Thursday, April 12, 2012

Street Art That Inspires, Part 2: Plan Ahead

Last August I was biking down Kent Ave in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and I stopped when I noticed this curious piece of unfinished art...



It was obviously a work in progress but I was already wondering what it was going to be.

PL ..... EAD

"Please read" was the only guess I came up with.

A few days later, passing the same spot, I saw the final result. And I loved it!

Plan Ahead
Plan Ahead!
Plan Ahead!

I was struck by it immediately. Because not only do I love the message (I'm a great believer in planning ahead) but I realized that, true to the message, a lot of planning ahead had to happen to create this piece.

You likely can't tell from the above shots, but perhaps can tell from the close up below - it's constructed of yarn. Seriously. This is a commissioned piece by an artist named Magda Sayeg, who has done some very impressive things with yarn.


The way I envision it is like this: Once she was asked to do something in this location, first Magda had to decide what message she wanted to display. Then she counted all the poles and planned how she was going to lay out the lettering. But then there were colors to consider too and how many loops of each color for each strand to execute this design! The colors had to be different but bold enough that the message could be read from afar. Then as she knitted each strip, she had to keep them all numbered, I assume, so she knew which to wrap around which pole, finally spelling out her message.

In a final act of sheer genius, though, while planning, she purposely crammed the last 2 letters together - further reenforcing the importance of planning ahead.

Amanda passes the piece- looking south
Impressive, right?!

Plan Ahead
Looking north on Kent
Like I said, I love this piece -- not just as a piece of street art -- but also because of how it relates to the whole WW experience.

I don't think I need to point out how important planning ahead is when it comes to the weight loss/weight management journey, but I will anyway. Planning is one of the cornerstones to your success! And a great thing about this useful tool is that it's totally free and within your control! To name a few ways planning helps us:
  • Food Shopping: Planning a shopping list of healthy foods is the first step to actually buying the food you need that will help keep you on Plan, in control and enabling you to make better food-related decisions.
  • Events, Celebrations, Holidays, Social Situations: Plan how you are going to react and respond in situations before they happen. This is a great time to use the Weight Watchers Tools for Living - Storyboarding and Mental Rehearsing.
  • Meals: Planning your meals ahead of time (cooking ahead of time, pre-tracking, making lunch for work, looking up a restaurant menu, calling a friend to know what they are serving) takes the guess work and sometimes fear out of figuring out what to eat when you're too ravenous or emotional to make the best decision.
  • Activity: Plan your activity by finding the best time in your day/week where you can do it. If you set that time aside, you are much more likely to actually do it.
I'm sure you can think of other examples where planning helps you stay, well, on Plan. And the more you plan ahead, or prepare for your environment or a situation, the better equipped you will be to handle it more successfully and the more naturally it will occur.

And I'm sure you've heard it before, but allow me to remind you: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

So do like Magda did here and Plan Ahead!

(PS: I'm still just about $200 from my fundraising goal and don't have much time left! Please donate if you haven't and if you can afford it! For everyone that already donated, I will send you copies of the WW Weekly after I get all my donations so I only have to do one group mailing. Thanks for your support!!) 



  1. Nice collection...Thanks for sharing with us...I really like it... Kitchen Labels

  2. Sheryl- Since I live in Germany do you want me to send you a self addressed envelope with postage alread paid on it for the WW booklet?

    Thanks so much for doing this!

    1. Hi Mandy- I got your donation, thank you! I'll contact you about mailing it out, no need to send an SASE but thanks :)

  3. I love to knit and planning ahead..I'm a planner and it really works. I totally pretrack my meals and something clicks in me that I'm cut off eating after that:) I hope you reach your fundraising goal...I'm sorry I can't donate:(

  4. Very creative! "Plan Ahead!" helps inspire all the pedestrian that passes the street.

  5. Thats awesome! I wish there were cool things like that where I live. lol.

  6. I just found your blog... I had a lapband installed in March of 2010, I got 1/2 way through my journey and now I am working at being revised to the Gastric Bypass to get the rest of the way to goal. I am happy to be a new follower. *Maria*~DiZneDiVa:Blogger from "This One Time at Band Camp... 1 vs 300" Follow my journey at

  7. That's super cool. It really inspires passerby a lot. I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

  8. I love it! And you got an extra view of the concept by seeing it early!