What’s In It For Me?

This was the question asked by our Weight Watchers leader, Mary Lou on Saturday.  Considering the fact that I have work to do to get back on track this week, it’s a good question to ask myself.  The topics at the WW meetings always give me something to take away with me, but this one was very appropriate.

Her next question was “What do I need to do to make it happen?”  Also a very good question.  It’s not always easy to answer.

To answer the first question, what’s in it for me is health.  I don’t take any medication at my advanced age and I feel that in itself is worth it.  I come from a family that suffered from many weight related health problems.  Fortunately, I have not inherited any of those problems yet and I don’t plan to allow that to happen.  I give credit for that to 24 years as a Weight Watchers member. 

What I’ve accomplished at WW gives me a level of confidence I never thought I’d have.  I feel good seeing myself in the mirror most days and I think I clean up pretty good on special occasions.   😉  I have 2 weddings coming up in the next few weeks, I’ll take some photos and show you!

So, what do I need to do to hold on to all  that I’ve accomplished?  I have to get back on track from a very long road trip.  I am truly amazed that I was able to stay in control as much as was.  But in spite of that, I do feel off track.  I feel so much better when I have better control of my food and my environment.

I started by doing some grocery shopping yesterday.  I still need to make a trip for produce which I will do today.  I got a good deal at Aldi’s on dried beans.  Most 1 pound bags of beans cost about $1-2 dollars per bag.  Aldi’s had pinto beans for $1.99 and great northern beans for $2.19.  I thought that was a great deal.  I put some pintos in to soak last night and this morning I got them into the crock pot to let it work it’s magic.

They’ll be ready in time for dinner. 🙂

I got my overnight oats ready so I’ll be sure to have my breakfast on track.

I know that the major thing I didn’t do while I was away was writing in my WW journal.  I started getting it ready during the meeting on Saturday, setting up the dates.  I wrote all weekend, even some of the things that were a little hard to write because there might have been better choices.  But in truth, journaling my food is the best way to get back on track and the most useful tool through all my years at WW.

I keep it with me all the time.

It’s good to reevaluate the things we do sometimes especially when dealing with something such as Weight Watchers.  If you do it right, you need to do it for the rest of your life.  At the start, I thought that was like a life sentence.  Now I understand it IS a life sentence.  If I keep working the program, I’ll be healthy and have the life I want.  I’ll get to spend many years with the people I love.

This Monday morning started with a beautiful sunrise.  It makes me feel that I’ll have a successful week.

This is what’s in it for me.

Happy Monday!! Have a productive week!!




6 responses to “What’s In It For Me?

  1. I know that you get tired of hearing this and really don’t believe me but…you are absolutely beautiful and have no business looking this good at your age. Your smile says it all. It lights up a room! OK, so I’m a little prejudice but I bet I will have many people agree with me!

    I know how you feel about being off track. I know that when I say I’ve put on weight and feel like a cow people always laugh at me but I do know how you feel. It doesn’t matter how I look. If I feel like my ribs are pushing out and making me uncomfortable then it’s not right, for me. I’ve gained 10 pounds and I fell dull and not energetic. And, just because I’m getting older is no excuse! I don’t take any pills either and I never want to be in the position that mom and gram were in taking 20 pills a day!
    Weight Watchers was lucky to have you as a leader for so many years and even now you are an inspiration to others with weight issues…those who know you personally and those who read your blog.

    Just me being proud on my wonderful sister!

  2. valerie andruss

    Amen, Ele

    And – wow – No pills! Congratulations to the both of you. That is an amazing accomplishment.

    And I’m right there w/you. I gained 15 lousy pounds and they came w/55 cholesterol points and 10 blood sugar points. I’m almost back down again and they’ve gone away. Guess I’m just supposed to be on the skinny side. Sigh…

    • I’m so proud of you, Val! Although the extra pounds never showed, at least to me, I know how it can dog you. In your case it was additionally important to get your health back on track. You’ve done a great job!

  3. I know some think crock pots are passe but I love them. I am actually cooking a chicken in mine tomorrow. Stick with your goals. I used to be an all or nothing girl about food until I realized it was ridiculous. Every day is an opportunity to make better choices.

  4. That really is a gorgeous sunrise! I give you props for sticking with the program for 24 years…talk about making a commitment!

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