I recently watched a documentary on obesity on HBO, entitled “Weight of the Nation”. It highlighted the success stories of two women who lost the pounds after weight loss surgery, and managed to keep them off.
One secret to their success was participating in the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. The program consists of detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys that help researchers identify success factors, as well as areas you may need to work on. Both women claimed that their success was due in no small part to their participation.
I applied to the program and was accepted!
Completing the survey, I discovered the benefits of participating in the Registry myself. The survey helped me identify my current challenges, and the areas of my new lifestyle that needed improvement:
- I had regained about 10 pounds
- I had lost a little muscle tone
- I had been stress-eating
This really gave me some perspective. I revisited my fitness and nutrition plans, thought about how I was doing, and came up with some new goals:
- Eat breakfast every day
- Use my portion control tools
- Stay away from the Pretzel Factory
- Grocery shop more often
- Increase the track visits
- Walk more briskly
- Pray, meditate and give thanks to God every morning to reduce my stress and help me keep the faith.
Setting specific goals was incredibly helpful, and so was realizing that I shouldn’t beat myself up for a little slippage. It’s a journey, not a destination. Aside from personal benefit, I have a philanthropic goal of helping others who are on the journey, and making an impact on childhood obesity. No matter what my current stresses are, I am determined to walk the talk and be an inspiration. These are the things I remind myself to keep me motivated.