I was tagged in this question game by Shrinking Blubeari. Thanks!!! What a surprise that was. And since I still have a whole hour and a half of work before I get to leave on vacation, this is gonna help me pass the time!
The questions she passed on are:
1. What has been the most effective weight loss tool for you?
I think that writing down eerything that I eat has been the most effective tool. I find that when I consistently write in my journal, or log foods in SparkPeople, I lose weight. I imagine this is part of why I've been struggling with this plateau. I haven't been faithfull jotting everything down. I would definitely encourage that for others who are trying to lose weight.
2. Have you tried any 'diets'? Which, if any, has been the most successful?
I can honestly say the only "diet" program I've every tried was weight watchers. When I started working on my health and losing weight, I tracked into SparkPeople, and educated myself, then about 4 months in got a subscription to WW, mostly for support. Despite being overweight for most of my life, I never seemed to have it in me, to be on a diet. I wanted to, and even sometimes planned to, but never actually did it.
3. Do you remember the first blog you followed?
That would be Lyn from Escape from Obesity (she's amazing!) and PastaQueen. Both have lost a large amount of weight (which is a large part of why I relate to them) and have a writing style that I can read and not be driven crazy by. :)
4. What was your biggest loss for a week/month/ however long between your weigh ins?
My biggest loss ever was my very first week of tracking my foods in SparkPeople. I lost 6 pounds that first week. The second biggest loss was the first week I joined weight watchers, a loss of 4.4 pounds. See a pattern here? Think I'd learn?!? Nope.
5. Coffee or tea? And for either one, what is your favorite?
Ugh, really really don't like coffee. So I guess tea, but I rarely drink it. Mostly when the weather's cold and I want something comforting. Otherwise it's water or milk(3 a day!).
6. Who took your 'before' and progress pictures?
My sister Maria age 17 has the camera. I felt so unattractive in those pictures, but felt comfortable having her take them. When I lose my first 50 pounds, I plan to have her take 2 new ones.
7. What will be your final reward when you reach your goal weight/ other goals?
Hmm, I'm not 100% sure yet. I have several ideas that appeal to me. A whole new wardrobe; a tattoo; a make-over; a weekend trip to the beach. Lots of ideas, but I don't know what I'll actually pick until I get there. Sadly, using one as a motivator doesn't really work for me.
8. What is your favorite breakfast?
Well, this one required alot of thought. I usually have to make myself eat something in the morning, because I never get hungry until 10-ish or lunchtime, so I don't really have a "healthy" favorite. If I eat first thing in the morning, I get awful stomachache and cramps on my drive to work. Really painful way to start the day, so I mostly avoid it. These days I eat a yogurt around 10am, but I did like when I made myself a smoothie in the morning. It didn't rub so badly against my poor stomach. One of these days I'm going to make a green monster smoothie.
Anyways, to answer the question truthfully, my favorite breakfast is the whole sausage, bacon and eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns and orange juice deal. You can see why I didn't mention it first. I haven't had that in a year, at least.
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