Last week I was very proud to be part of a fantastic program launch for Weight Watchers – Beyond the Scale. It’s our biggest change in over 50 years because we’re not just focusing on weight loss. Don’t get me wrong – we’re DELIVERING on weight loss – big time! But you aren’t just a number on the scale and so WE are not just focusing on that anymore. We’re focusing on the food, yes, but also fitness and also fulfillment. The three Fs. This is, hands down, the best program we’ve EVER done and I give kudos to the scientists and the other creative forces behind it all.
In this midst of this insanely large launch, we had some technical difficulty with our site and our phone apps. Ok, that was too diplomatic. We crashed in the technology department. For weeks prior to launch and since our site has only worked properly a handful of hours. Having a husband in the IT business, I could put money on the fact that there are many men and women running around with no sleep, their hair on fire and stressed out to the absolute max. I’m completely confident they’ll get it all right.
But in the midst of launching and the technology issues, people (staff and members alike) felt lost, frustrated, annoyed, angry, defeated, depressed.
What happened to us? Can we no longer function without an app? Without a website? Do we no longer know that grilled chicken breast is better than deep fried chicken wings without an app? Do we not know that chocolate still is high in calories even if we can’t plug that brand in to our phones? Do you need an app to tell you that Alfredo may not be the best choice? Do you think that chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy and a biscuit is now, all of a sudden, low in calories and good for us?
I agree that apps make it simple and fun. Sometimes they make things really easy. I have one app that beeps at me to take my vitamin, then another to drink water, then the food apps I have, then the FitBit app. I have picture apps and social apps and reading apps and puzzle apps. There are some days I wonder if I could even function without an app. But I have. So I can.
I can tell you with 100% certainty that if you had someone to make all your food and measure it all out and another to be a personal trainer, you might lose weight. I say might because those people aren’t with you all the time. If you don’t want it, then don’t blame others for not getting it. You have to want it. You have to want it badly. You have to want the smaller sized dress MORE than you want the Five Guys fries. You have to have skin in the game and you have to work hard. And every single one of you can do it without technology. Technology is a gift – and a bonus – it’s icing on the proverbial cake (which has no points, by the way.) It’ll come. But if you’re saying that you can’t do it without technology, then, in my opinion, you don’t want it badly enough.
But I believe you do. I believe you do want it bad enough. And I believe you can have it. But folks – it’s about your choices and not about your technology.
In these days with all the pressures we face, technology can be pressure and it can be fun. But it can’t make us US. That has to come from inside.
Assuming we lived to 80 years we’d have 29, 200 days. We have one body. We have free will. I’m not normally a numbers girl, but in this case, the numbers talked to me.
Don’t waste those days. Make your choices count. Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers founder said, “It’s choice, not chance, that determines our destiny.” Don’t give up on yourself. Choose well. And choose you.