At the end of each of our Weight Watchers meetings, we have our celebrations, as I'm sure you all do. We celebrate our victories both on the scale and off, and my leader is pretty fantastic at making each of the "losers" feel like big winners.
Scott asks by asking where the honoree is sitting, and follows up with them to make sure it's okay if he shares with everyone what victory we are celebrating today. I've never heard a person turn Scott down. I can't even imagine them saying, "No, don't tell everyone how great I'm doing." It seems silly to me, but he asks us all nevertheless.
After he shares their victory and we clap and congratulate them, he asks another question: "Do you mind sharing what is working for you?"
Then the fumbling begins.
The number one answer each week is TRACKING. Then the room goes silent and we all nod our heads because we know it works and yet some of us still didn't do it that week.
Other good answers are ACTIVITY or SUPPORT (a lot of people come in family or co-worker groups), but I feel like a lot of people just say whatever comes to mind at that moment, not really taking the time to think about what really has been working.
When I had lost over 18 pounds, I realized that I had better start thinking about what I was going to say if Scott ever asked me that question. You see, my next milestone was going to be a big one: when I saw that scale drop down a few more ounces, I will have lost over 20 pounds and 10% of my body weight. That's right, I can say that I'm only 90% of the person that I used to be, but 100% improved!
Then I panicked! What was actually working for me? Which aspect of the program was giving me the best results? Well it wasn't just one thing, I think it was a combination a few things and I had to jot them down so that I'd remember just what they were when I was called upon to celebrate.
The biggest weight loss aid for me is support. This can come in many forms, and I've mentioned most of them before but I'll say it again. My mom and I are Weight Watchers together. I have a co-worker that is a Weight Watcher. My boyfriend is very supportive of my choice to change my life. And finally, Twitter Weight Watchers are incredibly important to my success. There is an entire network of men and women out there that are Weight Watchers, Lifetime Members, and Weight Watchers Leaders and I rely heavily on their online support each and every single day. I can talk to them about recipes, points bombs, new products, bad days, good workouts, good health guidelines, and more! I am so grateful for these Twitter friends, and I'm sure I'll be talking about more and more of them on my blog.
Next up in my journey was a new mentality I adopted back in December and I'm so glad that I did. I adopted the mentality that I would try anything once to see if I liked it. Since adopting this mentality I have had loads of success! I have discovered things about myself that I would have never known had I shied away from them like I always did! I tried a spin class and I loved it. I tried using a heart rate monitor and I loved it. I tried an alternative for peanut butter suggested to me and I loved it. Don't get me wrong, there are things I've tried that didn't work for me (ahem, kale chips) but I'm not going to talk too much about them for fear that someone may avoid them because of what I said on my blog. My advice, try everything one time. Give it a shot. At least I know now that my dog loves kale chips.
Another mental adjustment that has worked for me is my mental reset button. No, it's not a real thing. It's just something I have to give myself permission to do so that I can keep on moving and not allow myself to be paralyzed by failure and fear. Sometimes I have a bad weekend, and I get really upset with myself. This leads to anger, anger leads to anxiety, and anxiety leads to things like stress eating or extra glasses of wine with dinner. So here's what I do, I forgive myself for that bad breakfast, or the bad day, or the bad weekend that I may have had and I forget about it. I don't let it turn into a bad week or a bad month. I nip it in the butt, I wallow for a split second or maybe I just wallow for the thirty or so minutes I'm in my Weight Watchers meeting. Then I get up and walk away from it. Done and done.
So there you have it. Three things that work for me on this journey so far. I know there are more, but these are the faithful friends that have kept me sane so far.
Well that, and the numbers marching slowly down on the scale.