Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dealing with Self-Sabotage

(Originally posted on my blog "The Irony of the Last 10 Pounds" on the Weight Watchers website.)
On July 16th, I hit my lowest weight since starting Weight Watchers on August 1, 2009. This accomplishment left me with 8 pounds to lose til my goal weight.

Unfortunately, after this amazing success, the self-sabotage crept in and I started eating whatever, not tracking, "hiding out" (not actively participating in a challenge or posting to my blog or even posting on Facebook or Twitter) and letting my "inner brat" make the decisions. The results were a 1 pound gain at the weigh-in on 7/23 and a 1.8 pound gain on 7/30.

I was in a mental tail spin and I knew that if I didn't "snap out of it" I'd gain even more and get further and further away from my goal weight and ultimately Lifetime Membership at Weight Watchers.

I remembered a wonderful pamphlet called "Ship It" by Seth Godin that is a guided workbook to work through any goal for your life. I grabbed a copy and started the work of planning for hitting my goal of Lifetime Weight Watchers Membership by October 29, 2011.

Part of the work was looking at 10 things to add to support my success in reaching my goal. Fortunately, I didn't have to think very hard to come up with most of the 10 items.

Here are my 10 items:
1. Track every day.
2. Plan food and activity and actually follow the plan
3. Find fun ways to add "new" to my activity
4. Blog daily on WW Website and post blog entry on personal blog.
5. Return to participating in the 10 Pesky Pounds by End of Summer Weight Watchers Challenge
6. Chew lots of gum.
7. Hit 5 servings of fruits/veg
8. Tell the "inner brat" to "SHUT IT!"
9. Listen more @ Weight Watchers meetings. Be humble.
10. Buy GI Jane on iTunes and watch it to be inspired.

It's not a coincidence that a few of the items on the list are connected to Weight Watchers activities. The program does work. Go figure! :-)

I'm looking forward to seeing how these 10 things contribute to a successful weigh-in on Saturday 8/6.

"See you" in tomorow's blog post.

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