I am the first to acknowledge that my biggest deficiency as a functional human being is that I have no willpower and very little motivation to complete tasks that aren’t absolutely necessary. Will I brush my teeth in the morning, after lunch, at night? Yes, because I think that is necessary. Will I look through my mail more than once every few months? No, I don’t believe it’s necessary. That same mentality applies to my weight and fitness. It may not make sense to a reasonable person, but I don’t place a high priority on my weight.
In college I worked out at least 5 times a week, at 10:20pm, after getting off of work as a Correctional Officer. I worked out faithfully, and while I didn’t watch what I ate, I was able to maintain the weight I preferred because I was diligent about my time on the Stairmaster, the treadmill, and the weight machines.
Once I graduated and moved to my current city, I took some time off from the gym and kept up my not-so-great eating habits. Within a year I’d added approximately 50 pounds. Over the past eight years since I graduated, my weight has greatly fluctuated. I would go to the gym or work out at home for a few months at a time, lose a little weight, then plateau, become frustrated and stop working out.
I am stubborn, so it took me a while to realize that even though I was working out, I was still eating very carelessly. I had heard about Weight Watchers over the years, but never wanted to see someone face-to-face and admit my failings. Then I heard that Weight Watchers offered an online option and I joined.
I have nothing but great things to say about my time using Weight Watchers. The online tracker would run slow at times, but its accuracy more than made up for the latency issue. There were more recipes available for review than I could ever cook. The website offered a great forum full of people experiencing the same thing I was living with, and the support system I gained there was priceless.
However, my laziness reared its ugly head after I lost my first 40 pounds. It was the 2008 holiday season, and I told myself I could make it through Thanksgiving without access to the website. I didn’t log my food or activity, or worry about my points during the week of Thanksgiving, and before I knew it I realized that it was two months into 2009 and I hadn’t been on the website since mid-November.
And the sad truth is that I didn’t log back into the website for months after that point. By the following November I had gained back the 40 pounds, plus additional weight. I logged my points for a few weeks but didn’t start working out. By the end of November I stopped tracking my food points, and in February of 2010 I canceled my account.
Now I’ve reached the point where I’m at my highest weight. I have a good support system in place, I have a free 2-month gym membership available to activate, and I have the financial ability to both pay for the membership after the free period ends and to re-join Weight Watchers. My biggest problem still remains my lack of motivation, but this is my own problem and I have to find a way to work through my personal issues. I don’t believe that this is a reflection on the Weight Watchers program. It works, but you just have to stay motivated. The motivation can be found in the forums, through your friends, or through the Weight Watchers meetings.