In my Battle of the Diets post, I mentioned briefly my time on Weight Watchers. Tonight, I have decided to go a little further in depth about my time on Weight Watchers as well as why I will never go back to WW. PS: I am just going to abbreviate it to save time.
I started WW when I was about 20 years old or so and weighed around 224 pounds. This picture to the left doesn’t really show how large I was, but unfortunately it is the only one I can find. I was living with a friend who was also overweight and was looking to lose weight. Together we decided to start WW and join a local gym. We used the app to help keep track of our points and our exercise. It was fairly easy to follow and track points. Of course, back then the internet was not as quick as it is now, but there wasn’t too much issues plugging in our meals. My friend did most of the cooking, measuring, counting, all of that tedious work because at the time I had no clue how to cook. Scrambled eggs with cheese was my specialty as well as cereal. I know, real Rachael Ray in the making… not lol. For lunches, most of the time we picked up microwaveable meals from Smart Ones, Healthy Choice, and Lean Cuisine. Most of them also already had to points on the box, which was another wonderful convenience. Over the span of 6 to 7 months, I went from 224 pounds to about 165 pounds.
Here is where it starts to go downhill. Although I maintained the weight loss for a good while, I want to say about 2 to 3 years, I learned absolutely nothing from it. Is that WW’s fault? Absolutely not. I allowed myself not to learn anything from that experience. I didn’t learn how to portion control, I did not address my mental health issues, I definitely didn’t learn how to cook, I just knew that I could heat something up in the microwave and boom, dinner was served. I quit WW’s because I lost weight, although I still was not at my ideal weight, I was lighter and thought I didn’t need it anymore.
After a wrist injury that left me unable to perform my job, I started emotional eating and the weight started piling back on. I reached my original highest weight and tacked on an additional 20 pounds. When I started this fitness journey, 242.6 pounds was officially the highest weight I have ever recalled being.
So after all of that, the fact that I did achieve success with WW’s, why have I decided to not use the service again? For one, it costs money. I would rather spend the money I’d be paying to use that service towards my gym membership or workout clothes and shoes. Another is that I use MyFitnessPal (not sponsored), which is a free app, and it guesstimates how many calories a day I should be eating to lose about 2 pounds a week, let’s me scan foods, calculate recipes, and etc. all for free. WW’s is an absolutely wonderful tool and I am grateful for the time I used it. However, I no longer need it because what I am doing is working for me. I am learning how to cook for myself, portion control, exercise, and I am figuring out how to properly take care of me. It’s a beautiful thing. I hope you found this post somewhat interesting. If you have used WW’s in the past or are currently using it, let me know how it went or how it is going! I love hearing other success stories as well as tribulation stories. Until next time!