I had my 10th weigh-in at Weight Watchers today, and am down 1.6 pounds since before Christmas, for a total of 4.6 pounds since...October. Not exactly burning up the scales.
I keep my WW membership booklet/weight record in a little carrying case, and as I was putting my guide away after weigh-in today, I noticed/remembered that I have kept all my booklets from each time I have re/joined WW. I got them all out and looked through them, noting how many years - and pounds - had passed. Therein lay some significant, sobering truths.
To further impress upon myself these truths, I created an Excel spreadsheet to map out my weight loss journey. It ain't pretty.
- I've joined WW 12 times, the first time in January 1999. So pretty much every year, I try again.
- I've lost weight each time - proving I *CAN* be successful, when I stick with the program.
- The first time I lost a total of 25.6 pounds, and was 13 pounds from goal.
- The first time I was a member for 17 weeks, the longest I have ever stayed on the program.
- I've also gained the lost weight back nearly every time I stopped attending meeting/unsubscribed from the program.
- I gained back 24 of those first 25 pounds lost in 5 months, after going off program.
- Three times I have stopped going after the 10th week. Interesting I discover this on my 10th week on the program this time around.
- In the 12 years since I started WW, I've lost 90 pounds, but since I also gain it back, then lose some, then gain more, am currently just 10 pounds lighter than when I started back in 1999.
I don't need any celebrity trainer to berate me on national television to force me to face reality - these numbers tell the story just as coldly.
Bottom line - I have wasted YEARS and HUNDREDS of dollars by going and quitting and going back again. If I'm going to DO THIS and stop wasting my time, I need to PAY ATTENTION and really do this. I need to do my food journal every day, drink more water, and move more. For realz.
Who's with me?
[photo credit: MCScola]