Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | March 1, 2013

PointPlus Addendum

pointscalculatorThese questions where posed this morning on a Facebook Weight Watchers group page of which I am a member:

Are you still doing that which helped you to lose the weight?

How do you stay positive?

During your weight-loss journey, how did you keep going during the “rough patches”?

Did you ever feel like giving up?

I responded to the post, and I thought I would also post my response here as a follow-up to my recent post titled, “Points . . . Plus!”

I am working through the roughest spots right now.  It has been a yo-yo for me for months, but I have generally maintained my weight, though about 5 pounds heavier than I was a year or so ago.  Those are the most stubborn 5 pounds I’ve had to deal with yet.  For me it is just a matter of getting back to the basics.  It is easy to drift off plan over a period of months, even years if you have been at this for a while.  Sometimes I don’t see the drift (it can be ever so subtle), but it becomes apparent on the scale.  This is one reason why it is important to weigh myself regularly, and especially to “officially” weigh in every week at my Weight Watchers meeting.  The scale is where reality sets in.  If you catch the drift quickly, it is so much easier to get back on track than it is to suddenly have to deal with an extra 20 or 30 pounds.

I am convinced that both weight loss and weight maintenance are 90% mental.  If you get the mindset right, doing the nuts and bolts of the work is easy.  And because so much of effectively working the program is mental, I have found that there is a snowball effect: the more you lose, the brighter your outlook, the greater your confidence, and the more you will continue to lose (or maintain).  But this snowball can travel in the opposite direction, too: the more you gain, the less you want to pay attention to what is going on (e.g., avoiding the scale, becoming sporadic with tracking, unbalancing your diet in various ways), and the more you will get discouraged, disillusioned, and even depressed—an there will be no stopping the snowball in the wrong direction.  The snowball running out of control in the wrong direction is the thing that scares me the most because I know where I once was, and I never want to go back there again.  This fear is probably the single biggest thing that keeps me vigilant.

So the challenge for me is not in working the plan; the challenge is in staying sharp mentally, keeping a positive attitude, doing things that brighten my outlook, and getting back to the basics of the program as soon as I notice that I have begun to drift.  The rest then just falls into place.  To be honest, I don’t have the mental thing completely figured out.  But I know if I force the issue for a few days or a week, stoked by a healthy dose of fear—even though I may fight with myself about it—I’ll see the weight loss the next week, and that will get the snowball moving—in the right direction!


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