It's called, "Guess what day Fuchsia decided to go back to Weight Watchers!"
I swear, just sitting in those seats in the meeting room is magic. My old leader used to say that wasn't the case, but I think it is. Just sitting in the room gets something going in me. Plus, seeing that "high" weight [not my highest by far though], and having *other* people see it, is motivation as well.
So, yeah. I went back to WW meetings. I just needed something new to spice up my plan, because routine is deadly to me [it's also why I need to add in something new to my workouts every couple months]. As you might remember, I'm actually a Lifetime Member at WW, I made goal in 2006 and maintained it for over a year. I love WW [although they do put a bit too much emphasis on "fake" foods, in my opinion] and would have joined up with them again at the beginning of this journey but for three reasons: 1) I didn't have the money, 2) I didn't have transportation to meetings [there are none in my city], and 3) I didn't want to join up again at a weight that was 20 pounds ABOVE my original starting weight in 2004! So I put it off, saying that if I really needed to once I was below my original starting weight, and could afford to, I could join up again then.
But I got below my original starting weight and kept going. I was going strong for a good long while there. Summer's easy, with the nice weather and outdoor activities and fresh fruit everywhere. But September came, and then October, and then November, with no change in the scale [well, if we're being completely honest, minor upticks every once in a while and we know how those can add up over time!]. And so, with the acknowledgement that I needed some new motivation [and with a pretty big dogsitting job], I decided to return to WW [ fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.
I went to my first meeting on Saturday. That was a really easy decision: I actually had a car for the weekend, and it was the first day that the check from dogsitting cleared. So I went down to the WW center, sat in for a meeting, and signed up. The leader was really enthusiastic [even though she's been a leader for 25 years!] and I even spoke up a little and it definitely did the job of revitalizing my resolve. The bad part? Well, when I weigh in at my home scale, I'm nearly naked and so, the scale's pretty friendly towards me. At the WW center, however, I'm dressed for the day and wearing a few more pounds of clothes than at home. So my official WW weight was 180.4 which is higher than I'd expected. But, on the other hand, I've already lost 4 pounds [according to my home scale] since then! So this week's weigh in will be much nicer, as long as I don't majorly mess up on Thanksgiving [not likely. The benefit of being vegan and in a family of lifetime WW members is that everything I can eat is really healthy. I even make a low calorie apple pie!].
I'm feeling good about this decision. Even if it means that in the really bad weather, I'll have to walk the 4 miles to the meetings. But maybe I'll make friends with someone near me who can give me a ride!
On the downside, I've been fighting a sore throat since last Thursday, and I don't know if I'm actually getting sick but it's not going away, and it is keeping me up at nights. So I haven't been running in almost a week! I miss it! Hopefully this sore throat will go away really soon so I can get back to running [especially since I'm running another 5K in a week and a half!].