Thursday, January 03, 2013
Last Friday my Weight Watcher leader asked me to speak at an Open House at the Lakeland Weight Watcher Center on January 12th around 2 pm. I realized I don't have child care duties at that time, so I agreed. Then she gave me a bunch of paperwork to get my "success story" approved. I kind of dragged my feet. There were forms to fill out, the actual story to write, old weight documentation to find, as well as before and after pictures. I don't mind public speaking. I'll probably enjoy sharing my story. But I found myself just feeling a little conflicted. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have meant so much to me, should I be giving Weight Watchers credit for my success? I gave it a lot of thought.
I finally decided that it isn't wrong to give Weight Watchers part of the credit for my success. Weight Watchers definitely got me started on my current healthy journey in December 2008. On the other hand, it would not be wrong to credit Curves, Leslie Sansone, the YMCA, Beck Diet Solution, Lakeland Runner's Club, Lakeland Galloway Group, and Senior Games for some of my success either. Some of the programs I used long ago like Metracal, the diet my doctor gave me when I was 16, NutriSystem, Polk County Employee's Weight Loss Program, Making Peace with Food, South Beach Diet, SlimFast, and one program that gave me daily shots (though I can't remember its name) all taught me something -- even if it was just a strategy that didn't work. It all has been part of getting to this point.
I first heard about SparkPeople on a Weight Watchers Maintenance Message Board. Thank heavens! Although I'd gotten to a healthy BMI with Weight Watchers, I doubt that I would be at BMI 21.2 if I hadn't found SparkPeople. I don't think I would have tried the YMCA, Runner's Club, Galloway Group and Senior Games if it hadn't been for SparkPeople. So, yes, I give credit to Weight Watchers. But I can't forget how important SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have been to my success!
And, last of all, I give me a whole lot of credit. After all, when all is said and done and motivated and inspired, it is me who selected the healthy food and portions I ate, and chose to do the exercise!! So today I give credit where credit is due, and on the 12th I will probably be sharing just a part of my successful journey.