Watching "Connecting with Oprah"

By Shani Petroff

I grew up watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. When I was away at school or even just running around New York City, my mom would save me episodes that she thought I might find interesting — whether it be on dating, health, fitness, or making your dreams come true.

When I found out Oprah was doing Weight Watchers, I thought it was cool. Like many people, I’d caught commercials where she talked about how she liked bread and could eat it every day on the plan. They made me smile. I’m a huge fan of Oprah and the Weight Watchers program, so learning that the two teamed up seemed like a great fit to me. Now, they’ve taken it a step further with “Connecting with Oprah” and I’m loving it!

One video in particular, “Failure is Your Teacher,” really struck home after the week I had. In it, Oprah talks about learning to rebound when you get off course. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

 I know setbacks are normal and not every week is going to be perfect, but still, sometimes it’s hard for me to not think of it as failure.

She pointed out that’s it’s simply getting off track, and it can be our greatest teacher. Our stumbles remind us that this is a long haul.

What she said is true. I know for me, gaining a bunch of weight in a week (I went up 5 lbs because of the holiday — gulp!) is a blow. Sometimes, I just want to throw in the towel. I know I can’t. The video I watched came at the right time. Oprah literally said, you’re not going to die because you gained 5, 6, 7 lbs or whatever the number is.

She reminded me (and all the viewers) that we have another chance at the next meal to get it right. That we need to treat ourselves with the kindness and compassion we give to other people.

That’s something I’m still working on. If my friend gained a few pounds, I wouldn’t say, “Oh wow, you might as well give up trying to get healthy. This week defined it all.”
I would say, “It was just one week and it’s a journey, so learn from it and move forward. You’ve got this.”

Yet, with myself, I’m much harsher, and that needs to stop. I was grateful for the reminder. This is a process, and I’m learning to not just rely on myself but also to take advantage of the resources at my disposal — that includes other members, Connect, the Weight Watchers site, and Connecting with Oprah. There are so many tools available to help us succeed, and I plan on using them.

What is your favorite Connecting with Oprah video? Discuss with me @shani on Connect!  

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