So yesterday I spontaneously decided to pick myself up and go to a Weight Watchers meeting. I have been doing pretty well overall but had hit a bit of a plateau and figured I needed something a little more structured.
I had such mixed feelings when I walked through that door. I have been through a LOT in that little room and not all of it was positive. I could feel the resistance roiling up in my stomach as I came in and filled out the familiar form on the familiar clipboard. I took a deep breath and went back to the scale. I knew it would be way more than my home scale, since I was fully clothed and it was in the middle of the day, but I still didn’t like seeing that number. Boo. Oh well, we can only go down from here (I hope).
The leader was someone I think I’d seen before. My heart sank. She was NOT one of the inspiring ones but rather one of the ones that instantly evoke a Bad Attitude in me. She’s nice enough, but tends to talk to the group as if we were a bunch of kindergarteners. Could she make the “lesson” any more dumbed-down? I felt really condescended to. Some people were good sports about it, but lots of people in the room were looking about a millimeter away from a group eye-roll. I know they have this set “lesson” every week that every WW leader everywhere is supposed to follow – but I was fighting the urge to leap up there and take over for her. Of course I had no right to do that, considering *I* haven’t lost 40 lbs and kept it off for 9 years, but damn, I’m a better teacher. WAY better.
I have a secret desire to one day become a WW or other weight loss kind of teacher/leader, but I guess I’d better get to my goal weight before I think about that path. I love teaching and think it would be awesome to teach this kind of thing. If I am successful with the Beck program maybe I could do that. ANYway, cart before horse much?
I was chagrined to learn that I now am allotted 2 fewer “points” than the last time I was here. Bummer. That’s what happens when you get old! Bleah.
But I did get all the paraphernalia, and yesterday dutifully “tracked” the points of the day. At the end of the day I came in 5 points SHORT. What’s that about? I was psyched to realized that my sugar free tapioca pudding has only 1 point and a ton of fiber! Who knew.
So, here I go. I am definitely going to be checking out different meetings to find a leader who is a better fit for me. Why are WW leaders so … straight? I’ve had two fantastic leaders in my long journey through WW – one man who was a really big, funny goofball, and another woman who dropped like 200 lbs and was really honest and awesome about her struggles. Why do they all look and dress like Laura Bush? I’d be so psyched to find a WW leader who looks like Michelle Obama. I’d do anything for those arms!!
If anybody out there is also doing WW, please chime in. I could use the company.
PS. I went to get my blood drawn again today in preparation for my endocrinologist appointment today. The blood-drawing tech was super awesome (no pain!) and he said a magic “Shazaam!” over my lab slip to encourage Good Numbers. Let’s hope.
February 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm
I know exactly what you mean about the WW leader, I had the same problem with the ones in my town. I could never get inspired by any of them, they all just seemed so stiff with no personality what-so-ever.
Congrats on getting back into the meetings and staying under your points! 😉
February 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm
I good leader makes all the difference!!! Hope you find a good one and find the inspiration you are looking for!
February 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm
I happen to have two meetings were I live. both of them have tremendous leaders. I blame a lot of my weight loss on them.
February 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm
run4change, you are so lucky. Tremendous leaders are hard to find!