Almost caught up on blogging 🙂 March 17th’s meeting was about “Nix Negative Thoughts”. Something that we as humans often do that undermines our successes. I wasn’t sure how this meeting would go but I loved how Pat, our leader, focused on the positives and not the negatives. She turned those frowns upside down. And so did the members.
One member mentioned that having children can actually help you. Because they are so active they keep you more active. You can take a moment while waiting between soccer games, dance practice, etc. to move. Be inspired by your kids and their energy levels.
Pat asked us if we got motivated more when the scale was up or down. Several members said that when it’s down it motivates them more, pushes them to tighten up the program, makes them mad so they refocus their efforts. One very wise member pointed out that her life isn’t about the scale but about being healthy. She didn’t want to focus on the number on the scale but all the healthy choices she was making because of joining Weight Watchers. In the long-term it isn’t about a dress which will be gone in a few years while she will still be here. I loved her very POSITIVE attitude!
Although tracking can be a chore for some (I’m one of them) let’s turn it around. We all agreed that when we track we do much better. One member said she tracked everything religiously. It didn’t matter if she went over her allotted number of points she just tracked it all. What great accountability and a fantastic record to look back at and see what worked for you and what didn’t. I truly love all the wisdom shared by our members. Another member said that she liked tracking because she was in control of that instead of food being in control of her.
One member who said it made him angry when he gained (it motivated him to do better because when he thought about it he knew what he did wrong that week) – shared a very funny quote from Rodney Dangerfield “Willpower is when you get the electric chair and for your last meal you still stay on Weight Watchers!”
Some things we can do when those negative thoughts creep up on us:
- recognize them – sometimes just giving them a name or acknowledging them gets them out-of-the-way
- don’t dwell on them – counter them with some positive thoughts (okay, I gained this week but it was ONLY .6 lbs! or okay, I gained this week but it will motivate me to look at what I did and correct it)
- embrace flexibility – one of the great things about this program is you customize it so it works for you (e.g. simply filling vs. tracking)
- bounce back – when things don’t go exactly as planned, acknowledge it but focus on what you can do to move forward – forgive yourself, after all you are only human 🙂
- plan in advance – planning out your menus or things you have to do that week will help you keep on track
I’m a big believer in people learning more from their mistakes than their successes. I remember one of my first bosses, Betty Crader, having that saying on her wall. At the time I didn’t know how true it was when I was a teenager but now that I’m *cough* “older” I know it couldn’t be more true.
Every Saturday morning at 11am I attend my Weight Watchers meeting in Towson. I’ve long said I think one of the biggest reasons Weight Watchers is so successful is due to the great information shared at these meetings. Not just from the leader but all that attend (no matter how long they have worked the program everyone there has a different perspective and wonderful wisdom to share). This past weekend was no different, I sat in the meeting all ready to start taking notes that would eventually become this blog post. What’s that saying “best laid plans of mice and men” or maybe “man makes plans and God laughs”? Interesting thing was the topic was “believe”. Well as my post states, I believe in the power of oops!
For Christmas I got the brand new Asus Transformer Prime tablet. The geek in me is loving it beyond words. I was using it at the meeting to take notes (a lot easier than on my smartphone). I used an app that came with the tablet but didn’t really like how it had been functioning. So Wednesday night after an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (the latest version of Android) I started looking for other note taking apps. Downloaded several and tried them out. They were better than the original app I was using so I decided to uninstall the first app. OOPS! I completely forgot all my notes were there and away they went.
So what did I learn? I learned that I’m human and I make mistakes (or bad judgement calls especially late at night – I was up late due to my dogs waking me and not being able to go back to sleep). I learned that when sleep deprived don’t do anything rash. I learned that I should not only backup my documents on my laptop (something I already do) but on my tablet as well. So first thing this morning I performed a backup of my tablet. Hopefully I won’t need to use it but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Sorry my post isn’t so much about all the great information shared at our Weight Watchers meeting but I think we can all learn something here and apply it to our journey. Remember we all make mistakes – acknowledge them, learn from them but most importantly forgive yourself for making them.