Well if you know me by now you know that for the past 13 months I have been following Weight Watchers.I must say I owe a lot to Weight Watchers it has helped me lose the 98 pounds that I have lost. In the 13 months I have been to meetings run by about 10 different leaders. When I joined I went with a friend and we went to a meeting for convenience. The leader was not great and if I had stayed I probably would not still be doing Weight Watchers today. Luckily I went to another center and got into a different meeting and it helped me alot.
Well those meetings conflicted with some family obligations and off I was to find another meeting. I floated, for about 2 months I floated I attended a few different meetings looking for a connection. If you have been over weight and have been to a meeting with a good leader then you know what I am talking about. Some people have it some people don't. Some leaders really connect with you and take a personal vested interest in your journey.
That is all I was looking for. Someone to keep me motivated and give me the push I needed every week. After all that is what we pay Weight Watchers for. I am a monthly pass member so I pay every month to use e tools and attend meetings etc. and it was always worth it to me once I was going to a good meeting. I could do it on my own for free at home, but again it helped me so I kept at it.
Then I found Stacy. She was a leader unlike any other, she is loud, outgoing, and does not let you hide in the corner. She brings humor and light to the meetings and she takes an interest in you. She was the first leader to give out her personal phone number during meetings in case we had questions during the week or needed support. I was blown away when I attended her meeting. And I thought this is what I need, someone who will keep me accountable but who I can relate to!
And so I settled in once again to a great weekly meeting which was only 7 minutes away from my home. Being a full time working, part time schooling, mom to a toddler, this is most important a meeting I can run over to in a few minutes, a meeting the toddler can come to without feeling judged. And Stacy gave me that. She got interested in my journey and even got me interested in working for Weight Watchers. 9 other leaders I had been working with and not a one had given me the dream to come work for the team and tell me how inspiring I could be to other people.
Then tonight an announcement was made that Stacy would no longer be doing out meetings. They told us that Weight Watchers corporate has decided to move her out of the meeting and she is being replaced with someone brand new. When I asked why, I got no answers and was told I could go to her other meetings which are 30 minutes away in the inner city. Making those meetings would be a logistic night mare and I would not be able to get there every single week. When I called corporate to complain of this, they claim that they do not make the decision to move leaders around and had no idea what was going on. I am waiting for a call back.
So here I am, sitting here pondering why I should even continue going to meetings because I hate being lied to and I feel someone is not telling me the truth. I feel betrayed and disappointed that a company I have trusted to guide me through the most difficult journey of my life has let me down. And there were many other members at my meeting who feel the same way.
So this comes as I have been struggling with getting to "lifetime" goal weight, I have been wrestling with this because I am physically small and happy with myself but according to my BMI I have to lose 5 more pounds to be at lifetime. So I sit and wonder, is it time to cut my ties with Weight Watchers and focus on my training and clean eating only? I planned on talking about it more with Stacy but obviously now that is not an option...
We shall see, I am curious to see if I will get some answers to the leader situation from Weight Watchers corporate whom I called today.
Let me know your thoughts please!