I lost over 200 pounds while a member of Weight Watchers. From February 2008-March 2009 I lost 221.4 pounds.I weighed in every week, I sat through meetings, I tracked my food online, and I got the structure to change the way I ate.
Here is the thing. See this guy on the commercial. I have never seen a guy like this at a meeting. In fact, I rarely talk to men who are on Weight Watchers.
Guys join Weight Watchers for two reasons….
1. Their significant other forces them
2. They are 420 pounds.
Well, I referred to number two.
Now, I have not been a member since 2009, but I am going to try to tell you how I remember the Weight Watchers meeting……
7am- Pull up to the Weight Watchers meeting.
7:01am- Wonder if I would be the only guy once again at the meeting.
7:02am- Really be irritated that I had to go to meetings, yet knew that it was better than throwing doughnuts in my mouth like Frisbees.
7:04am- Finally make my way to the meeting. Inside was around 10 women. Everyone had their own “special” weigh in outfit. Mine was the same…white t-shirt, grey shorts and slip on shoes. Most women wore very little clothing.
7:06am- I would wait in line to get weighed in. Weight Watchers does this amazingly weird thing where you stand on a scale, and the women behind the counter is the only person that can see your weight. This is the “official” weigh in. You can practice all week, but this weigh in goes on a sticker in a book that you have. So of course, most of the women in front of me turned into Nancy Grace….
“So let me get this straight….mmmmmhhmmmm. I JUST weighed myself at home and on another scale, and you are trying to tell me that I gained a pound. Are you sure that it is not this scale? Can I take off my watch and try again? Do I need to help you calibrate this scale?”
And of course no one would dare weight themselves with shoes on.
7:10am- I got my weigh in. The “receptionist” was always very sweet to me since I was the only guy and I was incredibly embarrassed about joining. She was a real nice lady.
7:13am- I sat in the back of the room waiting for the meeting to start. I did not talk to many people. In fact, in life, I do not talk to many people.
7:15am- The meeting started. The meetings were always conducted by a “leader”. She was the person we all wanted to be. Well, I wanted to be her. I wanted to have the day where I could go in front of a room and talk about my success, others successes, and tips on healthy living.
7:16am- The leader would pass out samples of products like a drug dealer. One taste of the two point fudge nut loving clusters and then you are hooked for life. It happened to me on those Fruities. To this day, I do not know what “Fruities” are, I just know there are low calorie and at the time there were a point a pack.
7:20am- The meeting was going, yet the leader would still push products. It was a little awkward at times…..
” Be careful, there is a hurricane coming our way so we might have to cancel next week’s meeting. Plus, I have a hurricane of savings on pedometers and the point loving cookbooks!”
7:40am- The lesson was over and then people would start to get up and talk. I had nicknames for them…..
Salsa Lady- This woman realized that salsa was very low calorie so she put it on everything.
Macgyver Lady- This lady could take 20 ingredients and make it into a zero point snack. And she amazed everyone.
Know It All Lady- She knew everything. She has been a member for some time now.
“I Don’t Care” Lady- She overate on the weekend and would say “I do not care, it was worth it!”
7:55- They would hand out little stickers for weight loss. It was nice to get recognized.
8AM- I would leave.
My wife and my mom thought is was weird that I joined Weight Watchers. In fact, it was weird. The guy on the commercial above kind of irritated me because it was not how I saw Weight Watchers. I did not become a member to be cocky or look like a guy from a Bud Light commercial.
Weight Watchers always wanted to be the cool kid. Their media, having Jenny McCarthy as a spokesperson and sexy cover girls on their magazines. Yet, it was different for me.
Weight Watchers saved my life. It gave me the structure I needed. I heard the same excuses I had at meetings. I wanted to lose weight every week. I wanted to be better.
I left Weight Watchers in 2009. I changed. Counting calories was easier than points. Focusing on more proteins and really pushing myself at the gym because a way of life. The way I started to eat was not really Weight Watchers anymore. I realized that people can lose weight a variety of ways, and there is no perfect or great way for everyone, just for you. I am not a diet pusher, I just want people to find the best in them and realize that even a 400 pound guy can lose weight.
I also learned that you do not have to be hired as a “leader”.
I was told very early that I would not be a Weight Watchers leader because of my weight. The goal weight for me was 155 pounds. The last time I weighed that was 1983 at the tender age of 8. Plus, I was happy being around 200 pounds.
But I am a leader. At work, at home, and here. I help people with my story.
So to the guy in the Weight Watchers commercial who I have never seen at a meeting, I hope you help people change their life.
Because I want to as well.