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Unread 04-19-2002, 06:37 AM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

Hi Sisters,

I need your help. Went to see my GP yesterday for annual - don't have the bottom half parts anymore, so this was an upper half check and general "tune up" so to speak.

The first topic of conversation was my weight and what I'm doing about it. I need to ideally lose about 75-100 pounds.

He wants me to join Weight Watchers so I guess I really want to hear from some of you on it. I've done weight watchers in the past and have been successful (lost 70 pounds one time) but then gained it all back. What turns me off about it is the "discussion" about why we eat. I don't want or need to get into that. My problem is I need to eat less and exercise more. Period. I don't have issues (I'm in a healthy, loving marriage, love my parents, love my job, my kids are smart and caring souls). Are the meetings like they were years ago where everyone sits around and talks about why they did what they did, etc.? Or is it more focused on healthy eating, what to do right, etc. The thing with weight watchers is the accountability. Can you go, get the plan, weigh in and not stay for the meeting?

I've been to a nutritionist and really like what she layed out - I just need to do it. But how (or has?) Weight Watchers changed enough that it would be a good thing to do.

I know you all don't know me and can only speak for yourselves - but I'm just hoping to get a little insight from some of you on it.

Thanks in advance!
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Unread 04-19-2002, 07:13 AM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

Mary Sue~~ I am following the WW program without attending the meetings and or weigh in's. I am using my materials from a previous time that I had joined about 1 1/2 ago. However when I was the going the meetings were optional BUT highly recommended. We didn't sit around and discuss our individual eating habits but we did discuss tips and strategies to help stay OP and reach our goals. I think that part of the program is VERY important for some. I think most of us KNOW what we "should" be doing to lose our weight or at least have a pretty good idea. BUT the "doing it" is the hard part, so that is why I think the meetings are so highly recommended. I started following the program in Jan. and I have lost 19 lbs so far. I know that may not seem like a lot to some but I am very happy with that!!!! I have really good days and I have some not so good days but I hate to think where I might be if I never tried at all. So I would say all in all I am happy with the WW program. I realize it is NOT for everyone, and everyone's needs are different. I would think your Dr. would want to lose weight in a healthy manner and WW is known to be a healthy type of weight loss program and was probably why he recommended it in the first place. However if you think you would do better on the layout from your nutritionist then you could give your Dr a call and ask him to look over it and see what he thinks?? I wish all the Best in whatever you decide to do and hope you will join us at the daily threads, we haven't seen you there for awhile and would love to hear from you more often as to how you are doing.

Take Care, Dawn

TAH/BSO 6-29-01

203/184/135 ~~ 19 lbs gone forever ~~
Unread 04-19-2002, 08:34 AM
Wink - Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me? Cheers for Weight Watchers

I'm also following the NEW Weight Watchers using last year's materials, but not attending. I don't feel guilty at all, because I've been a WW member at least 5 times and have lost weight down to my right size every time. I have generously supported that organization.

Do I hear what I'm saying. It works when I work it. When I stop working it, old behavior takes over and I gain again. So, this time I am adding lots of information I got from a book on motivation to change my eating habits for life, I'm walking a dog and doing other exercise daily, and I'm hanging around this site for all the motivation I can get. And there's lots and lots of that.

If you joined WW so long ago that they were still on the calorie binge, you have a wonderful surprise coming. They've made it SOOO much easier than before.

Let me know if you'd like more information on the book. I've mentioned it so many times I'm starting feel like someone will think I wrote it.

Good Luck.
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Unread 04-19-2002, 10:33 AM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

I have just this week with the Weight Watchers points program (actually got materials from a friends mom who was in WW), and I have noticed that when I actually pay attention to what I am eating, it works better (to stay within or below daily points range). I have a tendency to eat convenient foods (which are often high in fat), but since my LAVH 3 weeks ago, I haven't had much of a taste for them.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I am using a combination of the points program, watching what I am eating, and just having a willingness to drop some of the weight that I have gained over the past ten years.

Unread 04-19-2002, 02:51 PM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

So much depends on your WW leader! My leader usually only discusses how many points are in her recipes and the points of every single ingredient. But last week she started in about self-esteem (I could just puke).
If you feel like you'd do better 'answering' to somebody but hate the meeting, you can join, go get weighed each week, then split (you still have to pay).
Or find a meeting with a different leader.
WW offers WW At Home, also. It's for people who can't get to meetings. Check for info.
Good luck with finding a program that's good for you!
(30lbs gone for 2 years now thanx to WW, and going for 15 more)
Unread 04-19-2002, 05:24 PM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

Mary Sue, I too have wuite a bit of weight to lose. I love WW. It's really doable. My trouble is getting in the exercise. I'm really motivated to loose the weight because I want to have a tummy tuck when I have my bladder surgery. They will have to open me back up again anyway. I might as well get something out of it.

See the post on -low points- for some recommendations.

Hint: Every time I lose a lb. I put a $10 bill in a jar. New wardrobe $.

Unread 04-19-2002, 08:09 PM
JC not WW here

I figured I'd chime in even though I have never been a WW client. I too had a bit of weight to lose (and still a bit more to go), knew I needed accountability, but also knew I needed to be taught more about healthy eating and chaning my lifestyle permanently rather than counting calories, fat, points, what have you. It was my goal to learn portions and balanced meals. To know how much was too much and to get activity back into my life.

For me, Jenny Craig fit that bill. Although I am no longer a client, it was not because of the program. I was quite successful with it, and have learned many great things to change my lifestyle going forward and make a difference in myself, which I am still utilizing and they have become habit rather than something I have to remind myself about.

As others have mentioned, the counselor or center you use has a lot to do with your satisfaction and desire to stick with the program. If you'd like more information about this program and what they offer, please feel free to e-mail me and I can send you to a couple of message boards to ask around.

Unread 04-21-2002, 08:06 PM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

Hi ladies,

Thanks so much for the replies. I knew I could count on you!

You've given the motivation to check it out. I went to the website and you are all absolutly right - it looks totally different from before. The points thing sounds interesting. I also like the Weight Watchers at home idea. Has anyone done it?

Thanks again for the answers. I really appreciate it!

(BTW - I've done very well this weekend on my own - but it's a lot of counting of grams etc. The points thing sounds so much easier. Is it?)

Unread 04-21-2002, 11:20 PM
Need to lose weight - Is Weight Watchers for me?

I have been reading a great book that has helped me greatly with my food/diet/weight issues. The book is called "Thin Again". I recommend it highly.
Unread 04-22-2002, 07:09 AM

Mary Sue,

I've done WW before - and I also hated the meetings. I would weigh in every week, but my treat to myself was that if I had lost, I didn't have to stay and listen to the babble!! I was supposed to lose 20 pounds, lost 10 and kept 8 off for 2 years.

Now, I am doing the WW at home to get rid of the last pounds. Basically, you just get all the materials in the mail and then you are on your own, which is fine with me. There is an 800 number you can call with questions about the program, but I haven't needed to do that.

I liked WW because it made me focus on my bad eating habits (too much pasta, bagels for breakfast, too many glasses of wine on Sat night). I lost weight very slowly on the program, but it pretty much stayed off, so I guess the program worked for me.

Good luck to you!!


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