When I started WW a year ago... whew that seems SO long ago... I went to the Weight Watchers in Highland Park. And while it clearly did what it was supposed to, get me on board, get to me lose weight, and motivate me to make huge changes by giving me star stickers... the group itself didn't motivate me. I will never forget Kim, the leader who really got me on my way, who gave me hugs, cheered for me and with me, and told me I should keep my boyfriend around when I told her that by our second week of dating he had stocked his freezer with weight watchers treats. Dear Kim, I will never forget you, and thank you.
With all that said, the rest of the meeting I could have done without. I never talked to the people around me, except for a girl and her maid of honor about my age, but even them I didn't connect with.
Not many people believe in fate, but I do. When JD and I started dating, I noticed there was a Weight Watchers 2 minutes from his house. If you know me at all, you know that I am a creature of habit and compulsion. I use the same stall in every bathroom I go to, I sit in the same seat at the dinner table, and I like to have things in order. Well, because of this I was 100% resistant to going to a new meeting location. However, one fateful Tuesday evening, I had an event at school and I had to go the Weight Watchers by JD's house instead of mine. From the very beginning of the meeting I knew that I would never go to another meeting again as long as I could help it.
The people at this meeting, the loud, semi-inappropriate, wonderful, caring, and supportive people at this meeting, have become my rock. The people who I bank on seeing every Tuesday to keep me going. The people who will help me up from the floor when I feel as though I can't go on anymore. The people who are going through the same journey as I am. And like all things, I have my seat where I like to sit, but it isn't the seat that's important, but the people that surround me. So, my Tuesday crew, I want you to know that I wouldn't be where I am without you. Thank you for that.