I’ve missed my last two meetings. I have good reasons that would probably sound like excuses (one regarding an underground fire and one regarding my last trip,) but this post isn’t about that. It’s about the fact that I miss my meetings when I don’t attend them.
I’ve stepped away from Weight Watchers twice, but I came back because the meetings keep me accountable. Attending weekly meetings helps me take steps in the right direction (at least most weeks.) Some of you don’t need that; I’ve learned that I absolutely need that.
After missing two meetings in a row I started to consider something that I had not previously considered – attending a meeting/weigh-in that is not my regular meeting. I tried it a couple of times during my first year with Weight Watchers.
I was on vacation for the week, but there are meetings everywhere – even on the Jersey Shore, so I took a few hours out of my week long beach coma to attending a meeting. It was horrible! I left before the meeting was over feeling completely disgusted by the leaders practices, and I decided that I’d wait for my meeting next time.
I tried another meeting when snow prevented us from having our regular meeting, and I didn’t like that one either. I preferred my meeting, and at that point, I decided that I would stick to what worked. I didn’t visit other meetings until I left New York, and it was a struggle to find one that fit my needs.
After a lot of wasted time and a modicum of effort, I have found a meeting that works for me. I like the leader, and I like the people. I like the fact that it’s so conveniently located, and I like that it’s an afternoon meeting on my favorite weigh-in day – Thursday.
If you’ve followed along on my journey, then you already know this – I am extraordinarily picky about the Weight Watchers meetings I choose to attend. Every leader I met has been well-intentioned and friendly, but I need more than that. And I’ve found it.
My life, though more settled than it has been in years, is still crazy at times. I travel more than the average person, and there will be times that I simply don’t make it to my meeting. In my mind it is not a license to eat without consequence, but I do find that I am more relaxed in my choices when I’m not facing the scale in the next few days.
It has finally occurred to me that it’s a waste of time to make poor choices, and I’m trying not to. Does that mean I should try incorporating other meetings when I can’t make mine? I really don’t like the idea, but it’s something that many successful WW-er’s do. Am I missing something?
So my question for Weight Watchers member is simple. Do you go to meetings when you can’t attend your regularly scheduled one? If so, do you think it helps you stay on track with your goals? I really want to hear your thoughts, especially if you’re a WW-er!