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How was your week?

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.
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    I agree with you and I think that's what Sparkpeople is trying to teach us. Our relationship with food needs to be a healthy one, but should define the quality of our lives. I appreciate your insights and agree with you.

    I'm sorry for your losses and I'm glad that you didn't gain weight in addition to dealing with the stress and grief. To my way of thinking, that indicates that you made some healthy decisions for yourself in spite of having a horrible week.
    2139 days ago
    emoticon blog...You are so right!
    2141 days ago
    You are so right! Great insight and also a great way to think about this journey! Good for you, and good luck in the week to come. I hope you have a "good" week, however you define it! Love, Jeannie
    2142 days ago
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