As Good As New
December 30, 2014
As Good As New
That’s my main WLR resolution for the coming year. To be as good as I was when I was “newbie”.
I’m fully in the swing of the WLR-way of things. I know how to log my food; how to record my exercise; how to peruse the recipe database. I dip into the forums and learn from the other members and the experts who share their wisdom on the site. But I have to admit that sometimes I do it “subconsciously”.
I can be guilty of thinking I know it all; I can skim over information because I believe I understand it already. I understand how and why WLR works. But maybe, just maybe, I need to pay attention.
It’s a bit like passing your driving test. When you’re working towards getting your licence you do everything possible to make sure that happens. The theory test; the endless hours behind the wheel and the all-important Highway Code – you give it your full focus because you know that is what is needed to succeed.
For me I think the New Year is a good time for me to apply the “passing my test” principles to my WLR membership.
I drive every day. I have been in possession of my driving licence for more years than I care to admit... but since the day I got the all important piece of paper I have never once revisited the Highway Code... and yet that is an essential source of information which will keep my up-to-date and help me stay safe on the roads. I have been given a copy of it as a Christmas present and have made a promise to myself to re-read it and familiarise myself with the rules of the road in between Christmas and New Year. I have decided to do the same thing with my WLR membership.
The New Year brings an influx of new members all of whom are looking to WLR to help them be successful in their journey – whether that is losing weight; not gaining weight; or just developing a healthy outlook when it comes to diet and exercise.
The experts at WLR are great at welcoming them and making sure that all the information they provide is given in bite-sized, easy-to-digest pieces. It is practical, straightforward and simple – exactly what it needs to be.
Of course the information is there all the time – but it comes into focus in the New Year when the newcomers are finding their way around all things WLR... and I think I would be benefit hugely from “thinking like a newbie” and reviewing and revisiting the site through their eyes.
I know that the information I will find won’t come as any great surprise. I understand what I need to do to make WLR work for me – but what I think I have let slip is the focus I give my WLR journey. I am losing weight; I am heading in the right direction; I am doing all the right things... But I have a sense of doing it on “autopilot”. I don’t “fully focus” on what I am doing – I am just doing it.
And I firmly believe that by making a conscious effort, by properly tuning in and really absorbing the information and guidance on the site and by paying attention to the words of wisdom on the forums, or the lessons learned and shared in the success stories, that I will be doing myself a huge favour by putting my weight loss mission firmly back on the centre of my radar.
It is very easy to slip into the “I know that” mind frame. I pass the road signs every day and I know what they mean. I drive behind cars every day and know that I need to keep my distance to be able to brake safely. I know all the things I need to know – but in “overview”. What I need to do is focus on the detail; pay attention to the small stuff – because sometimes it’s the small stuff that can make the biggest difference.
So as you head into a new year and a new chapter in your weight loss journey – why not see if looking at it through “new eyes” might make a difference to you?
Take a trip round the site and see what new articles and information have appeared since you last looked around. Dip into the success stories and see what insights they give you. Cast an eye over the recipe database to find out if there are new entries that tickle your taste buds. When it comes to logging your food and exercise try to do it as consciously as you can. (I know that I am guilty of sometimes logging it without really thinking about it... but I’m determined that I will make the effort to really process the information as I’m keying it in).
My WLR journey is very important to me, but sometimes it’s easy for it to become a bit faded or jaded. I want it back in the technicolour-wide-screen-surround-sound format that I remember when I was newbie. It is still there... but it can sometimes become like an old photo – not so intense, not so vibrant or you’ve seen it so many times... you don’t really look at it.
I’m determined to get back the “full cinematic experience” of my WLR journey. I shall approach it with new enthusiasm, new vigour and through the eyes of the newbie... And so “As Good As New” is going to my New Year mantra (and pinned to the wardrobe, the kitchen cupboards, the fridge and the freezer).
Whatever resolutions you have for the New Year may I wish you all success. Here’s to a fabulous 2015 to us all.
With a “Happy Holidays Hug”.