Weight Watchers and Me

So I’m sure you remember me talking about losing weight as a new year’s suggestion? Well, like I said, it was a suggestion. If I actually had that as a goal it would have been epic FAIL!  I’ve been trying to get back into the running again but something isn’t clicking. I’ve had a few runs and I can’t seem to keep up the momentum and motivation. So I let a coworker talk me into Weight Watchers.

She was pretty persuasive. All she needed to do was to show me bunch of group photos of all the people that work on our floor from nearly two years ago. Now, I walk past those photos every day to get to the break room and bathroom and I had noted that there seem to be a bit of turnover because several of the faces I didn’t recognize. She took me over to the photos and said,” That’s me, 60 pounds ago.” I think my jaw dropped. Then she said, “That’s So and So on our floor and that’s Such and Such around the corner. So and So lost 30 pounds and Such and Such lost 50.“  Holy shit! I honestly did not recognize these women that I see every day. I thought they were a part of the high turnover. You know, moved on to better positions, etc.

“See This Here?” she said. “This Here lost 60 pounds. ” This Here popped up and said, “Nope, I’m at 68 pounds!”  My coworker then pointed out all the women on our floor that have all lost weight thru Weight Watchers. Only a handful of them exercise and all have lost significant amounts of weight.

Yes, I know, right? It sounds too good to be true. But I’m staring at the results right in my face and I can’t deny the facts and since our company pays for weight watchers thru our insurance, why not?

The first week was amazing. I lost six whole pounds.  I was running and eating salads and skipping meals – and constantly hungry! But I was losing weight! And then the second week happened and I gained two pounds and the third week I lost .2 pounds and have continued to gain or lose .2 pounds each week up until this week.  I’m not one for tracking my meals or eating a bunch of low-fat, no fat bullshit to substitute real calories. But I have cut out snacking and started watching my portions. Stopped eating a lot of my favorite processed foods. I try to walk as much as possible and I’m still trying to find my mojo to get back into running again.

I also only do the weigh in because the group sessions uncomfortably remind me too much of being a little kid and testifying at church. I know that you get more successful by attending the meetings (and even more successful by combining the meetings with tracking your meals) but I really don’t feel comfortable at them at all. I know, I know, I’m self-sabotaging but I lost 2.2 pounds this week! I can live with that! And I figured out a balance wherein I don’t feel hungry all the time.

I’m not endorsing Weight Watchers one way or the other. Your mileage may vary but this is what I’m trying right now. I’m not sure I’m going to sign up again. I might since it’s free but we shall see…