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Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?

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  • a wonderful quiz and very thought provoking.

    I think it's a wonderful quiz -- thought provoking and blog worthy.

    You can easily take the quiz without reading ahead.

    I blogged my answers and then went back and scored it.
  • "Finally, the most important concept—if you scored a 0 on Question 6 (believing that weight loss will solve many other problems in your life), you may be expecting more than weight loss can deliver, setting yourself up for problems both now and after you reach your goal."

    You cannot say this because you don't know what my problems are, losing weight will in fact solve many issues I am experiencing such as high blood pressure, it will help to ease the pain in my arthritic knees, it will help me to sit on the plane without needing an extender belt, and, hopefully, it will get me active enough to be able to to do things like hiking, walking or biking with my husband! Your interpretation of that question implies that I am thinking it will make me happy or solve my mood issues that lead to eating erratically...not everyone thinks that way when they see that question.
    I think you totally 'hit the nail on the head' when you mentioned that we need to put our weight loss journey into a proper perspective. I definitely fall under that category of panicking if I don't do things the perfect and right away so that I could lose weight and end up getting that career and relationship I've always wanted.

    You're right...I need to start living the life I want NOW, and let the weightloss part just be a smaller part of the bigger picture.

    Less stress on me! Thanks for the excellent article. Have a great day.
  • Really great article!
  • The model already lost it and it trying to maintain. Or maybe she really needs to lose more. You know I hate it when bigger people do that to me. I know I NEED to lose 10-15 lbs, but they say to me, "oh but you are at what my goal weight is, why do you need to lose." Not trying to be hateful, just maybe a thought worth considering.
  • Why does the model in that photo want to lose weight? ;-)
  • Though I got a 7, I still don't believe that I can lose weight. Have been trying for 60 years. A few times I lost a few pounds, but now am at the highest in my life at 73. When I track my food I am in the range. If I eat only protein I can lose a few, but who can keep that up? And it's not really healthy.
    I'm a bit unreasonable...I just gained .50 lbs and I feel a little freaked. I stayed within my calorie count and exercise program this week...what happened? I'm looking to lose 1 lb per week and have been going strong for six weeks.....ugh....
  • TOTALGYM2264
    Great article helped me see if I was stressing out and if it was going to hurt my goals and success so far.
  • I disagree with # 12 because I don't have a lot of stressful situations in my life. Everyone is NOT equal. Some people stress over everything, and some don't. Some people just don't have a lot of stress. You can't lump everyone together.
  • Great article - made me realise a lot.
    However it's a shame it ends with "and you can start doing that right now! " without expanding.
  • I think that this is the best article I have read regarding healthy and realistic expectations about weight loss. I wish everyone trying to lose weight, AND their doctors, friends, families and critics could read this. It seems like there is so much societal pressure to lose weight without most people understanding what it takes to achieve permanent weight loss and what weight loss does and doesn't accomplish.

    Thank you so much!!!
  • I disagree with #12. We always have stressful situations in our lives. That is what got most of us in the condition we are in. It's handling the stress along with our weight loss that will make us sucessful!

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