Wait Watchers

by Marinka on May 11, 2010

I joined Weight Watchers.

Don’t ask.

I joined the on-line version, because I just can’t go to meetings. I went once with a friend of mine and it was very uncomfortable because I bought a few of their snacks and then ate them during the meeting and apparently you’re not supposed to do that or something. And they weigh you in front of everyone, like some kind of animal at an auction. I assume they sell animals by weight, right?

So, meetings are not for me. Online is the way to go.
Oh yes, I am exercising more and I’ve dropped a size, but I still need to lose, shall we say, fat?

Except signing up on-line apparently requires Homeland Security clearance or something. I signed up, paid by Paypal and got a notice that my payment was pending. The whole point of doing something online is that I wanted instant results, so I don’t understand pending payment. I called Weight Watchers and after being on hold for the lifetime of a few generations of fruit flies, they told me that my payment was denied and that I’d have to talk to Paypal. So I called Paypal and they said that I had a positive balance on my account and that Weight Watchers must not have requested the money correctly. The hell? What, they didn’t say pretty please or something?

And then I started thinking, maybe Weight Watchers thinks that I’m too thin already and don’t want to accept me into the program due to a fear of some sort of Karen Carpenter class action lawsuit? I mean, they are professionals, so maybe I should have a snack.

After too much time on phone, everything got sorted, basically by my paying Weight Watchers twice and hoping that they will refund the first payment, which is now in limbo.

So far, it’s going great. I lost my sense of humor already.

to be continued…

p.s. I’m hungry.

p.p.s. Feed me.

p.p.p.s. You look delicious.

p.p.p.p.s. Not you, the other one. What, you think you’re the only one who reads this blog? There are two of you, I’ll have you know.

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beautylogicblog May 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

lol, on a bright note, two people I know have done weight watchers and they have lost an insane amount of weight. So def keep it up!


Anne May 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Weight Watchers meetings scare me, but I’m not one to be motivated by public shaming. Good luck with the on-line tracking such-and-suches. I just (as in an hour ago) sent in my info to join a new gym that is less than a block from my house. Here’s to trying to lose some of that pesky omg-I-love-sitting-down-and-napping-and-who-can-bring-me-more-nachos fat! 🙂


May 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm

“I lost my sense of humor already.” HA!

(I am not delicious – very bony – so stop looking at me that way.)


kristi May 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I know, I do look yummy…LOL!


May 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Remember, Raw Antelope is just one point. Look it up.


May 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Weight Watchers convinced me that I shouldn’t exercise. So it can’t be all bad.


Libby May 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I like the meetings because they remind me I am not as fat, or crazy, as others in the world. Once I am skinny I think I will have to go to Renaissance Fairs to get the same feeling.


Kate Coveny Hood
May 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’ve done weight watchers a few times with my friend. We always called it WW and still laugh about the guy Jim who ran our meetings. We called him our fearless leader and secretly thought he was gay. Okay – maybe not “secretly” – but we didn’t bring it up to him during meetings or anything.


Aunt Becky
May 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Avoid the message boards. They will make your brain swim.


m May 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I LOVE my WW meetings. I’m the funniest one there, and I slay the room every Saturday morning.

Though, I tend not to get out much…..


foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) May 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Thanks to my sister, who is a WW leader, and some magical online promotion, that company owns my (why isn’t it shrinking?!) ass until the middle of 2018. I tried to change my password once and had to walk through so much red tape, you’d have thought all that effort would have earned me some activity points.


anna see May 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Ha! “I’ve already lost my sense of humor.” Love it.

Good luck w/ WW. Never tried it. I’m in the don’t try anything b/c then you can’f fail school of thinking.


anna see May 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I don’t know what “can’f” means. Apparently I can fail even w/out trying.


magpie May 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I hope Wait Watchers allows for drinks of vodka at Russian bar/restaurants. Because, otherwise, you’re gonna have to quit.


May 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

My sister swears that WW is the only weigh to go. (“Thank you thank you thank you, don’t forget to tip your waitress…”) But seriously, are you trying to give the rest of us a complex? I have been running three times a week for the last two weeks; this week not so much because I apparently secretly moved to Monsoonville in my sleep, and I find it unpleasant to go running in the pouring rain. But even that amount of exercise is hard to be motivated enough to do. Now I should start counting points too? I feel like I need to join some kind of What? You Think I’m Not As Much of A Hardass as Marinka? club so that I can get all up in my own competitive grill and find the mojo. Does that club exist? I would totally be the secretary and bring the highly energizing one-point snacks.


the mama bird diaries
May 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

maybe they try to take all your money so you can’t afford to buy snacks.


dusty earth mother May 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

Unfortunately, I’ve gained enough weight in the past year to be a nice little snack for you.

Good for you, Marinka. I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re a shadow of your former self. Whatever that means.


Sophie May 12, 2010 at 12:40 am

I hate it when people watch my weight. That’s why there are no incriminating pictures in my blog.


May 12, 2010 at 12:58 am

I think you should just take the public shaming and attend the cattle auction that the WW meetings are, just for the awesome posts you can then give to your loyal readers.

Think about it. Think of the posts…do it for us.


tracey May 12, 2010 at 1:34 am

I wonder: if you pay twice the amount, will that mean that you will LOSE twice the amount? Hmmmm….

I would have taken it as a sign from the universe that I definitely WAS thin enough and said “screw it” before baking an apple pie. I’m quite impressed with your patience, Marinka. I’m also impressed with your ability to not eat me. I’m quite delicious.


Crys May 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

Ok, Marinka stop looking at me like that! I KNOW I’m meaty, but I’m trying! I joined WW once…that was enough. I weighed 250 a couple of years ago…now? 195! I’m not bragging, I swear! I talked to my doc, ate what I wanted (in moderation of course!) and LOSt 60 lbs! Of course I’ve gained a lot of it back because after our trip to NYC I quit walking and ate like a pig at a trough. Hubs says my curves are dangerous, but I think that’s a lie!


soccermom May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I wasnt even aware you could do that kind of thing “on-line”.

How do they know if your cheating? Then again I dont think I would want someone like those drill Sergeants on the biggest loser riding my ass all day long either.

Good luck.


May 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

hey, here’s just the thing for you! it’s a scale that sends out your weight and body fat index right onto twitter, facebook, and your blog! sharing is caring! http://www.withings.com/en/bodyscale/sharing


May 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

That f’n scary.


The Flying Chalupa
May 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Here on a rec from Ann (of the Rant’s) – this is hilarious!

I lasted two days with WW Online. Tallying points made me really freakin’ hungry.

And thank you. I am delicious.


Il Capo May 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Deprivation diets are a waste of time at best and harmful at worst. Try paleo / primal and you’ll get fit in no time. Make sure you eat enough and exercise properly (short bursts of high intensity) instead of counting cals, choosing low fat (but high carb) sh!t and “healthy grains” and other poisons.


Schill May 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I’m hungry just reading your post!


Abbey May 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Seriously, I’ve been on WW for 3.5 months. Lost 15-18 pounds – 3 of the pounds keep finding me. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I really think it’s the best approach I’ve ever taken. I only do the online version and send any questions/concerns with my friends who attend meetings.

And yes, vodka is on there. I love my 2 point vodka gimlets!


Scary Mommy May 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

Oh, Weight Watchers… I have joined and unjoined a million times. Those 2 point peantut crunch bars? I have been known to chow 3 after weigh in. No wonder I can never stick with being skinny.


barbara sigelbaum
May 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

went to one ww meeting. before the woman in front got weighed, she told the weigh in person that she wanted to remove her bridge first. don’t know if she was joking. i left.


Noelle May 14, 2010 at 2:30 am

That is exactly the kind of situation that causes stress eating!


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