Dear WW Philadelphia Member,
So much about living a healthier life at or closer to goal weight is about baby steps. I know the process can be very overwhelming but broken down into manageable steps, all things are possible.
When I joined Weight Watchers for the second time with nearly 100 pounds to lose, I knew I needed to make activity (AKA – exercise) part of my routine. I rejoined that year in January, and by February I was the owner of one of those fancy stationary bikes. The ones that use both arms and legs. I was excited and prior to getting it put together and trying it out, I had told everyone I was going to ride it one hour a day, six days a week.
Well, the first day I rode it, I completed ten minutes and then rested on the couch for the next several minutes. I was embarrassed by my lack of endurance but determined to make the one hour happen. Our bodies are a beautiful thing, and I was able to add a few minutes a day and before I knew it, I was riding it one hour a day, six days a week. The secret to getting to the goal I wanted was to break it into manageable chunks.
While working in the field as a Coach, then called Leader, I often had Members say to me they hadn’t lost weight because they hadn’t tracked as well as they thought they should have. My question was always, “How many days or meals did you track last week?” After hearing their response, I would say, “Do you think you could do one more day this week?” The answer was almost always, "yes".
One more day seems so much more doable than a whole seven days, doesn't it? Many times the Member would come back with more than one more day and have a weight loss for the week!
Setting ourselves up for wins, no matter how small they seem now, is a BIG step to long-term success and maintenance. It takes thousands of small victories to create the outcomes we are seeking.
Recognizing small triumphs towards one of our goals is a special kind of kindness we can show ourselves. What will be your small success goal this week? You can do it!