(Dear everyone else first, to understand this blog post here’s a little background for you…Earlier this afternoon I tweeted the following which lead to the following response from someone who was following me:
That then led her to post this on her blog which can be read by clicking here. (*Please Note: Her blog post has since been edited*)
Now, I feel it is only fair to express *my* opinion as well. I am not angry with her…every one is entitled to their own opinion. So this is mine….I normally don’t respond to anything like this, but when you attack something I feel so strongly about I feel I have a right to respond…)
Kate, no need to be sorry for your snarky remark. I would say that I am sorry for the increase in WW posts but that would be a lie. Considering I am IN the new WW #Believe campaign, it would only make sense that I would promote it proudly. It is, other than my weight loss, the proudest thing I have done to date. I will be screaming it to the high heavens for as long as I can and as I said last week on Twitter, if no one likes it then too bad. Unfollow, as you did, because it is as simple as that. Because I will always stand up for what I believe in.
Congratulations to your mother for losing 101 lbs. Having lost that same amount myself I know that it is no small feat. I’m sure that the years she spent leading WW meetings were quite impactful on the members that came through that door. However, I will not comment on her position within the WW corporation since I do not know the reasons why they made her stop leading and took her meetings away. It is unfortunate that she had to lose a long time leader & friend…that happened to me last year and it can be a very difficult transition.
I did WW for the first time ever back in 2005…I lost 55 lbs.
Then I gained it all back, PLUS another 50.
Was that WW’s fault?? NO. Did WW make me stop going to meetings?? NO. Did WW put fatty burgers, fries & beer down my throat every night?? NO
So who’s fault was it….IT WAS MINE!!
Now I’m not saying that it’s your mother’s fault as to why she has gained weight and is no longer at goal. You spoke of medical issues dealing with a bad knee and shoulder, all of which can definitely hinder weight loss and/or maintenance. But none of that is WW fault. Obviously your mother knows the program works and *believes* it works because she continues to go each week. When I strayed a little from goal weight I have felt the same as she has…failure. But I can’t blame that on WW. I blame that on myself and the things that I am not doing that I know I *should* be doing. In my eyes the only one calling your mom a failure was herself (according to you) and well, you. She sounds like a fighter who isn’t giving up….that’s not failure. It may *feel* like it because she’s not seeing the results she wants, but that’s not failure.
When we did this Believe campaign we were not telling the public “Believe you can lose weight or you suck if you don’t.” we are telling you to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. If you mom believes she can, just like you say she does, then she WILL do it!! Never give up, never back down, never stop fighting…BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
You don’t have to care about Jennifer Hudson. She wasn’t what started me on my journey. But I respect a woman who chooses to make a healthier life not only for herself but for her son and the rest of her family as well. After meeting and working with her I have a lot more respect for her.
She was happy in her old body, yes….You know (here comes the dead daddy card…) what….
My father was happy being over 350 lbs and didn’t care one fucking bit about losing weight and guess where that got him?? Dead of a heart attack at the age of 34, leaving his 10 year old daughter behind. Maybe if programs like WW did these kind of campaigns (especially the ones with Charles Barkley) 18 years ago my father would have changed his tune a bit. Maybe. But I don’t believe he was a failure. That was his choice.
My mother has gone back and forth to WW more times than I know. Successful each and every time. It hasn’t always “worked” for her obviously, but again, that’s not WW fault. Funny because, since these new campaigns started she’s thinking about going back…Hmmmmm. Is she going to be a failure if it doesn’t work long term again this time Kate?
Sure, Weight Watchers doesn’t work for everyone. No plan works for everyone. But some people Kate, want to believe that this will work for them, and that doesn’t make them idiots or future failures.
I do not need to set a better example. I couldn’t be more fucking proud of the example I set for everyone online or in my real life. I AM A LIFETIME WEIGHT WATCHER MEMBER. I BELIEVE IN THE WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM. I BELIEVE IN MYSELF.
You don’t have to believe in me or believe in Weight Watchers Kate, you can just flip the page when you see my ad or press the fast forward button when my commercial’s comes on.