Thursday, September 27, 2012
This quiz was taken from PROUDLILMOM’s blog. After yesterday’s blog I thought it would be an appropriate quiz to maybe help me think about the things I want.
1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight?
Highest weight: 199
Current weight: 166.7
Goal weight: 1350 - 140ish
2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight?
My health. Being diagnosed with RA and knowing that getting the weight off takes a lot of the pain away.
3. Have you always been overweight?
No, when I was a teen through my twenties I was in great to pretty good shape. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I started to gradually gain weight.
4. When you want to give up what inspires you to keep going?
My friends both in real life and on Spark People are a big inspiration. Also knowing that my pain levels will go down and I’ll feel better are a big inspiration.
5. What is the #1 thing you look forward to when you hit your goal weight?
Feeling healthy and being able to do what I want for as long as I want. Hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, or any other activity that takes my fancy (outside of high impact activities which I really shouldn’t do).
6. Do you have support on your weight loss journey?
Yes, Spark People friends, my best friend, the BLC challenges and the RA focused teams and of course most of the time my husband.
7. What is your favorite exercise?
Right now, walking. I do it every day either outside or (mostly) in my living room with a Leslie Sansone walking dvd. I love swimming/treading water and it is my total favorite but I only get to do it during the warm months and only once a week at most. Being in the water makes me feel fit and slim again.
8. What is the most important thing you have learned on your weight loss journey?
There are several things that are “most” important to me. First is to never, ever give up. If something doesn’t work or stops working change it up. Everything in moderation, including food and exercise. To list something as “off limits” is to crave it. So nothing is totally off limits, but some items are limited to special occasions or when eating out rather than every day.
9. What is one thing you have given up that you miss the most?
The only thing I’ve given up is soda/diet soda and I don’t miss it at all. No, really after over 2 years of no soda I don’t miss it. I’ve found great substitutes that I love now. I don’t think I’ll ever go back now because I drink tea for a caffeine boost and sparkling water/club soda for the fizzies.
10. What is your strategy for losing weight?
Eat within calorie range most days of the week. Do cardio/aerobic exercise at least 20 minutes (usually more like an hour) 5 days a week. Starting to strength train again at least 2 times a week. Just saw a blurb on a new dvd called COREgeous. I’m thinking about getting it and following the suggested workouts on that to tone my core, which would really help.
I’m adding a number 11 to the quiz.
11. What are you most afraid of when you get to your goal weight?
This is the question I really need to answer. Because I think this is what is holding me back. The answer that comes to mind first is that fit people are expected to do/be more… more social, get more done and in my mind be more organized with less procrastination.
(Sitting here after writing this my heart is racing and I’m feeling a little anxious and light headed.) So perhaps this is the true reason I’ve stalled. I’m normally a very private person, or at least I have been for over 40 years now. I don’t want the perceived extra stress in my life. I don’t want to necessarily HAVE to be more… social/productive. I like my life the way it is now for the most part. Oh, I’d like to be fit, more active, more social on one level. On another level I’m not sure I’m capable of sustaining it. I fear what others might expect of me on top of the (unrealistic?) expectations I have for myself when I get there. Something to work on I think
I am coming up on the time of year where I really tend to fail. My (deceased) sister’s birthday is in October and the seasons start changing and it’s getting darker and the body thinks it’s time to be like the squirrel and prepare for the famine to come in winter. I KNOW that this happens every year. So please help me to stay positive and motivated even when I don’t “feel” it. I am going to do my best to be aware of the emotions and to deal with them rather than eating them and the extra pain the usually comes with the colder weather for me.
Personal challenge update:
Wed 9-20: 14,162
Thurs 9-21: 12,454
Fri 9-22: 13,017
Sat 9-23: 14,282
Sun 9-24: 13,073 steps + swimming 5,300 = 19,582
Mon 9-25: 10,199
Tues 9-26: 13,586
Altec 500,000 summer step challenge: 478,593 take (as of this morning) 21,407 to go.