It is the ultimate goal for a Weight Watchers member. Being in WW is like a adventure video game. You start off at a low level, you gain experience points, you fight battles, and then you move up levels. You get 5 pound stars, and Bravo stickers on the way. But as every WW member knows, there is a pot of gold, a final level, the ultimate goal. Whether you want to admit it or not, deep down, everyone wants to get there. It does not matter if you are unemployed or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The ultimate WW goal is:

The WW leader!!!!

Sure, you have your receptionist, and you have your lifetime members, but being the leader is like weight loss immortality. Not only are you at your weight loss goal, but now, you can tell everyone at meetings advice. You can put up fun flip charts, and really talk about your weight loss experiences. And I am not talking about this kind of advice:

” Okay, so this is my 7th time joining WW, and I lost 15 pounds my 4th time. Remember people, we are all in this together. There is no I in team!!! And I did real good this week. I took a cow and deep fried it, and it was only 3 points, yum!!!”

No, I mean true advice. People quote you after the meetings. People talk to you and listen about how they can be better. Yes, it is the mega goal!
But here is the problem. Everyone I have talked to has always had a issue with a leader. I am no different. I have seen good leaders, and I have seen bad.

You have the sales leaders:

“Oh my God, I am so sorry to hear about your son losing both his arms in a car accident. Also, talking about accidents, cookbooks are half off, Fruities are buy three get one free, and we have a new chedder “2 point” pita chip sample. If you did not get one, please get one before you leave”.

You have your Macgyver leaders, also know as the recipe leaders:

“So my husband wanted nachos for the big game. I wanted to make them healthier. I have the recipe if you want it, but I took 5 sheets of paper towls, 2 toothpics, 6 FF mentos, and ketchup, and we fell in love with our new 1 point recipe “Betty’s Macho Nachos!”

You have your energetic leaders:

“COME ON EVERYONE. LET’S GET UP AND DANCE. AS A GROUP, WE LOST 1.2 POUNDS LAST WEEK. THAT IS FAN-FAN-FANTASTIC. WHY ISNT ANYONE UP DANCING, I SAID GET UP NOW!!!!! OH, I SEE (pulls out gun). NOW WHO IS NOT GOING TO GET UP!”
And, you have your “They do not understand!” leader:

“Wow, you gained 3 pounds last week. let me tell you, it was tough for me to make it to my goal weight. I mean, I had to go from 128 to 121. I lost 7 pounds in my journey, I know you can lose 130 pounds. It is not that hard.”

Of course, we have all met leaders who have inspired us, or made us feel like we are not alone on this journey. There are some wonderful people out there who make our WW experience so much better. And through it all, I guess I have realized one thing:

“Being a leader is a job, losing weight is the journey.”

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