Oprah knows a lot about weight loss. This will date me, but I remember back in the ’80s when she revealed her new thin bod after using a liquid diet.
She lost 67 pounds in four months! She looked so cute in her black turtleneck and blue jeans. But, if you follow Oprah (and I do because I think she is amazing), you know that she gained it back.
Why? It seems that Oprah while being a super person is not super human. She was probably subject to the same biological issue that occurred with the winners of The Biggest Loser. Her body went back to her initial weight because that is what her body wanted to do!
Now, she has lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers (good for her!) and she credits the loss to Stedman, her partner of many years.
Her secret is Stedman.
He kept asking me what every point was, and I said, “Why don't you just join?” she said on the call, adding, “For me, it's so much better when other people are also counting points.”
I love that his name is “Stedman” – like a steady man to lean on when you want to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
I have to say that I am a bit surprised because I thought the secret was going to be something along the lines of “sticking with the program even when faced with croissants” – but I think she is being genuine.
For me, one of the biggest strengths of the Weight Watchers program is the group aspect. If you live alone and you want to lose weight, you can pay to walk into an instant community of people who are on the same journey. Maybe you will make a friend and work together.
Competition between friends can be a powerful source of motivation as long as it remains supportive. My best friend and her husband both lost 10 pounds by racing to the bottom. The one who won got a reward of their choosing and I think they were far more disciplined than if they had half heartedly said something like,
“Hey, we need to lose some weight. Stop buying Cheetos.”
Now all we have to do is clone Stedman and have him be our “accountabilibuddy”. Is there a Stedman App coming out any time soon?
Or you could offer to be someone else’s accountabilibuddy as a way to start since you may not know Stedman. If you are using MyFitnessPal, you could share results every week as a way to work together.
In my many years of writing this blog I have been asked how to motivate a husband, boyfriend, or partner to join in a weight loss journey. I NEVER know what to say.
What I can say is that if he/she won’t join you, go find someone else. Your partner in life does not have to share everything with you (though it would be easier).
Have you found an accountabilibuddy? Who is it and how did you make it work?
Photo of Oprah: By Aprhodite in NYC
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