Saturday, February 6, 2010

Motivation Makeover

I guess I need to let you in on the big secret. A few post ago I mentioned big things happening here on Me So Hongry. I originally planned a BIG giveaway...a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate 50 pounds lost. And thanks to a weeks worth of  self sabotage I missed the mark yet again! For the last two weigh-ins I teetered of the cusp of removing 50 lbs. 

As you know, I lost 5.4 lbs. a few weeks ago, which placed my grand total at 48 pounds removed. Well, last week I confidently strolled into Weight Watchers knowing I lost the 2 pounds needed to hit 50. So, I stepped on the scale, waited, and started to jump off the scale. "WAIT!" the receptionist yelled. By now, the leader approached the receptionist and peered at the computer screen. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick tock! So, there I stood anticipating my victory as they watched the computer waiting for the results. Now I know how roulette players  feel waiting for the ball to lose momentum and fall on to the wheel.  

Simultaneously both the leader and the receptionist utter, "Awwwwwwwwwww!"  Defeated, my face dropped and I needed a broom and dustpan to pick my face up off the floor. My weigh-in booklet reveled a loss of 1.2, just .8 shy off the 50 lb. celebration. I gathered my belongings and retreated to the meeting room.

This week I walked into Weight Watchers already defeated after a week of struggling with food. Instead of losing .8, I gained .8. Again, I retreated to the meeting room and received a much needed motivation makeover.  This week's meeting topic arrived just at the nick of time. For those of you struggling like myself, word of advice... RESILIENCE  is key. If you mess up, BOUNCE BACK! One day of blunders do not spoil your weight loss efforts. Repeating negative behaviors spoils weight loss success. 

To drive home the motivation makeover, the leader mentioned the movie, The Wizard of Oz . In order for Dorothy to return to Kansas she must follow the yellow brick road to receive help from the Wizard. Along the way she meets three strangers, The Lion, The Tin Man, and The Scarecrow,  who each desired something they lacked. During their journey to the Emerald City,  Dorothy and friends discovered they already possessed the qualities they felt they lacked AND all along Dorothy held the power to return to Kansas.

The moral to the story...all of you struggling, including myself, like Dorothy WE GOT THE POWER!! From this point forward, we need not wait for the scale to determine our success. WE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED AT THIS WEIGHT LOSS ENDEAVOR!!

Okay... I DECLARE,  next week we will all CELEBRATE my 50 lb. victory! To help me reach my goal I plan to use my inner resources:

In addition, I must use my external resources as well:
  • tracking
  • food scale
  • exercise
  • blogging
  • journaling
  • cook books
  • etc.
Before the meeting ended, the leader gave the members some Motivation Makeover Tools:
  • Positive Self Talk
  • Motivational Strategy- One of my strategies, looking at side by side pics of myself to see and savor my progress.

Another motivational strategy, trying on clothes. Pictured below, me trying on a Taylor Swift jean dress at Wal-Mart. My warlocks (boobs) restricted me from buttoning  the top of the dress.  I also try on old clothes that I grew out of when I gained weight. Before today's weigh in, I tried on clothes too keep my spirtits up in the event of weigh-in  defeat. NSV...I buttoned and zipped two size 14 skirts I hung on to from a previous WW stint years ago.
  • And the last Motivation Makeover Tool...ANCHORING, one of Weight Watcher's tools for living which, serves as a process for creating cues and triggers to remind yourself of your weight goal and the inner resources you have to achieve your goal. 
To help maintain motivation, the leader challenged the members to write down 2 positive statements at the end of each day. So now, I challenge you to do the same everyday.   

What do you do to stay motivated?


  1. YOU CAN DO IT! Happy SITS Sharefest Saturday. Best,
    -Heather @

  2. I take a run and think about how far I've come from someone who was tired after 60 seconds of running.

    Loving that Wal Mart dress. I'm going to have to try to find that one at my Wal Mart.

  3. You will be at your 50lbs next week because you are so determined and focused. You are doing so good!Thanks for all the positive words here. I've been struggling in the later part of the week so I really needed to read this. Thanks!

    FYI: Love the dress!! Work it Girl!!

  4. You can do it!!! You are so right about slipping up and just starting fresh! I screwed up big time on Thursday and went way over my points. I was mad at myself but I just turned around and made myself act better on Friday. Good luck!! I KNOW you will reach your goal this week!

  5. your gonna do it!we got the power!and those are very good tips.
    stopping by from Sits Saturday Sharefest!

  6. I know how you're feeling with almost being close to a big goal, and it feels like I've been stuck at the same weight forever. The goal is so close!

    What do I do to stay motivated? There's a size 16 JCrew dress I wore to a friend's wedding, and at that time, it was super tight. So I put it on now to show myself how far I've come. It literally falls off of me now. Or I jump on my blog to look at my before and after pictures. Luckily, my motivation doesn't stray often or for too long. I think that's because my mindset has changed drastically from other times I've tried to lose weight. I've realized that the weight WILL come off (slowly it seems) if I do the right things, and quitting is just not an option. Knowing that I've told all of my friends and family (and all of my blog followers) about my weight loss and my running keeps me accountable too. I know I can't slip up, and that motivates me.

  7. Wowzer! Look at your jean dress!! Go Trina!

  8. Wow, I LOVE that dress. It is super cute.

    For motivation: I have two denim skirts, my "before" skirt (size 22) from Summer 2008 & one I bought last summer (size 14). Putting one on top of the other is a visual way to see how far I've come & great motivation. Have a pic of them on my phone for when I'm out and about.

    You're so close. I know you'll be celebrating your 50lb mark SOON! :)

  9. You can do it!!
    I do the same thing to motivate, I try on clothes that I am trying to get in to, I go window shopping and try on different sizes to see how my body is changing and I measure myself which helps to show changes that the scale doesn't register.

  10. This is one of the best posts I have read for awhile. It has motivated me as well. You are doing such a great job! Dont fret over that scale every week, you are seeing difference in other ways (love the Taylor Swift dress on you...and wow, the cleavage girl! lol)....Im def going to take your advice and write 2 positive things down each day! Good luck this week!

  11. You can do THIS! I know you can...but more importantly YOU KNOW YOU CAN!!!

    Oh- I am going to have to check out that dress at walmart too cute! :) I want to wear more cute dresses as part of my NEW LOOK. lol :)

  12. You have such an amazing attitude towards your weight loss! Kudos to you!

    I think I'm going to add you to my reader so that I can watch and be encouraged by your progress! :)

  13. I returned to WW after at least 6 years of absence and this was the very meeting I returned to. I think it is very fitting actually! Keep going! I know you can do it.

  14. This happens to me EVERY time I am nearing a milestone weight loss. It's like in my mind I tell myself I am almost to that goal, so I slack a little bit. How illogical is that?? But you can SO do this, and you look SMOKING hot!


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