A letter to you from our General Manager
Dear WW Philadelphia Member,
If you’re reading this, it can probably be assumed you have not always been in your best physical condition. I know that is true for me.
So many things get in our way of having a more active lifestyle. Family, work, friends, and responsibilities but most of all ourselves.
The reason we get in our own way is the fear of failure. We are afraid to add one more failure to the list of perceived failures we have counted through our lifetimes. Yes, we get in our own way in our weight loss efforts. Feeding ourselves unsupportive self-talk about eating a higher calorie food or taking a slightly larger portion. The same is true about our attempts to get more active.
During my mission to find activity that works for me, I failed at a lot of them. So many things look fun and when I tried them in real time, they required a sense of timing or rhythm that I just do not possess. I’m good at things that take physical strength and good hand/eye coordination, I'm bad at things that require dance steps. Really bad. Really, really bad.
Finding what is right for you and then doing it consistently enough to build it into a healthy life habit is a process. There will be some failed attempts, but perseverance will show you how amazing your body really is. And, get this: once you get into the groove of whatever you discovered was your favorite, exercise is as hard a habit to break as it is to start! Fact!
When Members ask me about eating their Activity Points, I ask, “Are you exercising for a faster weight loss or a body that is more fit?” Activity (exercise) isn’t the solution to weight loss. Very few people ever exercise enough to earn the Points for the doughnuts BUT exercise has been shown repeatedly to be key to maintaining weight loss, and not losing muscle tone as you lose weight.
Access to more activities is available everywhere you are and every place you go. Walking around instead of sitting during a commercial, parking the car in the furthest corner from the door, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, there’s always an opportunity for more movement.
Getting active is another one of those skills we need to break down into small manageable goals and just get started.
Weight Watchers Workshops are a place where Members share ideas about activity and sometimes, we even find an activity buddy. Workshops are an easy place to laugh about our failed attempts and applaud our victories, no matter how small.
Real story: There was a time I felt particularly challenged by myself to get more active. I began searching Marketplace for good quality exercise equipment. One day, I saw an "Exercise Couch" for sale. I got a little excited and then realized is said "Exercise Coach." Good grief!
Have a great week,