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30 questions challenge: 1-10

Monday, September 10, 2012

I’m joining in on TANYAP71’s blog question challenge.

I don’t often manage to post blogs daily, so I’ll be answering questions here when I can and posting them en masse.

It’s been fun reading the responses from others, and to help me keep track of them, I’ve made a spreadsheet, here:

(this way I’ll be able to find those posts in the future, even after they’ve been buried by more recent ones)

1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?
Started at a BMI of 52.56, not sure what % body fat (highest measured was 54.2% after I’d lost about 30 lbs)
Currently at a BMI of 24.22, approx 20% body fat

I’m right now just outside of my +/- 3% range around 150, so I want to get back in there.

My goal for the rest of September is to get my eating back under control (it occasionally goes off the rails).

2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?
At the beginning I just wanted to get my BMI under 30 (obese). Then I wanted to get it under 25 to see if I could (160 lbs). In the past 6 months I’ve reset my goal weight to hover around 150. When I lost the weight I aimed for a 5% reduction. Then another 5% reduction. And so on.

3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?
When I was losing weight I shared my goals with anyone who would listen. It was helpful to have everyone on board. Since hitting goal over 2.5 years ago I’ve slowed down on telling people about my history. Most of them met me after I lost weight and it really doesn’t come up unless we’re discussing food or exercise or something like that.

4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?
That I won’t be able to keep it off. Over time I’m starting to believe more and more that this process can be learned and is achievable. I’ve stumbled, but I’ve also gotten back up.

5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?
My first diet was probably when I was 8 or 9. I’ve gained and lost a lot of weight. Most notably I gained and lost over 100 lbs in my 20s, only to regain it all plus almost 100 more. I lost it again in 2009. This time is different because I saw how easy it was to regain before, and I’m determined not to do THAT again!

6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
In my 20s I was unprepared for the difficulty of maintaining. There is a critical mental shift that needs to happen in order to make it stick. And it takes vigilance and work to keep myself focused, engaged, and doing the behaviors that help me stay fit. I’ve set the bar pretty high for myself, and it’s not easy keeping my food and exercise on point. It takes a lot of work.

7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?
Mostly I rely on weighing myself every day and tracking the moving average trend. I also track my % body fat to get a handle on my composition.

I have a couple of pairs of favorite pants that let me know when the number on the scale reflects more than just water gain. And I can tell how I’m doing strength-wise by whether I’m increasing the pounds I’m lifting, over time.

8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?
I wasn’t sure what, if anything would be different. It turns out I can eat more. But as I said earlier in #6, I knew it would require a mental shift. I tried preparing for this shift while still in loss mode, and that helped. But over time I’ve had to experiment with maintenance strategies just as I had to experiment with loss strategies. I’m still fiddling with it, trying to figure out what works best.

9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
I’m 46 and with age has come a level of discipline and maturity that I didn’t have in my 20s. It is a lot easier to carry through with things when you’re sure of yourself. I was very unsure of myself the last time around. Something about just going around the sun a bunch of times seems to have helped provide the spine and inner strength I lacked before.

10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?
Simple survival. I don’t want to live my next 40 years the way I lived my previous 40 years. I was suffocating inside a coffin of my own flesh and couldn’t physically do things I liked and didn’t like how I felt, and didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. Life is too dang short to live like that, so I’m going to take the time I’ve got left and live in a way that I like.
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