Hope Wissel

A Line in the Sand

It is the weekend and today I will be enjoying the day with some AWESOME women as they prepare for the She is Me Annual Event.  I am excited to be able to be inspired by their heart-warming stories and their successes of the past year.  Stay tuned for pictures and a blog focusing on today’s activities.

As Deb, a fellow Weight Watcher member, would say – I am drawing a line in the sand TODAY!  I have talked about setting the RESET button but truth be told, it has just been words.  Weekly Weight Watcher meetings have been a BIG part of my weight loss journey although lately, I have been there in body but not in mind.  I am sure you know that feeling.  The one where you are half listening but the message doesn’t really sink in.  Or, you are listening and at the same time checking emails and Facebook messages?  Thursday’s meeting was my mental health therapy for the week.  Being down .2 pounds didn’t seem like much of an accomplishment, so I didn’t celebrate  I mean how could I compare that to those who lost 5 pounds in a week or even those who lost 1 pound.   When I got home, the first thing Rob asked me was “How much did you loose?”.  When I told him .2, he said “THAT IS GREAT”.  I kind of frowned at him and he said – it is better than a gain, right?

Then I started thinking about all of the inspirational things that were said at the meeting:

  • A sign in the meeting room shows Jennifer Hudson and says “I’m not perfect, I am HUMAN”.  A cliche saying for some but it was a dim light bulb moment.  It didn’t rock my world but it did make me think about how I compare myself to others.  Then Nicole asks what is an ANT?  As we all looked around for the answer, she reminded us about “automatic negative thinking”.  The light bulb went from DIM to BRIGHT.  I have ANTS!  I am not perfect but no one is.
  • This is a journey without a finish line!  My weight loss has been a LONG journey that seems like it will never end.  Truth be told, it never will even when I reach my goal weight which is within 7 pounds.  A light at the end of the tunnel – NO, a light to no more monthly payments to Weight Watchers. LOL.  For once I reach my goal weight, my goal will change to MAINTENANCE.
  • Enjoy the journey – thank you AnnaMarie.   You are an inspiration to me.  Your positive attitude helps me to put things in perspective.  I need to slow down and enjoy this journey, even if it is a roller coaster ride and I am NOT a fan of roller coasters.  It seems like we are always rushing to something or somewhere when we need to “stop and smell the roses”.

The line is drawn in the sand and I have again found a strength that I sometimes think is not there.  Thank you to my Weight Watcher family for this week’s lessons.  I will be applying them to my business as well as working my Weight Watcher’s program this week.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Weight Loss – Recovery or Journey

Sitting in my Thursday morning Weight Watcher‘s meeting when a friend, Annamarie, made a statement that got me to thinking….”I thought my weight loss was like recovery but it is a forever journey”.  WOW!


Having been through recovery TWICE – once for bulimia and then again for drugs, this statement really was an “AHA” moment for me.  If I am honest with myself, I would have to say that I probably thought the same thing.  It has been a long tough journey to loose 105 pounds – with only about 15 more to go to my goal weight but I thought the end was near.  I will celebrate the loss of 120 pounds despite the time it took me but unlike like bulimia and drugs – you can’t STAY away from food forever.    

Bulimia was a little bit easier for me to kick but the drugs were a process.. 7 days in detox, 30 days in a residential program and then 2 years of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting EVERY DAY!  Protecting my weight loss will need the same vigilance that I had in my early recovery.  Instead of celebrating the weekly weight loss, I will need to celebrate the “protection” of that weight loss for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year.  My weight loss journey has been a process too.  Just as I quietly celebrate my years of being clean (23 in October), I will celebrate every year that I am able to maintain goal weight.  I will use the tools that I used on my JOURNEY to goal in my weight loss RECOVERY – tracking, healthy guidelines, exercise (UGH!) and weekly meetings.  Unlike the rooms of NA, I don’t know if I will ever be able to walk away from my Weight Watcher family for it is with their help, encouragement and support that I have been successful on this journey.

Are you on a weight loss recovery program so that when you reach your goal you will go back to old habits?  Or, is your weight loss recovery only a part of your journey to be healthy and at goal weight?  Maybe it is semantics but it can effect your whole outlook on the road ahead.  As for me, I am in recovery from my food addiction and unhealthy eating which continues to take me on a journey that includes meeting new people, trying new recipes and helping others to know that they are not alone in their journey to a healthy way of life.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.