Even if you’re not a football fan, you probably know the basics of the game—each of the two teams competing in the game needs to move the ball down the field (marked off in 10 yard increments) in order to score the most points. There are all kinds of ways they can do this and believe me, they’re going to try them all out to outwit, outrun, outplay and outscore the other team.
Weight Watchers members are a lot like those tenacious football players we see playing on the field. In order to win against Team Overweight, we do everything we can to keep possession of the ball and we expend a lot of effort in continually moving with it toward our goal. Like our favorite team, we strategize our moves, put them into play, always have a backup plan, become adept at playing both offensive and defensive positions and work toward smaller goals that will lead us to reaching the end zone.
Besides the game itself, another part of of the broadcast I really get a kick out of is the post-game report. During this wrap-up, commentators, players, coaches and arm-chair quarterbacks determine what the players did right….and where they messed up. A lot can be learned from this post-game chatter and applied to the “next time.”
So why all this talk about football in a health and fitness blog? Well, being that we’re quickly approaching the end of 2011, I think it’s a great time for each of us to do our own post-game analysis of how well we played on Team Weight Watchers over the past year.
So sit back on that computer chair and have a wrap-up talk with yourself by reflecting upon and answering these questions. I promise that it will make you a better player!
A FUMBLE is when a player drops the ball. A fumble that sticks out in my mind is when I went to a party hungry, rushed, tired and totally unprepared for the decadent buffet glaring at me. (I don’t know why I assume there will always be healthy options.) Well, it tackled me. Let me take that back– aI allowed it to knock me off my feet. I ate foods that I didn’t even want or really like.
- What was your biggest fumble in 2011?
A RECOVERY is taking control of a ball that has been fumbled. I forced a recovery on the fumble I just talked about by getting up the next morning, forgiving myself and immediately getting back on program. I worked hard at trying to remember everything I ate, coming up with a PointsPlus value for the food and writing it down so I could access the damages in black-and-white. I also wrote down my feelings before I overate and how I felt after, which wasn’t very good. I didn’t do this to beat myself up, but so I could learn what triggered this episode and preparing myself better so I could avoid it happening again.
- Did you recover from your biggest fumble? Think about how you did it and what you learned from it?
The game of football requires that the team successfully moves the ball toward their goalpost in 10 YARD INCREMENTS. Each increment moves you closer to a touchdown. Some of my short term goals include: Exercising in the morning. Trying new delicious and healthy recipes and foods. Logging onto eTools every single day. Making sure I attend a meeting at least monthly as a Lifetime member.
- What short term goals did you set for yourself in 2011 that moved you closer to your goal post?
- How did these short term goals help you?
BLOCKING is a term used when the offensive line uses their minds (planning) and bodies to fight off tackles. I’ve had to block many times over the past year so that I didn’t mess my plans up.
- When did you have to block off challenges so that you didn’t land on the ground?
- What was your strategy and how well did it play out?
When a football player is benched, it means he, for one reason or another, has to sit out of the game and not be part of it.
- Share a time you felt benched from reaching your goals this past year.
- What did you do to get back in the game?
A team is comprised of a group of people linked together, helping each other toward a common purpose.
- How important to your success is your Weight Watchers meeting room team and members?
The Coach is the person in charge of training members of their team.
- What is the most impactful thing you learned from your Weight Watchers leader and how did it help you.
After the season is over, just about everyone involved in football —from players, to coaches, to commentators, to fans—make predictions for the upcoming season.
- In terms of weight loss and your goals, what do you predict for yourself in 2012?
- How can you bestow upon yourself the MVP award in 2012—in other words, what do you need to do to be successful and the star when it comes to reaching your weight and health-relate goals?
I want to end this posting by pointing out that unlike football, become healthier is not a game. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. So put on your game face and get down to the business of YOU! Remember, a healthier you is a happier you!