Trish Transforms: Do you know your dieting personality?

September 22, 2015 Trish Transforms 25

Trish Transforms is my project for 2015.  I want to get fitter, I want to get leaner and I want to enjoy the journey. Dieting doesn’t have to be hell and this isn’t a diet anyway, I want to make changes for good. So I’m going to document my random thoughts along the way in an effort to inspire and motivate myself.




I’m always afraid that these posts make me sound like a know-it-all.  And that’s far from the truth when it comes to weight loss.  I’m just doing my best to learn from past mistakes, focus on balance in my eating and exercise and sharing what I’ve picked up.  Coz sharing is caring, right!  Except when it comes to my jars of peanut butter, they are all mine! 😀

One trick I have picked up and it’s partly thanks to The Happier with Gretchen podcasts is that forming habits are hugely important when it comes to sticking with a healthy lifestyle.  But when it comes to forming habits, the more you take your own personality into account, the easier it is to stick to the habit.

Let me explain.  I’m a bit obsessive about things.  My eating habits are like that girl in the old nursery rhyme

            “When she was good,
            She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid”

So I’d sum up my personality as follows:

  • A bit obsessive
  • I like to list things and I’m a bit of a control freak.
  • I like positive feedback
  • I’m very competitive

So when I take all those random things into account, it makes sense for me to follow an eating plan that allows built in treats, a way of tracking my intake, a system that allows me to compete with myself and has lots of feedback for me play around with.

How I apply this to dieting:

Though trial and error, I’ve discovered what works for me is using My Fitness Pal to track and analyse my food.  But there will be a different solution for everyone.  Some people hate tracking food as it makes it too much of a chore for them, so their solution might be to just follow basic nutritional principles and not to get too anal about it.  Others like to be accountable and have a support system so a class might work better.  But basically you just use what you already know about yourself and harness that information to set your healthy habit framework.


Another way that I’ve used this knowledge is to set myself fitness goals.  I use my Fitbit stats to set weekly targets and I then give myself a non food treat for achieving the target.  I like the feeling of working towards small challenging but achievable milestones and getting a reward on a weekly basis helps keep me focused.


No one will know you better than you know yourself.  You know what makes you tick and what doesn’t.  So don’t just follow the latest fad health craze, instead think about what you can make work for you long term.  It takes a bit of time to think about all the factors but if it helps you create some healthier habits its worth it, right?



Talk to Trish : Do you think you have a dieting personality?  Does knowing that, make it easier to form healthier habits?



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25 Responses to “Trish Transforms: Do you know your dieting personality?”

  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Oh I think personality has a huge part in being successful with leading a healthy life. I need things to be easy to follow. I do the 21 day fix (loosely now). I like to know around how many servings of fruit, veggies, proteins, carbs, etc to eat in a day. I need variety in my food so that program allows for it. Pretty much I just need something simple and that get results. When I see results I stay motivated! Great post!!
    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…Blog Tour & Giveaway – Love Letters from the Dead

    • trish

      I think knowing what works for you is the key to find to making healthy eating just part of your lifestyle. Sounds like you’ve already done that and you know just what works for you. And simple sounds good to me, as does seeing results! There is nothing better! 🙂

  2. Tanya Patrice

    I so agree that you have to figure out what works for you! Like, my husband doesn’t like to not have the foods that he craves around – he can drink a few sips of soda and not touch the stuff for a week or a month. Whereas I can’t have stuff that I’ll overindulge in around. I’ll eat a bag of chips in 0.2 seconds flat, so I’d rather not have it around at all.
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    • trish

      I’m ok most of the time with food around that I crave but then in one weak moment, I can cave so it’s easier just not to have it there! I’m exactly the same with chips or crisps as we call them here! They are my biggest downfall.

  3. Megan @ reading away the days

    I definitely think personality comes into dieting. Am a bit like you I but in when I when was trying to be healthier I tended to stick to two or three different options for breakfast lunch and dinner and rotated them every few days. Am not fussy with food but I don’t like alot of flavour in food I don’t like sauces or spices. So doing this helped me. Exercise is my downfall I don’t know how to motivate myself. It’s hard to stay on track am not very good with goals 🙁
    Megan @ reading away the days recently posted…Top Ten books on my Fall TBR

    • trish

      I like lots of flavour but I’m ok with a small amount of variety in my diet too. I tend to rotate between the same dinners and lunches a lot but I don’t really get bored with that. I used to be like that about exercise but I’m addicted to how good it makes me feel nowadays. I think start small, maybe just short walks while listening to an audiobook and only allow yourself to listen to that book while you are walking. And set a goal of x miles per week and then treat yourself a new book! I find silly stuff like that works for me 😀

  4. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    This is a great post. I am so like you . . . very obsessive. In the past, I have always either eaten ALL healthy or ALL bad. If I had a couple of cookies, I would just tell myself that I may as well eat the whole box since I had already messed up. I am trying to lose weight right now and I use the Fitbit to track my food. I feel like I am getting so much better. I am paying better attention to my hunger cues. And if I feel like a piece of chocolate, I will have one. But I manage to only have two pieces instead of ten. Progress!
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    • trish

      I’m trying so hard to leave that mindset behind me Cynthia but that is me all over. I want to be ok with treats and then jump right back into my healthy eating and not leave 6 months go by as has happened in the past! It’s all about balance but when you have a bit of an obsessive personality that is hard to find.
      You do great with the steps though! You are always killing it in our fitbit challenge. How do you get so many in? Teach me your magic!

    • trish

      I’m trying Bea, I won’t say I’ve nailed it but I’m am watching and learning all the time 🙂 Thanks for the support!

    • trish

      I definitely think small goals are the way to go Brandee. And not weight related ones! I set myself small goals such as tracking for 7 days, drinking my water, walking x amount of steps, going up and down every set I stairs I walk twice (as long as no one is around!), no junk food during the day but a little planned foodie treat that I can look forward to in the evening instead. All little things that add up to good health in the long run. That’s what works for me anyway! Thanks for the support, sometimes these posts make me feel a bit exposed as it’s such a personal matter and I’ve made every mistake in the book myself. But documenting it helps me and hearing that they are motivating just spurs me on further. 🙂

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Wow! I think pretty much everything you said about yourself would definitely apply to me. You’ve inspired me with the tracking and I’ve been trying to work on my diet personality though I didn’t know that was what I was doing! I’m actually okay about the working out but my self control weakens when it comes to sweets at times. That’s really what I’m trying to work on right now!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Browsings – Bookish Nonfiction Reivew

    • trish

      I’m kind of the same in that exercise isn’t really a chore for me, I usually look forward to it and I love how good it makes me feel afterwards. Food though always is a bit of a battle! It just takes a few minutes temptation to undo so much good work! :O

  6. S. J. Pajonas

    I tried tracking my daily calories in MFP but omg it did not go well for me. It was too much of a chore because I obsessed over every freaking calorie. Did I have enough, in enough different varieties? And I would starve myself, too, to stay within a stupidly low goal. Quite honestly, I am just bad at it. After a few weeks of it, I broke down crying and deleted the app (I also don’t wear a Fitbit anymore because of the same problem). Now I just make sure I exercise 4-5 times per week and eat what I want. I’m not losing weight but I am getting stronger, and I guess that counts for something. The important thing here is that I found what worked for me and you’ve found something that’s working well for you. Huzzah!
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…The Mystery of Writing Mysteries – Diary Entry #1 – Where To Start?

    • trish

      Exactly and that is all that matters. We just need to find what works for us and doesn’t make eating healthy harder than it need be! I know lots of people hate tracking but at least you know now and can spend time doing other things that work better for you! And stronger is good but aim at the end of the day is strong and never skinny!

  7. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    My dieting personality is “if I see it and it doesn’t smell awful, I’ll eat it”. 😛

    I think it’s really great that you have found what works for you Trish! I really think you’re right about taking your personality into account. I fail at maintaining a constant workout schedule because I hate working out alone. I get distracted really easily when I’m by myself…but add another person to the mix and suddenly my inner competitor comes out and I’m raring to go.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Review: Pretending He’s You by Stacey Mosteller

    • trish

      LOL I think I’m a little fussier than that! But at least that would make you easy to cater for 🙂

      And again knowing that you work better when you are accountable to someone else is exactly the kind of thing I mean. Once you know what pushes you, it becomes easier to set and keep goals.

  8. Wattle

    I’ve tracked my food intake in the past, and while it was useful, it was also not so great when I went over (or wanted to go over lol) because then I’d beat myself up about it. I like inbuilt treats though haha I am absolutely terrible with dieting, as soon as I tell myself I’m cutting something down it’s all I want to eat!

    I’m teaching myself to have better balanced meals, and when I bake, I bake smaller batches of things (so I’ll make 6 muffins or 12 cookies for the family to share instead of double that). I’ve also taken to freezing soups and things, as I often don’t eat lunch until after 2pm due to work, so I can come home and eat actual food, instead of grabbing something unhealthy on the way home 🙂
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    • trish

      At the end of the, it all comes down to balanced eating anyway. And planning ahead is another thing that I have to do too, otherwise just like you said it’s too easy to pick up something handy but more than likely unhealthy.

  9. Shaina

    I’m not sure I have a dieting personality. I’ve struggled with bad eating habits in the past (as in, not eating at all sometimes when I was in my teens—argh—and occasionally skipping meals even now, which is a big no-no). I do know that I have an exercising personality very similar to yours! I’m a checklist/competition freak, too. I love your idea of challenging yourself every week and treating yourself at the end of it. I’d love to do something like that, maybe on a monthly basis (e.g., if I’ve worked out 75% or more days per month, I get a new book or something!).

    And in NO way do you sound like a know-it-all, so no worries on that! You sound like a lady sharing some of the wisdom she’s gaining over a lifelong journey, and that’s bunches of fun to read. 🙂
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    • trish

      Do you use My Fitness Pal on your phone? I find the more I use it, the easier it gets as you can build up your own recipes and add your most frequent meals. Trying to do better is a life long journey isn’t it!

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