100 Questions To Ask Yourself by JackSht

One of my favorite tweeps, @JackSht, wrote a post yesterday that I’d like to share with you. I would guess you all know about his awesome blog already, but if you don’t go there now…(err, you know…after you read mine. hehe)

His post yesterday, 100 Questions To Ask Yourself, was probably meant to be rhetorical or something, but I decided to answer every question honestly and in print. It’s easy to gloss over the questions that aren’t easy to answer so I’m holding myself accountable by answering each one in this post.

I love reading Jack’s blog because he’s done what I’m doing, and reading his thoughts usually make me feel like I’m on the right track. Can you answer these questions honestly too?

Jack’s 100 Questions To Ask Yourself — And My Answers
  1. Do you want to lose weight? Yes, of course.
  2. Do you really? Yep…and that’s precisely what I’m doing.
  3. How much do you want it? I want it more than I could ever want a Kit-Kat or a piece of fried chicken.
  4. A little? Nope…
  5. A lot? See above
  6. More than you can say? Yes, though I’ve spent the last several months saying all kinds of things regarding how much I want it.
  7. Less than you believe? Nope, at this point I know what I want, and I’m more than willing to do the work it takes to get it.
  8. You do realize that wanting it is only one small part of this, right? Yep…it takes more than being inspired. I’m motivated.
  9. But it’s the most important part, isn’t it? Yep…I would have never started otherwise.
  10. Have you reconciled yourself to the fact that this is a lifetime pursuit? Indeed…that’s why I’ve made small changes that I can maintain for life. When I reach my goal, I won’t have to revert back to old habits because I like my new habits.
  11. As in “for the rest of your life”? Oh yes…
  12. Have you really embraced that idea? Hell yes…why else would I put so much effort into something like this?
  13. Are you good with this? Uh huh
  14. Really? Uh huh
  15. If you’re almost done, do you realize just how easy it would be to yo-yo back? I’m not almost done, but I’ve lost 87 so far…and yes, it would be easy to gain it back if I didn’t pay attention to what I’m doing.
  16. Do you honestly? I’m afraid so…
  17. Have you gone through it before? Nope, and I don’t want to!
  18. Maybe more than once? Nah…
  19. Like me, are you making a pledge to never let that happen again? I’m taking these changes one day at a time, and I’m convinced that if I continue doing what I’m doing that it won’t happen again. Yes…I pledge to not to be a yo-yo.
  20. Do you eat more than normal right after a weigh-in? Nope.
  21. I mean, like right after? No way…
  22. Do you realize how silly that is? Yeah…kind of worthless….
  23. If you’re cheating, do you realize that nobody really cares? I don’t really consider anything cheating. I plan what I’m going to eat, and sometimes I eat cake. Many times I don’t..
  24. That you’re only cheating yourself? Yep….I don’t answer to anyone except me..;)
  25. What good will that do? It won’t…so I won’t.
  26. Have you really committed yourself to this journey? I have.
  27. I mean, really committed yourself? Yes
  28. Do you have any idea how much harder this becomes if you half-ass it? Yes…there have been a few spots along this journey in which I’ve done that, and it feels awful so I try not to make it a habit.
  29. Aren’t you worth your very best effort? Yep…most days it’s easy to remember that…
  30. What excuses are you letting get in the way of your success? No excuses…
  31. Are you too busy at work? Nope…I have the best boss ever. He’s totally on board with this..
  32. Too busy at home? My friend, Josh, always says “The only time we have is the time we make.”
  33. Got health problems? The pain I felt in my feet is totally gone and has been for a while. Losing weight has been great…
  34. Got money problems? Hmmm…I can’t decide if I should get the necklace from Tiffany or a Michele watch when I reach 100 pounds lost. That sounds like a problem, doesn’t it? 😉
  35. Whatever problems you have, do you not understand that you’ll be in a better position to deal with them without all this extra weight? Definitely. It’s easier to deal when we’re confident and in control of other areas..
  36. Do you like the way you look? Nope…but I like it a hell of a lot more than I did..
  37. Like the way clothes fit on you? Yes, at least more now than before…even the smaller sizes are super loose.
  38. Aren’t you ready to start loving the way you look and being proud of the way clothes fit on you? I’m looking forward to when I can buy the clothes I want to buy…
  39. Ready to get a kick out of shopping again? Oh, I’ve always gotten a kick out of shopping…that hasn’t changed..it will only get better.
  40. Have you exercised today? No, but I will…
  41. Have you soaked your shirt with sweat? I will at 5pm, and I’ll be gross when it’s over.
  42. Will you work out tomorrow? Yep…
  43. Do you sleep better when you’re exercising regularly? I cannot believe the changes in the way I sleep after working out.
  44. Is your stress more manageable? Absolutely.
  45. Do you feel better? Yep…when I’m working out, I feel like a rock star…
  46. Can you push yourself a little more? I can always push myself a little more which is what I have to keep doing to keep losing the way I’ve been losing.
  47. Are you going to do it? Yep.
  48. Today? I won’t push myself too much until my ear is back in working order, but I’ll sweat my guts out for 50 minutes today.
  49. Must you eat so quickly? I don’t eat quickly.
  50. Do sparks fly off your utensils when you get after it? Thankfully, no…no one was hurt when I ate dinner this evening.
  51. Why don’t you set my fork down at least momentarily? You know…that’s not something I ever thought of doing until I read Jean Nidetch’s new autobiography. Now I try to do it frequently during every meal..and I’ve noticed that my friends that are in good shape put their forks down pretty often. It’s not a habit yet, but it will be soon….
  52. Did you know that it’s perfectly legal to leave some food on your plate? Um, of course…and I don’t eat left overs…I don’t feel bad about that either.
  53. How many situps can you do? I can do several sets of 25 — crunches, not situps…but hey…it’s awesome..
  54. Two? Yah
  55. More than two? Probably
  56. A few more? I do crunches..have you seen my body? The fact that I can do lots of crunches is awesome.
  57. A lot more? On a typical day, I do 36 crunches, 25 across the body, 25 for the transverse abs and 20 bicycle crunches…
  58. How many pushups? I do 36 per day…
  59. One? one times 36
  60. Do you realize that “lady pushups” like Jack does don’t really count? Listen Jack…when you’re a lady who used to weigh nearly 400 pounds, “lady pushups” totally count…I’m sure I can find pics of my arms shaking as I come up for the 34th, 35th, 36th time…(I’m so happy that I weigh less now, but I still do girly pushups…for now.)
  61. Do you own an Abdomenizer? Nope…
  62. Do you feel ridiculous? Should I feel ridiculous because I don’t even know what that is?
  63. Do you eat out a lot? Yes…
  64. Do you tell yourself that it’s a matter of convenience? No..sometimes I’m lazy.
  65. Do you tell yourself that you’re a terrible cook? No..I used to say that, but the truth is I’m pretty decent now..I cook a lot of tasty foods..
  66. Do you realize how much more difficult you’re making this on yourself? Yes..it would definitely be easier if I cooked everyday because I’d know exactly what I’m eating. I cook a lot more, but I’ve learned to make pretty decent choices when I’m out. And I’m not afraid to be a little high maintenance if need be.
  67. Does cake make you crazy? No, but I like it…white with white frosting…;)
  68. Why do you suppose that is? It tastes good..
  69. Do you think it’s mental or physical? It’s mental. Sometimes I want cake, and I’ll have it. Other times I decide it’s not worth it and skip it.
  70. Something that you can control or something that controls you? I control everything that I put in my mouth which is a good feeling, but it hasn’t always been that way. I work everyday to stay in control, and most days I do.
  71. How are you doing this week? Super…I’ve lost a couple of pounds. My ears are starting to feel better, and I’m back in my regular workout routine.
  72. Making some headway or getting in your own way? Headway, but I’d like to step it up a bit this week.
  73. Doing solid work or slipping and sliding? Pretty solid…
  74. Looking forward to your next weigh-in or dreading it? I love weigh-in day. I’m such a suck up…but seriously, what can I say? I love watching the numbers come down. I’m quickly approaching some pretty big goals.
  75. Why are you doing this? I want to enjoy this amazing life without regret. I don’t want to die young nor do I want my weight to prevent me from fully enjoying the fantastic opportunities that have come/will come my way.
  76. For your family? I know they’re proud of me…and probably breathing much easier knowing that I’m making the changes that I need to make to live a long and happy life…
  77. For yourself? I’m selfish like that.
  78. Do you feel like this is impossible? Before I started I wanted to believe I could do it. Now I believe it without a doubt because I am doing it.
  79. Do you even know what the word “impossible” means? I know what it means, but you won’t hear me say it very often. I am living proof that it may be hard, but it’s not impossible.
  80. Do you sabotage yourself? I suppose I have, but I don’t make it a habit.
  81. Put hurdles in your own way? Sometimes I make things harder than they need to be.
  82. Why do you suppose that is? I’m stubborn and sometimes a little arrogant, but most of the time I just do what needs to be done.
  83. Does this blogging stuff help you as much as it does me? OMG I cannot express how much blogging has helped me. In addition to holding myself accountable in front of others, I have gained support of friends from different parts of the world – many of whom are on the same journey as me.
  84. Does it keep your mind on what you’re doing even if what you’re writing about isn’t necessarily always on topic? Yep…
  85. Does it help you stay accountable? Absolutely. I post pictures of myself, videos….
  86. Connect you to a valuable support group? Indeed…
  87. Serve as your north star on this journey like it does for me? It is an integral part of my journey and success.
  88. Has it clicked for you? Yes. Yes. Yes.
  89. Are you confident that this is the time when it’s really going to happen for you? Yes!
  90. Do you know it in your heart? I do.
  91. Are you absolutely sure? I am.
  92. Do you think this is simply too much for you? No way…I’m rocking this!
  93. Do you feel overburdened? No…I feel lighter than I’ve felt in years.
  94. Overwhelmed? Not usually…but when I do, I lay it all out here. And I’m so thankful for the people who are willing to share in my burdens with me..who support me just because..
  95. Overmatched? Nah…
  96. Over it all? I love it all…It’s good. I’m happy.
  97. Would you believe me if I told you that you’re so much stronger than you think you are? I wouldn’t have believed you this time last year Jack, but this year….oh yes…I know I’m stronger than I realized. And I’m getting stronger everyday.
  98. Believe me if I told you that it’s within you to do this? Again, I would have wanted to believe you last year, but now it’s easy to believe you..yes.
  99. Shouldn’t you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you? I believe in myself. I know I can do this, and I’m doing it.
  100. Well, shouldn’t you? Yes…we should all believe in ourselves. There’s no magic pill to take…no shortcuts…just a little hard work, determination and a lot of patience.

Well, I answered each question honestly, and I feel like I’m on the right track. Do you want to lose weight enough to change? Are there things you can do to improve your current state? Are you taking this journey in stride?

If you’re doing it all the right way then please give yourself a big pat on the back from me! You know I pat myself on the back all the time. 😉 But if you’re struggling, remember that today is a new day. And you’re worth the effort it takes to change. It doesn’t happen overnight, but time flies so start now. You’ll feel better knowing that you’re headed in the right direction.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Mellisa Rock
    March 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I really liked this post — going to check out Jack's blog now — sounds like someone I should follow. 🙂

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    Beth P.
    March 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Kenz. I am going to answer these myself, I think.

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    WaistingTime
    March 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Most days Jack really cracks me up:)

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    March 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    He's definitely somoeone you should follow. He's awesome…!

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    Sarah
    March 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    #88 So important. So clear that it has for you.

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