It’s wrong to pay $40 a month to be a spiritual member of Weight Watchers. When I do go, my goal should be less of please-don’t-gain-please-don’t-gain-please-don’t-gain-ness and more of I-made-that-scale-my-bitch-ness.I've been a "spiritual member" of Weight Watchers for a long time now -- longer than I care to admit. And while counting points and meeting "good health guidelines" are always in the back of my brain, it has been a very VERY long time since I went to a meeting, and it has been just as long since I strung together more than 5 days of accountability in terms of journaling, counting points, and honoring the program. Yet every month, my checking account is debited 40 bucks, and I get a little membership card in the mail, taunting me. With it, I get access to eTools -- which I do find miraculously helpful -- and access to the message boards is always free. That is a community that I've on-and-off been a part of since I was about 25, and quite honestly, it might be the greatest source of support I've ever found throughout my weight loss battle.
Unfortunately, much like my gym membership, simply carrying the membership card in my wallet doesn't result in weight loss or increased fitness.
Once again, I find myself confused about weight management -- I feel like I've been at this so long and LEARNED so much that I don't know what is true.
Clean eating? Low carb? Low fat? No dairy? More dairy? Seratonin diet? Paleo diet? Caveman diet? Single-30-something-girl-diet of popcorn and pinot grigio? Run marathons? Go for walks? Don't factor in exercise at all? All yoga, all the time? Skip the cardio and lift?
At the end of the day, I come back to "eat less, move more," and the wisdom of Jillian Michaels ("just count your calories. Seriously. That's all there is to it"), but I find myself with a brain full of pieces of knowledge that often conflict and confuse each other.
So I ask you, gentle reader, what is your method of weight loss? Are you a points person? A calorie counter? Do you hit the gym, pavement, trails, class? Or just manage your caloric intake? Do I keep spending that $40 a month and force myself back into meetings? Or should I put that money towards something else?
Help a sister out.
Off and running,