Have you heard the term, “There’s no Crying in Baseball?” Well, I have come up with a new term, “There’s no Quitting in Weight Loss!”
Do you know how many times I have thought about quitting? A TON!
Apparently I am not alone. Here’s the difference, I haven’t quit…Well, not this round. Trust me, I have quit several times in the past. I was what you might call a “Pro-Quitter!”
I first joined Weight Watchers when I was in high school. HIGH SCHOOL! I needed to go, my parents knew it worked so they supported me. But…then I quit. It didn’t last. My quitting didn’t effect anyone else, just me. However, it affected me quite a bit. I gained some weight when I went to college. So, when I joined WW in high school, I weighed around 180.
Then, I joined again in college. We met in a church and I remember I was close to 200 pounds and mortified so I joined AGAIN. And…again, I lost some, the going got tough and I quit. I maybe lost 20 pounds.
After college, I started teaching and the weight slowly crept up. I joined Weight Watchers at least another two times during my first few years teaching. Each time the going would get tough, I would get going and quit. Each time I quit, I would gain even more weight than when I joined.
Fast Forward to 2009. I was at my highest weight ever…276. I walked into Weight Watchers again. My dad and I went on a Tuesday night and the leader was not so good. El boringo. Snoozer. Laughed at herself…boring.
I was ready to quit again just because the meeting was so painful. I decided to be proactive and called the Weight Watchers 800 number to figure out another night we could go when another leader would be there.
They told me that a different leader was on Monday nights so we went the next Monday night and guess who was there leading the meeting?!? THE SAME LADY! I about died! I asked the receptionist why it wasn’t the leader they had told me on the phone…Jacynta. She told me that Jacynta was on pregnancy leave and would be back in a few weeks.
Thank you Jesus. I was so happy.
The minute Jacynta walked through that door, I KNEW without a doubt, she was the leader for me. She was so funny and sweet and the day I got that 25 pound postcard that said, “You will be a success”, I knew that this lady was meant for me.
That postcard was mailed to me in March of 2009.
Jacynta was a big part of me not quitting. She made meetings fun and she believed in me. I WANTED to please her. I loved this lady. I still do — very much.
If she had not come back to that meeting after having her sweet baby girl, I really think I would have quit…again and would probably weigh at least 300 pounds by now.
Now…here’s the kicker…You ready for this?!?
This past Monday night, Jacynta told our group that she was going to quit leading Weight Watchers meetings back in 2009. She told us that after she had her baby, she was ready to call her boss and tell her that she could no longer lead any meetings. She had too much going on at home and she was going to quit!
Can you imagine? I teared up on Monday when she told us this. Where would I be if she had quit? Where would you be? There would be no success stories, there would be no 100 pounds gone, there would be no blog or recipes.
You see, sometimes quitting doesn’t just affect us. Sometimes it affects LOTS of other people. Had Jacynta quit, it would have had an affect on my life that I don’t even want to think about.
What if I quit? Would anyone care? Would anyone notice? I sure would. The weight would slowly creep back up and I would probably weigh more than when I joined in 2009.
I can’t. I mean too much to myself, to others and my quality of life means too much to me.
Now, I am asking you to please don’t quit. I know the road is hard. I know it is long. I know it is hilly. I know there are
days weeks that you screw up royally. Don’t we all? I have been there. Hell, I am here now. But, I am begging you…
I promise you, it will be worth it in the end if you stick it out. You will make it. You will be a success! I believe in you just like I believe in myself. We will get there. One step at a time!
When was the last time you thought about throwing in the towel and quitting? Me? Last week. Yep, happens all the time. I think about it but I will never do it!
Go back to that meeting, step on that scale, call that friend, do something, anything but Do-NOT-Quit!
There is no quitting in weight loss.