On Why I Quit Weight Watchers

by Andrea on April 26, 2011

I'm on diet #1

After much pondering, I finally decided to quit Weight Watchers. I mentioned this briefly a week or two ago, in passing…as in, I took out the trash this morning or I brushed my teeth last night. The decision wasn’t hard…but I thought I might go into a little more detail.

1. It wasn’t working for me. I blame myself entirely for this. I’ve been a member since forever…well, almost. The first time I tried WW in 2007, it worked. I actually lost ten pounds. And, of course, it came back. The second time, I wasn’t so fortunate. I joined up in January 2010 to lose weight for my wedding. Ever since, I’ve been steadfastly paying my monthly dues, but only managed to lose two pounds total. Apparently I am very good at maintaining my weight…but not good at losing it.

Yes, two pounds. In sixteen months.

2. I can only do WW Online. Some weeks I was pretty good about logging points during the week (when I am at work and in front of a computer), but I wasn’t good at tracking during the weekends…which is when I tend to have more, uhm, liberated eating habits. I live in the middle of nowhere, so driving an hour or more to a WW meeting just isn’t feasible for me. Part of me wonders if I wouldn’t have been more successful if I had a smart phone or some other gadget that made it more fun and easy to track points regularly throughout the day…But at this point, it’s not worth it to me to pay the extra money for a smart phone just to see if that happens to make me a better WW Online participant. Maybe someday if I happen to get a smart phone anyway, I will give it another go.

3. I’m not so sure about the new WW Points Plus. There were a few weeks when I actually managed to track all my points…and I rarely lost weight. I sometimes gained weight…even though I tracked every point and didn’t go over my allotment. I felt like the switch to the new system might not have been a good fit for me…possibly because I eat a lot of fruit each day…or possibly because I am so short. I felt like I could easily eat within my points on a daily basis and had little incentive to exercise to earn more points. It was almost too easy to stay within my points…but I still wasn’t losing weight.

4. I, unlike Jennifer Hudson, just didn’t have the discipline to be successful. Maybe it’s because I didn’t want it bad enough. Or maybe because I just don’t (currently) have what it takes to apply myself to losing weight…and make it the priority it needs to be. I would still love to lose that ten pounds I’ve been after forever. It’s still in the forefront of my mind. But I am trying a new approach–continue with healthy eating, stay away from the candy at work, and try to exercise more often. I have not been a regular exerciser the past few months, so I’m working to change that ASAP.

Anyway, that’s the scoop.

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LauraJayne April 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

I think it is really important to make changes when something isn’t working for you (especially when it costs $!) For me, the most important thing when I make changes is that I plan for what I’m going to try next – that way I don’t quit one thing and then lose track of my goals because I haven’t made a plan!
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Kat April 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Lady, as per point #4, I definitely think you can be successful on your own – one of my girlfriends finally stopped with the whole WW thing and her healthy-living life started to turn around almost instantly. Sometimes you just have to let your body call the shots, you know?
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Naomi Walsh ( Walters) May 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

I tried Weight watchers 3 times I lost a few pounds the first and second time …anyhow..I decided to try the new program and when I say try I mean 3 month of tracking with a great smart phone app..and I have been working out 4 days a week.. dance , zumba and kinects sports.
soo you would think I’d lose weight..I did 4lbs that .. lasted 2 weeks and suddenly I had gained 6..yes after still being good..soooo..I said if after all this struggle it does not work .. then what?
So..I stopped for a week to think it over.. I still did my excercise..I ate..like I normally would which really..is not too bad…I get on the scale and notice I have lost 3 lbs..so this could be a fluke..I wonder..was I eating too little for someone doing so much excercise?
So I looked up what formular was suggested for me ..how many calories..and was shocked to find at the rate that I excercise I could ..eat 11X my weight …which was 1786 cals..that is alot for me who has tried to be around 1200 ..so I tried it..still excercising 4 days a week..I lost 5 more pounds..it was hard to let go of weight watchers .. but this morning I see I lost another pound this week..I guess It was never that I ate too much it was that I excercised too little.
That being said.I would join a Zumba class to lose weight and trust myself.

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Missmdh May 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I just quit yesterday. I have been on the new plan since it began and have not lost any weight. As a matter of fact, I am back up to my original weight when I started over a year ago. I lost 20 lb. on the points plan and am really wondering if the formula was tweaked to give a smaller weight loss over time to generate more revenue. I love my leader but I am going to try Sparkpeople for a while and see what happens. Motivation and consistency are my issues…….oh and I hate drinking water. I have 50 pounds to lose, so it is more of an issue to me to find something that works and makes me want to continue.

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