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:
- SELF KNOWLEDGE
In addition, I must use my external resources as well:
- food scale
- cook books
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?