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Realistic vs. unrealistic expectations about weight loss....SP article quoted.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

To find out whether your expectations emoticon about weight loss may be increasing your stress levels, take the following brief quiz.

Indicate whether you think the following statements are true or false. emoticon

To benefit from this exercise, your answer should reflect how you honestly emoticon feel most of the time, NOT what you think the “correct” response might be.

1. I have taken a careful look at my eating and exercise habits, and I have a good idea of what I need to change and how I want to do it. emoticon
2. I have accepted the idea that I need to make permanent changes in my lifestyle to lose weight and keep it off permanently. emoticon
3. I will feel successful only if reach my weight loss goal. emoticon
4. I know that it took time to gain weight, and I believe it is best to try to lose the weight slowly. emoticon
5. I am working on weight loss now because I really want to, not because someone else thinks I should. emoticon
6. If I can manage to lose the weight, I think many other problems in my life will be solved. emoticon
7. I am willing and able to do a significant amount of physical activity on a daily basis, including planned exercise. emoticon
8. I can lose weight successfully with no slip-ups. emoticon
9. I am ready, willing, and able to spend enough time each day planning and tracking my food intake and exercise activities.
10. If my weight loss slows down or stalls out, I usually lose my motivation and stop my program. emoticon
11. When I am having problems sticking to my plan, I usually get on the message boards or the phone and talk about it with other people. emoticon
12. I have many stressful situations in my life right now, but I'm determined to be successful at weight loss. emoticon

Scoring the Quiz
Look at your answers to questions 1,2,4,5,7, 9 and 11, and give yourself 1 point for every True answer, and 0 for every False.

AND THEN... For questions 3,6,8,10 and 12, give yourself 1 point for every False answer, and 0 for every True.

Add your total points up to get your score. emoticon

A high score emoticon (7-12 points) shows that your expectations about weight loss are more realistic, and you are more likely to reach your goal.

Each question you scored a zero for represents a misconception emoticon or unrealistic expectation that might be adding unnecessary stress to your weight loss effort .

Here is a link to the entire AP article:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
02SERENE 12/29/2012 11:14PM

    My own expectations can add stress to an already "stressed" situation - weight loss.

Thanks for the quiz which I read and plan to take later.

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/22/2012 1:06AM

    I did well on the quiz. I know i have changed my views on wt. Loss expectations
I know my exercise practices could use improvements.the longer i work on my activity the more i notice positive results in wt loss. Night snacking 7to10 pm can be my problem times on uncontrolled eating. So i work on these problem areas.

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NEWSPARKDEBBIE 12/20/2012 8:23AM

    I do seem to have trouble with the last 2.....

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CTUPTON 12/19/2012 9:27AM

    If I had taken that test when in my twenties and thirties, I would have had too high and unrealistic expectations. But now I have a positive, realistic perspective. Chris

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/19/2012 3:33AM

    According to that test I would succeed, what about you?

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SUSANBEAMON 12/19/2012 12:40AM

  my expectations vary depending on my environment, and if i'm hungry

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DS9KIE 12/19/2012 12:29AM


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MAHGRET 12/18/2012 5:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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DESERTJULZ 12/18/2012 5:25PM

    Very interesting! I scored well, which makes sense as I recently hit goal. :D

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123ELAINE456 12/18/2012 5:21PM

  My expectation is to maintain and losing weight at times like I have been doing. God Bless You and DH. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BARBARASDIET 12/18/2012 3:26PM

    I'm sure I've done that quiz but maybe I need to revisit.....

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KATHARINE1948 12/18/2012 3:20PM

    As Long as I am making progress ,Iam meetingmy own expections .
I accept the fact their are sets backs for me. I move on to the next day.
Key is to know yourself .


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WALLAHALLA 12/18/2012 2:56PM

    my expectations for the holidays are to enjoy and maintain

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