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