I have been quiet for a few weeks and here is my excuse…………there has been a major change to my life! Just over a week ago I delivered my last ever Weight Watchers meeting; I have left the job that I have done for the last 12 and a bit years and briefly, it has left me bewildered. I still don’t know how I feel…….relieved, sad, excited, bereft, free, alone, grateful, empty, proud……hungry? (By the way ‘hungry’ was a joke J and emotional eating is a subject for another blog post.) Seriously though I’ve had so many emotions and also new routines to work through, bewildered is a good way to describe how I have felt over the last few days.
Another bewildering realisation is, that just like that, (abracadabra), I have removed, what over the last few years, has become my number one weight loss barrier. Let’s see if I can explain this in a way that makes sense to me, to my readers, (and of course to you Mr Blog):
There is an assumption, that working in the weight loss industry is all the motivation one could possibly need to stay at a healthy weight. I know I am not alone and that many of my ex-colleagues will agree, it’s not quite that simple. That’s not to say that everyone who works in the weight loss industry struggles-of course that’s not true and many admirable people lose weight and keep it off forever. There are however, challenges that present themselves specifically to people who spend many, many hours in the week thinking and talking endlessly about losing weight, eating less and being slim! Over the last few years I have felt as though I have pretty much become ‘immune’ to it all. It has ended up being a subject that I know lots and lots about, but I appear to have forgotten that what I talk about can be applied to me too! Someone along the way must have given me a sneaky booster jab, which has made me resistant to weight loss!
The other side effect of trying to help others to lose weight, is that the focus is on THEM and not on me. I’m not saying this in a ‘woe is me’ kind of way. I have found it incredibly pleasurable and rewarding to see others change their lives for the better. It was and still is my job, after all………..but come on……..who wants to take work home with them every day of the week? We all need a break right? I was recently coached myself, and one of the most interesting things that came out from the session for me, was that I may have been deflecting the desire to be a healthy weight onto others! (Bing! Switch that light bulb on!)
Here is one more ‘reason’ it is challenging to lose weight when trying to help others do just that- some members find it reassuring/comforting that their leader is not a ‘stick insect’ (who remembers that television programme?). Many members have told me that they like the fact that I totally understand how challenging it is to lose weight. And who am I then, to take that comfort away from them?
As I write this down now (why didn’t I do it years ago??) I realise what a big, giant excuse I have woven for myself. What an enormous barrier to overcome! And now it’s GONE! And I have 2 choices………..I can dip into my big bag of excuses and come up with a different one……………OR I can ditch the excuses and look for a way to achieve my weight loss goals.
What is your BIG EXCUSE? And what needs to happen for you to get over it?
Please comment below-I’d love to know how ingenious (or not!) you all are. And if you know anyone else who may have their own weight loss excuses please share this blog with them.