Oprah’s Secret To Her 42-Pound Weight Loss? Not Focusing On The Scale
You probably heard the good news that Oprah Winfrey’s work with Weight Watchers has paid off, and the Queen of Talk has dropped 42 pounds since joining with the company in the summer of 2015. As someone who has gone back and forth with her weight, and done so in the public eye, many might wonder what makes this weight loss attempt any different from past efforts to drop the pounds and keep them off. But according to Winfrey, this time around, she’s learned to be happy with whatever progress she makes as opposed to being a slave to the scale.
“At 200 lbs., I was OK. I have never, ever, ever been at that point,” Winfrey stated in the January/February issue of Weight Watchers Magazine, according to POPSUGAR. “And then at 190 lbs., I was OK. If I don’t lose another pound right now, I’m still OK. The fullness of life, the fullness of being, the self-acceptance — I’d never done that before. I’d always beaten myself up because I was tied to a number.”
And not only has she avoided going number crazy, she has also decided not to have a goal that she would feel obsessed with meeting.
“It was frustrating to promise myself ‘I’m going to do it today, I’m going to do it today,’ and then not stick to my plan,” she said. “So I shifted. Now, I don’t have a goal in mind. I get to a certain weight and I’m OK, and say, ‘This is where I want to be. Hang in there. I’ll get there when I get there.’ And my body will tell me when I am exactly where I need to be.”
And part of not having a set goal is knowing what her intentions are with her weight loss. That means focusing on why exactly she is choosing to do better by herself in terms of her health and how things need to be different than before.
“When the weight started to come off, I needed to get clear on my intention. I could lose weight to fit a dress size, or attend an event, or to make other people like me. But I couldn’t keep it off for those reasons,” she said. “I always put the weight back on. This time I changed the intention to, ‘I want to be the healthiest I can be — physically, emotionally, spiritually.’ So the process and purpose of losing shifted for me. It was easier, because my intention was clearer.”
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