Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Misconceptions Keep Us From Success

I've heard quite a few erroneous comments from people believing the opposite of either the truth or commons sense.

One recent comment had to do with a church potluck I attended a few weeks ago.

The gentleman is a friend and truly wondered this, "I thought you were on Weight Watchers. Is all that food approved on your diet?"

I had a plate with several small spoon-size helpings of several dishes. Some were treat foods, some were healthy but all were "Weight Watcher Sanctioned."


I'm not on a diet and have never been on a diet with Weight Watchers. The Program, as it is called, teaches a healthy lifestyle with smarter portion sizes and how to make better choices than in the past. It never rules out any food these days. Years of scientific studies found out that restriction diets fail miserably because we are not able to sustain the rigorous demand for a lifetime.

What was my answer?

"Yep. They all are approved because I don't diet. I eat what I want by just watching the portions."

There are all kinds of misconceptions in our lives. I felt Weight Watchers was going to restrict me too. But I found that I love the support and better education I've gained. It took going in with shaking knees and learning to overcome my fear by listening with an open mind rather than through the filter of my preconceived notions.

Losing a misconception helped me gain my health. I gained knowledge, courage and the desire to live out my dreams.

Is there a misconception holding you back?

Any tiny niggle that makes you wonder if you should dig a little deeper before assigning an absolute?

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  1. Good for you, Angie, in responding that way. I might have belted him.

    I go by Herbal Magic to eat right and although it really stresses to eat natural food, in good portion sizes, it too doesn't restrict once you're at your goal. It teaches portions and wise choices. The best thing I did for my health was to join it several years ago.

  2. Freedom is exactly why I joined Weight Watchers. I didn't want to restrict myself from anything. With WW, everything is permissible, it's just up to me to account for it. And I can't tell you how many times my husband has looked at me said, "Uh, are you allowed to have that?"

    My response is always the same. "Sure is."

  3. I have fought the weight problem all my life so now at 66 I don't worry anymore, there is no use, what I lost I always gained that plus more back so now I am just trying not to gain. I am tird of trying, never had a slim body and don't expect too here in this world, we are not all made alike and I think the media messes with all our brains, in trying to be so skinny you can see the sunshine through.


  4. Thanks, ladies :-) I like how we all have different thoughts and experiences. It's important to find the healthy weight we can live with and not determine it by the media. I whole-heartedly agree.

    My weight is for me, my body type, my health. No one else gets to determine what that is. For me, Weight Watchers helped me figure out where that comfort zone existed. I say comfort zone because no one stays at a specific weight every day. We all flux a little. That takes in account for time of day, amount we've eaten, exercised and if we've had enough to drink.

  5. Angie, this is a great philosophy, not just for weight but all aspects of life! Take a little time for yourself to do something fun -- go biking, or watch your favorite TV program, or work on a hobby -- and then get back to the everyday stuff.

  6. Great post, Angie. It's got me thinking about any of my misconceptions. Now I'm off to go think...