Monday, June 18, 2012
Okay, I'm just done with being a member of The Fat Club. There were some good times, but there were way more not-so-good times, and, well, it's simply time for a divorce. I'm checking out and moving on, baby.
Now, I am under no disillusions here. It's a looooooooooooooooooooong ways yet to the Not So Fat Club (see? I can't even picture myself yet in The Skinny Club! Just getting out of The Fat Club and into The Not So Fat Club will be a major accomplishment!). But I am going to do it, and I am going to do it by a few ounces at a time. Yes, you read that right. A few ounces.
I am no longer going to let the scale be a measure of my success. The scale will be there, once a week, to track trends, but I am not going to get suckered into any of its silly little scale games.
You know the ones I'm talking about........... oh I'll eat celery for a week and see how much weight I can lose, or, I'll do such-and-such to get that scale moving. Yeah, all those scale games.
Here's what I know: In December, 2010, I joined Weight Watchers when they unveiled their then-new PointsPlus plan. Between December and mid-May, 2011, I lost 17 pounds. Not a lot over almost 6 months. And I wasn't happy with the snails pace. So I quit WW and started doing different techniques and experimenting with this and that and the other, all to get that scale moving.
And move it did. Don't get me wrong. I dropped another 20 pounds between mid-May and mid-October--another 5 months. (So it wasn't THAT much speedier.)
But here's the kicker: I quickly regained that 20 pounds of non-Weight Watchers loss. BUT, all that weight I lost s-l-o-w-l-y on Weight Watchers?? I've kept every ounce of it off.
The other thing that happened is that I lost my gallbladder. One of the things that will trigger this is weight that is lost too quickly. I believe my attempts at accelerated weight loss last summer is what did my gallbladder in.
So THIS time, I am not falling for that tempting quick weight loss tease. I am sticking like glue to Weight Watchers for a looooooooooooooooong time to come. It just works. Even if it's only a few ounces at a time. I don't care. I'm not in a race. I'm in a marathon. Maybe even a marathon of turtles. That's okay. Slow is actually better.
Why Weight Watchers? I mean, seriously, you can implement almost any technique within the Weight Watchers plan. But what I get from WW that I don't get from other plans/attempts/techniques are these:
1. Definite parameters that are easier (for me) to track. I don't have to count calories or carbs or whatever. Just a small number of points each day. And soooooo many foods don't have points---almost all fresh fruits and veggies! After I've figured out the most common foods I eat routinely, it's pretty mindless.
2. It's simple and moderate and real world. No special foods to buy. Nothing heroic or Herculean. Just reasonable and moderate.
3. Even with parameters, it's a very flexible and accommodating plan. If I need to go low sodium, I can do it. If I want to continue gluten free, I can do it. If I want to go low carb/South Beach-ish, I can do that, too. If I want to return to the older Exchange system, that would work within WW as well. You name it, I can pretty much do it within WW. So, why pay for WW? Keep reading.....
4. The weekly weigh in at a public place, officially recorded at a specific day and time every single week, and not just me and my home scale, gives me something to focus on. Keeping it tight Sunday through Thursday, and allowing myself a little treat (within those extra Weekly Points, of course) on Fridays and Saturdays. I need that accountability and that focus.
5. Finally, there is something to be said for a great, inspiring WW leader. I've heard many, but found one I REALLY like, and she does help inspire me. A weekly cheerleading pep talk?? What's not to like about that! Afterall, I need every tool available if I am ever going to leave The Fat Club for good. And this time, I am!
So, I am hereby giving notice that I will no longer attend meetings of The Fat Club. I quit.