Motivation ... the topic of this week at a Weight Watchers meeting near you! Throughout my journey, I've had any different motivators and still do today. Like I said with anchors, there is no one motivator that can work in EVERY situation (in my opinion).
I was sitting in my Weight Watchers meeting this morning when my Leader asked "What brought you in to Weight Watchers?"
You know the day I walked into WW seems like a lifetime ago with how much has changed in that time.
But, I can remember the day like it was yesterday...
I was SOOO miserable in my own body. I had no idea how my wife (girlfriend at the time) saw in me. I didn't see any of it in myself.
I walked through the doors of the church (the meeting was held in their big hall area) just before 6pm on Monday, November 2, 2009. (How about that for details? ;))
I remember meeting the wicked nice receptionist Sharon, who I still keep in touch with now, and seeing the big words in front of me:
Wah? How could I have any idea what I would want to be at the end of this journey?
But, I knew. I wanted to be healthy. So I picked the absolute highest spot of the BMI for my height and made 164 my Goal Weight.
For two years, I used that thought to push me through the good times and the bad, the gains and the losses, the challenges and the easy days...
Someday I WILL be healthy I would tell myself. Someday!
And it worked. I did it. On November 8, 2011 (almost 2 years to the day from joining, I hit it: GOAL.
For the first time that I could remember, I was in the healthy weight range. Wow! What a feeling.
The dream that motivated me for so long was finally a reality.
But along the way additional motivators always came along for different situations:
*To head to the gym - desire to FINALLY fit into Lululemon clothing
*To go out for a training run - looking at my hanger full of race medals on my wall
*To avoid a certain fast food craving - remembering the last time I ate it and how it didn't taste good/wasn't worth the PointsPlus
*To stay on plan during a rough week - setting challenges on Twitter (#7daychip, #plankaday, etc)
After hitting Lifetime, goals change and here are some thoughts I had on that subject back in March.
What pushes you to keep going on this journey of weight loss?