6/28/07

Dear Weight Watchers Canada,

I think you made a BIG mistake. You passed up about 140lbs worth of free advertising because of .3lbs. Our girl Shrunk deserved to be a success story and then some. She's the biggest cheerleader you have on your boards, a shining example of what being ON PROGRAM means and yet another online subscriber who has made the program work on HER OWN. She's young, she's SUPER active and she chases after her cute little kiddies all day long but she still finds the time to be the first one to congratulate you on reaching your 10 per cent or to offer you words of encouragement when you're feeling low. The woman never ceases to amaze me. She's the one who you want to represent you and your brand to the public and to encourage a younger generation to try the program. If I had seen someone like Shrunk in a story or an ad when I was thinking about joining, I wouldn't have had a single doubt in mind. She is someone we can easily identify with, with her unique look and perma-smile. You reinvent your programs on a regular basis for many reasons; perhaps based on food guide/pyramid changes, marketing plans, science, etc. - perhaps you should also consider revamping your success story application process too? I could understand if her average loss per week was way out of whack to your 2lbs per week maximum but being off by .3 and rejecting her...in the grand scheme of things does that make it truly unhealthy? If she had taken a few more weeks to submit her application and maintain a little more would it then average out to be an acceptable rate for you? I know Shrunk isn't the only person you've passed up in the past year for Canadian stories, and that others "lost too fast" and had to remain in the shadows, but I never could put faces or names to those people before. They weren't an everyday presence on the boards, a kind word, supportive comments and inspiring blog pictures.This one is too real for me and watching her progress unfold in the past year has been phenomenal. Shaunna's story is a monumental one you'll want to keep around to tell everyone for years to come. Don't let it pass you by. Sincerely, Marie your faithful online subscriber...but starting to wonder.

10 comments:

Bi0nicw0man said...

Ya, what she said!!!

Wheebs said...

Agreed.

Shirls said...

what the hell? they dared to reject Shrunk? *insert head shaking and finger pointing here* I just don't get it!

oh, on a side note... on-line, meeting, combo whatever way you or she does it, its all the same and all deserves the same bravo

~paige~ said...

holy shit...i had no idea. ridiculous

Shrunk said...

Thank you so much Marie. I'm just baffled myself. I can't believe I did the job TOO good. Shame on me!

Mandy said...

THEY TURNED HER DOWN??? I'm having second thoughts about their judgement now too!

Angie All The Way said...

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously??? I am friggin speechless.

I am now less inclined to sing the WW praises to others like I have been. It's just not right, not right at all.

Jen said...

HEAR HEAR!

molly-skinnyhips2be said...

I personally don't believe WW on their reason for turning her down. Hasn't everyone that has been very overweight, at sometime or another (especially at the beginning) lost more than 2 lbs in one week? Did I read that wrong? Was it because she did it consistently? She followed THEIR plan & they blame HER? Aren't they supposed to be our biggest cheerleaders? And to reach goal & then some & then to turn around & say, "I'm sorry, we can't highlight you?" Well, maybe we shouldn't be highlighting them on our successes & giving them the credit. We did it.

This just infuriates me. I sure hope that they did not judge her for her look. Everyone is unique & different & we should be embracing that instead of shunning it.

I hope WW is flooded w/ comments on this one!

Natalie said...

Poor Shrunk - what a stupid policy, especially for .3 pounds. Not cool, wwers!

Shaunna's blog was one of the first ones I encountered and got me excited about the weight loss process. She was one of the reasons I decided to try wwers again. What a shame...

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