It’s so funny. I used to have a very contentious relationship (in my head) with WW. There were times when I loved it (actually, this was wayyyy back in the beginnning, when I first joined in 1997), times when I felt “eh” and other times when I was outright angry. I was one of Those Members who sat in the back row, arms folded, with an “I dare you to tell me what to do” look on my face. There were times when I paid to go to meetings for three or four months and my weight never budged. Or it went up and down the same two pounds over and over. I just was not ready (or willing, at ALL) to do the program. I’ve never had any doubt in my mind that if you do the WW program, it will work. The problem is all the junk in the way of DOING it.
Yesterday I received my leader prep materials for November, plus a preview package of some things that are new to the program for 2010. I got so excited! I pored over every single piece of paper, word, drawing with huge eyes. WOWEE! I kept nodding my head, saying, “Yeah, that’s right!”
But I remember getting those weekly booklets and just tossing them into the recycling. At one point, it was just all “blah blah blah blah” like Charlie Brown’s teacher. There was just no reception for it.
Last night I did a little practice bit of a meeting, no more than two minutes, at my regular meeting. We are supposed to share something about our own personal WW journey. As I talked, I was surprised (no? should I be surprised? Ha) that I got a little emotional about it.
I talked about how I first joined WW in 1997 when I was preparing to go to a high school reunion. I wanted to look good, or at least decent. I probably was 25-30 lbs over my high school days at that point. So, I got allllllmmmmmmmmost to my goal weight, but not quite. I was about 4-5 lbs shy at the reunion. Then it was over. I went home. All my incentive had evaporated. I stopped being “OP” (on plan). All that weight (plus more) boomeranged right back at me. That was my first mistake: to have a specific goal, and then not replacing it with a new goal right away. Oops.
Thus began my in-and-out, love-hate relationship with WW. I came and went many times more over the next several years, but never really had the same enthusiasm as my first time. Then it was replaced with dread and hatred as I failed over and over again. Until this last January, when I was in such a state of desperation with my diabetes diagnosis. Even then, I sort of slunk in to the meeting. I sort of did the program.
It wasn’t until I was within fingers’ reach of my goal that I woke up and realized what it had all done for me. And then I started maintenance, which is a whole ‘nother ball of wax, as they say. It’s then that I started really paying attention, and really complying. Really reading the materials and seeing what value they had for me. Really GETTING IT.
I don’t want to get all WW-evangelical on y’all, but this training has really opened my eyes even MORE to what a good, solid, comprehensive program this is. And if people engage with it, and really take in everything it has to offer, it’s such good stuff. Truly.
October 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm
I’m curious, do you still count points every day?
October 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Who me? (looking around) LOL. Well….. let’s just say I try to count my points as often as possible. Which probably averages out to 3-4 days a week. I use e-tools, which is helpful since I am on the computer a lot (didja notice?). I also just started using the WW iPhone app, which is awesome and which pretty much allows me no excuses. They’re just making it TOO convenient to avoid at this point.
There are options other than counting points though, and when I’m not counting points I try to still stay Mindful in other ways.
October 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm
Hey Foodie! This is like reading my own thoughts! I started out so strong in April, then I plateaued! Have been up and down with the same pound or two for 6 weeks!! Feeling frustrated and totally off plan! Well not totally, but mostly. I really need a mix up – something to kickstart my losing again!
October 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Mixups are important! So where do you think you’d benefit the most from mixing up? Is your food getting boring? Or your activity routine? I TOTALLY believe in trying to keep it fresh and changing things up as often as possible.. predictability leads to boredom leads to falling off wagons.
October 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm
I love your enthusiasm! I am so excited for you.
October 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm
You inspired me to go to WW in 2000 and it really worked for me so I always have appreciated that it is a good and healthy way to lose weight. Of course, by not being mindful, I have gone up and down and back up again in weight. You are such an inspiration and I think I will come back again to WW. Congratulations on all your successes this year, including becoming a WW leader. You will be an awesome leader!
October 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Carolyn, I don’t even REMEMBER going in 2000 but I bet you lost, and I was grumpy and noncompliant, so I didn’t. Hah. Anyway, I am in it for the long haul now so come back!! Monday night is a really good meeting.