The Weigh Fridays Go

Brand New WeekSince I’m still in the process of helping my readers get to know me, I thought this would be a good day to explain the significance of Fridays for me.  It was not really “on purpose” that I signed up for Weight Watchers on a Friday; it just worked out that way.  On that first day, I had no idea that it would dictate my Fridays from then on.

Let me preface this by saying that Weight Watchers offers multiple meetings, all across the city, every day of the week, and I am free to go to any of those meetings I choose.  My choice to stick with the same day of the week and the exact same meeting time has to do with my need for routine and how that routine helps my own accountability.

My days typically start with my workout and Fridays are no different.  I love to get my workout in at the beginning of the day when possible so that I get it done before I get too busy and run the risk of not being able to fit it in later.

After my workout, I shower and then it’s off to Weight Watchers for my weekly dose of accountability.  Although it sounds like something I might dread, I can honestly say that I ALWAYS look forward to my meetings.  I look forward to seeing all of my friends and I look forward to seeing how I did for the week.  Good, bad, or otherwise, for me, it’s imperative to know how I did for the week, own it, and move on.  And I can tell you right now, I do not always see the results on the scale that I would like to see.  What I have learned over the course of my journey is that the scale is not the only measure of my progress.  It’s certainly one part of my progress, but there are so many other things to take into account.

Once I weigh in, I’m ready to sit down for the meeting where I ALWAYS find inspiration.  Many times that inspiration comes from the meeting topic for the week and many other times, that inspiration comes from my fellow members.  I love hearing from them what worked for them of the course of the week and what didn’t.  I have learned so much, not just from my leaders, but from my fellow members over the course of my journey.

It’s interesting because I really feel like my weeks begin on Friday rather than Monday.  When I leave my meeting, I feel like I am setting out on a brand new week with a clean slate and I’m ready to conquer the world.  Honestly, I think weighing in on Fridays goes a long way to keeping me accountable on the weekends.  The scale and the meeting are fresh on my mind as I roll into Saturday and Sunday which makes me a lot less likely to want to skip my workouts or eat poorly, just because it’s the weekend.  I know people, who take the weekends “off” from their weight loss efforts, but this is not a plan that will work for me and I already know that.  A weekend would quickly turn into a week and week into a month and before I knew it, I would be on a downward spiral.  Best to have my feet held to the fire, so to speak, on Friday so I can maintain my resolve.

Life Begins on Friday

So, how did it go today?  Well, I didn’t gain and I didn’t lose.  I was exactly the same as last week, so I count it as a good week.  Anytime I can hold steady rather than gain, I consider it a good week.

Although the scale does not always yield the results I am hoping for, I NEVER let that number defeat me.  If I am up when I thought I would be down, I spend some time after the meeting reflecting on my week.  What did I do differently?  Did I change something about my diet or exercise?  Was I not as “good” as I thought I was throughout the week?  And even if I am down, I still reflect on those same things to try and figure out what worked for me and what I should continue doing.

The point is, weight loss is a journey.  Some weeks are good and some are not so great.  The important thing is to keep going, no matter what.  And NEVER, for one single second, let that number on the scale determine your self worth!!!  You have to always keep looking at the big picture.  Take measurements of yourself along the way.  Many times I have found that my measurements are down, even if my weight is not.  Pay attention to how your clothes are fitting.  Take not of how you are feeling.  There are so many important aspects to consider; not just the number on the scale.

So from here on out, you can expect a report on Fridays letting you know how I did for the week.  I’m excited to have all of you as accountability partners.

Comments

  1. I recently rejoined WW with 100+ to lose and Fridays are my day, too! Love your blog – so inspiring. KUTGW!

    • Jes, I wish you all the luck in the world! Make your meetings a priority and I promise it will go a long way to help you on your journey. Please keep in touch as I would love to hear about your progress!

  2. Enjoyed today’s article very much. Good Luck next Friday too!

  3. Howdy from Texas!
    I think we all forget that the scale is just a number – need to remember how clothes fit and how you are feeling, bodies take time to adjust to weight loss so the number may stay the same for a while!
    Your weight loss is inspiring – I am 41 and losing weight is not as easy as it used to be!!! LOL!! 😉

    • You are exactly right Wendy! That number on the scale is only one “measure” of our success and it is certainly NOT a measure of our worth! You’re right, losing weight is not as easy as it used to be. It just takes a little extra work. Thank you for your comment. 😉

  4. I just finished reading every post. Thanks for writing. It’s all stuff I need to hear again and again. I’m an avid WW member and go to meetings on Wednesday mornings at 7AM and whenever else I can too.

    • I am so happy you took the time to read the posts and I hope you find some things here that help keep you motivated. WW is such a great program and I am so happy to hear that you attend the meetings. They really do help. Best of luck to you Johanna!

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