way to start... maybe it will get me past my 'stuck' point. I'll be joining you!


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DRAFTLOVER 9/1/2012 9:20AM

    Im in too....I need to do something! God this is soooo freaking hard!!!!
why Why WHY does it have to be so hard. Thanks for this idea and heeeeear we go :)

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MAUITN 9/1/2012 8:44AM

    I'm in. This should be interesting and informative.

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MAUITN 9/1/2012 8:44AM

    I'm in. This should be interesting and informative.

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    I blog when the spirit moves me, but when I do these are the kinds of things I seem to want to blog about. I think your list is great and has many good ideas for topics and will refer back to them for when I do blog.

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MJZHERE 8/31/2012 6:34PM

    I'm in - really like this.

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ANDASI 8/31/2012 5:40PM

    Hi Tanya is this challange on the team for maintainance i cant seem to find it. I would like to join also.

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LEANJEAN6 8/31/2012 4:44PM

    Well, I shall visit it--Good idea you have!-Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/31/2012 4:36PM

    I've done alphabet blogs in the past... I like doing series things, especially around the first of what I think of as the school year (although school around here is already 3 weeks in!).

I'm thinking this might just be a good alternative for a series... let me sleep on it tonight... 30 blogs hath September?


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MOONSTORMER 8/31/2012 4:26PM

    really nice! like the revamped questions - i might join in from time to time!

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JENNYR0506 8/31/2012 2:00PM

    These questions are much better. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I know your household is kind of busy right now.

As I blog I'll swing by your daily blog and provide a link to it. Maybe others can do the same so we can know who is participating and see everyone's answers.

emoticon Jenny

(Just posted my own blog about the challenge and put a link to this one in the text. Hopefully this will help spread the word! Also copied the questions so I can reference them easily during the month.)

Comment edited on: 8/31/2012 2:10:42 PM

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 8/31/2012 12:21PM

    Great idea, and a good kick start for me to start blogging.
emoticon for the inspiration

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62NVON 8/31/2012 12:00PM

    I love this! I'm in.

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