Sunday, February 6, 2011

Getting my head in the game

My Weight Watcher meeting on Saturday was excellent. My leader is the best, and I never fail to learn something from her meetings. Even when I think I know it all.

She talked about the four stages of weight loss:

1. The honeymoon phase - we all know and love this phase. Several you reading this are probably in it right now. I was once there myself.

It's when it's all new and exciting. You follow the plan to the letter and the weight falls off. This is the phase where you are determined that nothing will lead you astray. You're tracking your food, drinking your water, taking your vitamins, and following the healthy eating guidelines. You are perfect and nothing will keep you from reaching your goal.

2. The honesty phase - this is the loser reality check. Is this worth it? Is all the hard work, the deprivation, the exercise, is it all really worth it? You either decide it is worth it and continue, or you decide it's not worth it and stop. This is the phase where a lot of people walk away. Our leader told us that in the fourth week is when most Weight Watchers never return to the meetings. They made the decision that it's not worth it.

3. The hunker-in phase - this is were you have renewed resolve. You've made it this far and darnit, you're going to do whatever it takes. The weight loss has dramatically slowed down from the honeymoon phase, and you have a gain here and there, but you're not giving up.

4. The "homey" phase - this is when you get cocky, where you think you know it all. This is when you consider leaving Weight Watchers. Maybe you're almost at goal, and you decide who needs to go to meetings. You've got it all figured out, there's no reason to go to the meetings anymore.

In three years I've hit every one of these phases more than once. When I was at 152 pounds a year and a half ago I was in phase #4. I thought I knew it all. Now at 180 pounds I realize I still have a lot to learn.

There was a comment on my post yesterday regarding my night time eating, which continues to challenge me. The comment was sweet, and she left some suggestions of things I could try to overcome my night binging. I went to her blog, and found she's in the honeymoon stage of weight loss. What struck me from her posts is how excited she is about the process of losing weight. She seriously has her "head in the game" as she put it.

This is what I've been missing lately. My head has not been in the game. I don't look forward to my weigh-ins. In fact, even though I went to my Weight Watcher meetings for all January I took a no-weighin pass for each meeting until yesterday. I finally realized that by not weighing in, I wasn't doing myself any favors.

My goal this month is simple. I need to get my head in the game again.


Roxie said...

I think we all cycle through all of these things all of the time. Some days we are "in the zone" and others, every bite, every step is a struggle.

Helen said...

I'm with Roxie. It's a continuous cycle and it's the same cycle for things other than weight loss. That's why you need different tools for each stage: sheer willpower, basics like weighing and measuring, tracking, not tracking. So the trick is to figure out what you need where you are right this minute.

Need to Get ME Back said...

Thanks for the little shoutout!

Seriously, before I even got to the part where you mentioned me, I was like, "Oh my gosh, that's me. I'm in the honeymoon phase..." And I started to get worried because those stages are so true!

I actually started losing in Aug-Sept before I started blogging. I lost 30 lbs, and then took at least 2 months off, not working out and eating everything bad in sight (it was the holidays after all!) I am excited to see results now, but it is still in my mind how easy it is to slip up. I'm 210 now, so when my weight loss slows, I'm sure I will be right back into Stage 2 so I hopefully I can push thru it and you can encourage me along the way!

Grace said...

I have gone through all those stages multiple times. I guess the thing is to find something that you can live with all the time. It really is kind of like a relationship, or a marriage..."through thick and thin."