Today was one of my favorite weight watchers meetings to date, and it happened exactly when I needed it to. Today was a bad pain day (lots of back and hamstring pain) after what I thought was an easy swim workout.
I weighed in this morning and lost 0.2 lbs- basically a maintain, but ever ounce counts! I couldn't stay for a meeting, which bummed me out but I was thinking I might be able to squeeze into the 5:30pm meeting if I could leave work with enough time- and I did!
It was the best thing I've done for myself in weeks. My head has been in such a funk these past couple weeks and I know I've been grumpy- sorry, people! I know my mood has been affected because of my need to take a pause on running and all of the high impact and high intensity workouts I love and crave.
The topic of the meeting today was "Seeing the Light" and it was all about members sharing their "aha" moments.
I didn't realize that this was the topic today when I walked in and they were asking for celebrations. I had to acknowledge hitting a new decade cause I missed doing this last week and it really meant a lot to me to be in the 170s! The leader remembered me from a past meeting and she asked me to share my total weight loss and share my "aha" moment to get the group started.
In case you haven't heard me talk about it, this was my "aha" moment as I submitted to WW for their inspiring stories section (this is just a part of the submission):
"I had tried to lose weight in the past, but it wasn’t until I was honest with myself and came to terms with my own bad choices that I changed. One day after a bad fast food binge, which of course was done while hiding out in my car away from prying eyes, I looked at myself in the little vanity mirror and didn’t recognize who I was. I started crying and simply couldn’t stop, because I finally got it. I knew in that moment I had 2 choices, but only one that I could live with. I had to take control of my life - and quickly!
That was almost three years ago, on October 20, 2009. The next day I joined Weight Watchers and gained control of my life. With the support of Weight Watchers, my awesome leader Joni, and fellow members behind me, I finally learned what healthy eating meant and what it was like to enjoy activity. Before I would get winded simply walking down a hallway, now I can run 10 miles with a smile on my face at the end! Life is so drastically different now; sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’m the one living it."
So after sharing my light bulb moment with the fast food and crying in the car there were people crying
and they all stood and gave me a standing ovation. WOW. Of course that
made me grin and cry not so pretty tears. But that's what WW is all about and why I love it so much- the support and love I feel from every meeting I go to. The meeting basically came to a screeching halt and nearly the entire meeting was me answering questions and basically leading and directing the meeting back to the topic. After the meeting the leader gave me a big hug and told me that if I didn't become a leader it would be a crime against all things weight watchers. lol. So sweet!
I needed that! I feel energized from within my soul and so grateful to all the wonderful members that made me feel so special today. Sometimes I need to take a moment to remember how far I've come and that sometimes setbacks are a part of life- you just have to deal with them. This quote at the end of the meeting really hit me today and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't- you're right," Henry Ford.
I KNOW I CAN!
Did you have an "aha" moment that really affected your actions? Share please!