Can you help a Sista out?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Okay, here's the scoop.

My new friend Amanda, is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her research interest is in optimizing couples' functioning. Her master's thesis was on “Constraint Commitment: A Sustaining Factor in Same-Sex Relationships” and she's completing her doctoral dissertation by developing a survey analyzing partner undermining of weight loss.

I think it's a fascinating topic! I know there are plenty of us (myself included) who have found ourselves in this situation before.

Amanda just needs a few more participants for the survey. You may be wondering if I've taken the survey but that's probably because you didn't read far enough to see that you actually need a partner.

The best part is that it's completely ANONYMOUS, so you can be totally honest without fear of being force fed Twinkies by your partner when they find out.

If you meet the criteria below, please help Amanda out by taking this 30-45 minute survey.

1) Are you at least 18 years of age?

2) Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the past consecutive 5 weeks?

3) Have you been in a committed, cohabitating relationship for the past two years?

4) Do you ever feel like your partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss?

I know you guys are all super smart, so you should be able to knock it out in 30 minutes, tops. Amanda knows your time is valuable, so as a bonus, each participant will have $1 donated to one of the following charities of your choice:


The Carter Center

Teach for America

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

MAP International

But, wait, there's more!

You'll also have the option of entering a drawing for 1 of 10 gift cards (one $100 card and nine $25 cards).

Click the link below to take the survey. Thank you all for your help. Love you guys!

Yes, I want to take the survey to help Amanda out.


  1. I went and took the survey. The questions were very steering, as if looking for a certain answer (that one's mate is trying to sabotage their plan to lose weight). Even though my husband and I regularly affect and change the way we stick to or don't stick to our diet, I don't feel that there is any undermining intended. I answered the questions honestly. I think that the survey may benefit from various perspectives, not just hearing from people who think their significant other is at fault for their being a fat-ass. 8-)

  2. Dammit, failed on number 3! Tho for what it's worth, I feel it's my eating that gets in the way of my weight loss =(

  3. @Marcheline,
    Thanks for taking the survey! I agree that different perspectives will add another level to the results.

    Well, thanks for trying! I know, that gets in my way, too. And hanging out on my couch like I did ALL this weekend.

  4. Sorry, Number 2 got me. While I am in need of multiple weight loss programs I have never participated in any of them.

    My wifes grocery buying habits get in my way. It certainly cant be my fault can it? I'm a victim!!!

  5. @Simply Suthern,
    I think #2 got us all. Yes! You ARE a victim. :-)


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