Weight Watchers Saved My Life – Review

How to review the Weight Watchers program?  This one is hard.  When you have been fully involved in a program for over two years, it just becomes part of your life.  It is hard to review a program that will now forever be in your life but here goes. 

Weight WatchersWhen I first started Weight Watchers, I joined because my dad wanted to go and my mom didn’t want to go with him.  We made a deal that I would go with him as long as they paid for it.  They agreed to pay for it as long as I lost weight.  If I gained weight one week, I would have to pay them the weekly fee of ten dollars.  My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant and had not been successful and I thought my weight might have something to do with that and I was obese so I told my parents, “It’s a deal.”  My dad and I joined on January 6, 2009.  I walked in and weighed on the scale and I was the heaviest I had ever been!  Good thing I walked through the door.  My dad joined with me and reached goal in May of 2009.  He is to this day a lifetime member.  I continue to walk through the door almost every week.  NOTHING (except sickness or really bad weather) keeps me from my weekly meetings.  They are a priority to me because I am a priority to myself.  So, what keeps me going to the meetings?  Three main things:

First, the receptionist.  The lady that weighs me in, Kyle is so amazing.  She is like my mom: gentle and loving regardless of how I did every week.  My dad would only let HER weigh him in.  That is how much we like Kyle.  There are weeks I can go in and say, “Kyle, I gained…don’t want to know how much.”  She always just smiles and nods and weighs me in not saying a word.  The receptionists are key to the program because they are accountability holders.  Having to go and weigh in and have the receptionists tell you whether you gain or not is accountability that I need sometimes.  The next thing that keeps me walking through the door ever week is my leader, Jacynta.  To put Jacynta into words is impossible.  You must EXPERIENCE her.  I have never met another person who inspires me as much as Jacynta does.  Every meeting is an adventure and best of all, she makes it fun.  She is loud (I can appreciate that, I am loud), she is funny, and most of all, she has lived this program and is a success.  When a member is successful, she sends post cards in the mail to congratulate him/her.  I don’t think she knows how powerful those postcards are.  I still have the one I will treasure for all time.

Here it is for you to see.

Weight Watchers Postcard

The power of the spoken (or written word) in this case.  When I got this I thought to myself, “I wonder if she is right, will I be successful?”  I hope one day to become a leader, a Jacynta, and inspire others as much as she inspires me.  The last reason I continue to go through the door is the program.  IT WORKS!!!!!

Weight Watcher’s has a brand new program called Points Plus.  It is the first time in many years they had a major restructuring of their plan.  I LOVE IT!!!  It really makes me think about what foods I am putting in my mouth.  Before, I would eat too many carbs.  Now, I try to limit my carbs and eat more fruits and vegetables.  Why???  Because FRUIT IS FREE!!!!  Yep, no points, zip, zilch, nada, none, FREE!  You get a daily point target and then you get a whole boat load of extra points you can eat throughout the week.  The program is different from other programs because it is real life.  You can eat whatever you want, you just have to count the Points Plus.  With the extra weekly points, you really can splurge and still lose weight.  They teach you strategies to live by.  They are real life.What have I personally gained (or lost depending on how you look at it) from this program:

  • A new body – I have lost a total of 93 pounds and I have gone from a size 24 to a 14.
  • A healthier baby making body- My body will no longer be a fat body with a baby. One day, when God is ready for me, it will be a healthy body with a baby which means a healthier pregnancy.
  • A lower blood pressure-No more high blood pressure medication.
  • A lack of migraines-I have not had a migraine since I joined WW two years ago!
  • A higher energy level-I used to come home and take a nap everyday.  Now, I go non-stop all day without hesitation.
  • A new way of thinking – I no longer think, “I can’t do it”.  Instead, I think “I can do it, no matter how long it takes, I can do it.”
  • A new way of looking at food - I know what bad food does to me and I know what good food does to me.  No more “mystery.”

So, should you join Weight Watchers?  My opinion is, without a doubt, YES!  It saved my life!  Just make sure you find a leader as amazing as mine.  Without a great leader, you are less likely to attend meetings and less likely to be successful.

My most recent postcard from Jacynta…I’m ready for the one that says, “100!”

90 lbs gone postcard from Weight Watchers

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  • Aimee

    Jenn,
    I am sooo very proud of your accomplishments! You are truly an inspiration. You have ALWAYS been beautiful, inside and out. Now, more of that natural beauty shines for all to see and admire. I am doing Weight Watchers too; I’m on week 5. So far, I’ve lost 5.5 lbs, but gained back 3 after one week of not being particularly diligent about what I was eating. Lesson learned. I am looking forward to, like you, reaching my goal weight and becoming healthier.

    Kudos on a job well done!! Thanks for sharing your journey…

    ~a.

  • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer

    Thanks A! I am proud of you for joining! I promise if you stick with it, you will be a success! Don’t let one hard week discourage you! If you ever want to go to a meeting with me, let me know! I promise you will LOVE my WW leader. She is right up your ally with her attitude and enthusiasm! I would LOVE for you to join me! Keep me posted on your journey!

    • Aimee

      Jenn,
      Where and when do you go? I’m currently on the online program, as I had a hard time mustering up the courage to go to a meeting on my own (and none of my friends wanted to go with me). Your leader sounds FABULOUS and, like you, I believe that will be the key to keeping me going. Also, you mentioned working out. This is something that, while I know I need to do, have yet to approach. Part of me is fearful of the pain; I have fibromyalgia and typically, after working out, it is not unusual to need to stay in bed to recuperate from the flare-up that follows. I’ve tried yoga and other non-impact exercises, which is great for stretching and some minor toning, but will not give me the true workout I know I need. I’ve just gotten the fibro under control (no meds) and am eager and willing to give the whole exercise thing a try… but, as usual, am a chicken s**t and need someone to hold my hand through the process. Where do you go to the gym? What kind of workout do you do now? When do you go? (Yes, I realize I have a million questions!!) Bear with me… I am SOOOO inspired by you and your accomplishments and am trying to pick your brain so I, too, can be successful.

      Thank YOU, Jenn….

      ~a.

  • Margie

    Jenn,

    You are an inspiration to everyone you know and those who will know you! You’re journey has had it’s share of uphill battles and alot more victory’s! I guess all this time I never paid attention to how you were living (W.W.), but more that you were determined to live a healthier/better lifestyle. I joined W.W. years ago losing weight only to gain it back (and then some) for more than 20 years ago with my sister. I’ve always loved the program and boasted about it whenever the subject came up. I’m on my umpteenth journey and as I’ve gotten older I have found it has been more difficult to lose than ever before, but that has not caused me to give up.

    I just wanted to say thank-you for your blog and for being an inspiration to all of us who have struggled with more than one addiction after another. Keep up the hard, but good work, always keeping the Faith and look to our Lord and Savior for strength in the journey.

    You Rock!

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer

      Margie,
      Wow! Thanks for sharing your story! I have had many similar WW stories in the past. One of the differences this time was the amazing leader. She keeps me going week after week whether I want to or not (generally when I gain, I don’t want to!). Try to find a leader that motivates you and inspires you and then DON’T STOP GOING…no matter what! Stay strong and like you said, let Jesus be your strength when you can’t go on any further! Please continue reading the blog and hopefully stay inspired to keep going! Great job!

  • Wiseguys_jhmh

    Jennifer, thanks for being transparent. This journey sounds challenging. I am at my heaviest ever and am short, so it is worse. I have been toying with the idea of doing a program like WW, but I’m not sure which ones right for me…you’ve definitely given me a lot to think about. Thanks.

    • Jennifer

      Thank you for sharing! Whatever you decide to do, just remember it is a life long journey. You didn’t gain it overnight and you will not lose it overnight. It has taken me over two years to lose the 92 pounds I have lost. Even if it takes another three years to get to my goal, the most important things is that I am getting healthier every day! Good luck and keep reading! Hopefully you will gain some encouragement to start your weight loss journey!

  • Suz

    I just stumbled upon your blog. . and cannot wait to get home from work so i can read EVERYTHING!  I tried WW 2 or 3 times and it never worked for me.  I was working out like crazy, and staying within the points and I would go up and down 2 lbs every week. . quit, quit, quit.  I was searching the “new” program and may try again.  I think the problem the other times was that I was eating too much sugar. . those bars, snacks, etc.  I know I need a lower carb diet. .congrat’s on all your success!! :)

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer

      I am so glad you found me Suz! I hope you do ready everything I have posted. I put my heart and sole into every post in hopes of reaching someone who needs to hear it. Trust me, I have been there and done that. This journey just keeps going! I hope you will give WW a try with the new program. It is awesome and so much healthier than the old one! Let me know if you decide to join. As you continue to read through my posts. I would love to hear any comments you have! Thanks again and keep reading!

  • http://twitter.com/eileen0621 eileen eustace

    Just found your website !! i love it and it is so great ! i also have tried weight watchers a few times and this last time i did loose 3lbs but then stopped going to meetings so i am gonna give it another try with the online program and now your wonderful website !!

    you rock!!
    eileen

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      Great job Eileen trying Weight Watchers again! The key is you can’t stop. Through ups and downs…keep on weighing in and being accountable!

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