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I guess I've surrendered

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

My office has started offering on-site Weight Watchers. Not only that, but they pay the fees up-front. And at least, going in I know the people who'll be at the meeting. My boss even offered to help me fill out the application form!

I've tried WW so many times. They probably snicker every time they see my name again. I feel like I SHOULD be able to do this on my own. People tell me, so just eat less. Yeah, like it's that easy.

I'm doing it, and I'll fight to make it succeed. But somehow it still feels like a failure that I couldn't do it on my own.
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    What a great opportunity, it is more fun losing weight with others.

    1834 days ago
    Lady, why do you think so many people use WW? It's because it is very difficult to learn to eat healthy on our own. Spark proves how much community support can mean. I challenge you to take the word "should" out of your vocabulary for the next month. Every time you use it, fine yourself a dime and donate the final amount to a charity.
    1836 days ago
  • KARENE10
    emoticon ! I lost weight and kept it off for almost 2 years with WW (and I had joined like 7 times!). I think I need to join again emoticon
    1837 days ago
  • KATD13
    You're so lucky to work for a company who will pay for this!
    This is an amazing opportunity, you have nothing to lose (except some weight!)

    1839 days ago
    EVERYONE needs encouragement and support! You're so lucky to be able to take advantage of such an offer! Grab the opportunity with both hands and run with it!
    1840 days ago
    Having help and support doesn't make you a failure. It makes you wise enough to accept the help you need. None of us is alone!
    1840 days ago
    Good luck reaching your goals. Maybe the office environment will be helpful.
    1840 days ago
    Maybe this will make for a more weight-loss-friendly environment in the office. Yes, we feel we should do it on our own, but that's just because for many of us, we've had to do everything on our own.
    1841 days ago
    There is NO reason to feel like a failure for not doing this on your own. Any journey like this is most successful when you have help and support, whether it be here on SP or with WW. You are just using a tool that is available to you, that will help you achieve your goals. There is nothing to be ashamed about, or to feel guilty for. I'm very proud of you!
    1841 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    Fall down seven times... get up eight!!! You go girl emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1841 days ago
  • SROUS1340
    You haven't failed until you quit!
    1841 days ago
    You aren't a failure for not doing it on your own. emoticon
    1841 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    What a wonderful opportunity to try, and you don't have to pay for it. By all means do it and this may be the time it will work
    1841 days ago
    Yay for you!!! emoticon I would do it if my employer paid for it! I even did it in the past when they haven't. Weight watchers is great for the support they give. You pick up so many good ideas. Many heads are always better than one in any situation. You're certainly not a failure. Go to the meetings, learn from them, apply what they tell you, make friends and have FUN with it! You're so creative with food, I"m sure you'll soon be telling them how to make certain recipes healthier. Challenge yourself to bring one healthier recipe to the group each week. That will give you something to work on that you enjoy and something to look forward to. I'm so happy for you! emoticon emoticon
    1841 days ago
  • LIS193
    It is great that you can do this through your office! Getting help and support may make all the difference! Accept what they have to offer and you may be amazed :) Keep an open mind!
    1841 days ago
    There is no failure in using every available resource to help you be successful. WW is like SP, only in person, right? You reach out to your friends on SP (and we love you) so now you will have friends in person to share your stories with. I say go for it!
    1841 days ago
    There is no shame in needing help. We all need a hand from time to time
    1841 days ago
    Good for you! There is no shame in taking all the help offered to you to meet the challenge of fashioning a healthier lifestyle for yourself! The shame would be in NOT taking the help!


    1841 days ago
    It's not a surrender at all. Everyone needs help to succeed. In fact the more help and support you have the more successful you'll be. You'll be taking a very brave step into a new life. Congratulations.
    1841 days ago
    SP is a support group too. I say go for it!
    1841 days ago
    None of us are "doing" it on our own. Spark is not on our own. And to be honest, we all need as much support as we can get. If someone had offered me free weight watchers, as long as it didn't include their specific food, I would jump at it. Good luck to you and hope it helps. We all need as much support as we can get.
    1841 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    It is GREAT that your office has offered the program and free! Wow, I'd grab it!
    We aren't failures because we use the help offered us, we are STRONG because we accept the help!
    SparkPeople is a program that offers all the info that we need but if you can get that right at work and with people you know . . . GO FOR IT! Do that, along with using SP, you can't miss!
    I know you can do it!
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    1841 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2013 6:25:25 AM
    1842 days ago
    BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.
    1842 days ago
    I agree with Chef Sophie...losing is a win no matter how you get there!
    1842 days ago
    That is great that they are offering that. You can do this, one day at a time.
    1842 days ago
    How neat that is......when I went with weight watchers years ago it worked but I hear all has changed.....Best of luck to you... emoticon emoticon
    1842 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    You only fail when you GIVE are not a failure...sometimes it takes more than a few tries to succeed!!!!
    1842 days ago
    Whether you follow someone else's plan or your own it's still you doing the work and that's what counts!..JMHO!

    Best of luck to you emoticon
    1842 days ago
    Hi there - how are you doing?

    So the question I would ask is "What specifically causes you to fail?"

    You certainly don't need to respond to me here - this is a question to ask yourself and figure out.

    For me, I never figured out that my BRAIN had to change. I spent 25 years doing it wrong - losing lots of weight and regaining it all back 8 times. I was always following someone's plan - some book diet or a ridiculous plan of my own making. It wasn't until I figured out that I needed to ACTIVELY CONTROL what I ate each day and DECIDE to take control of my life rather than letting my bad habits, deeply ingrained from years of doing the wrong things repeatedly, run the show.

    Triggers are things that have to be kept in check and new "rules" need to be put in place to counteract and override what would otherwise happen. I create rules all the time to address my triggers. This works. Might sound weird, but it does work quite well.

    Yes, weight loss is hard but honestly, now after 13 weeks of tracking daily and hitting my net calorie target, I'm quite comfortable with my "plan" or "program" or whatever you want to call it.

    I wish you well with your program and look forward to hearing about your progress.

    Make it a great day!

    1842 days ago
    all the best
    1842 days ago
  • SKY214
    I use to feel the same way. What I realized is that I'm not a super hero and that it's ok to lean on others some times. The one thing that I use to love about WW was that the support was fabulous and genuine. It made me think of things differently. I remember one day after a weigh in I was upset because I had only lost an ounce. I mean who loses only an ounce in a week? One of the other members came over and asked me how I did. I was embarrassed to tell her about the ounce, but I did. To my surprise she was excited for me. She said that's one ounce that I didn't have to worry about any more. I was moving in the right direction. Also to my shock she started telling other members how "well" I had done. By the time I left the meeting I was on cloud 9. If I had been at home, on my own I would have been upset for the whole week. It's all in the way you look at things. Embrace the support and become the you that you want to be. emoticon
    1842 days ago
    WW worked for me years ago, but life was less hectic then, and it was easier to get to the meetings. Wish they offered is where I work, cause i sure can't do this alone.
    1842 days ago
    Trust me, I have never been able to do it on my own. There are four times I have been successful. Two times with weight watchers, but not online, and two times on clinical trials that required face to face meetings. Doing it on your own is not easy. If it works, then you are not a failure.
    1842 days ago
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