Each month, about this time, a debit comes out of my checking account for Weight Watchers. It’s been happening since January 2011. Even though I’m really bad at math…. I think that comes up to right about $3,200 that I have paid to Weight Watchers over the years. $3,200!!! $3,200 to walk into a building, step on a scale for 7 seconds, get my weight charted on a card, pick up a little Weekly pamphlet and then go sit in my Fat Church Meeting for 45 mins or so. Well, Weight Watchers… what have you been doing with my money all this time??
Let me tell you what I have been doing….. Absolutely NOTHING!! Each month, I check my online statement and say “Well, I have access to my WW App still. And I can still go to my Fat Church meeting. And I will be getting my updated membership card in the mail soon for this month.” And still knowing the investment that I am making into the pockets of Weight Watchers… I am choosing to not make the same investment in MYSELF in order for me to be able to fit into the pockets of my jeans that are too small for me now, hanging in my closet—patiently waiting for me to do something about it.
Despite my monthly payment, I haven’t tracked an entire full day since SmartPoints was introduced. Yeah, THAT long ago!! I know that the single most important part of my past weight loss success was truthfully tracking my points…. And I still have chosen to not participate in it. I’ve had some major health issues/injuries since my hysterectomy last October and been packing on the weight—- which exacerbates the injuries even more because the more weight I’m carrying around makes my knees hurt worse!
When I joined WW, in the first 2 years, I dropped 130 pounds! With every payment I made, I really felt like I was getting my monies worth. And then, little by little since 2013, I’ve been playing the WW yoyo game. I’d lose 10 pounds, gain 17. Lose 4, gain another 6—- and that little yoyo game has resulted in me gaining back almost 80 pounds of the 130 that I had worked so hard to drop. So, I ask…. What is wrong with me?
I know that without fail, when I do what the Weight Watchers program suggests for me to do, I lose weight! Every single time! But, it hasn’t stopped me from being on a personal mission to taste every cheeseburger in TN. I know that without fail, when I plan my meals and write down my meal plan for the week, I lose weight! But, it hasn’t stopped me from flying by the seat of my pants and eating dinner at 9pm or having popcorn for dinner instead of a planned and delicious meal at 7pm. I know that without fail, when I move more with any form of exercise (despite my physical limitations I have currently), I lose weight! But, I still choose to hit the snooze bar 4 times in the morning, instead of getting up and making an effort to dance/play Wii or Heaven forbid, get the recumbent bike out of the storage locker and put it on the houseboat for me to use. I know that without fail, when I attend one of my Fat Church meetings, I always leave there inspired and pumped up about attacking my next week that is ahead of me! But, that hasn’t kept me from allowing every little excuse that crops up to cause me to miss my meeting. When I show up next time, I may have to re-introduce myself to everyone, since it’s been such a long time since they have laid their eyes on me.
Essentially, what I have been doing is giving a charitable donation to Weight Watchers every month for the past several years. I don’t know what you have been doing with my money, but I can certify that I have not been doing one, single, solitary thing to cash in on my investment. And the only person that I am hurting in this act of defiance, is myself.
So, it appears that it is high time that I review my list of priorities and get myself back into some kind of working condition. After all, I’m giving you money and not reaping any of the rewards of the Weight Watchers program. By the end of 2017, I expect to see some return of my investment in your company—and that can only happen when I work the program that you provide to me!
The Weight Watcher Member Who Has Been Missing In Action for Years!
Picture: Pre-Weight Watchers- then, 130 pounds lost–then, current weight! Ughhhhh