Achievement Unlocked: @WeightWatchers Lifetime StatusMarch 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Posted in I am human., What's up? | 7 Comments
Tags: weight loss, Weight Watchers®
Remember this? Slight modification. Allow me to explain.
I stayed at that weight (within a couple of pounds) for several weeks. When I talked to my leader about being stuck at a plateau, she suggested I do some self-reflection. “Give some thought to making this your final goal weight,” she said. “If you want to lose more later, that’s fine, but you’re in the healthy BMI range now. And you’re maintaining.”
So I thought about it. I thought about how I’ve been going to the YMCA 4–6 times each week for a couple of months now, most of the time for group cardio classes; the employees greet me by name at this point. I thought about how I’ve been reaching my daily activity goal consistently, and have recently started a new challenge to work up to a higher daily goal. I thought about how I feel good—HEALTHY—and spend less mental energy thinking about losing weight than I do about exercise.
I realized that, while I accepted Weight Watchers as a lifestyle change a long time ago, my mindset had changed from weight loss to fitness improvement. No, I’m not at the pants size I imagined I would eventually be when I reached this weight at the beginning of this year, but that’s fine. (Maybe being a size 14 will temper the obnoxiousness I expected from myself with another 10-ish pounds gone.) And, you know what? It’s okay to reassess my journey and make a course adjustment.*
With my leader’s help last week I set my goal at 162 pounds. (I really wanted 161.9 lb. for a weight loss of 25%—because that’s the kind of numbers dork I am—but the scales measure in 0.2-lb. increments.) That got me a trinket for GOAL right away since I had reached that weight on January 8. All I needed was a sixth weigh-in at 160–164 pounds and I would get the LIFETIME trinket…and that happened today.
It was wonderful. Bill came to the meeting with me and I was so happy to be able to share the group’s celebration of my achievement with him. My leader gave me a hug and kiss. Several members congratulated me separately, and the 90-year-old woman who’s been a member for over 40 years invited me to move my seat to the Lifetimers Row.
I am so damn proud of myself.
* That’s a little pep talk for myself, mostly, but you’re welcome to find it useful too.