I'm following the 30 day blog challenge created by TanyaP71. I'm having to play catch up, so decided to answer #1-20 in one blog.
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?
My current weight is 217. I am 5'8" and pear shaped. My goal is to lose a total of 76 pounds. For the month of September I initially wanted to lose 10 pounds, but at this time I am aiming for 5 pounds. I would ultimately like to wear a size 10 in clothing.
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?
I chose my goal weight of 146 because I felt really comfortable and healthy at this weight in the past. My doctor has suggested a weight lose goal of 50 pounds. With the lose of 50 pounds I will be at 167 pounds. I believe I will be comfortable either way, but my goal is where I can see myself. I am hoping to lose 5 pounds at a time. It took me a year to lose 50 pounds between 2010 to 2011.
3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?
I have shared my goals with my DH. I don't know if there has been a good outcome, as of yet. He has been through this roller coaster ride with me before. I think he is just sitting back and watching. I'm also sharing with my Spark Friends. So grateful for this support.
4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?
My fears are accepting myself at a smaller weight.
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?
I was super thin throughout my childhood. I didn't start gaining weight until after I had my first child at 18. I gained 80 pounds with this pregnancy. I gained another 80 pounds with my second pregnancy. My first diet was at 19 years old. My first experiment with diet pills was 10 years ago. I have lost and regained 50-52 pounds three times. Twice with the help of diet pills, once with hard work and dedication. Well now this time is different because I know the only way to keep the weight off is with hard work and dedication. I'm tired of going on this roller coaster. This time is different because I have faith in myself to get through this and live a happy, healthy life.
6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
The most difficult is continuing to plan, measure foods and maintaining your tracking system. When I stopped logging my foods, I was no longer aware of what I was eating or able to tweek foods when needed.
7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?
I measure lose by the fit of my clothes. I cant depend on the scale. I lose motivation too quick when depending on the scale.
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?
I think I will appreciate the hard work I put into reaching my goal weight. I will enjoy the lose and have fun. I will be proud of myself and accept compliments when given. I will no longer hold on to my comfort clothes that are two sizes too big. I will enjoying shopping for myself, with an open mind, and without "What If" questions.
9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
I am 33 years old. I definately think my view on wellness and fitness has changed. I understand that there is no magic pill. I understand how important it is to set example for your children, so that they do not continue the weightloss struggle as they age. I understand that I want to live a happy healthy life and I only have one body. I understand that my life on earth is a temporary blessing and is not always promised. I understand thay my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I was called to glrify God in body and spirit.
10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?
I am working on this goal because I have to start somewhere. I feel so out of control dealing with this part of my life. I don't like being out of control. I want to be and feel confident about who I am.
11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your body changed as you've progressed towards your goals?
I like my breast the most. I am so thankful that although every body part I have has changed, my breast have remained the same. If my breast enlarge because of excess weight, its a good thing. Thank goodness they are still sitting up.
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?
I have so many fitspirations. They are: Mocha Lee, Alicia Marie, Jennifer Nicole Lee, Ernestine Shepherd and a few Spark Friend's Bekahsays, Jensfitjourney & Nancyanne55.
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?
I make an effort to wake up 2 hours early to go workout at the gym. I also get my meals together the night before. I try to cook in bulk, but the food does not last all week. When the kids get hungry, I allow them to eat my preplanned meals. I want them to have healthy choices as well.
14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?
Not sure how to answer this one. I'm working to make changes in all aspects of losing weight. I will have an idea of the easiest changes in about a month, after it becomes routine.
15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?
I enjoy reading blogs right here on Sparkpeople.com, bodybuilder.com and reading success stories in the Weight Watcher's and Fitness Magazine.
16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?
I am learning the Chris Powell way of eating, carb cycling. Its more of a lifestyle change, according to his book "Choose to Lose". Its a new start, so I will keep you all updated on my progress.
17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?
Protein bars, greek yogurt, mixed nuts and mixed fruit. I need to broaden my selection so that I don't get bored.
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?
Protein bar and fruit. I can always depend on a sandwich and fruit as well.
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
I refuse to give up chocolate. I purchase the individual Hershey kisses, that are 50 calories each. Able to control my intake. I have given up soda.
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
My healthy foods: tuna fish, chicken breast, fish, turkey tenderloin, ground turkey, ground chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach, green beans, mustard/collard greens, squash, frozen fruit, frozen berries, fresh fruit, fresh berries, greek yogurt, ground flax seed, cinnamon, avocados, egg whites, whole wheat wraps, whole wheat pita bread/pockets and whey powder.
Discovered healthy foods: kale, hummus and quinoa