Nikki-Questions for Weight Loss

I get an almost daily Biggest Loser Newsletter that offers advice, tips, recipes and all sorts of fun reading to do with weight loss and health.  Back in December I received one of these Newsletters that was about “Questions for Weight Loss” and want to share it for those of you who are working on coming up with your own goals/reasons to lose weight. 

Questions for Weight Loss- December 28, 2011

Turn reasons into heart-felt resolutions

Like the cast members of The Biggest Loser, you too may have some deeply personal reasons for losing weight. To turn those reasons into heartfelt resolutions and achievable goals, answer the following questions:

Why do you want to lose weight? List the most important reasons you can think of: for example, to look better, have more energy, be able to play sports, be more self-confident, improve specific aspects of your health, and so forth.

Next, take each of those reasons and reflect upon how your life will improve if you address these reasons. For example: How will looking better benefit you? What will you do with more energy that you’re not doing now? How will playing sports enrich your life? What will your life be like in the absence of overweight-related health problems?

Finally, set some weekly, doable goals for yourself to help you move forward in a positive manner. Depending on what you wrote above, ask yourself such questions as:

What can I do this week to improve my appearance?

What can I do this week that will increase my energy?

What sports, exercise, or other physical activity can I do this week to improve my fitness? When and how often will I do it?

What can I do this week to boost my self-confidence?

What actions will I take this week to improve my health?

 I started out with this blog wanting to lose weight because I wanted to work on my self-esteem, poor body image and to stop being an emotional eater.  I didn’t word these things into goals but I knew that was what I was working on.  I figured since I fell a bit of track over Christmas and have the great opportunity of using a personal trainer for 5 weeks that I better re think my reasons for wanting to lose weight.  

Why do I want to lose weight? I had set a goal of 140lbs to work towards because I was around that weight when I moved to Edmonton.  I was confident, happy, the healthiest I had ever been.   I am much more confident, happier and healthier since losing so much weight already but I know that if I continue to work towards my original goal I will be even more of the above things.  Who doesn’t want to feel and be the best they can be? 

What can I do this week to be happy? So many things: workout, eat healthy foods and often (I’m seriously always hungry), hang out with friends, spend time with Ryan are just a few things I have started doing this week already.

What can I do this week to boost my self-confidence? I am going to focus on positive self talk.  Telling myself “I CAN do this” “I am strong” “I am beautiful” “I am smart” and “all the strength you need is within”.  that last one is what I told myself during The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  My mom gave Jen, Em and I necklaces with that saying on it and I totally belive it.  I did lose the necklace at a hockey game of mine but I wont ever forget the meaning of it.

What actions will I take this week to improve my health? I am back on track to work out 5 days a week, I will pick healthier snacks, I wont completely say no to a treat because I know that I would go back and binge so eating treats within reason, I will book a doctor’s appointment.  I need to book a doctor’s appointment because I want to figure out why when I’m working out with Danielle, my trainer, I often get light-headed and dizzy and need to sit down and have an energy bar.  Its become frustrating to me and if there is something medically wrong I want to find out sooner rather than later.  I also have been having some pain in my knee that I’d like to go away!

So that’s what I’m doing this week.  What are you going to do?