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9 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer if Serious About Changing Your Lifestyle

Please copy and paste the questions below into a private document you can write freely in. These answers are for your eyes only.

1. Would you describe your relationship with food as a functional or dysfunctional one? Whatever your answer, elaborate why you think it’s that way.

2. When do you think you first started to notice that you and food had this sort of relationship? Did it stem from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc? Try to think back to when you first started to establish the type of relationship you currently have with food. Write about it.

3. Do you go to food to comfort you? To ease boredom? Do you eat when you’re sad, angry, lonely, or happy, joyous and with your family or both? Either way, please describe the situation(s) and mood(s) that oftentimes drive you to eat too much.

4. Would you describe your relationship with alcohol as a functional or dysfunctional one? Whatever your answer, elaborate why you think it’s that way.

5. When do you think you first started to notice that you and alcohol had this sort of relationship? Did it stem from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc? Try to think back to when you first started to establish the type of relationship you currently have with alcohol. Write about it.

6. Do you go to alcohol to comfort you? To make you feel more social and at ease? Do you drink when you’re sad, angry, lonely, or happy, joyous and with your friends or both? Either way, please describe the situation(s) and mood(s) that oftentimes drive you to drink too much.

7. While the word “enabler” has a negative connotation, it can be something as innocent as your grandma baking you cookies every time she comes over to visit despite you saying you are watching your weight. With that said, are there friends or family members who you find you drink and/or eat more than you’d like when around? Please list them.

8. Please list the friends and family you can currently go to for moral support with losing weight and who consistently respect your decisions to not eat/drink things that aren’t good for you.

9. Why do you want to lose weight? I don’t accept responses like “I am trying to get healthy.” I saw a therapist for a few years and never did I say, “I’m trying to get mentally healthy” to him. I went to him for specific issues I wanted to resolve.

With that said, are there specific problems you’d like solved in your life that you think are caused by your weight/relationship with food? Please list them here. These are the things that will be your driving force when changing your lifestyle seems hard.

I personally tend to somehow resurrect memories from my past that I have forgotten about while writing. I have found writing down my thoughts to be very therapeutic, and also very helpful in solving inner conflicts. I hope this helps you as well.

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