Change. Do you embrace it or resist it?
Change is hard. Losing weight is hard. In order to be successful at weight loss we must change. We need to change what we eat, how we eat, maybe when we eat. It doesn’t happen overnight; it is a process. If you are new to the weight loss journey there can be a learning curve. It doesn’t matter what plan or method you choose, you will have to learn the program and how to make it work. You will need to make changes for it to work. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’ve got.
Weight Watchers is and was the plan for me. It allowed me to eat the foods I wanted, liked, and enjoyed. It taught me to eat them in moderation. I don’t want to be told I can’t have something. Deprivation does not work for me. I’m the person that if you tell me I can’t have a cookie, I’ll be happy to show you how many I can eat. With Weight Watchers I can choose whether or not I want that food. Is it worth it to me or worthy of me? Somedays the answer is yes. Somedays it’s no. Nothing is off limits, the choice is mine.
Through the years the Weight Watchers plan has changed. The plan that was in effect when I joined in 1994, was called the selection or exchange plan. I loved that plan. I was very successful on that plan. I lost 32 pounds, made goal and lifetime, and maintained my weight for several years. Then Weight Watchers changed the plan to the points program.
I didn’t like it. I resisted the change. What happened? Well, for a short time I continued to maintain. But when I let myself get far enough away, stopped going to meetings and focusing on what I was doing, the pounds came running back.
When I made the decision to return to Weight Watcher on March 8, 2014 (it really wasn’t my idea, my daughter wanted to join and wanted me to go with her) I knew that to be successful I would have to get with the program. I also knew that if I was going to give them my money every month I would work the plan. And work it I did. I made it back to goal in less than a year. It took less time then it did the first time, but I continued to lose a bit through out the next year to reach a number on the scale that I was happy with. It wasn’t just the number on the scale, but where I liked myself.
That is another change we have to think about. It’s not just the changes we have to make to get to our goal, but the physical changes along the way. Take a before picture. Even if you don’t like to see a picture of yourself, you’ll need it. Take pictures along the way, sometimes that’s what it takes for you to see your progress. The scale does not tell the entire picture, and mirrors lie. On days that I don’t like what I see in the mirror, I look at the pictures. One day I’m going to figure out how to make those pictures fit into the blog page (I haven’t quite got it all figured out, yet) but there are some on the FB page.
We may also be afraid of those changes. That will be a subject for another day.
In December 2015 WeightWatchers made a change to the program again. I didn’t like it, I was again happy with the program I had learned to work. I knew that to continue to be successful and maintain my weight; this time I must embrace it and learn to work it. I wasn’t so difficult, for me. I soon realized that is wasn’t so different from the changes I had already made to my eating habits throughout the previous almost two-years.
At the last Weight Watchers meeting of 2016, our beloved leader Barb, told us that she was leaving the company. Yet another change! Due to changes she must make in her life, she was stepping down from her role as a leader. Almost every Saturday morning for going on three years, she had been there to encourage us along our way. What were the choices? Quit going? What would happen? Embrace the new leader? She’s actually quite good. I had previously heard good things about her from people who had attended other meetings with her; so I was optimistic that I would weather this new change. She’s also a runner, so therefore knows my level of crazy….now whether that is good or bad is yet to be determined, LOL!
Change is hard. Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard.
Until the next time