No, not bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches (although that sounds really good right now) but instead Bites, Licks, and Tastes. Our meeting on Saturday was all about tracking. I’m glad it was because I’ve not been doing my best with it recently. It was a good reminder for me to hear. We talked about all the different things we track and not just WW items. Some members keep track of their kids schedule of activities, gas mileage, car maintenance, but we also keep track of our points, our healthy checks (water especially), and those activity points! If you stop to think about it we do a lot of tracking during a week. Some found that tracking points is a chore and I have to admit that I can fall into that category. Others like doing it because it gives them a real sense of accomplishment. All I know is we do better when we track (I’m certainly proof of what happens when you don’t track).
Some members really liked the smiley faces you see in e-tools when you’ve hit your markers for your healthy checks. Who says kids are the only ones who like to get star stickers or smiley faces for doing something correctly? I loved the saying one member’s doctor said to her (and I paraphrase) “Do you go out and write ridiculous amounts of checks when you don’t have the money? Then why are you spending your points that way?!” That really hit home with me – don’t spend points that my body will have to pay for later. Don’t get into debt with your money or your body. Neither is healthy for you. Track now so I don’t pay later.
Our leader, Pat, talked about an option for some that might make their tracking easier – Upside Down tracking. This would probably work better for those who don’t use e-tools and use the paper tracker. Instead of you thinking 6am until 6pm one day and factoring your points then – try 6pm until 6am the next day as one day. Same number of points for each day but maybe turning things upside down might work better for you especially if you don’t have a normal 9-5 kind of lifestyle. I love that Weight Watchers gives us options to be flexible with the plan. I really believe that is one of many reasons why it works for so many. Being able to tailor it to your life and needs makes it so much easier to makes those changes become a habit and a lifestyle change.
We ended the meeting with this great reminder that all those B.L.T’s do add up!
P.S. A member mentioned something about the YMCA having a special offer going on. I tried Googling about this but couldn’t find anything. If you know more about this would you please comment. Thanks!
Many of us on the weight loss/maintenance journey know it’s not an easy road. We have our ups (which are always great) and our downs as well. We need to take time and celebrate the small accomplishments instead of getting caught up in the little road bumps.
So give yourself credit:
- for going to a meeting every week
- for tracking your points (even if you forget to do all of them give yourself credit for the ones you DID track)
- for exercising (even if it is just parking your car at the end of the lot)
- for going online and using your e-tools
- for changing your eating habits (healthier choices, smaller portions)
- even give yourself credit for the slips ups you may experience because that means you are human and you are alive!
It is easy to give yourself credit when things are going right but when those eventual human slip ups happen (pound gained, exercise forgotten, un-healthy choices made) try to give yourself something else – a little slack. Try to focus on what you did accomplish and not zone in on the slip up. The slip ups give us an opportunity to learn.
Two weeks ago I knew I hadn’t been as faithful as usual so I wasn’t surprised to find that I had gained (2.2 lbs) that week instead of losing. The first time that happened to me I was devastated. I spent the whole meeting in my car on the phone to my husband crying. The smartest thing he did was encourage me to go back in and talk to my leader. I did and she was very helpful. She gave me lots of food for thought (zero points!!!) and some suggestion plus the encouragement I needed. The following week I had not only lost the pounds I had gained but an additional 2 lbs. as well. So when this happened again I knew I needed to learn something. I went back and reviewed my week – saw where I had not made some wise choices and made some changes. Again at the next weigh in I lost those pesky 2.2 lbs. and 1.8 more! Instead of the glass half empty this time I looked at it as half full. I looked at it as an opportunity to learn and change so I could continue down the right path. I didn’t beat myself up (which is my usual habit) instead I gave myself CREDIT for being calm, not crying, for learning and moving on.
So no matter what that scale says I know you did something this week that you celebrate – so give yourself some credit. It may not be any good at the bank but it will make you much richer in the long run.