1/19/08

Success is truly what you make it

I got up at the ass crack of dawn today and thought I'd join my dear old dad at his weight watchers meeting in the beaches this morning. Pops is down .8 this week (go Dad!!), but still refuses to count points (booourns). I tried bribing him into following the program by sweetening the deal a little while ago... I've told him that WHEN he reaches 30lbs lost (note: there is no IF here), he will receive a brand new iPod nano from yours truly for a job well done. But Pops has come up with a myriad of excuses which we've all used day in and day out for reasons why we haven't tracked, have eaten too much, felt we didn't need to follow the guidelines, point system, food guide, etc. We even had a little discussion about these excuses over coffee after his meeting. But I really enjoyed his meeting. I saw my old friend from elementary school Karen, a oldbie from my gym, some ladies from my parents' church and just random beachers I've seen in the 'hood from my childhood. It's nice to actually SEE people get excited and announce 3.2lb losses or talk about plateaus rather than just read about them, and it was good to sit there and EXPLAIN the literature to my dad to try and help him put the plan into action, as he doesn't quite get how it all works, despite watching me count points for the last two and a half years. The cutest part was watching him go up to his leader after the meeting to ask for a kick start guide. My dad is a TOTAL flirt with any and all women and it's frickin adorable. What I DIDN'T know watching across the room was that goofy little grin on his face and the slight redness was because he was explaining he had brought ME to the meeting and he was bragging about my success on the program. Next thing I know the cutest little leader known to man is bouncing over to me, congratulating me on all of my successes and wanting to know all about my success story... Yeah, I often wonder about it too.... But right there - that's all I need. My adorable little dad crowing about me to his little weight watchers pals, beaming with pride, facing that scale every week, trying his best to lose just 30lbs so he can lead a longer life and facing the wrath of those receptionists who ask him why he even bothers some weeks. So Weight Watchers can keep my story if they don't want to publish it. I've got my dad on the case. and I'll keep on his case too. Who knows - maybe one day they'll publish his story instead.

9 comments:

Shrunk said...

I can not believe they still haven't published their story. Ah well, it's THEIR loss!

Does it normally take this long from photoshoot to article?

Shirls said...

Go Dad, Go Dad!!

what does bother me those is "wrath of those receptionists" I don't know what meeting your poor Dad is going to, but in almost 2 years I've never experienced or heard of anyone in my meeting experiencing anything negative, someone needs to speak up if that is happening because it is simply wrong.

As far as your story goes, don't feel alone, I applied in October and haven't even had a response, they just don't like me period, at least you got some nice pictures
:0)

Angie All The Way said...

That post is so frikkin' adorable and awesome and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Your Dad will get there, I just know it. I find with the older generation they have a harder time truly catching on to it all. It's really hard to let go of the older ideas about dieting...at least that's what it seems like with my mom anyways.

I am ALWAYS looking around wondering where the heck your success story is! Every time I get one of those emails that feature someone, I scroll down right fast hoping that it's you! Pfffffft!

Jen said...

I agree with Angie, the post made me feel warm and fuzzy and actually brought tears to my eyes....WW CAN keep your story, we all know it by heart!!!

TrixieBelden said...

that has to be the sweetest post i have ever read! parental pride doesn't stop just because we are adults - which i am very happy about because my parents mean the world to me. i didn't realize ww was being such an a** about your profile since i'm in the u.s. i have been hoping they'd just slip it in and not care that it is from canadaland, but maybe they care because the program might be a little different. i just emailed them my story when i hit lifetime. i don't think i'll get a response, but it was fun to write the email. maybe they are waiting until summer to run it since you are in a tank top, skirt and wedge sandals?

Candace said...

So THAT's why I can't find your story on the WW site. Hmmm. You are just going to have to let me know when it is published. BTW, I think you rock. And at least you got the photo shoot instead of a lame reject like Shaunna - boo to WW on that one. Maybe they'll publish you yet.

A Box of Chocolates said...

That is so sweet! There is nothing better than knowing your daddy is proud of you!

Sara said...

Aw yeah Dad!! I miss meetings sometimes too bad I had the best leader in the world and all others pale in comparison.

I'm sure they are just taking their sweet ass time with you b/c why wouldn't they share your incredible story huh?

meredi said...

A big BOOOOO to WW for sitting on your success story. I don't get it. Maybe their web team is really small / lazy and they only work on the success stories once a year? Ugh, no excuse. They just flat-out suck! They also suck for not giving lifetime members discounts on ETools.

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