Last year I lost 20 pounds.
Actually, I lost 10 pounds twice.
It was a stressful year on the personal front, and whenever I made headway on my diet, I would slip back into an unhealthy cycle of stress eating. I baked cookies, ate bread like it was going to disappear from the planet, and fell off the “no-pop” wagon.
And I felt lousy.
I decided about a month ago that I needed to do something. I spent some time researching various diets and online resources and eventually settled on Weight Watchers. I went to Weight Watchers meetings about 6 years ago and lost 22 pounds. Then I had three kids and tried it again online and failed miserably. The truth of the matter was that the way the program was structured at the time, I was loading up on overpriced 100-calorie snacks instead of healthier options like fresh fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t sustainable for me.
I went back to Weight Watchers online about a month ago because they’ve since revamped the program to encourage better eating habits. I’m now eating a healthier diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and I’ve cut way back on my diet soda consumption. And I feel better. I’ve also lost 10 pounds.
The truth is that I needed the financial accountability. When you’re not paying for something, it becomes easy to ignore it. When you’re shelling out $17.95 a month, you make sure you get your money’s worth out of the service.
I pay for the service because I find value in it. I’ve been very pleased with the quality of the tracking system and resources available to me as an online subscriber. I like that the “points” system is incredibly easy to follow for those folks (like me) who aren’t that great at math.
Even though I’m spending money on the plan, I’m saving money in other areas of my budget: We’re not eating out as much, nor are we eating as many processed foods.
Some of you will agree with my reasons for paying for a weight loss program, and some of you will succeed using free resources. Some of you have gym memberships and some of you belong to the gym of the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you are spending your time and money on things that matter to you.
I found that I am willing to pay for weight loss help because I know I can’t do it on my own, and I value my health.
Note: Weight Watchers did not sponsor this post or compensate me in any way. I just wanted to share this story in the hopes of inspiring some of you to take charge of your own health.