Back to Basics - Survey
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Borrowing this from someone else. I thought it would be helpful for me to put answers to these basic questions in writing. I think it's good to simplify occasionally when things get too complicated.
When did you start gaining weight? I've been overweight my entire life. I was a normal sized baby but once I started eating solid food I just couldn't stop. Seriously though, my parents were both overweight, so I learned their eating habits from the beginning. I lost a bit of weight in high school, then had a weight surge in college, then lost a little bit, gained more, lost some again, gained more, lost a bunch, gained a whole bunch, and that takes us when I started SP in June.
What was your highest weight? 290
What diets have you been on? Numerous attempts at low fat, low carb, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Medifast. Now, I'm just doing Health. It's this diet where I eat as much fruits and veg as I can, stay away from refined carbs and added sugar as much as I can and let the rest of it work itself out Crazy, right? That would never work! Well I've lost 30 lbs so far and even better I'm not hungry all the freaking time or irritable or stressed out or lethargic.
Is your goal a number on the scale or a size? I'd love to see a size 8.
Whats your fav food? All of it. Seafood-when I see food, I eat it. If I had to name one, I'd say pizza.
What is your fav food now? Greek yogurt.
What food will you not give up? Chocolate - but instead of eating chocolate bars, I add cocoa to a lot of things, or make my own treats with stevia or other sugar subs.
How will you reward your accomplishments? Getting healthy is my reward. I'll be buying new clothes, new workout gear, new kitchen gear, new foods... I think I will be well-rewarded. I just don't like the idea of having to meet a goal then I get a treat - makes me feel like a dog.
What will you do at goal? The most epic happy dance you could ever imagine.
What diet are you following now? See above.
What is you fav body part? I don't have one. I guess I can tolerate my feet. I know I'm harsh on myself but it's the truth.
What are your non scale goals? I would like to run a marathon some day, but a smaller goal is to be able to wear regular sizes.
What makes losing weight hard for you? It's mostly mental. I have spent many years self-medicating with food - drowning my sorrows, stuffing down my emotions, whatever other euphemism for shoving food down my face and being extremely unhappy. Then I also used food as a source of joy, celebration, reward, etc. I feel like I've removed about 95% of the emotion from food now, it just comes back occasionally. It's also a bit about energy. If I eat too much, or too little, or work out too much, or too little, I end up fatigued. It's a balancing act.