Last night, at our WW meeting we had two best friends join. These two members have tried several weight loss plans in the past, but have never been very successful. On a recent trip to the doctor, Weight Watchers was recommended. The two of them together have a large amount of weight to lose as both of them weighed in over 350 each. The leader did a great job listening to their concerns and guiding them through WW program after all the other members had left. Tears were shed, and doubts were spoken, but they are committed to doing something for themselves.
How do you respond to someone who asks, "How can I lose over 100 pounds?" The easy response: One pound at a time. The more important response is to listen to their story. Don't dismiss anyone's struggles as being less important than your own. I can tell them what I focused on; I never looked at the overall numbers, I always focused on the next 5 pounds, or my next 10%, or milestones like 25, 50, and 75. There are plenty of little successes along the way that will definitely add up to a major success.
I look forward to seeing these two best friends again and watching their story be told.