Friday, February 22, 2013

Leaving Weight Watchers

Last week I hit the cancel button on my Weight Watchers account. I  made the decision to "move on" from Weight Watchers.  Recently, I was discussing this with a friend and said that it felt like quitting and she said, moving on isn't quitting.  So, I am not quitting, but moving on to the next phase of my weight loss and  healthy living journey.  In the beginning, I was only on the weight loss journey.  As I get closer to a "normal" weight, I realize that I do not want to just be thin.  I also want to be healthy and FIT.  I thought I'd share a few of the reasons I've decided to make this change.

The first reason I have decided to move on is just the sheer cost of the program.  The monthly pass is  $42.95 a month.  While I have enjoyed the program, I can't justify spending that kind of money every month until I get to my "goal" weight.  It causes me to focus ONLY on the scale.  It doesn't matter that I workout and my body changes...all that matters is a number on the scale.  Since the first of the year I have been at a plateau.  While I realize this can happen.  I don't feel like paying $43 a month while I see no results.

In recent meetings, my leader has spoken about how exercise can "hurt" you on the scale.  She said she doesn't recommend anyone hire a personal trainer while they are trying to lose weight because it can work against you on the scale.  In the beginning, (I've heard her say this before) this did not bother me.   I lost a lot of my weight without exercising.  At this point though, I do not want to be discouraged from doing what I know is good for my body.

I have only recently begun to feel this way and it's probably because of some things I read online, but I feel like Weight Watchers is always trying to sell me something.  For instance, my last meeting was about weighing and measuring things and they had us trying out the digital scale.  It seems like a great scale, but I felt it was more a sales pitch than something designed to help me.  (I already have a digital scale anyway.)  Not only that, but most of the food that is sold in the meeting rooms is junk.  Popped snacks, "granola bars" which are nothing more than glorified candy bars, instant oatmeal and shake mixes etc.  It is all very overpriced and just not healthy or needed.  I have purchased some and even enjoyed them but it's not the kind of thing I want to be eating on a regular basis.

Before going to Weight Watchers I lost 65 lbs on my own.  Clearly I did not NEED Weight Watchers to lose weight.  However, I'd recently been feeling that I wouldn't be able to succeed without them.  This just plain is not true (I hope!)  :)

Another reason I want to stop Weight Watchers is actually one of the reasons I was attracted to it in the first place: Zero Points fruits and vegetables.  This is a big part of the program and I love both.  I was finding that I wanted to eat more fruits but really it was more than the recommended daily amount.  I asked at a meeting if I should count them at some point.  The answer was no.  So, I either needed to eat less of them or eat as many as I wanted and not count them?  It didn't make sense to me.  You are encouraged to eat all of your points.  If I had a choice between a piece of fruit or a 3 point Fiber bar (glorified candy bar). I didn't have to choose. I could eat both.  Wouldn't it be better to just eat a piece of fruit and go to bed with less points than the recommended amount than to eat both? That part of it just wasn't making sense to me.

I am not without a new plan however.  I started Trim Healthy Mama last week.  If this doesn't work I "could" always go back to Weight Watchers, but at this point I don't see that happening.

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I don't want to post this without saying that Weight Watchers was a great help to me over the last 10 months and I'm not sorry I's just time to move on.

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