I am a Weight Watcher Repeater. I have followed and quit this program so many times I have lost count.
I joined for the first time in 1990 or 1991. I had about 15 pounds to lose. We didn’t have points then, we had exchanges. I had never followed a structured program before and I didn’t last long. I would re-join and follow the program almost every year after that. I would lose a little bit of weight and then “life” would happen and I would get off track and quit. It would take me several months and then I would get frustrated with myself and re-join. Cycle repeat.
Does that mean it doesn’t work? I don’t think so, every time that I quit following the program before was because I didn’t work.
In the meantime I tried other diets some crazy some not. I always came back to Weight Watchers. Why? I know it works. It’s flexible and sensible. There really isn’t a lot they say you have to do. I know the program works when I work.
Did you notice I said quit not failed? Making the needed changes to live a healthy and active lifestyle is hard when you have been reckless with your eating and sedentary. Nothing worth having in life is going to be easy, and this takes work.
Shopping, planning and preparing food. It’s fun at first, but it becomes work. I re-joined Weight Watchers this past week because I feel really ready to do the work.
So this weekend I did some work. I read everything I was given at the meeting this week. I went to the grocery store after Mike had already done the shopping for the week; but I was now in search of healthy snack options. I planned to save most of my Weekly Points Allowance for the party we attended Saturday and to enjoy our Sunday breakfast and a meal Mike was cooking Sunday night. I tracked my points and I dragged myself out of bed to start walking again.
I am writing this now, not because I am already feeling the pain of the work. Quite the opposite I am excited about getting healthy. I know later I will need to remind myself of all of this. When I am not excited about getting healthy, when life gets in the way and I want to quit. When I blow it one week and think I can’t do this.
I can do it.
If I do the work.