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Forgive me readers, for I have sinned.

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. I have not been committed to following the WeightWatchers program completely. I have allowed a few pounds to creep back on over the holidays.

Before we sign on the dotted line and accept a job as a WeightWatchers leaders, we are members. We live the program, we lose weight on the program, we sit in those same chairs that every other member sits in.   Yes, I am a WeightWatchers Leader, but I am also a member. I am a WeightWatchers Lifetime Member, and I am above goal .

 

When I first joined WeightWatchers, I knew how it worked. I knew that once you reached your goal weight and maintained it for 6 weeks you became a lifetime member and no longer had to pay your weekly meeting fees, as long as you maintained your weight.  Free meetings were a great incentive, and I had it in my head that I would set my goal weight at 160lbs, which is the absolute highest weight someone of my height (5’7″) can set their goal weight with WeightWatchers.

The thing is, once I got down to 160lbs I knew that was not where I wanted to stop. I no longer knew where I wanted to stop, so I decided to keep going until it felt right to stop.  I finally got that “I’m here, I’m at goal” feeling around 148lbs, but decided to set my goal at 146.

For me, 146 made sense because, with WW lifetime membership, you are considered “at goal” as long as you are no more than 2lbs above your goal weight. That meant I could weigh 148lbs and still be ‘at goal’, and that I could never see anything above 150 on the scale again.  I never wanted to see 15_ on the scale again, because I knew that would be the start of the slippery slope leading to 16_, 170_ and so on.

I hit goal in April of 2008, and got lifetime membership in May of 2008, and for a long time, I never saw a number higher than 148 on the scale.

Until recently.

I’m not sure what happened.

Maybe it is the adjustment from 2 straight years of marathon training, in to shorter distance running.  Maybe it’s just complacency.  Maybe it’s laziness. Maybe I was just tired of following rules and I just wanted to rebel.  Maybe I’m Only Human.

Whatever it is, it has to come to an end.

I recently weighed in over 150lbs, and that does not sit well with me.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect when my area manager for WeightWatchers sent out an email inviting staff to attend a special meeting and put on their member hats. We were specifically told that this wasn’t the place to ask work related questions, it was the place to talk about our ongoing weight loss journey.

Remember, it’s called LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP for a reason.  Weight management is an ongoing journey, and everyone is going to have bumps in the road.

At the meeting, I committed out loud to tracking.

When I was in constant marathon training, it was easy to live “Simply Filling” because I was earning so many activity points every week (50-80pts+) that I could enjoy all the foods I love, but I’m not in marathon training anymore.  My running is focused on shorter distances, which means I will be earning less activity points, so I need to readjust my eating habits, because obviously, they cannot continue the way they have been going!

 

So now it’s time to make a plan, set goals and move forward.

Goal 1: get back in the 140’s

Goal 2: get back to goal

Goal 3: get comfortably below goal and possible reset a newer lower goal.

I’ve also set a non-scale goal.  I have a pair of jeans hanging around the apartment belonging to a previous man in my life. They are a men’s 31″.  Normally I wear a women’s 28, but these men’s jeans are currently too tight on me.  My goal is to have them be super baggy and comfy by the end of March.

TRACKI now have one of our fabulous new TRACK books, and it goes with me everywhere.

I picked a start date, wrote out a plan and prepared myself by getting all the foods I needed to be successful.

Today is day 3 of the new plan, and I’m not going to pretend it has been an easy adjustment.  But, with the help of the new “ROUTINES” potion of the WeightWatchers 360 program, I have decided on 3 things to focus on daily, and it really helps having the check box on each page of the tracker, to check off when you’ve completed each routine.

For this week, the three routines I have chosen are:

1: bring lunch from home everyday (except Thursday).

2: eat fruit twice a day.

3: COOK a healthy dinner everyday.

And I’m happy to report that I have completed all 3 routines every day this week, so far!

So please, forgive me readers, for I have sinned.

I am one of you, and sometimes I struggle,but now that I have set new goals and have started to work towards them, I feel motivated again.

 

So tell me this, what is that you do when you feel your motivation starting to slip? What is the one piece of advice you would give someone who is struggling and trying to get back on track?

 

K.

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11 Comments

  1. Hollie says:

    I hear ya, Kirsty! I haven’t been a proper member for 2+ years. August 2010, I was 9lbs from goal. I felt great, having lost 31lbs. That Christmas, I gained a few pounds back, and by April of 2011, I had gained 10lbs back. Over the last little while, I have been somewhat following the program – losing a little, gaining a little…and just after this past Christmas, I had officially gained back half of what I lost. Sometimes I think this program doesn’t work for me. I’m scared to really look into how much money I’ve wasted on paying for WW and not following it. This is such a frustrating journey!

    1. iamthenewme says:

      Hi Hollie,

      Have you been back to a meeting since the launch of the 360 program??

      I think you will find the tools we talk about in the meeting room now will really help you with “somewhat following the program”. I really thing 360 is the best incarnation of the program yet because it doesn’t just tell you WHAT to eat, it focuses on controlling your environments and setting up healthy routines to help you be successful!

      K.

      1. Hollie says:

        Yes, I’ve been to a few meetings since the 360 launch. I really like the changes to the iPhone app. Makes it easier to track. Weighing in tonight, I am going to buy a new tracker and hopefully stay on track the next few weeks as a beginning goal.

        1. iamthenewme says:

          I think having a plan is important.

          I am motivated to use this new TRACK book. I want to get to the end of it and have used EVERY page.

  2. Ffion says:

    Thanks for the great post Kirsty! I’m Lifetime as well, but have struggled on and off for years to get back to goal (and still working on it!) I do similar things to get motivated/back on track: start a new tracker, track religiously, write down some goals, cook my own meals. The hardest part is knowing deep down that as long as I track, the program absolutely works to a fault, and yet still letting myself fall off the wagon! Thank you for the motivating post, though, the past week and a half haven’t been the greatest, but I’m looking forward to Thursday.. meetings always help get me feeling good about the week ahead!

    1. iamthenewme says:

      Hi Ffion,

      I totally hear what you are saying about meetings. I know that I never slipped off of the wagon when I was attending my meeting weekly. But in the last year or so, it’s just been too difficult to get to a meeting as a member regularly. That’s why I was glad to see a meeting being offered for staff members to sit down wearing their member hats!

      I’m happy to hear that Thursday nights are helping you on your journey. It’s a good feeling to know I’m doing a small part to help!

      K.

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Kirsty….when I’m having trouble staying the course I deal with one meal at a time…one day at a time. I have to tell you though, as hard as it for you right now it’s good for meeting members to realize their leaders have just as many difficulties as the them. That they have to deal with the same day to day issues as them. I know you can do it…..Karen

    1. iamthenewme says:

      Thanks Karen,

      It’s a fine line to walk when admitting to struggling as a leader. Many members expect us to be perfect and have complete control over everything, but the fact is, we are only human as well, and sometimes we slip up as well.

      I think the important fact is that I recognized it was happening and took control of the situation myself before it got out of control, just like any lifetime member should do if they are struggling.

      See you Saturday!

      K.

  4. Angie says:

    Hi Kristy – I’m one of your blog “lurkers”. I’ve been doing WW since September and have been on a slow journey with a vacation, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the past months. I seem to have a strong week followed by a less motivated week. During the less motivated times I re-read the Success Handbook in the 360 package – Liz has so many good ideas. I’m also currently reading The Weight Loss Boss. Both have so much inspirational advice that I always get motivated even if I’m re-reading them – something different always jump out at me.

    I was curious about your lifetime weight loss goal. You mentioned that for your height your highest goal was 160 but that you re-set your goal to 148… so does that mean to keep your lifetime status you have to stay within two points of the 160 or the 148? What actually determines a lifetimes status goal – what YOU choose that is within their healthy BMI range or that 160 that was the highest weight they’d allow for 5’7”? Just curious as I’m 5’8” and find it hard to believe that I could get to the 164 they recommend… if my BMI is the required 25% but I’m over 164 would I still qualify for lifetime status?

    Thanks, Angie
    PS – Don’t fret over being only human – anything else would be kind of weird – ha, ha!

    1. iamthenewme says:

      Hi Angie,

      The healthy weight range for my height is 128-160. I chose to set 146 as my goal because I want to maintain a weight below 148lbs.

      For yourself, being 5’8, your healthy weight range is 132 – 164. I can only speak for how Lifetime membership works in Canada, but I will try and get one of my American coworkers to come by and confirm, or correct this.

      For you, let’s say you set your goal weight at 162, for example, you would be required to maintain your weight for 6 week, between 160 & 164. If you are in that range at the end of your 6 weeks of maintenance, then you receive lifetime membership. Once you are a lifetime member, you are always a lifetime member. In order to attend meetings free of charge, you must weigh in at the first meeting of the month, and be no more than 2lbs above your goal weight. If your first weigh in of any month is more than 2lbs above goal, you pay the weekly meeting fee.

      If you do not feel that being below 164 is a realistic weight for you, here in Canada you can get a note from your doctor specifying what your weight should be and that is set at your goal weight. It has to be an exact number, not a range. So the doctor would have to write “Angie’s goal weight is 170lbs”, NOT “Angie’s weight should be between 168 & 175”, for example. Once you have a doctors note to set your goal weight, all the other rules still apply.

      I hope that answers your question.

      K.

  5. WTG and everyone is human. you caught it in time, which is less than many! you can win and you are winning by taking the time to get on track. keep up the great work ~