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.
I guess it’s inevitable that at the last Weight Watchers meeting of 2011 we should do some reflecting on our success this past year. More importantly I like to look at where I might have failed (or in less harsh terms – where I slipped up and had learning moments). Mistakes are what make us human and give us the most opportunities to grow/learn. There are so many great quotes regarding mistakes I can’t pick just one. But looking back at the good and the bad is important part of your health journey.
If you subscribe to eTools you have reports on your fingertips that can help you see patterns. Take time to review them. Look at the weeks where you lost and the ones you didn’t – what is different about the weeks that you lost weight? Do you track often or rarely? How about your healthy checks – do you succeed at completing those each day? If you don’t use eTools try tracking your weight loss on a graph that can help you to see patterns sometimes as well.
Several members looked back at the year but especially the holidays and saw where they needed to improve. One member mentioned that she realized that she drank a lot of diet soda while off for the holidays (something she doesn’t do so much the rest of the year). It struck a chord with me and I got to thinking about how much Diet Coke I had the past week (and may have explained some of my weight gain that week – although a lot of it was from giving myself a bit too much permission to have goodies during Christmas). Our leader mentioned that a lot of sodas have too much sodium in them. I found an interesting article on all the diet soda/sodium and breaking the habit. I mentioned that canned foods (such as tomatoes which I use in a lot of recipes) also have sodium but luckily we have the no-salt version as well.
So take a moment to look back at 2011 so you can move forward with your health goals in 2012. I for one am going to limit my soda intake to 1 per day now that I’m back at work. The rest of my liquids will be water (fizzy or flat). Remember to track not guesstimate – guesstimating can work against us in many ways (either we aren’t allotting enough points or too many). Try to make small changes as they are not only the easiest but make this health journey more of a lifetime goal than a momentary one. But the one thing I think we all need to do when we look back at the past year is forgive ourselves for any slip ups and move on. Look at those slip ups but use them as learning moments (what could you have done differently?). Don’t forget while looking back to celebrate all those things you did that made a difference. Look at those and continue (if not magnify them) these in 2012.
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I wish all of my readers a very healthy, happy New Year!