HELLO MY NAME IS AWESOME! (YES, YOU!)
Even on days that don’t go as planned, you have something to be proud of! Think positive: It can help you stay the course.
The power of positive thinking isn’t a myth. In fact, people who believe they will succeed at weight loss are more likely to do it. It’s especially helpful on not-so-good days. (Yes, even then you’re likely to find a bright spot.) Focusing on the steps and actions that keep you moving forward can help you deal with setbacks, stick to your Plan, and maintain weight loss. Take a moment or two to walk through your day yesterday, opposite, and see how you were awesome!
Daily Report (fill in the blank)
Yesterday was a _____________(GOOD/NOT-SO-GREAT) day for me. Some events were typical for a ____________(DAY OF THE WEEK): I did ______________(ACTION), ______________(ACTION), and______________(ACTION). As for my Plan, I found it ______________(Adjective), to stick to my points plus budget; i ate mostly __________________(FOOD CATEGORIES), and I am pretty ______________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE), about my choices. Thinking back over my food choices, I am glad that I do ______________ (ACTION). It’s something I might not have done before I joined Weight Watchers. I plan to build on this positive step by doing ______________ (ACTION) in the future. When it came to activity, yesterday I ______________(VERB), which felt _______ __________(EMOTIONAL ADJECTIVE). One thing I’m proud of is ______________(noun/verb); it helps me realize ___________ _________(helpful thought). If I compare yesterday to a day before Weight Watchers, I can see ______________(sign of change). Every small step I take – even on the bad days – brings me closer to my goal. And that’s awesome!
Try doing this exercise (just a quick mental scan) each day. To keep in mind your everyday awesomeness, create a short personal phrase or affirmation.
No Going Back!!
How to learn from slip-ups and move on. From slip-ups to success – let these members inspire you!
Ice cream happens. Tracking falls away. Sneakers get cobwebs. Slip-ups – both minor and major – are a matter of when, not if. What’s important, say the member’s here, is not letting a misstep derail your entire journey. See how they learned from a slip-up, and used it as a spring board to success.
Barbara C. from Minneapolis
- Slip-up: Overdoing a red-light food. “I have a sweet tooth, and once I start, I don’t stop. I went to a tea with my mother; I ate cake and pie – I didn’t even want to!”
- How I recovered. “I started saying ‘no thank you’ to sweets, and eventually changed how I eat. Now i crave healthier foods.”
- What I do now. “I cut out foods that make me feel out of control. I can’t say I’m going to have a spoonful of ice cream, because it will turn into a quart.”
- My advice. “Avoid temptation. When you do, you start feeling better about yourself – and then you want to keep feeling better, so you keep doing it.”
Josh H. from Plainfield, New Jersey
- Slip-up: Skipping meetings. “When at my at work group ended, I tried a local meeting, but it didn’t click for me. I started losing focus and went into a slump.”
- How I recovered. “I learned that my old leader had regular meetings near by. I could relate to the members – there were lots of guys. Being able to share struggles with people going through the same thing makes a big difference.”
- What I do now. “Our private Facebook group has taken accountability to a new level. We post exactly what we eat – even if it’s a burger and fries, or cookies at 2 a.m. It makes me more aware of what I’m putting into my mouth.”
- My advice. “Find a small support group – people you can talk to and be honest with, who won’t judge you..”
Rhonda H. from Wills Point, Texas
- Slip-up: Skipping meetings. “I was eating cheese, bread, pasta, and too many of those 2 PointsPlus value snack bars. I was gaining a little each week instead of losing, and I quit. And gained a lot after that.”
- How I recovered. “I began eating more vegetables and fruit. and more whole foods – a baked potato instead of pasta. I put a before photo of myself on the fridge, and it’s a constant reminder that I don’t want to go back.”
- What I do now. “Before I go to a party, I have an apple or banana, so I’m not starving and I can make smarter choices. But even if I get off track, I know I can get right back on.”
- My advice. “Tracking is a must. If you don’t, it’s to easy to eat too much without realizing it.”