1. Brag about some of your daily, healthy habits. I regularly drink 100-125oz of water a day without any problem and I haven’t had soda in over a year (don’t miss it one bit). I abide by the philosophy of not drinking my calories. Also, I’ve been happily artificial sweetener free for about a month.
2. Do you track your daily food intake? If so, how? From August 2011 until last week, I was a Weight Watchers loyalist. I loved it, but I am at a point in my journey where I need to move on. Finally cancelled my account the other day, and now I solely track with My Fitness Pal. (Bigger post about my WW breakup later.)
3. What do you want to change most about your daily routine? I’ve been at this for so long that my general daily routine is pretty solid. There are days I’ll get derailed, but on the whole I’ve got it down to a science. Though it wouldn’t hurt to get more vegetables in my diet.
4. How often do you exercise? Six days a week, or five days when I’m particularly lazy.
5. How do you stay on track when you’re on the go? This is where I’ve failed the most, and I haven’t even had to travel or go on an extended vacation yet. Sometimes I will smuggle fruits or granola bars in my purse, and I will always check out the menu of a restaurant beforehand to plan my meal. But do I always follow through with my planning? Hardly ever.
6. What’s one excuse you use that prevents you from reaching your goals? Ah, the excuses. Where do I begin? People keep complimenting me, so I must look good enough already, no need to rush my weight loss. I’ve already lost 125 pounds in 14 months; most people are taking twice as long as me, no need to rush my weight loss. Oh, all my clothes are fitting fine, and most of them are size small already. Why rush my weight loss? And finally – I’ve been doing the healthy thing forever; I deserve a break!
Oh crap, I just reread the question and saw “one excuse.” Oh well.
7. What scares your most about your journey? Reaching my goal, and still not feeling 100% comfortable in my own skin. When you’re fat, you can easily tell yourself that all the things that are wrong in your life are due to your weight. Surprise! Fit people have problems too.
8. What do you think will change most when you reach your goal? I will probably be more willing to try new things, workout wise or just adventure wise.
9. What motivates you to reach your goals? I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I might have dragged my heels these past couple of months, but I’ve still got my eye on the prize. And everyone around me both online and in real life has been so unbelievably supportive; I wouldn’t want to let them down either!
10. Share a few of your goals. My next immediate mini-goal is to log a BMI not considered “obese.” Mine is exactly 30 right now, and I need about a pound before I’m downgraded to “overweight.” I know BMI isn’t everything, especially since my body fat percentage indicates I am not obese, but I want to disassociate myself with that word as much possible. Once that’s out of the way, my sole focus will be losing body fat and building lean muscle mass. My next hydrostatic test will be in about three months, and I’ll want to have lost at least 2-3% body fat by then.
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