So in going to my meetings at Weight Watchers I have been forcing myself to talk, or rather, perhaps a better way to phrase it is that I have found myself opening up to the groups I have been with. Offering suggestions tips and tricks of what has helped me along the way so far. In my mind I can feel the members that have been there a while rolling their eyes at me, because I am new to their program, but I have been at this a while and have seen measurable success on my own.
I have been going, on average to two meetings a week. The leader I didn’t care for at first has grown on me, I think it was more the people at that first meeting I didn’t click with, and I think that had more to do with the weather, and the bad parking that weekend in the are around the location, and the fact that I was kind-of ignored and dismissed while I sat there.
I guess one of the things I am really enjoying about the program is actually the meetings. I like going, and interacting with other people that are trying to do the same thing I am. It isn’t that I feel alone, or lonely in the battle to get this weight off, I have concluded that there are very few people in the world that have never struggled with weight in one way or another, I just like hearing what others have to say. I like that it gives me a feeling of community, it sparks my thought process for things like lunches and dinners, even if I don’t take the ideas and use them that week, I know they are planting seeds in the back of my mind for the future. I also hope that what I have to share, in insight or past stumbling blocks for myself can help someone else there. For example we were talking about tracking food last week, and how a “3 month tracker” which is a paper tracker shouldn’t last more than 3 months. I use an electronic tracker now. When I first started I used paper. I liked paper, it was safe, I could erase things, I could reward myself on the paper with stickers if I was under my caloric goal for the day. I had a whole system that I used, and it worked for me. Eventually I went electronic because it was faster, and easier… and easier meant I could be lazier! Eventually I stopped tracking and I was one of those people who could have made that 3 month tracker last a year! I am bring very diligent and deliberate now with my tracking, and I know if one isn’t working I need to switch to the other. I offered the hint/tip that I learned from a PriorFatGirl event about recording life events, special occasions, thoughts and feelings in the margins of your tracker. It helps when you look back to identify patterns and stumbling blocks. Everyone seemed to really like that idea, so I know that I am offering the group something not just taking.
However I can’t help but feel like I am playing teachers pet when I talk. I am certainly not trying to be, but I want to be helpful to others where I can be. So I hush myself, until I know that I have something that is truly helpful and applicable to everyone in the room, or a goodly majority and then I go from there.
Do you go to meetings? Do you talk? Do you feel like you talk too much? How do you strike a balance with it? I would love to know what you think!