W is for Weight Watchers

W is the letter of the day for the Blogging A to Z Challenge. I can’t believe that we’re almost at the end of the alphabet.  This has not necessarily been easy but it’s been a great learning experience.  If any of you have read BCDC for a while, you’ll probably find it easy to guess what my “W” word will be.

Weight Watchers has been a part of my life for 25 years.  I wrote all about it on the anniversary of when I joined.  25 years and Counting tells the story of how I got to WW.

It seems like I’ve always been part of Weight Watchers and yet, some days it feels like I’m just starting out.  Weight loss and weight maintenance are real projects for those of us who have struggled or in some cases still struggle with our weight.  I often wonder what my life would be like if I had never joined.  In some ways, it’s too scary to think about.

My major reason for joining was health related.  I came from a family where many people suffered from weight related health problems.  Heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems.  All of those things were real in my life growing up.  I didn’t want to follow that same path.  When I realized that weight was the real villan in the scenario I decided I needed to do something about it.

Of course, like so many others with this issue, I didn’t take the easy route.  I would latch on to the latest fad diet and poke around at trying to make it work for me.  I’d lose a little, then when I stopped doing it, I’d find that I had gained back more than I had lost.  It wasn’t until I joined Weight Watchers that I put it all together and figured out what worked for me.

I want you to realize that this is NOT a commercial for Weight Watchers.  I don’t work for them anymore and I get nothing out of telling you about what an incredible program this is.  It has changed my life and taught me to do the things I should and not to do the things I shouldn’t.  It’s a wonderful program because it allows each person to find out what works best for them.

In my opinion, Weight Watchers very simply saved my life.

Anyone reading this who struggles with their weight should find out about Weight Watchers.  There are meetings everywhere.  The people at the meetings are welcoming and helpful.  Most importantly, If you go to a meeting and you don’t feel comfortable, Find Another Meeting!  Each meeting develops its own personality.  Find the one that suits you.  But if you need to get healthy,  Find A Weight Watchers Meeting.

Happy Thursday!!

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16 responses to “W is for Weight Watchers

  1. although I have never attended a WW meeting ( I am forbidden because I’m not overweight enough!) I did use the points system for a while back in 2006. I followed the points and lost 12 pounds in two months. It really works! Even today when I look at foods I calculate the points just to see whether it’s good for me or not. Since my focus now is to keep the fat content down and to raise my protien intake with “good” protein I’m not as dilligent with the points. I have come to accept the fact that at almost 64 I am just going to be 15 pounds more than I was at 35. RATS!!! I said I have accepted it, I don’t have to like it!

  2. wow, 25 years, fran!! way to go. i so commend you on your dedication. i think it is fabulous that you found a program that worked for YOU, so many years ago. what i appreciate is that, as you say, you can individualize the program (i have never attended a session, i am going on what i have heard from others) – i truly believe we are all experiments of one, so we need wiggle room within a program to make it suit our needs.
    the store where i work i hosting a weight watchers walk-it challenge for the second year in a row this june. i totally support this partnership, as i think healthy eating + walking is a combo that will work for most anyone. we had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm last year – i hope we get even higher participation this year!
    thanks for sharing your story!

    • That’s great, Cathy! There wasn’t a walk challenge done in our area. I don’t know why, although I heard about it. Thanks for your thoughts on WW. It really does do the trick for me. I keep thinking about going back to work for them, but I can’t decide.

  3. I am so glad it has helped you so much Fran. I am lucky in that my older sister was always into health and of course I copied everything she did, now she’s an R.D. & such a great resource. Also growing up my family was very active, so critical for kids to just get in the habit of riding their bike or walking to school or being part of a sport.

    I’ve never been to a WW meeting but have friends that have joined and it sounds very sound and wise.

  4. How fantastic you found something that saved your life…and that it’s been in your life for 25 years! I hear amazing things about WW, so glad you feel the same way…

  5. Never heard anything negative about WW. Congratulations to you!

  6. I love that you took a look at what your future could hold, and did something about it! So glad WW works for you–and so many others! The people I know who have tried it seem to have had the most success with keeping weight off after losing it instead of bouncing around with fad diets and yo-yo weight like you mention. It seems like a really healthy program, from what I’ve heard, and so awesome that you’ve stuck with it for so long! That’s a good sign that it’s a totally doable lifestyle.

    • Allie, it truly is something you can do for the rest of your life. I used to tell my members in my meetings, that it’s scary to think that this is something you “must” do for the rest of your life to keep the weight off but when you think of the alternative, it’s a piece of cake…you should excuse the expression!

  7. As I’ve mentioned, WW was what got me to initially lose weight when I was a teenager. At the time, I knew I was on a path that I would keep going down if I didn’t find a way to change it. Now, I only did WW for 6 months and then found my own (WW based) path..but I know WW changed my relationship with food.

  8. Twenty-five years! That’s wonderful! Congratulations. 🙂

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