“Got up this morning and could not find my glasses. Finally had to seek assistance. Kate [Winslet] found them inside a flower arrangement.”
― Emma Thompson
This is a rebroadcast of an interview first posted a year ago. This past week I have used, as I seem to continually do, an old podcast to hook into a bit of needed “renewed” motivation. I used some organization skills myself this week to lose 2 of 3 pounds gained last week. I made a shopping list. Really, it's not rocket science, is it? It is simply being organized and having the right foods in the house instead of wandering the grocery aisles like an art gallery waiting for things to catch my eye. Has this ever happened to you? You are perusing the aisles and suddenly a box marked CHEEZ-IT is in your cart? You swear you didn't do it but there it is at checkout?
I do not believe Drew, my WW interviewee, has ever lost his glasses in a flower arrangement or had a box marked CHEEZ-IT magically jump into his cart. So, enjoy and hope it sparks some list making of your own.
Today's podcast is an interview with Drew, a 39 year old father of two small boys, a Connect member, who has just reached his goal weight with WeightWatchers and I feel pretty sure after talking with him that he has never left his glasses inside a flower arrangement.
Why? Because he and his wife are organized about food. Organized in ways like this: they create a weekly meal plan for each day of the week and then they develop a shopping list from the weekly meals and go shopping with the list.
Their vulnerable moments of not having anything healthy to eat in the house were reduced to zero. Temptation to eat fast food was managed by this techniques.
They bought a second piece of home exercise equipment so he and his wife could both exercise before kids were up. They committed to getting up at 5:30 am and doing their exercise on the treadmill and exercise bike.
Drew went to his doctor and requested he give him a goal weight to shoot for. After he focused on BMI tables and height/weight tables, he decided what his goal weight would be.
He did some things many of us do: track more diligently, eat more fruits and veggies, reduce beer consumption, planned his points more efficiently.
In all he's lost 55 pounds since last year. 42 pounds since January.
Another goal he has: to become more active. He downloaded to his phone the Couch to 5k running app and has committed to running his first 5K in June.
He has more confidence about skills to maintain weight loss this time around and he tells me why.
He shares what he thinks shall be ongoing challenges: going out to eat, tailgate foods.
But, he shares some foods, like flat out pizza crusts and grilled cheese on pita bread that he really enjoys and looks forward to eating.
He says grilled asparagus is now on their menus and, surprisingly, he really enjoys it.
He feels the difference this time is similar to a quote he saw one day on “Connect”. Something to the effect:
I know what it feels like to fail but now I want to know what it feels like to succeed.
It is one of his organizing principles for his weight loss and inspiration for continuing to maintain his weight.
He says drinking a lot of water seems to help him and that he knows that this WW food plan is more suited to him in the long run because he just couldn't do one of those “carb-free” diets.
He says he and his family are going on a big vacation in September and no surprise–they are already making lists, packing lists, itineraries, to ensure the best possible vacation!
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