Three years ago, I spent 2 weeks at the Structure House weight loss program in Durham NC. They gave me the jump start I needed to start losing weight. As the name implies, they focus on structuring one’s life for success. Recently, they asked me to fill out a 3 year survey. Some of the questions (see below) remind me that I have incorporated most of their suggestions into my daily routine. Please read closely – they are not all about food and exercise.
7. Please select the response that best describes how often you have used the following lifestyle-based strategies to help you stay Structured in the past 3 months.
|I engage in at least one non-food related hobby (e.g., crafts, outdoor activity, attending classes/events/activities related to an interest, etc).|
|I prepare healthy meals at home (or eat healthy meals that someone else prepared).|
|I plan my time (e.g., determine how I will utilize non-working hours/days, schedule physical activity, self-care, pleasurable activities, etc).|
|I seek and utilize social support (e.g., find ways to expand social support, engage in enjoyable social activities, turn to supportive others for help or companionship, etc).|
|I practice stress management strategies (e.g., breathing or muscle relaxation exercises, meditation, yoga, spend time doing relaxing activities, etc).|
|I take steps to reduce stressors (e.g., changing jobs or hours, delegating tasks, actively try to resolve problems rather than avoid them, etc).|
|I address relationship issues when needed (e.g., modify who I live with, spend time with, etc).|
|I am assertive (e.g., ask for what I need, standing up for myself, say no to requests, state my feelings/opinions, set appropriate boundaries, etc).|