Thursday, December 06, 2007

Insights from Weight Watchers yesterday



I said I'd blog a bit about our meeting yesterday and I know I have several readers who are also in the WW program at various centers around the country. It's interesting to see how things are done in different centers, with different leaders.

Clara spoke to us on the topic of creating more time for our needs at the holidays and throughout the year. She brought home the point that we will never "find time" for anything. You must make time, you do not find it.

Other things she reminded us of:

1) We're too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet. (In other words, we just keep eating but we don't stop to see WHY - the source - to put a stop to unhealthy habits and fix the problem.)

2) We are writing the story of our life, one moment at a time.

3) We teach people how to treat us.

4) What's important is progress, not perfection.

5) What's the difference between us when we fail and how we feel the next day (horrible) versus an alcoholic who has a hangover the next day? Nothing.

6) Planning is so important. For some of us, lack of planning is the main reason we fall. If we let the food run out at home and don't have our meals "planned" - we're sure to fail. (Fail to plan, plan to fail.)

7) Today be aware of how you are spending your 1440 moments given to you for today, and spend them wisely!

Just want to say to my fellow friends on the journey of weight loss and maintenance...it's amazing how "the meetings are the magic" as they say in WW. I veered off program a bit from Larry's birthday getaway but going to my meeting yesterday and putting the principles into practice, I lost a pound already just in 24 hours. It really is true that the meetings are the magic. I do not miss a meeting unless I am truly sick or, for instance, I missed a few weeks ago when I was in Africa. Unless there is an extremely good reason, I'm there. For those of us who struggle, accountability is essential. Although in WW you are supposed to go to one weekly meeting, if you are a member, you can go to as many meetings as you want. Sometimes it's helpful to drop in again when you are going through really difficult temptations. Many people who do not succeed on WW fail simply because they did not regularly attend a meeting at least once a week. It's no different than Christians falling away from God because they aren't faithful to the house of God to receive encouragement.

At one point my WW leader asked me to share with the class how I have been so successful on the program, for 3 years now. I said, "For the first year I came to every class without fail - even on vacation or business trips away - and I sat on the front row." (Why front row? To avoid distractions and not miss anything the leader said.) I told the class, more than anything else, the meetings ARE the magic, so don't miss them. If you are a floundering WW, take heed...go back to your meeting, and I guarantee things will improve.

If they don't improve, let me know and I'll take you out for an ice cream. (oops, wrong answer! ha ha!) Seriously, if this doesn't work for you and you honestly try it, I will treat you to an Edy's low fat slow churned ice cream. :) Fudge Brownie is the best, yum yum!

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