Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.

– Emily Kimbrough

I can’t think of how many times I’ve done this.  I’ve done Weight Watchers more times than I can count; and each time I’ve lapsed it has had nothing to do with an inability to follow the program because it’s too hard.  One of my times back on program I was attending a meeting center by a Lee Ann Chin’s restaurant.  And the meeting I choose to attend was right before dinner.  Everyone was always talking about food, which made me hungry.  And I would go to Lee Ann Chin’s and pick up dinner to bring home; every week.  Instead of changing meeting times, I just stumbled right off of the wagon.

I moved to Florida 9 years ago and lived with my parents for a while.  Mom and I went back to meetings and I did fantastic; I actually lost 50 lbs.  I’m not sure what happened, but we slowly stopped going to meetings, we stopped going for bike rides and walks after dinner.  And the weight crept back in.  Several years ago J and I went back to meetings.  We did good, but for some reason I couldn’t commit enough to get beyond 15lbs lost.  And it got to the point it was easy to say, eh, I don’t need to be spending money on this.

This time around, it feels different.  I don’t know if it’s my meeting leader (who is freaking awesome!), or the group that we have.  But every one of us at some point in the last year has stumbled; yet we all return week after week.  We own up to what we did, we know what to do to change things.  And we hold each other up when we start to fall.  Between them and the friends I’ve made on the Weight Watcher message boards, I couldn’t think of a better group to occasionally stumble with. 

It’s thanks to these groups that I’ve continued on even when I was struggling the last month.  It’s these people who helped to remind me that I can do this; this really isn’t that hard.  And once I started to remember that, I was able to re-focus on my journey and what I want to accomplish for myself.  I am getting there too.  Part of getting there is setting short-term goals for myself and achieving them.  That’s something that I’m achieving too. 

I don’t normally dedicate posts, but this one is dedicated to J who would do anything he needed if it meant helping me succeed.  And to my Oldbies, all of whom are awesome in so many different ways.  And, thanks to Laricha’s 3 Good Things, they make me remember that there are so many positives in my life each day.

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