There’s No Quitting in Weight Loss

Have you heard the term, “There’s no Crying in Baseball?”  Well, I have come up with a new term, “There’s no Quitting in Weight Loss!”

Do you know how many times I have thought about quitting?  A TON!

Apparently I am not alone.  Here’s the difference, I haven’t quit…Well, not this round.  Trust me, I have quit several times in the past.  I was what you might call a “Pro-Quitter!”

I first joined Weight Watchers when I was in high school.  HIGH SCHOOL!  I needed to go, my parents knew it worked so they supported me.  But…then I quit.  It didn’t last.  My quitting didn’t effect anyone else, just me.  However, it affected me quite a bit.  I gained some weight when I went to college.  So, when I joined WW in high school, I weighed around 180.

Then, I joined again in college.  We met in a church and I remember I was close to 200 pounds and mortified so I joined AGAIN.  And…again, I lost some, the going got tough and I quit.  I maybe lost 20 pounds.

After college, I started teaching and the weight slowly crept up.  I joined Weight Watchers at least another two times during my first few years teaching.  Each time the going would get tough, I would get going and quit.  Each time I quit, I would gain even more weight than when I joined.

Fast Forward to 2009.  I was at my highest weight ever…276.  I walked into Weight Watchers again.  My dad and I went on a Tuesday night and the leader was not so good.  El boringo.  Snoozer.  Laughed at herself…boring.

I was ready to quit again just because the meeting was so painful.  I decided to be proactive and called the Weight Watchers 800 number to figure out another night we could go when another leader would be there.

They told me that a different leader was on Monday nights so we went the next Monday night and guess who was there leading the meeting?!?  THE SAME LADY!  I about died!  I asked the receptionist why it wasn’t the leader they had told me on the phone…Jacynta.  She told me that Jacynta was on pregnancy leave and would be back in a few weeks.


Thank you Jesus.  I was so happy.

The minute Jacynta walked through that door, I KNEW without a doubt, she was the leader for me.  She was so funny and sweet and the day I got that 25 pound postcard that said, “You will be a success”, I knew that this lady was meant for me.

Weight Watchers Postcard

That postcard was mailed to me in March of 2009.

Jacynta was a big part of me not quitting.  She made meetings fun and she believed in me.  I WANTED to please her.  I loved this lady.  I still do — very much.

Jen and her Weight Watchers leader, Jacynta

If she had not come back to that meeting after having her sweet baby girl, I really think I would have quit…again and would probably weigh at least 300 pounds by now.

Now…here’s the kicker…You ready for this?!?

This past Monday night, Jacynta told our group that she was going to quit leading Weight Watchers meetings back in 2009.  She told us that after she had her baby, she was ready to call her boss and tell her that she could no longer lead any meetings.  She had too much going on at home and she was going to quit!


Can you imagine?  I teared up on Monday when she told us this.  Where would I be if she had quit?  Where would you be?  There would be no success stories, there would be no 100 pounds gone, there would be no blog or recipes.


You see, sometimes quitting doesn’t just affect us.  Sometimes it affects LOTS of other people.  Had Jacynta quit, it would have had an affect on my life that I don’t even want to think about.

What if I quit?  Would anyone care?  Would anyone notice?  I sure would.  The weight would slowly creep back up and I would probably weigh more than when I joined in 2009.


I can’t.  I mean too much to myself, to others and my quality of life means too much to me.

Now, I am asking you to please don’t quit.  I know the road is hard.  I know it is long.  I know it is hilly.  I know there are days weeks that you screw up royally.  Don’t we all?  I have been there.  Hell, I am here now.  But, I am begging you…


I promise you, it will be worth it in the end if you stick it out.  You will make it.  You will be a success!  I believe in you just like I believe in myself.  We will get there.  One step at a time!

When was the last time you thought about throwing in the towel and quitting?  Me?  Last week.  Yep, happens all the time.  I think about it but I will never do it!

Go back to that meeting, step on that scale, call that friend, do something, anything but Do-NOT-Quit!

There is no quitting in weight loss.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for this post. I just signed back up for WW after I got back to my heaviest weight. It’s nice to have the support from a stranger.

  • Dawn

    Thanks for this post I am half way on the road on my journey it becomes hard to keep your head in the game when you have to lose 275 but this time around I am in for the long haul I am no quitter Thanks for being there

  • Sarah Richards

    This is such a great post, I think we all have moments where we consider quitting but its not an option. You’ll only ever end up worse off then you were at the start and when think of how unhappy I was at that point I dont want that feeling again even if sometimes it can be a struggle. The struggle will be worth it though when get to the end. Good luck with rest of your journey.

  • Laura Bolan

    This is such a wonderful post, I am a huge fan of your blog. I have been on my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers for almost 5 years, and have thought of giving up numerous times. But when I look back and see how much progress I’ve made I know that sticking through the tough times works out in the end, I’ve lost almost 60 lbs so far and I know that if I keep with it I’ll lose the remaining 20. Your blog is such a motivation, thank you for doing this.

  • Sabrina P

    Thank you so much for your encouragement!!! It is so nice to know that there are people who don’t even know me that are motivating me to not give up! Likewise I started thinking about all of the people I may be influencing. It IS hard but I know that quitting will most definitely make it harder. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • jessiekay77

    Thank you so much for these words! I am almost in tears. I have started a boot camp class this week and it is soo hard I feel like the biggest person there and I struggle with the exercises. But I just have to hope that it will get easier when I keep going. Because I am not quitting. Ever.

  • davismauldin

    Last night I read a guy’s blog who has been where you are now (and me… several times)… his statement was inspirational to me although VERY tough (and vulgar which I have edited out), to wit:

    Every painful step I take up this punishing hill, every rotation of the
    pedals where my legs beg for mercy, every single drop of sweat that
    beads on my head and runs into my eyes, I have earned, it is my debt to
    pay. I have been sentenced to this, it is mine, I own it and I need to
    make good on all of the late night deals that I made, all of the second
    plates, the pain now is the price for those things and I accept that as
    my sentence so my body will have to enjoy the pain because its not going
    to stop.

    Now get out of my way before someone gets hurt, the brakes are gone, there is no stopping this train.

    Keep on keeping on… you WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!

  • 19SkinnyGirlInside76

    You are an absolute angel in disguise!! Since the 4th of July I have been on a downhill slide. Ready to totally quit. Today I sat down to figure out my shopping list & menu for next week realizing I don’t have as much $ in my budget for the extravagant weight loss menu I thought I was going to have. I wanted to throw in the towel but I thought “no I can still eat right & workout & make it work this week.” Your post has really encouraged me to stick with that fight!! THANK YOU for reminding me that we are all human & not perfect.

  • Cataract Surgery

    Awesome post!

  • aliseasea

    Thank you Jennifer for this post. I skipped my WW meeting yesterday and 2 days of workouts because…well, really for no good reason. I’ve been dealing with a stressful relationship issue where I’m at a crossroads and it is affecting my weight loss. My body is stressed and saying “WE ARE STARVING” even though we are not lol I know I cannot quit though. I’ve lost 80+ lbs in the last 11 months and have 20 more to go to hit my goal and I will not stop and I will not let stress, sadness, fear or any other negative feeling make me feel like quitting again. Thank you so much for your post. It was something that I needed to hear today.

  • FitFadFan

    Totally agree that there’s no quitting and yes it’s very difficult to live healthy day in and day out. Congrats on your hard work. I am a fitness enthusiast but I have my days and weeks where it seems like such a struggle to stay on track, exercise and eat clean… Keep up the great work!

  • Vanessa9992

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I had quit until today! After reading your post, I am re-energized to continue my journey. I have gained back a good portion of the weight I had lost because I had given up on myself. My last two (2) boyfriends gave up on me and left me because I am “too fat”, literally. Yes, that’s what they said! And so I felt completely worthless and continued to replay those conversations over and over again in my head as I was eating all the things I know I shouldn’t. But you know, I want to show them that I am not worthless. But most importantly, I want to show myself that I am not worthless and I can achieve my goals. I’m a vibrant 43 y/o single mom (I have a 20 y/o old daughter who is away in college.) in the prime of my life and I should be enjoying every minute of this time!! And today is my new beginning!

  • Leslie

    So glad I found your site. I get so frustrated sometimes, and start to dwell on past mistakes. I then want to say whatever and quit. But I know that is just me making excuses. I have a long way to go. My last weigh-in I gained a few pounds, but I am not going to let that stop me.

  • Bjvalles

    Tomorrow is my first meeting @ weight watchers!!! I’m so very excited. Currently I think I’m about 300 lbs not sure… Ill let you know tomorrow.

  • Weight Loss Wire

    I completely agree with everything you said. It’s great that you are inspiring others on their weight loss journeys.