I have am active Weight Watchers member and have been for 3+ years. Without the tools, tips and tricks I have learned with many thanks to the Weight Watchers program and my original leader (Carol) I admit I would not have achieved the success I have found today.
One very important thing I learned very early into my weight loss journey was that I had to believe in myself. If I didn’t believe in me — who else in their right mind would? If I didn’t care enough to believe I could do it, I would never be where I am today. Even if you’re struggling with “liking” yourself in the current stage you are in — fake it ’til you make it. You’ll get there as long as you don’t let negative thoughts, feelings, etc., get in the way and burden your path forward.
It’s so very important to believe in yourself. Belief in yourself will get you anywhere and everywhere – it can push you through a workout, it can push you across that finish line, it can assist in you losing 2 pounds in a week. It can get you through a birthday party NOT having any cake or if you do want cake a small sliver. Belief in myself has made my journey SO much easier because I feel as though I am an unstoppable machine — my views are set at that ultimate destination.
It’s the second guessing, the excuses and the sheer inability to believe in yourself and your program that will keep you from finding success. Not believing in yourself will push you into “cheat days” and not tracking and eventually giving up all together. As I have said to many … believe in you first and believe in the program because anything is possible as long as you believe.
Keep your head up and your mind right!
Never be afraid to ask for what you want at a service establishment. You are paying for a serving & you have a right to get what you pay for. If a service establishment refuses to provide you what you request (as long as it’s not unreasonable — don’t ask them to go fetch a fish out of the deep sea that they don’t even have on the menu) calmly get up and leave. They’ll get the hint. Now onto a scenario I stumbled upon this Valentine’s Day:
So, my boyfriend and I stayed at a hotel on the beach yesterday for Valentine’s Day. We got a great Groupon deal which came with a $10 credit to be used at the hotels restaurant (which we have eaten at before and I knew there was 1 dish that I really enjoyed — chicken kabobs). When we got there, the chicken kabobs were no longer part of the newly revised menu (which is not reflected on their website BTW). So being the stringent WW person that I am I asked if they could tell me the sirloin weight in ounces (so I could justify the points because even 3 years in I’m not good with judging portions — the hand thing doesn’t work for me because I have BIG hands – damn those Jamaican genes lol). I was told 8 ounces and I felt that wasn’t worth it … so I asked if there was any way I could have just a plain ole piece of grilled chicken with a plain baked potato and plain steamed veggies (instead of the mashed potato and sauteed chicken monstrosity on the menu that I would be so uncomfortable trying to eat). My waitress walked outback, came back like 5 minutes later and was like “No. You have to order off the menu.”
Now, mind you, there’s a plain ole piece of chicken on a SANDWICH bread on the other page, and she tried to tell me different seafood dishes (lobster mac and cheese) was delish. Okay, I don’t eat seafood, aside from an occasional piece of fried fish, and I’m asking for grilled chicken and you’re telling me about mac and cheese? I looked at my boyfriend (who was starving btw lol) and he said “C’mon lets drive around we can find some place that’ll give you what you want.” I wanted to squeeze him. So we got up and left and after walking by the front desk the girl was a little surprised because she knew we had reservations. So I asked her if there was any restaurants around that were open (because it’s winter and a lot of places shut down for the winter months) & she asked me what happened. I let her know I was told I HAD to order off the menu and she said that’s not true so she got the big guy who runs the restaurant and the hotels food. He came out and told me that grilled chicken is not an unreasonable accommodation and told me and my BF to please come back in and dinner would be on him.
So with this, I say, never be afraid to ask for WHAT YOU WANT at a restaurant. You are paying for a service and if they won’t accommodate your request — simply don’t give them your business. Pre-WW I would have said “Screw it, I’ll get this and swallow it down” but now? No thanks. Give me my grilled chicken, it’s what I planned for LOL!!
I had the immense pleasure of sharing my weight loss journey with a group of individuals at a Weight Watchers One Amazing Day event yesterday. When I was asked to participate I admit I was scared to death and part of me wanted to back out. I’m not the most comfortable with public speaking and being heavier practically my entire life I’ve always slid into the room (as unnoticed as possible), mingled in the back and quickly exited. So the thought of being the center of attention panicked me just a little bit. But the new me stepped into place and said “You’re passionate about this and a lot of people tell you you’re an inspiration to them. Do this. Do it for them. Do it for yourself. YOU deserve this!” So I did it – I signed up and took the 1 o’clock spot.