CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In my leadership role with Weight Watchers for fast approaching 44 years here in West Virginia, not forgetting my first three years as a member, I have grown to understand the living circumstances associated with obesity.
My heart cheers every Sunday that I read "The Shape We're In" by Kate Long. I smile for so many communities, both large and small, taking action in their individual areas and collectively finding ways to be more active, while seeking then choosing the right paths and learning to eat more healthfully.
Over these years I've found myself saying to members, "The day will come when you will leave Weight Watchers and I want you to be able to say 'I not only lost weight, but I learned how to eat.' " That, in essence, is what we have been about in each and every meeting room.
Seemingly every week someone introduces themselves to let me know how excited they are with Weight Watchers or tell me their doctor or PA recommends Weight Watchers. Whether you do our program in the meeting room or online, the most important thing to do is follow the Good Health Guidelines of our wonderful Weight Watchers program and eat with joy and pleasure of foods prepared in a healthy, unprocessed way. As the fast-food empire attempts to look healthy, they are a long way from being there.
There are slips and falls as old habits call our name, but getting past that is how you build courage to continue. There is a favorite short story by Portia Nelson that I often use at Weight Watchers:
I. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
II. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place. But it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
III. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
IV. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.