4/23/07

Why wouldn't WW work?

I got asked this very question last week in my interview for WW. He said he doesn't ask everyone this but apparently I seem opinionated enough (or something along those lines)... Today I'm pondering it for two reasons: 1. it was brought up on the boards due to a recent increase in supplement and cleanse questions and 2. my scale is showing a gain that I'm not comfortable with and I know exactly the reason. Both relate back to the answer to today's question: why wouldn't WW work? Well, YOU don't make it work. Last week, I didn't make it work and I can list the reasons:
  • skipping breakfast on Tuesday and Saturday
  • those blasted fruit gummie things
  • there *might* have been a poutine incident on Thursday after hill training that I tried to justify by taking a 30 min walk home instead of the subway
  • breakfast out with my brother yesterday morning after my 10km run (again, the exercise justification)
  • not getting enough water
This is ONE bad week. But I had a combination of 80 good and bad weeks that got me to my goal and then my personal goal the first time. I wasn't always perfect and I know I won't always be in the future, but I know how it works. I had a huge slip up in the beginning but I figured out what I did wrong, I changed my life and I moved forward. I don't whine and complain that the plan doesn't work for me. No, no. When I screw up the plan, that's clear to me. But I know full well what it takes to make it work too. It's not quick fixes, pills and liquid remedies. Doing that will only cause more harm to my system, much like the binges. My problem at the beginning was trying to keep my old lifestyle and just putting it in the point system. I think too many people fall victim to the same thing and think "Hey! I can still eat at McDonald's and be within my points EVERY DAY! it WILL WORK!" Uh, sorry hunny. Sure, it's good for a treat, but what about the guidelines for healthy living? Are you watching your dairy and your veggie servings? Did you read about the oils? Did you ever hear about Canada's Food Guide? I didn't when I first started and I could have saved myself a hell of a lot of trouble and four months if I had poked around the site properly, worked harder and planned properly. The bottom line is there is no miracle answer! The few pounds that appeared today aren't alarming YET as they aren't here to stay. They're just a reminder that the plan can't work on its on own unless you put in the effort. You have to do it for yourself. It's kind of like your work, which I know we can hate at times, but if you don't show up and get your tasks done, no one else is going to do them for you...or maybe they will, but it's not going to be your job anymore. You have to own it, rule it and go above and beyond if you want to move up. This is my PSA for the day. ...oh, and drink your water :P

21 comments:

Green Girl said...

Good point!

I think about that also (no one is going to do the work for me, and ulimately, I am the one who is making the choices), but, of course, the challenge is to stay focused, and not go off course completely when you have a slip up.

Sounds simple, doesn't it? ... lol

g.g.

Angie All The Way said...

Oh yeaaaah sista! You nailed it. Absolutely. WW gets most of its reputation based on it's flexibility to allow us to eat what we want, but let's face it there's a whole lot of other eating and planning involved that is far more important to make the program work. Yes the fact that we CAN eat whatever we want is what drew us to this program and frankly is what makes it work in the long haul, but it's the guidelines of healthy eating that has to take up 95% of it. Staying with in our daily target is not enough to make it work that is for shooowa!

Catalogrrr said...

A leader said to me once, "When you choose the behaviour, you choose the results." She's also been know to say, "If you kinda sorta follow the program, it kinda sorta works."

If you choose to make unhealthy food/fitness choices, you choose the results of those actions.

If you follow the program only 3 of 7 days, then you probably won't see the results you want at the scale.

There is no magic bullet for weight loss and healthy living. It's discipline and choice. I don't want to be obese ever again. I have to make choices to help me achieve that goal. It's human behaviour (and chocolate) that gets in the way.

GINGER said...

Very well said!

Thanks for posting that!

Sara said...

When I worked at Weight Watchers I met so many people who thought just signing up and attending meetings was enough (well I paid my money so I should be losing the weight right? - uh no.) One woman had to be on core so she could eat her steak for lunch and dinner but would also eat 3-4 granola bars everyday and refused to either look at Core friendly snacks or move to flex and she was angry at Weight Watchers for not "allowing her" to lose the weight - she tried to get a refund for her 12 weeks. It is funny (in a not so funny way) that people don't take responsibility for their own choices and try to place blame on a plan that they are not even following. Eventually I'm sure they will get to that point of knowing - I always hope it is just sooner rather than later!

Antonia Z said...

You got it Marie.

Although I am still up 30 pounds from my all time loss of 120, I am still hanging in.

It's sometimes 3 steps forwards, one step back. It's a process. Even skinny girls gain weight at times.

The important thing is to lose that all-or-nothing attitude and to pick up the important habits -- water, trackings, breakfast and no more processed junk!

Jen said...

Were you reading my mind this morning??? I realized today that I have not been letting the plan work for me lately...it is one thing to say "I can't believe I can eat this wonderful meal and still lose weight" (when in reference to a "good for you" meal, or your one treat in a week) but to say "I ate fast food for lunch almost everyday and barely ate 5 veggies in a week"...um yeah...no good!)

Lindsay said...

you are so right, i know that when i dont loose weight or if i gain weight that it is MY FAULT! lol... i know that the reasons lie within myself not taking the proper steps, not eating right and staying OP or not getting enough water or exercise in... If you follow the plan it works!! well at least for me it does :)

Mandy said...

Excellent post Marie - it coincides with my Friday post on my blog. My only beef with WW is not offering tools for when we ARE doing everything right and hit a plateau and get stuck. If I ever am asked to be a success story and they interview me, I'm going to mention that they need more resources for this. But like you said, WW does work - you just have to work the program the right way. :) Excellent post my dear!

Maria said...

Well said, Marie.

I think it's easy to forget why we eat - to fuel our bodies. And the kind of energy we're putting into it affects its performance. Often on the boards there will be posts of someone 'following the program to a T' until you start to dissect their menu and realise the healthy guidelines (and really, sensible eating) aren't being taken into account. Modifying bad habits to fit within a smaller calorie range isn't being OP. If you're eating 4 packs of Thinsations and saving a day's points for a McFlurry, your body is not being nourished.

Sorry to get ranty - but this post is a welcome reminder for us to step back and assess how we're working the plan.

jodi said...

great post! we had a nutritionist speak at our runner's group on saturday and she talked about the same things... just because you're running, it doesn't mean you can eat more food - you still have to watch your intake (1 mile = 100 calories burned)...

i know that i gained because i stopped being accountable so now that i'm back OP (and doing eTools), i hope it leads me in the right direction...

ANY plan will work, if you do your part and to think a pill or shake will do it for you - think again! :o)

Anonymous said...

Thanks,


Mojo

scrambledeggs said...

well, if we keep getting crazy touchy granny-pants waitress, we're not doing breakfast so much anymore.

~♥ Amanda ♥~ said...

what a great post!!! it's so true, it bugs me when you hear people whining cause the plan isn't working, yet they aren't getting their healthy guidelines in or eating crap all day but still within their points!! and thanks for the reminder on my blog about the 55+lbs! that was great!!!

Natalie said...

Great post! Lots to think about!

Wheebs said...

You definitely nailed it. Good post!

Shirls said...

well said, well said :)

Krissie said...

great post. It's so true. It's not just about the number of points I eat in a day. And every day is a new day. Every week is a new week. It's about not letting a setback cause you to throw your hands up and set you back to the beginning. We have the chance to see what works for our bodies, repeat what works and throw out what doesn't (like frozen coffee drinks and ice cream in mass quantities...darn it!).

Shrunk said...

You nailed that one bang on Marie.

CaRoLyN said...

Great motivational speech!
It took me a logn time to realize that there is no miracle pill or drink that you can take to lose weight, you simply have to put in the time and effort. Period.

You are such a motivation, keep up the great work!

jules said...

great post!
it is a good reminder for me being new on lifetime and not slipping into old habits,.
thanks!

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