I recently subscribed to the WEIGHT WATCHERS magazine and while it has some really good insight into so many areas of a woman’s weight problems I found it a little “condescending” … I wrote this letter to the magazine.
I have recently subscribed to the Weight Watchers magazine and love all the ideas and the positive affects it ishaving on so many women and especially myself, however, I would love to see more journeys.
I am a past member of weight watchers and was very successful until I had to give up due to monetary reasons. This was 13 years ago and obviously things have changed and I am now a returning member. I returned to Weight Watchers because it fits my lifestyle, I don’t have to buy specialised food and teaches the proper way to eat and sustain yourself over a long period of time in a healthy way instead of short term fad diets which don’t do anything for your health or wellbeing.
As mentioned I love all the positive and glossy parts to the magazine but I find that every woman featured is a“success” story – they talk about the journey we don’t get the opportunity to see the journey. Even to see the start of the journey and then the half way point and finally the end gives people the chance to see that it’s a slow process to get your mind and body in the same place at the same time.
A variety of women also would be great to see. Someone who is a full time mum, compared to a woman who works part time in a bakery, to a full time mum with grown kids working for a “Snackfood Company” and the daily problems associated with dieting in this area of work. (No I am not volunteering in any way – just pointing out the things that you show us in the magazine seem to be the end result only).
As a large person myself, I wear one colour clothes, mainly black, trying to be “invisible” and not succeeding, I like colour but again one colour clothes is all I see in my future even as I move to my goal weight of approximately 70kg down from 92kg I am not looking to “shine” – I’m looking to be acceptable in my own skin, in my own time and know that I did it for myself. I’m not going to lose the weight by Christmas and I understand that at that time it will be a little harder to lose the weight but I am prepared for the long haul and with the support of my leader I know that I can achieve anything given time and the inspiration.
Thank you for letting me start my journey with you.
This is all exciting and new again. There are pitfalls at all avenues of my daily life. I even feel like this is something like ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS because there are days you just want to binge but know that the next meeting is around the corner and you have to show your face.
13 years ago I lost the weight due to a moment of clarity and while I didn’t attend the meetings I was there every week for the weigh ins. This time, however, I’m there for myself. I realised that I didn’t like myself very much, I wanted to wear nice clothes, I wanted to be healthy and be around for my kids later in life (maybe even grandkids) I wanted the opportunity to appreciate myself for a change. I spent a lot of time looking after kids, the husband, the home and even the people I worked with now I’m taking care of me. I am looking forward to being able to shop in stores that I would only dream of walking into. I’ve even taken the biggest step of all and stopping biting my nails COLD TURKEY – I have never had nice nails. Just last week I actually put nail polish on them – this was so exciting to me.
I am looking at life a little differently now and while I know longer have a husband to look after that doesn’t mean I don’t need to get my life in order and I mean that doesn’t have to mean I have to find someone else it means that I have to enjoy my own company first before I even think of looking at anything else in my life.
Right now I’m just concentrating on ME!!!! And I’m worth it!