Tuesday, September 30, 2008

wondering if Weight Watchers will take me back

In a post a while ago, I compared leaving Weight Watchers for Jillian Michaels's site to getting a new, hotter girlfriend. Well, I'm feeling a longing for the familiar simplicity of my old system. Counting calories is interesting, but I can't do it in my head or even on paper, which makes it hard for times when I'm not near a computer. The food exchange system I tried was too complex, too. My sister told me that she's back on Weight Watchers and I felt a little jealous. I was toying with the idea of going back to it, and then finally just pulled out my food diary and started writing things down. I even had to pull out my food guide and look a couple of things up.

I'm not sure I'm ready to walk back into a meeting. After a long absence (and my weight gain), that would be harder to do. But journaling on paper is so easy with Weight Watchers, and I have at least one copy of all the materials from my many attempts to stay on plan, so I am not sure I even want the meeting or eTools. I can weigh in electronically on Jillian's site, and here. I'm considering my options right now. I still logged everything in at FitDay.com, just to see how things would come out. I was one point over my WW target yesterday (I earned and used 7 activity points) and about 100 above the target calorie range I was trying to hit.

It's getting nicer to exercise outside. I was even a little chilly when I started today's run, and I enjoyed looking at the turning leaves and smelling the damp forest smells. Sometimes when I'm feeling whiny about "having" to exercise, I remember something my last therapist said. "Why not think, 'I get to' instead of 'I have to' when you think of things like that?" I was complaining, at the time, about all the hard work I had to do on my doctoral classes, and she was right, it was a privilege to have the opportunity to get a doctorate. On days like today, it's a lot easier to think "I get to go for a run three days a week." Plus, I get to scare a lot of lazy squirrels and deer in the park.

Tomorrow I'll be back with notes on tonights "The Biggest Loser" and my weekly weigh-in.


  1. Those of us who have spent time in the WW plan get to know it pretty well, and it's great to have it as a fallback when we're ready to buckle down again. I'm doing the same thing pretty much - online only, but using etools, and no meetings. And laying pretty low on the rest.

    I like that word change of "I have to" to "I get to." Something to think about.

  2. I just returned to Weight Watchers 6 years and 3 kids after I first made lifetime. It has been really hard to re-train myself and to break all the nasty snacking habits I've developed.

    You're definitely not alone in this challenge! I really like the way you frame things, as in, "I get to..." It is very motivating!

  3. I don't use the WW eating plan entirely, but I really benefit from my WW meetings because I have such a rock-and-roll leader. So, I consider it to be sort of my psychosocial component. I say if you can find something like that, then go for it. If not, though, you probably don't need the meetings at this point just for the knowledge and plan adherence. Curious to see what you decide!

  4. I use Weight Watchers are a tool to force me to stay within my goal weight - just so I can have some stranger look at my weight and not charge me for a meeting I'm not attending. Weird, but it works for me... I need that pressure.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07