Today’s topic really hit home for me and it might explain why I lost my motivation around this time last year. There are two important words in a weight loss journey:
Interested and Committed
In the book 100 Days of Weight Loss, interested is described as staying on a plan until something better comes along. This could mean being on Weight Watchers for a bit, then moving onto the next diet or fitness plan. You keep going on a diet plan as long as the results show up on the scale or you fit into a certain size pair of pants. For me, this really hits the nail on the head. While things were going well on Weight Watchers prior to my move, I was highly ‘motivated’ and focused — but only because the number on the scale was moving in the direction I wanted. As soon as it hit a plateau for a couple weeks, I started to ‘cheat’ a little more and only track 1-2 meals a day until the scale started moving in the OPPOSITE direction.
Of course, seeing my weight slowly creep back up over the last year made me feel hopeless — as if I couldn’t help myself get back on track. I’d mention to everyone about losing the motivation, about how I don’t know why I couldn’t just get back to tracking. I made so many excuses as to why I lost the motivation instead of just re-committing myself to the journey.
The second important word in today’s reading is committed. Being committed to the fitness plan of your choice means sticking with it NO MATTER WHAT. Instead of focusing on the results (such as a number on a scale) you commit to sticking with something — the results are sure to follow if you do. By committing to something instead of being interested, there are no impossible challenges to meet or overcome…you can do it and succeed.
I’ve been on a roller coaster with my weight loss journey since joining Weight Watchers for the 3rd time in 2011 — but I am proud to say I have never quit the program. I have gotten off track and seen some of the weight creep back on, but this time I am committed to tracking daily and getting at least 1-2 points to start on my Active Link. What the scale says does not matter because if I do these things, I will get healthier in the process.
Are you interested or committed to your weight loss program? What works best for you?