Not very ~ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 ~ incredibly important
Where would you rate yourself when it comes to your desire to lose weight??
When I worked as a Weight Watcher leader I used to say that I could tell pretty much on first meeting people how they were going to fair on their journey. They fall into three categories really:
1) The 8, 9, and 10′s. Those who are ready to start their weight loss journey and stick with it, highly motivated, they attend and stay to their meeting every week, it is written in their diary for goodness sake “sorry I can’t meet you until after 10:30am Friday I have a meeting” (!) They listen to information that is being shared and they contribute. If they have a week where they stay the same they are disappointed, but because they have stopped making excuses for not losing weight they usually know why they got the number they did. They know what they could have done better to get the result they wanted. They are right back doing what they need to do when they leave the meeting. Planning, tracking and moving more. They trust the process, they keep going and they are back the next week expecting a weight loss and will get one.
2) The 1, 2 and 3′s. Those who most definitely are not ready. Often they have come along with someone else, been sent by their Gp, are doing it because of a mean comment from their spouse, something along those lines. Not because they particularly want to but because they feel someone else wants them to lose weight. They know that they should want to, but they are not there yet. They will tell you that they have done everything and nothing works. This is the group that when you walk them through the plan they start telling you all the reasons why they can’t do this or that, often they say that pointing their food sounds too complicated, they have no idea how they will find time to write everything down, they lament that they are too busy for exercise. They will tell you that their healthy weight range is always ridiculously low, that eating healthily is too expensive and so on and so forth… I actually had someone say to me once “why would you cook when I can get McDonalds for a couple of bucks”? I asked her how that was working for her? Subtlety has never been my strong point.
I wonder if anyone ever considers the cost on the whole family if they were to develop diabetes, have a stroke or a heart attack?
When these clients have a weigh in where they have gained (inevitable) it is almost an ‘I told you so’ moment, they knew it wouldn’t work and this just proves it! They might attend one or two more meetings, but generally regardless of the input from their leader they will quit. These are the people I would see six months or a year down the line and I never forget a face.
3) The 4, 5, 6, and 7′s. Those who are dallying around the edges and are the hardest ones to predict.
These are the clients who recognise that they are not happy with their current situation and know that they needed to do something. No one has told them to do it, they are in that ‘pre-ready’ stage and it can go either way. They really want to do it but their heart isn’t quite in it yet, these are the ‘nearly doing it’ people. They attend their meetings some weeks and not others, they always have a good ‘reason’ why they can’t go. Often they are the weigh and run crowd.
These are the ones that as a leader you want to keep their attention and keep nudging them in the right direction until they become part of group one. The ‘fake it until you make it’ group. Their weight loss will initially be quite good and that is where it can motivate them into group one, often however they will start to do the two forward one back dance, small gains or staying the same and week by week they can justify it until they either give themselves a metaphorical kick up the bum and stop fannying around or they give up.
So which group are you? Have you looked at yourself and asked the question, how important is getting to healthy?