Stepping on the scale is not usually very exciting for me, but yesterday was different. I did a free weigh-in at my local Weight Watchers for the Dr. Oz Transformation Nation contest!
The process was incredibly simple and the WW associate was super-helpful. She reminded me to tell my friends that they can do their free weigh-in anytime between now and February 26, 2012 (Refer a Friend is the first step in the Transformation Nation program; I’m telling all of you!).
Just walk into any Weight Watchers location and they will weigh you and mark it down on an official Transformation Nation form. Hold onto that piece of paper because you’ll need it to be eligible for the $1 million prize! While you’re at WW you can sit in on a meeting—for free!
When you get back to your computer, enter your Weight Watchers verified starting weight into the Transformation Nation program. You’ll have another official free weigh-in at Weight Watchers the week of April 2 to April 9 to see how well you’ve done!
My goal is to lose at least 25 pounds. The Transformation Nation rules require a 10% weight loss or reaching a health BMI, but I think I can do better than that and still stay within a safe weight-loss range of losing 1-2 pounds a week. My BMI (you can calculate yours when you join Transformation Nation here) should be in the mid-20s and, Oh boy, it is NOT.
Just weighing in made me feel like I’d taken a great step forward and I’m hoping to keep up that momentum. Change, it turns out, begets change. Make one move in the direction of a healthier life and the next one will be even easier, according to clinical psychologist Deirdre Barrett, author of Waistland, The (R)evolutionary Science Behind Our Weight and Fitness Crisis. “If you make one change successfully, it’s a little easier to make the next change,” she says.
I’m counting on this being true since my willpower is still in the wobbly stage (like my thighs). It also helps that Transformation Nation is a simple step-by-step program. I can learn new habits that will help me get more sleep, lower my stress and develop better fitness habits. I can also tap into Sharecare Fitness for inspiring get-fit videos and helpful weight-loss advice.
Please join me (go weigh in!) and we can transform together.
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