Sunday, November 8, 2009

Survey Says...

The poll I was running that looked at weight loss challenges closed today so I thought I would let everyone know the results. Twenty-four people voted on what their particular difficulties are and, of those, nobody picked the options for ‘a lack of support’, ‘a lack of amenities’, or ‘physical limitations’. The other seven categories that were available to choose from showed the following:

10 votes for 'food' accounted for 41.7%
1 vote for 'exercise' accounted for 4.2%
1 vote for ‘time’ accounted for 4.2%
1 vote for 'stress’ accounted for 4.2%
6 votes for 'a mix of a few things' accounted for 25.0%
3 votes for 'a mix of everything' accounted for 12.5%
2 votes for 'other' accounted for 8.3%

Obviously food accounts for the largest portion of hardships along this journey and I am willing to bet that the ‘mixture’ votes were at least partially composed of people who have this same issue. It’s good though to be able to identify what challenges we may come across and what our individual triggers often are. It is an excellent step towards being successful on this road to healthier versions of ourselves.

On a more personal note, I am so excited! Today, one of my closest friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding! I am honoured to stand up next to her when she gets married and I am very close with the groom as well, so I am totally thrilled to be a part of their special day!

One of the big reasons that I set my weight loss goal for completion in July of next year is that I have two nuptials to attend that month… and now I am going to be directly involved in one of them. Back in August when I decided to commit to this, the thought of arriving at these two weddings as a fairly normal sized woman was a big motivator for trying to make my dream come true. Interestingly, many different things have taken priority over this vision and I have discovered lots of other reasons to work at this. Looking nice for the weddings somehow fell to the wayside.

But now it is good to remember that I want to look great for these events. It is still quite a ways off, so I am feeling surprisingly optimistic about my chances of getting to goal before the celebrations. And now I have even more of a reason to work hard since I will actually be standing up in front of people and I don't want to feel awkward or out of place – although, I am positive everyone will be paying more attention to the happy couple!

- 9 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1/2 cup of grapes
- 3/4 cup fat free black cherry yogurt
- 1 mug of eggnog flavoured steamed skim milk
- 1 wonton dumpling
- 3 cups of beef and broccoli
- 5 corn bread crackers
- 3 cups of Caesar salad with light dressing and croutons

- 1 hour walk


  1. There will always be goal events beyond the two special weddings that you know about. How great for you that you'll always arrive looking "like a fairly normal sized woman." You'll arrive looking at your absolute best.

  2. Just caught up on your last couple of posts....congrats on the weigh-in girl!! you're doing've really got this down past and it's so encouraging to see. Your measurements are great and your progress pics are astounding!! You're shrinking right before our eyes!! I'm very proud of you girl...keep up the good work! :)

  3. I am very excited... both to be a part of my friends' special day and to be on such a good streak with the losses so far!