So, I've missed the last two meetings. Not intentionally, mind you. The first one I missed because I was sick. Then last night, there was a nasty snowstorm which made my husband get home late (I need him here to watch the kids before I leave), and made the roads nasty enough for me to stay home.
Having said that, I'm starting to feel a bit apathetic towards weight watchers. Not weight loss, mind you, just weight watchers. Weight loss is the journey I am on to improve my health. Weight watchers is the giant corporation that I've been using to help me get there.
The thing is, despite their claims, weight watchers is a diet. It is also a diet where you can "eat anything you want". It is not a diet that is about health. It is a diet that is about weight loss.
I go to the meetings and am confronted with tables packed full of processed, nutritionally deficient food. I stand in line to weigh in with people that skip dinner and don't eat half the day in order to trick the scale into giving them a lower number. Then I sit through a meeting where members talk about how they can get the best tasting snacks for the lowest points. To finish it off, a recipe is presented, which more often then not is something I won't even try because it's packed with artificial sweeteners and/or has no nutritional value.
At it's core, weight watchers has a good program, but in practice, it's far from it. Ultimately, they design the program to be appealing to the maximum number of people, while still helping them lose weight. They have a maximum focus on low calories/points and a minimum focus on good health, so ultimately those people gain the weight back and then pay to lose it again. They supplement (double, triple?) this meeting income with the sale of their nutritionally deficient foods. Many weight watcher members are sucked in by the weight watcher logo and will buy anything that has said logo, regardless of whether the food is actually good for them.
So, what's my weight been doing during this hiatus? Well, after the food poisoning episode, it temporarily plummeted, then it crept up a bit (proof that starvation doesn't work), and has gone back down since then. I'll post numbers next week, but it's been going down overall.
So, despite all this, will I be going back to weight watchers? Well, I'm a hypocrite, but yes. Right now, it's still helping me. My regular leader is dynamic and interesting. There's some other members I enjoy talking to. I became a lifetime member a few years ago, so I don't have to pay for missed meetings. The weigh in keeps me in check and the meeting topics are usually good. I take what works for me and discard what doesn't.
Will I keep going in the long run? I don't know. My journey to better health will keep going in the long run, but I'll have to take it a day at a time to see how long weight watchers remains a part of it.
Have you ever been a weight watchers member? Are you now? What's your take on their program?