Alright everyone, I’ve been trying to decide the best way to tackle all of your questions and I’ve decided to just do them as a series of posts that I’ll put up randomly to mix things up a bit from the usual day-to-day posts. Here’s post numero uno!
The first few questions are weight loss related, and then there’s a random bike question thrown in there at the end
Frequently Asked Questions: Part One
Q: I’ve tried tried to lose weight numerous times and I always lose my motivation. How do you stay motivated?
A: First of all, you would be incredibly wrong if you think that I am always 100% motivated all of the time. Nobody is perfect, and trust me, I’ve had my share of downs. (You can read about some of them here, here and here.) The important thing is to not beat yourself up when you have a bad day (or week, or month!) and to just wake up the next morning and start fresh. I realize that this is not easy to do; I spent years beating myself up over “mess-ups” and I still struggle with it to this day. However, getting down on yourself doesn’t change anything and eating more crap because you already messed up is just going to make you feel even worse. Just accept the fact that you’re not perfect and you’re going to mess up, shrug it off, and move on.
To help keep myself motivated, I read other healthy living blogs, talk to my friends who help hold me accountable, and think about how good I feel when I eat healthy and exercise and how crappy I feel when I don’t. Seeing smaller numbers on the scale and buying smaller clothes are nice motivators as well
Q: What is your calorie budget?
A: I’ve mentioned before that I use an app called Tap ‘n’ Track on my iPod to track my calories. I love this app because it gives you a calorie budget based on your height, weight and daily activity level. Everyone is different, and therefore your own personal calorie budget should not be based off of someone else’s. When I was first starting to lose weight (I weight about 280 lbs), my budget was around 1700-1800 calories a day. These days, it’s right around 1500. As my weight drops, so do the number of calories I can eat in a day and (if I still want to lose weight).
While I do think that tracking what you eat is important for weight loss, it is also really important to learn proper nutrition, portion sizes and how to listen to your body. I also try to make sure I am getting a healthy balance of carbs, fats and proteins. You won’t be counting calories forever, but you will have to make smart choices about what you eat for the rest of your life!
Q: Were you embarrassed to post your weigh-ins?
A: No. I was very open about my weight loss with all of my friends and family before I started the blog, so I was used to everyone knowing how much I weighed. Publicly posting my weight also helps keep me accountable.
Q: Do you have stretch marks?
A: Yes. I have stretch marks on my stomach, breasts, arms, thighs and God only knows where else! Some of them have faded slightly, but for the most (unfortunately) they are very visible. I’m not sure there’s much I can do to make them go away, but if you have any suggestions please comment away!
Q: Is your skin saggy after losing all that weight?
A: Yes. I have a lot of extra/saggy skin on my stomach and breasts. I would actually like to have surgery in the future to help remove this skin and tighten everything up after I lose a few more pounds. I think I also have some saggy skin under my arms, but I can’t tell if it’s actually skin or just underarm flab
Q: What kind of bike do you have?
A: I have a Specialized Ariel Sport hybrid bike. I love it because it is good on both paved and unpaved trails and was relatively affordable as a brand new bike. I would like to invest in a road bike in the future, but I’m going to wait until after I graduate to start forking over money for that hobby