Post # 1
I used to be a WW member but ended up stopping as I was the youngest in the class (at the time 28) and now I’m 31, almost 32 and I need to get in shape as hubby & I want to have a child soon (we’re trying already).
I found that no one in the classes really related to me, they all said not eating out, not drinking, etc was so simple, in my mind I was thinking “of course, they likely don’t have as active a social life as a younger person like me”.
In the winter I don’t drink much, even in the summer I’m not a huge drinker but we do go away for some weekends and I drink.
We go for breakfast every Sunday, a tradition we started awhile ago, it’s out “alone” time to just talk & relax, it’s easy to chose “light” breakfast foods (I usually get poached eggs or egg whites with dry whole wheat toast, if available I get turkey bacon, if not pemeal and I cut the fat off and have it with fruit).
I’m worried that if I re-join I’ll find that I’m the “baby” still and not be treated the same, even our leader was older, I went to a few different classes (various times) and 2 different locations and found I was always the odd person in the groups.
I’m about 285lbs (not 100% sure, haven’t been on a scale in a long time) and I’m 5’6 so I need this.
Post # 3
@MrsN2Be: I did WW for the first time when I was 19, and I didn’t like the meetings. I’ve done it again since then at 26, and I did it online and had great success. The meetings aren’t necessary by any means and the online options are really accessible and flexible.
Post # 4
I also suggest giving Weight Watchers online a try. I liked it because I didn’t really have the time or patience to go to meetings. Plus, there are message boards for all kinds of different subgroups, including one for 30-somethings 🙂
Post # 5
I am curently doing WW online and I rely quite heavily on the message boards that are available. I am in Canada (I can see you are too) and there is a board for 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds, etc so you can chat with people more your age/stage and ask questions. PM me if you have any more questions about online. So far, I’m down 26 lbs, and I have lost more while on the boards than doing it on my own.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the feedback, I truly appreciate it.
My local Women’s Fitness has a promo for 3 months for $90, not long term fee so I think I’m going to sign up for that as well, see if I like this gym, I’ve been a member of Goodlife & know I don’t mind that gym but I thought a womens gym may be more supportive and it’s on my way home from work so I can stop on my way home vs. going home then back out after which I know is unlikely.
I’m considering joining WW Online for 3 months as well & see how that goes, do both together, i’m going to go check out WW.com and see about joining the chat boards.
Post # 7
@MrsN2Be: I’m 30 and doing the meetings, I’ve found it helpful and have lost 13.6 lbs in 5 weeks. In addition to the meetings I have been using the WW board here on the Bee to stay motivated and report progress, and the WW message boards. am think the meetings keep me accountable and although there may be only 1-2 others my age, I still find it motivating Since we are all there for the same goal. Maybe use meetings and message boards together, you can get the support re: going out, etc from message boards but the other support ( earing, cravings, etc) from meetings?
Post # 9
I’m under 30 and go to the meetings. If you feel you don’t relate to the people in your meeting, try a different one! There are several WW meeting locations around me and each has different leaders and several meeting times throughout the week. I am one of the younger people in my group but I don’t mind and it hasn’t kept me from relating to others one bit. Everyone has their routines and habits, some people love to drink wine on the weekends whereas it sounds like you enjoy going to brunch. Tracking and planning ahead are key to being able to do both of those things and more! I find the meetings really help me (my leader is so helpful, she is wonderful!!!) so doing WW strictly online wouldn’t work in my case.
Post # 10
At the risk of sounding like an advertisement: I am 26 years old and lost 35 lbs with weight watchers and didn’t go to one damned meeting. I’d tell you why but the little “leave a comment” thingy says not to be snarky. lol
I was a really heavy drinker socializer at the time too. I just used my flex points for my nights out. I mean, that’s what they’re there for. Or, save them up for your Sunday brunch if it’s that important to you (although, the boy and I have our nights out for decompression and I’ve always been able to stay within my range) Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean that you need to neglect other facets of your life.
I totally understand not wanting to go to meetings and being unsure of the whole WW deal but as a heavy drinker/socializer who likes to go out to eat….it can work. You don’t have to be a hermit, you don’t have to go to meetings, you don’t have to neglect your nights out with your man.
Go with what you feel. Just letting you know. It worked for me. And I freaking LOVED it.