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.