T is for Try

It’s time to give this another Try!  Yes, the Blogging A to Z Challenge rolls on and today’s letter is T.

It seems as though for this A to Z Challenge, I am really flying by the seat of my pants.  I always loved that phrase, even though I’m not sure of the history of it.  I could look it up.  In these days of Google and all manner of search engines, we can always look it up.  I may do that later.  I’m going to throw my vote in for it coming from either World War I or II.  Sounds like a fighter pilot saying.  I’ll let you know how right I am after.  I guess I’m just like Wikipedia.  They’re not sure either!!

Today I want to talk about trying.  Now the reason I brought up the whole “seat of your pants” thing was because just before I started to type this, I decided on try as my T word.  I thought and thought all yesterday and last night through another difficult sleep night.  Perhaps the T word should be Thought.  As you can see, I’m all over the place with this.

The old saying is If at first you don’t succeed, Try, Try Again.  That’s probably the way I view life.  I keep trying.  If one thing doesn’t work, I try to come up with something that will work, trying and trying until I finally accomplish what I set out to do.  This makes me sounds so ambitious and tenacious.  I’m not really.  I would have gone farther in my various jobs if I had been.  But I survived.

I suppose that one of the best examples of me trying until I got it right was my weight loss journey.  Through my adolescent years, teen years and throughout college and after, I tried.  I tried to lose weight and control my weight.  Something would work for a while and then it wouldn’t so I’d try something new.  It took me a long time to find Weight Watchers.  From what I knew of it, which admittedly wasn’t much, I didn’t think it would work for me, so I didn’t even try it.

My friends and I saw a special in the newspaper that WW was having free registration.  We’re always up for a deal! So we headed to a meeting to sign up.  Of course in the WW world, just because there’s a special doesn’t mean that the special is going on here.  Weight Watchers International has different promotions running at different time from the franchises.  Our area is a franchise.

But we decided to give it a try even though it would cost more than we’d anticipated and Ta Da…it worked for me.  26 years later, I’m a WW Lifetime Member At Goal (actually, Under goal) and it has made a true difference in my life.    There’s another old saying…You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.  In my case you can lead the horse to water a bunch of times (the many times that people suggested WW to me) and finally he’ll eat.

Even though it took me a long time to take the chance and actually try it, I feel it has been one of the most successful things I’ve ever done.  I realize I talk about it a lot, but it has changed my life.  If you’ve thought about it and never tried.  Try it now.  If you’ve tried before and not been able to succeed at it, try again.  Sometimes it takes finding a right leader and a right group to make the difference for you.  Keep searching and keep trying. I can make all the difference.

Happy Tuesday!  Happy Tries-day!!

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8 responses to “T is for Try

  1. That atta girl. Great post because you always have to keep trying. It’s not living if you’re not trying, and I am glad you found something which not only worked for you, but you can be quite proud of.

    • Thanks, Meghan. I’ve never stuck to anything this long and I mean Anything. I’m proud of myself, but I love helping other people with the program and keep batting around in my head the idea of going back to working for WW. Can’t make up my mind. Thanks again, for all of your support!

  2. way to go, fran! that is just fantastic that ww has been so instrumental in leading to positive lifestyle changes and that you have had such success. i totally agree about “keep on trying” and yes – we need to try, evaluate, and re-try, sometimes.
    i love “flying by the seat of your pants,” too. and also “i’ll just wing it.” and funny that this year you have no real plan for each day. i would love to try that blogging a-z method – i remember last year i planned out each day far in advance! it sure was a lot of fun, though!

    • I forgot “I’ll just wing it” Cathy! I count myself as very lucky for having found WW and found success with it. I know from when I was a leader that so many people do it so many times without reaching goal. Many times they would come in and be embarrassed that they were back. I always told them, that I admired their tenacity. If I had not succeeded the first time, I don’t know if I would have had the courage to go back. I admire them for trying until they get it right. Have a great day, Cath!

  3. That is so awesome! It’s cool how that newspaper ad changed your life! 🙂

  4. Stopping by from A-Z. Sometimes I just wing it. I think the post was very good and I loved reading your take.

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