It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with losing weight for a very long time.
I know what I need to do. I need to “eat right and exercise” and I DO.
Most of the time…
But then I get in these moods that make whatever willpower and determination I thought I had just disappear.
The week before Thanksgiving, as I was being quiet and not blogging, I was participating in a five-day online challenge. It was suggested by a friend from high school and I willingly accepted knowing it would be good for me. I’ve been desperately needing a boost to get me going in the right direction and the challenge definitely helped. I was supplied with meal suggestions and a shopping list – which I went out and got all my groceries… but then as an example of loss of determination, I got lazy and made up my own meals instead.
But the best part of the experience was the online Facebook group. Every day we had to check in with how much water we drank, what we did for our exercise, what we ate, and how we were feeling. Having the obligation to check-in daily really made me want to do well and I found it much easier to reject my poor habits. Seeing directly all the experiences all the other people were having made me have more faith in myself and my ability to stick with it.
And that’s why I’m thinking about joining Weight Watchers.
I’ve written off companies like Weight Watchers because I’ve always believed I could do it on my own. However, when I lost 50 pounds before, I was not alone in any way. Working at an all-women gym, I had the support of multiple women all striving to do the same thing as me. It was awesome, it was a group of friends who all had the same goal.
I have that now but in a different way. I have a lot of people in my life who are on this weight-loss train with me but I still struggle with keeping my determination because I have no real pressure to drop the pounds. I have no bridesmaid dress to fit into, no magic number I need to get under by a certain date… I need that pressure because, unfortunately, being under pressure is how I work best.
So I have this theory that going to the Weight Watchers meetings would give me the type of pressure I need. If I knew that every week I would be having to talk about my progress, in person, and step on that scale and share that joy or pain with a group of others – maybe I could finally take that weight off. I’ve already got such a great support system here on the internet but now I feel I need more of it in-person as well.
I think I might sign up for my first meeting next week.
Have any of you done Weight Watchers before? What did you think of it?
Enjoy your Wednesday!