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Weight loss Survey & updates


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

PS:
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.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANGRITTER 9/29/2012 11:39AM

    Love the Summer Step Challange! So glad you posted that so we can borrow it later for a team challenge! HAHA See, you are so important we even want to steal ideas from you (actually, I may use this as my personal challenge to track when I get my other leg back... I average about 7,000 steps per month right now! YUCK!)

And October is also when people start suffering from Seasonal Affectation Disorder. Symptoms usually build up slowly in the late autumn and winter months. Symptoms are usually the same as with other forms of depression:
•Hopelessness
•In
creased appetite with weight gain (weight loss is more common with other forms of depression)
•Increased sleep (too little sleep is more common with other forms of depression)
•Less energy and ability to concentrate
•Loss of interest in work or other activities
•Sluggish movements
•Social withdrawal
•Unhappiness and irritability

SAD can sometimes become long-term depression. Bipolar disorder or thoughts of suicide are also possible. And usually treated with an antidepressant.

Just something for you to mull over and know that it is not necessarily YOU that doesn't want to be more social or have higher expectations - it is most likely a disorder. Don't worry - millions suffer with this and it is common treatment.

And losing your sister doesn't help matters any. I just wanted to let you know that you are NOT ALONE!

But keep pushing through, and you know when it's time to talk to someone about it - even mentioning it here means you are starting to face it and realize it... some people never come to that conclusion.

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MONETRUBY 9/27/2012 8:16PM

    These questions are really in-depth, and you did a great job of putting a lot of consideration into the answers. I like number 11, and I think you speak for a bunch of us here. Sometimes, it's the thought of reaching our goals that has us the most frightened, oddly enough. Having an idea of why that is, can be the first step to combatting the self-defeating attitudes, and reaching towards those goals.

You're doing great with those steps! Fantastic job.

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SEAWILLOW 9/27/2012 7:24PM

    Fantastic! I have a deceased brother and his death has affected me greatly by my actions and choices throughout the years..It has been over 40 years..I will be here!

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ZANNACHAN 9/27/2012 4:09PM

    I love how much you really thought about these questions. I hope that you find it helpful. I suspect that #11 is particularly telling and I know that you're not alone. I've heard a lot of people in similar shoes. The best thing I have found to deal with it is focus on living your life NOW and not worry about 10 or 15 (or 50, in my case) pounds from now.

Awesome job on the step challenge! You are pretty much flattening me, LOL. And I'm certainly not hitting 3000 steps on my rest days--I think I over estimated what I could do on those days. Saturday I could barely move and didn't even hit 1000 steps for the whole day. Sigh. Ah well, every step helps, right?

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