For a while there I was afraid that my new employment with Big Weightloss Corporation (hereby known as BWC) would mean that I would have to stop blogging. Which threw me into a total panic because I truly do think that this blog has so much to do with my health/weightloss/fitness success this year. In so many ways.
But I have found a way to make it work, I think. The thing you’re not allowed to do is give away any BWC secrets that are not public knowledge, ie things that people have to pay for to learn. That makes sense. It is a for-profit company. But I do think that I can blog about certain aspects of my own personal response to this job, without giving away stuff that isn’t kosher.
Last night was the first training meeting. I was surprised that I really enjoyed it. The other new hires were a diverse (yay) bunch of people (all women) whom I liked a lot.
We learned some stuff about the history of BWC that I didn’t know. One, that it was begun by a housewife in 1963, who was trying to lose weight on various diets like Cabbage Diet, Egg diet and others, but could not do it. So she invited her friends and neighbors to her house to come over and discuss their various struggles with weight loss. I wonder if she was the one who made these original bizzaro menu cards! Anyway, she and her buddies started making small weekly goals for themselves. I like that it started as a place of community, honesty and support, which is totally what I think is working for me in the blog and Twitter (and RL!) world. I wish I could say that I felt a great sense of community in my own BWC meetings, but so far that has not been the case. People drift in and out and don’t seem to be very bonded. But it is one of the stated goals of what we are supposed to do: to make people feel like they are part of a group. I think this probably happens much more naturally at the At Work meetings, where it’s the same people week after week, and they already know each other. But I really want to try and develop this more when I have my own group(s). I think it’s really important.
I was nervous about coming to this training. So much that I lost my appetite pretty much all day yesterday. I was worried that because my goal is near the top of my Healthy Range, that I wouldn’t really be able to inspire anybody. I’ve said this before, but I know that plenty of people who are at my current weight are VERY dissatisified and come in wanting to lose 20 more. But I didn’t feel bad or freakishly huge in this group and everyone oohed and ahhed when they saw my Before pics. So that was a relief.
When I went through the materials, I found them very reassuring and inspiring. I can get behind this program. So, this week I begin working with a mentor receptionist, and we’ll see how it goes. So far, so good.
June 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Good luck on your new job, and just remember — you ARE inspiring and motivating for many people already. You understand how the people coming to the meetings feel, and you know how to help them.
Just be yourself, be confident, and by truly putting the desire to help others first, the rest will follow 🙂
June 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Way cool!! I know you will do great in your new job!
June 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm
You will be a wonderful leader! I’m so excited for you…
June 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm
I know you are going to rock as a leader!
i know what you mean about lack of community at the meetings. I felt the same way and I guess that is why my interest in them waned quickly. It would be great if you could get people to really interact and share with each other instead of just sitting and listening. I probably could have bonded with people better if we could have all sat together and just tweeted to each other LOL.
if I lived in your area I would think about rejoining WW just to go to your meetings.
June 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm
Sweeter: that is hilarious. Yeah, I’ll get everyone to tweet on their phones AT THE MEETING!
I wish all my Twitter friends could come to my RL meetings- we’d have so much fun.
June 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm
Ohhhh…I think you are on to something with the bonding at the At Work meetings. That is where I initially started and the group did a really good job with supporting one another. Once that was done, I continued on at a local meeting and the group was pretty well bonded. In all honesty, I think it had a lot to do with my location. I was in a college town that wasn’t too big so even though there was a lot of movement from semester to semester, the full-time residents were stable.
Now that I’m in another city, I don’t find that bonding as much. I think that is what I’m missing, but I seem to have found it virtually with twitter. I may go back to only the online version now that I’m back on track (save me some $$).
All the best with this! Sounds like a great experience.
June 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm
I think you are going to do great!! I wish I was doing better on our challenge over the weekends – I think I earned all of 13 points yesterday!
June 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Hooray! Glad to hear your new job is going so well. It’s always a bonus when work is actually something you enjoy! 🙂
June 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm
The time when “BWC”‘s program worked best for me was when a friend of mine (at work, although I don’t think they had that program way back then) was doing the program, too. There’s something very powerful about having at least one buddy.
Glad the new job is going well! You’ll make a terrific leader. 🙂
June 9, 2009 at 11:05 am
Can you be a bicoastal (SF & Oaktown) BWC group leader? We need you over here, too. Actually, I have observed there is a market for BWC for Old Lefties over here. You wouldn’t believe who I’ve run into at meetings!
June 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm
I don’t think I ever mentioned this to you, but I have a friend who is has been a leader, and a trainer for BWC. She’s now back to being a leader in Vermont of all places. Anyway, I know you’re going to be great at this; you have so much to offer beyond the practical stuff 🙂