Connecting with My Community

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At a time when I have been struggling with figuring things out in the world of maintenance I found a different community within Weight Watchers that I didn’t know existed. Last night I listened to the #Oprahcall and they kept talking about Connect. I had no idea this community existed, I am assuming it’s a new thing since the program was updated but I am not sure.  I wish I could access it through the website but it’s only available on our mobile devices.  I created a profile and shared my pictures and story with everyone.  I was so inspired by others’ stories as well by all the comments and likes I received for my posts.  I wish I had this community when I was still losing my weight but I am very grateful to have it now when I am trying to figure out how to maintain and live life without huge weight loss goals to reach.  Finding this community right now couldn’t have better timing.

My Weight Watcher leader had asked me to speak at a Weight Watchers meeting that she leads at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria.  I was struggling to think about how to approach my story with these members because it’s been awhile since I got to share my story and right now I have such a different outlook with my recent running injury and struggle to find a way to settle into maintenance.  Sharing my story is always a great way to remember how far I have come and that this issue right now, is very little when you look at the big picture and all I have accomplished.  I wish I had more opportunities to share my story, it helps me keep those memories right in front of me.  Reflection is one of the most powerful things I have learnt since I started this journey so if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or my blog and are getting sick of selfies and over posting, you may want to stop following me because constantly looking back and never forgetting what I have done is key to my success in the world of maintenance.

The staff members today at the BC Cancer Agency that attended the meeting were awesome.  They made it really easy to feel comfortable so I could talk openly about my weight loss.  As most do, a lot of the members there have struggled with ups and down in weight loss.  I totally get this.  That is why when I decided to join Weight Watchers I knew it had to be a forever change, no more “dieting” to get to the destination and then go back to the old ways.  I hope they have success on their journey, the program definitely makes it a lot easier for us to be healthy but still live real lives. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to talk to them today, I got so much out of it, I hope they did too.

This week I have been running a bit more km’s too.  I ran 19km so far this week and plan to do 10km on Saturday, not sure what my physio will think of this idea but I think I am ready.  I am feeling great, so might was give it a go, right?

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