Sunday, July 15, 2012
I've been attending Weight Watchers with a friend for a few months now. We tried different meetings until we found a leader and group that we liked. Every week as the meeting starts, the leader asks us (as a group and individually) "How was your week?"
That's a fine question but most of the answers are specific to weight loss and I don't think that's the right answer. Yes, we're there because we're trying to lose (or keep off) weight but really-- is the quality of our week, or day (or any time period) totally about our relationship to food?
If a transition to living healthy is our goal, shouldn't the quality of our week depend on other things? I've had some really awful weeks in the last few months -- my mil died, I was laid off from my job, I interviewed for jobs I didn't get, I applied for jobs I didn't get interviews for, appliances broke and my dog died after a really rough 3 weeks. I lost weight during all of those weeks (maybe because of those weeks)
I still had awful, bad, terrible, horrible weeks. Weight loss could do nothing to improve those weeks.
Conversely, just because I gained weight, does that make a week bad?
I (we) need to separate our weight loss successes and setbacks from our concept of happiness and look for happiness in other ways and use those sources of happiness to get past setbacks but to use our successes as a plus to our already happy selves.