V. I walk down another street.
When members join once or five times, it doesn't spell failure but screams of desire to succeed and improve one's health and self-esteem.
No one chose to be fat. Habits are learned, yet those teachers, the grandparents and their offspring, did not know then what we have come to know now. As I cleaned my plate time and time again in those formative years, we believed diabetes and heart attacks were unlucky circumstances having nothing to do with what and how we ate. We had no knowledge about exercise and the vital role it plays in overcoming health issues.
Weight Watchers has given us the knowledge and tools plus the meetings to take a "U" turn and revisit what we learned in the past.
To all of the efforts Kate Long has described in word and image, I say "Hooray!" "The Shape We Are In" will continue to improve, and people in our towns and cities will make better choices and share it with family members because they, too, are recognizing more strength, feeling better and discovering in an apple what junk food cannot deliver.
I am continually annoyed by negativity and others telling you what you should or should not do. Stay open to constructive criticism but don't throw your dreams away because others are jealous, poorly informed or just plain mean. Stay true to what your head and heart tell you. Release the pressure, turn a deaf ear to those who think they know, and continue doing the new things you're learning, which includes being your own best friend.
After all is said and done, remember, "If it is to be, it is up to me."
Snyder is president and CEO of Weight Watchers of WV Inc.