I stopped being an official paying Weight Watchers Online member a while ago. About 9 weeks ago.
I was hoping to be able to continue on my own to lose the last few pounds. (and by my own, I mean with lots of help from My Fitness Pal!)
And I was doing pretty well. I even wrote my own new diet plan that has lots of potential, and enjoyed it for a couple of weeks. I went from 153 down to 145.8 in about 9 weeks, which is a satisfactory rate of loss for the last few pounds in my opinion.
However... something was missing.
And I think that something, unfortunately was STRUCTURE.
As soon as I hit the "accept" button on quitting Weight Watchers Online all those weeks ago, I felt a sense of panic setting in. No more WW tracker? No more weekly weigh-in reminders?
But above that, I felt a sense of FREEDOM. It was all in my hands now... I didn't have to answer to Weight Watchers or anyone else! I could design my own weight loss plan! I could take what I had learned from WW and apply it towards a new plan of calorie-counting. How exciting it was.
The thing is though, from the very beginning of this journey, I haven't had to answer to anyone but myself. Weight Watchers Online wasn't holding my hand. It was a tool that I used to get healthy.
I have lost weight many times in the past, only to put it right back on (plus more, usually). I wasn't ready to be healthy yet, and as soon as the excitement of whatever new diet plan wore down, I was done with it and ready to go back to my old ways.
This time around I choose to hold myself accountable. And if I find that accountability through Weight Watchers or through some other means, that's okay.
I find myself craving the structure that Weight Watchers offers. The PointsPlus system, the commaraderie of other members, the good health guidelines...
As soon as I made the decision to sign up again (registration fee waived for previous members!!!) I knew that I had made the right decision. All of my awesome WW memories came flooding back to me, and I feel like I'm home again.
I know what works for me, and it's Weight Watchers.
P.S. Personal update- I was in a car accident last week, and have bad whiplash! That's why I'm still easing my way back into exercise.