At my last Weight Watcher weigh in, I was hoping for a 2 lb loss that would take me to my 1st goal of 5%. It was bitter sweet to see a 1.8 lb loss on the scale that morning. I was relieved to see a loss because during the week I experienced some set backs that caused me to consider using my “No Weigh In Pass”. I braved the scale and was rewarded with a loss! I was very happy to face the fear of a no loss week or worse, a weight gain and to step off the scale victorious.The last .2 lbs before achieving my 1st goal have been a good motivator this week.
Much like last week’s meeting topic of finding non-scale ways to judge success and non-scale ways to reward success, I am exploring ways to stay motivated that are not scale related. I’m tracking a bit more, getting a bit more organized and checking my ActiveLink a bit more to keep my self on course.
One of my previous attempts at WW, I attended a meeting that spoke about anchoring success with something tangible. Our meeting leader handed us a glass bead and walked us through anchoring a success or a goal to that bead to remind us of our hard work and the hard work ahead of us. The following week we received another bead. This continued over the next several weeks until we each had a small collection of beads. It was exciting to see our progress before our eyes. I felt accomplished even on days when the scale did not reflect the hard work I felt I put in that week.
I decided to use that anchoring tactic this go round and decided to put my 4-Week WW Key Chain to use. That was my first anchor of success. I stuck with the program for 4 weeks and I am still at it…and losing too! I purchased a simple charm bracelet (the bead kind) at Wal-Mart. It is a simple bangle by Hallmark that has a spring hinge that you can add beads to. I added the charm from the keychain by attaching it to a dangle bead. I added a rinestone bead next to it to anchor my 1st 10 lb loss. The bracelet came with a charm that is engraved “Celebrate Life” on the front, and “One moment at a time.” on the back. Fitting for this journey, my celebration of life.
I purchased several other beads and stored them on the keyring from the WW Charm. These are my next goals. The Wonder Woman charm on the far left will live on my bracelet after I reach my 1st 5% goal! The rest will follow in 10 lb beads followed by a big pink bead at 50 lbs. I intend on adding to the bracelet for more milestones. Watch out world, here I come!
I was researching Nike Fuel Bands, UP and the FitBit activity tracking censors to help me with stepping up my activity. When I registered for my Dub Dub membership, my leader pointed out the new WW AciveLInk censor. The buy in price was reasonable compared to Fuel, UP & FitBit, however there is a monthly subscription fee. The selling point was that it translates my activity into what Weigh Watchers speak. It monitors my activity and translates it into points for me. No longer do I have to guestimate intensity and time for point value.
I completed my assessment period this past week and Monday was able to see what my “Normal” activity looked like. I was impressed that I was earning on average 2 pts a day. Hmmmm, who knew? I certainly did not.
Right now I am banking my Activity Points earned and not swapping them out yet. I’ll save that for later down the line when I have fewer daily points and many Activity Points. I cannot wait to hit the gym to reach the challenge goals set for me for this week.
Back on program and off to a good start. 1st week down and 4.8 lbs gone. Not too bad 2014. Not too bad.