Women You’ll See At Every Weight Watchers Meeting

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Walking into a Weight Watchers meeting is like coming home. In an utterly pathetic way. My grandmother was a Weight Watchers member. My mom has been a Weight Watchers member. My aunts. My cousins. It’s in my blood, it seems. Last week, when I walked into the door for the umpteenth time to loose that baby weight I never lost, it felt like every other meeting I’d ever been to. No matter what the city, the year, or the program, there is the exact same mix of women to be found at the local Weight Watchers meeting…

1. The nutty woman who, despite below freezing temperatures, shows up to weigh in every week wearing spandex running shorts, a skimpy tank top, and not a single accessory.

2. The bride-to-be who will rock that wedding gown, dammit. Only to re-gain every pound she loses.

3. The frazzled new mom bouncing a crying baby, reeking of spit-up and sporting milk stains on her shirt.

4. The enthusiastic new member who excitedly purchases the scale, the cookbooks and countless boxes of Two Point Bars, diving into three of them mid-meeting.

5. The obese woman who has never lost a pound, yet obnoxiously hijacks every meeting with her tips and tricks.

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6. The hot young bitch who has five pounds to lose so she can wear her size 2 designer jeans.

7. The loud old lady crew who’ve been battling their mid-sections for 50 years and have imaginary plaques adorning their front row seats.

8. The annoying middle-aged woman who yells out every minor accomplishment she has to collect as many cheap little gold stars as possible.

9. The mother with the pre-teen daughter who is torn between gratitude and mortification.

10. The lone man who shuffles awkwardly and thinks that the only place he’d fit in less would be a Loehmann’s dressing room.

And, me. Again.

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In addition to being the founder of all things Scary Mommy, Jill is also the New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

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EmilyM 4 years ago

You just described Thanksgiving with my extended family. Haha! Very funny observation!

Ann 4 years ago

MAN THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!! I just started weight watchers and decided to do the monthly pass because I heard meetings really help. However I’m doing great with the online part and it has really helped me to eat healthier and thus loose weight, but the meetings are boring, annoying, and not for me unless I could take my knitting with me and do it there without any looks! We have all those characters!

Stephenie 4 years ago

Oh my goooosh.

My boyfriend has decided that he will start the program next week… well, at least I know he’ll just be shuffling awkwardly and not checking out the girl in the designer jeans. lol

Christi 4 years ago

I joined a few months ago. I’m the frazzled new mom with baby in tow. Although recently, I’m the absent, unattending screw up who has gained back 5 pounds and is desperately trying to lose it again before returning to stand on that damn scale again.

Nancy 4 years ago

Hah! Spot on Mommy! I am the leader and I know these people. Every one of them.

Coconuts 4 years ago

I lost interest in the meetings when one lady got a gold star for taking her WW measuring cups to the Golden Corral to stay on track. I have opted for the online and Smartphone option now. I can’t shoot anymore coffee out of my nose when someone says something like that mid swig. It hurts.

Mary 5 years ago

I am trying to get my head around the pointsplus program. I know from experience, I have to go to meetings to stay accountable. Now that my daughter and grandson are living with me, going to meetings will give me some time that is just about me. Once I start, I am a points nazi. I count everything, measure everything, etc. One thing that will be different this time is that I have started cooking more and taking leftovers to work instead of WW or Lean Cuisine meals. I also love that with the new program, most fruits and veggies are free.

tom Wakeling 5 years ago

I am that guy in the room listening to all the stories. Too funny!!

ChubbyUGoddess 5 years ago

Oh man, I have also seen every one of those people over the years. My first WW meeting was in 1986. My last WW meeting in the same city was in 2002. SAME leader! And I’m sure she was shaking her head at me because I had kept coming back several times throughout the years, and more that 15 years later, she was greeting me by name. Funny thing is, my current goal weight, which I’m more than 100 lbs from right now, was my starting weight in 1986.

When I join, I’m the “keener.” Buy the little canvas case, the 2 point caramel bars, the dining out calorie counting books, the scale, and whatever else I can find……..

Love your blog and sense of humour. =)

Kate Shields 5 years ago

You forgot that the skinny bitch meets her goal weight after one freakin’ weigh-in and get the “lifetime membership” gold book. Blech.

michelle Thompson 5 years ago

I love WW and this is so perfect. I have one of each at my meetings. I’m the one who wears the work out clothes, no matter how cold it is!! LOL

Melissa 5 years ago

I should mention that she is now 18 months old and I’m still trying to lose the weight. Well, not really trying, but really thinking about it 😉

Melissa 5 years ago

I’m not sure with the new plan, but with the old plan breasfeeding moms got extra points. I started WW when my 2nd baby was about 4 weeks old.

The Flying Chalupa 5 years ago

No! Stop! The memories! I did WW right after college and I do believe you have accounted for everyone. Except the instructor. Who is in her 60’s. With fake nails. And a raspy voice. And has been doing it for 20 years. Rocking the WW tote with pride and confidence.

McCall 5 years ago

I was contemplating “joining” weight watchers. After reading this post I decided it sounds dangerously similar to my family reunions . . . needless to say–I won’t be joining! Thanks for the laugh!
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Joy 5 years ago

I just joined (again) 2 weeks ago. The loud talkers actually stayed during the Getting Started meeting to continue their conversation the entire time. Even with all the quick glances back from everyone, they didn’t even try to talk quietly!

Joy 5 years ago

that’s me too! And I stay for the meeting because it’s 1 hour I get to have something close to “me-time”. A little break from the cooking, dishes, cleaning up toys….and at the same time I might find about some lower point groceries.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

Yes, you do kind of feel better about yourself there. Fat, but better. :) And, 4.6 pounds is AWESOME!

Andrea 5 years ago

I wish I had written this post… I was cracking up last week when I re-visited WW after a several year hiatus. You illustrated my visit perfectly! It sort of feels like I am sitting in the land of weight challenged misfits but yet there is something comforting about sitting there thinking gosh, my life isn’t so bad and I sort of have it together. I lost 4.6 this week.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

None. I’m the miscellaneous one who’s let herself go, but is otherwise perfect in every way.

Texan Mama 5 years ago

I’ve never been to one, but I probably should.

But I gotta ask, which one of those are you?!?!

Maegan 5 years ago

I do believe they take that into consideration… :)

WebSavvyMom 5 years ago

–>This is why I did weightwatchers.com a few years ago and probably should do it again.

Gibby 5 years ago

This made me laugh out loud! So darn true!

Katie Reed 5 years ago

Good points. :) I am hoping that I’ll be able to exercise after about 6 weeks, which will give me time to heal AND allow me to bond with the baby. But maybe I’m being unrealistic! At least I’ll be able to get the him in his stroller and go for walks in the short term, which surely will help. The concern I have is that i’ll be breastfeeding exclusively for at least a year. I wonder if WW caters for BFing mothers who apparently need extra calories to produce milk?

Maegan 5 years ago

I went to weight watchers a few times…for a few meetings worth – about 8 years ago.

I lost a pound the first week, half a pound the second week, then nothing. Then gained a half pound, and then for the next two weeks gained a pound each week. …The woman was like, “Are you sure you understand the program?” Turns out I was knocked up. Fabulous. 😀

Maegan 5 years ago

There is no wrong time to start eating better. 😉 It’s the exercise you’ll want to talk to your medical provider about. That Denise Austin chick? Back to a 6-pack inside of 6 weeks, the looney bitch. 😉

After you give birth, you have a dinner plate sized WOUND inside your body…it does need to take time to heal before you get into rigorous exercises…

Kim 5 years ago

Wow, my comment will be number 120 – which is exactly the weight I want to get back to! I was going to try weight watchers once with my friend but she said everyone would hate me because I wasn’t big enough to be there. I’m not the “hot young bitch” but I guess only needing to lose 5 or 10lbs wasn’t enough. My friend always lost weight with them but then always got back to her old habits and put it on again. Anyway, sounds like from what I’ve heard, your list is pretty spot on!

Jessica @ ATL Mom GUide 5 years ago

bahahahahaha

that is all!

Hanan 5 years ago

Good thing I am that broke ass, that can’t afford to go and there for doesn’t waste the money (I don’t have) on a meeting!! Woot!!

Lemon Gloria 5 years ago

I talked my husband into going to a Weight Watchers meeting a couple years ago. He was determined to lose weight, and he needed help. He came home furious with me. It was all women except him, and one of them talked about throwing away donuts and then fishing them out of the garbage can. I encouraged him to hang out with people who ate food out of the trash???

elizabeth 5 years ago

As an alternative, try Power90. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’s brutal. Yes, breaking off my love affair with butter has broken my heart. And yes, my calves and abs feel like they’ve been through hell and back. But it works. And you do it in the comfort of your own home, with only a seriously cheesy (but admittedly, kinda hot) guy cheering you on via DVD.

Sigh. Middle age sucks.

dusty earth mother 5 years ago

I know every single one of those women. You hit it right on the head, particularly the obnoxious woman who has never lost a pound but has no problem “helping” everyone else.

Melissa 5 years ago

Just found your blog and loving it!

You are spot-on! I was a part-time WW receptionist for a couple years after getting my lifetime status and those people are in every. single. meeting. Plus, I happened to work in the same building as the “lone man” in my regular meeting, so whoo-hoo! Extra awkwardness on the elevator once or twice a week.

The absolute worst, though, is the “I must strip down completely naked in order to weigh-in and I will only be weighed on the scale on the left and then I will jump off the scale and stand over your shoulder asking ‘did i lose?, did i lose? did I lose?’ while you make your calculations” woman. I know it’s just basic addition and subtraction but when when a half-naked woman is breathing over you while you’re attempting to operate a mostly-dead calculator to calculate her weight loss/gain all the while thinking in your head, “please for the love of god, let her lose this week because if she gained, then I have to ask her ‘were you expecting that?’ to which she will answer with a 30 minute diatribe listing every bite she’s taken in the last seven days,” math is hard!!!

I still follow the WW plan online (actually loving the new plan) but I admit I haven’t been inside a meeting since I gave up the receptionist gig over a year ago.

Off to devour your archives…loved this post!

Kim 5 years ago

Don’t forget the Whiners Who Use WW as Perpetual Self-Help Sessions. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. Get a therapist.

jillsmo 5 years ago

I think I’ve been all of those people at least once in the 8 times that I’ve gone to Weight Watchers and failed.

Okay, not the man.

Andrea 5 years ago

too too true and too funny!

Michele 5 years ago

How about the woman who goes to the meeting, takes a look around at all those woman (who you have nailed perfectly), and thinks, “Oh my goodness, I’ve become one of the crazies,” and goes home with even lower self-esteem? The Weight Watchers principle is sound…but going to a WW meeting made me feel worse…. (Kudos to you for working on being healthy!!)

Julie 5 years ago

I just got back from my meeting… and yes, every single person was there. Including me the person that’s supposed to be the example but sits there squirming because she’s embarrassed by the weight gain. Good times.

Miriam Martin 5 years ago

YES! This is exactly it! WW was a life-saver for my self-esteem after ten years of letting my fitness slide, then growing a baby who needed lots of extra padding … For some reason, the program really worked for me and I learned I COULD actually “get fit”. By the end of my WW stint, I’d get dirty looks because I had become “the hot young bitch” (well, aiming for size 6, not 2), but then I’d get up and receive my award for hitting 35 lb., 40 lb., 45 lb., and I became and inspiration because I used to be “the frazzled new mom”! Good times.

Kristin 5 years ago

Embarassingly, I think I overlap a few of the characters on this list!

bruna 5 years ago

I think you pretty much covered it. I lost 25 lbs on WW after my 3rd kid. Haven’t put a pound back on. It worked for me!

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

That’s exactly who I am. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken a word to anyone there.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

Thanks! Glad you found me. :)

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

It works. If you stick with it. Like anything, I suppose.

30ish Mama 5 years ago

I have never been to a WW meeting but after reading this post I can practically *see* these women.

Mandyland 5 years ago

I just went back and have to say you’ve nailed it. Every, single woman listed was there. And I hate to admit it, but I was giving #6 the evil eye.

Mandyland 5 years ago

I know it really helped me be more cognizant of how MUCH I was eating. I still remember the first time I measured out my morning cereal. I realized that even though I was eating healthy, high fiber cereal, I was eating four servings.

Mandyland 5 years ago

That’s my group too! The only reason I stay for the meetings is because I’m pretending I’m at a retreat. Sometimes I have to pretend very, very hard.

Holly W 5 years ago

I’m a total weight watchers vet…although I was pissed the bastards changed the program on me…forcing me to actually go back and start paying so I could get the new info…
I’m the nut…cause I’ll be damned if heavy clothes weigh me down…nary so much as a drop of water goes down my throat until weigh in…luckily though, in south FL, it’s only cold a few weeks..
Ah, the frazzled mother..yes, I’ve played that role well also..
and the skinny bitch? shouldn’t be allowed in the goddamn door…

Making It Work Mom 5 years ago

I have never been. But have considered it. I desperately need to lose about 15 lbs. Does it really work? I would be the awkward woman thinking “oh my god what am I doing? Can I do this?”

Kelly 5 years ago

THIS is awesome! Haha. I was laughing through the whole thing…right from the “Skinny bitch”…to the ladies with front row seating!

Jenn 5 years ago

That’s my leader, entirely….somehow not so motivational when the leader clearly weighs more than you. Thank goodness she has a sense of humor – but its hard to take someone seriously when they say “I eat as many zero points as I can all day so I can have a lager or two or three when I get home!!!”

WW in the UK seems like a different beast, as they are addicted to… sausages here. Um, yeah.

Joan 5 years ago

How about the husband who is there with his wife, plays games on his phone during the entire meeting, rolls his eyes at everyone’s questions and comments, and has still managed to lose 80 pounds.

momlissa 5 years ago

Oh yeah, that’s me -run to the bathroom first thing. lol. I had a friend who would only weigh in on a certain scale because she was convinced the others were off. lol.

momlissa 5 years ago

I agree. I had my doubts about the new plan and it’s taken some adjusting for me. I have done the program with success, so it’s hard for me to change (plus, I’m stubborn) but it really does force you to eat healthier as we all know that it was possible to lose weight before on WW without eating healthy. And by making veggies and fruits zero points, that has made me want to eat them more, which I imagine is why they did it. I did have the highest 1 week lb loss this first week on the plan, so I’m definitely impressed.

JulieBouf 5 years ago

I still have never attended, just because everyone I know who joins..the second they stop they gain all the weight back and I hear that’s SO unhealthy. Also, I’m afraid if I loose weight in my face that all my blown up wrinkles will finally start to show. Just kidding. Man, I really need to do something. I’m getting pretty close to rock bottom.

Kim 5 years ago

There’s also the rebellious chicks in the room who go with every intention of following the program…then get really pissed off when you realize that margarita night with the girls costs you every dang point you will be allotted for the blasted year. Maybe that’s just me. I dunno know.
And while we’re at it…
Who are these leaders, anyway? Yeah, I know I’m a repeat client. I realize I haven’t reached my goal weight in say…three years. Must they look at you like you’re a fugitive? Is the eye rolling totally necessary? Must you remind me that a Bloody Mary, although made with tomato juice, is NOT a zero point food. So, I made a mistake and counted it as a tomato…with a splash of vodka. Ugh.

Dena 5 years ago

I love this, It is so true. By the way I’m the Obese one who despite excersize and diet can’t lose a lb. lol. Love your sight!

Ivan 5 years ago

Wow, the collection of people that frequent weight watchers sound like a depressing bunch. It doesn’t make me want to join and I would be the one that strangled the “hot young bitch who has five pounds to lose so she can wear her size 2 designer jeans.” It wouldn’t be pretty, is all I’m saying.

OCL 5 years ago

Just found your blog via the Baltimore Magazine and I LOVE IT. This post is perfect as I joined WW on Monday night and basically thought the same things!! Not sure who I am yet.

Sunday 5 years ago

What meeting do you go to? Maybe we could go together?! Misery loves company, you know?!

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

Your leader sang ‘Wing Beneath My Wings???” I would have DIED.

Mama Kat 5 years ago

Haha. Clearly. I think you fall into the “doesn’t really need to be there” category as well. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

The bitch in the back judging everyone. Obviously.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

If you have a smart phone, the etools makes is SO much easier. Or, just the on-line tracking, even. I could never get myself to write things out, but since I’m on-line constantly anyway, I can do it. (So far)

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

She’s totally the Sticker Whore. I love that.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

So do I! The last meeting I was at was hosted by a woman at least 30 pounds overweight. But, apparently, she used to weigh over 250, so I suppose she does know something. It’s like the chunky yoga instructor-huh?

Zeemaid 5 years ago

I’d be the quiet one in the back that doesn’t say much, just shows up to weigh in, listen to the talk and then slinks off without socializing. Yeah, I’m sad. 😉 I haven’t been to WW for more than 10 years. I hate committment, you know committing to a meeting a week and then there’s the pressure to lose every week, the first week I don’t lose or maybe actually gain a little, I’m done.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

RIGHT.

Jen S 5 years ago

Ha! I always pull out my smartphone after something like that too! lol

Kir 5 years ago

I tried it last year and have found that I still can’t handle people telling me how to do things, I have serious issues with authority. *sigh* plus I see all “these people” on your list and know i must be one of them and I hate it even more. I want to look like Jennifer Hudson does now, but I do NOT want to go to those meetings.
I’m thinking WW online…..I like my message boards just fine. 😉

Tara 5 years ago

I, too, come from a long line of WW women. My mom and grandmother were fanatics, carrying those damn scales everywhere we went, including restaurants. Epic embarrassment. I attended a few meeting as a kid and was truly scared. And the #1 reason I can’t do WW as an adult. I did attempt Jenny Craig a couple of times, the new gen private way of telling your stories of weight struggles, but the cost became too much. So now I sit in weight loss limbo……

Nina 5 years ago

100% spot on!!! LOVED this! I did WW once in high school, then right after college, and one more time when I first moved to Mpls. Same, same, same.

NYCPatty 5 years ago

You forgot me! The WW nerd who writes down notes & the leader quote so I can blog about it later. Yeah I need to stop…can’t even believe I admitted that! LOL!

The rest are dead on! Great post!

Redneck Mommy 5 years ago

I just wonder *which* one would I be if I went? The thought alone scares me enough to stay far, far away from those meetings. My jiggly arse cheeks thanks me for that decision.

Kassie 5 years ago

Oh dear, yes every meeting has these ladies.

But I finally found a meeting that isn’t like this. Most of the women above are represented. But the guy, he’s the crazy, never lose a pound, but tells long akward stories sort of guy. And 1/3 of the women have tattoos and piercings. And another 1/3 are wearing gym clothes and are actually sweaty since it is held in a YWCA. It is the best meeting I’ve ever been to.

But I once went to a meeting where the leader sang and signed ‘Wing Beneath My Wings.” My (then) husband and I were laughing so hard we were crying. We couldn’t go back after that.

Mrs.Mayhem 5 years ago

You’ve made me want to join weight watchers, if only for the entertainment value!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} 5 years ago

HOLY crap!!! You totally called it. I did WW back and forth at least 6 times. I lost 60 lbs on it years ago, loved me leader, but everything you say is true.

Sandra Guirguis 5 years ago

Wow- you really got it right!! That is why, this time I am doing it online where I can hide in my apartment and interact with only the people I choose- LOL!! I do like the new program, it is really encouraging me to eat more fruits and veg. Thanks for the laugh and the encouragement!!

Ashley 5 years ago

This made me chuckle because it’s SO true! My meeting has all of these people, AND a crazy leader who cusses and yells! Haha. I joined WW again, two weeks ago I lost 21 lbs a few years ago and managed to keep it off until I got pregnant. I am #3. I even bring my 4 month old daughter to meetings because my husband is in Afghanistan and I don’t want to go through all the trouble of finding a babysitter.

Maria @BOREDmommy 5 years ago

This. is. awesome.

You made me laugh out loud with how perfect you got everyone. I’m so with you on thinking that this is a great healthy “diet” to most of the crap out there. I’ve also been through their doors many times but never stuck with it. I’m really hoping this is it for me too. I would rather spend my days trying to figure out how I’m going to meet Colin Firth, than trying to find the perfect cardigan to hide my embarassing gut.

Chaplain Donna 5 years ago

LOL! That was very funny! If I ever go to a meeting I know what will be in the back of my subconscious.

Mish 5 years ago

Nope. I’m pretty sure you covered everyone except the awkward chubby teenager that her mother made her come because no boy will date her until she loses a few pounds.

with those descriptions, I’m pretty sure you were at my meeting! :)

Gini 5 years ago

This was PERFECT until I read number 9. I AM number 9. Maybe I need to join…..ha

Sheri 5 years ago

I like it, too, although it seems I’m eating a ton more food, and some day struggling to make all my points. I didn’t lose my first week, but didn’t gain, either. But I was on my period, so maybe that had something to do with it. Hopefully I’ll see results this week.

Princess of Sarcasm 5 years ago

Nailed it. Except for the return visitor who went from a size 12 to a size 6, but still feels just as fat in a bathing suit due to bad genetics and a horrible case of cellulite. *le sigh*

Sheri 5 years ago

EXACTLY. Except my kids are older, so I don’t have to deal with the baths and bedtime routine anymore. Now it’s them showering and putting themselves to bed – bliss! Of course, they go to bed later, so I get my snack later.

Jennifer 5 years ago

I think you generally find this mix of women in any type of group. I mean, have you been to a girl scout meeting. Those chicks are nuts.

Sheri 5 years ago

I’m all about the carbs and coffee club!

Lady Estrogen 5 years ago

That’s great – and I met quite a few of those there – although I don’t think I fell in to any of those categories. I was just in a fat girl category all on my own. lol.

Blair@HeirtoBlair 5 years ago

You pretty much nailed it.

Reason #248 that I loathe Weight Watchers meetings.

Jennifer 5 years ago

Well it is supposed to teach you how to eat. If you don’t continue to follow the principles then of course you are going to gain the weight back. And I say that from total experience.

TANYA 5 years ago

hahahahaha

Julie 5 years ago

Ooh my goodness. I totally was picturing everyone you were describing… they were ALL involved in my last Weight Watchers adventure. SO. FUNNY.

Mama Kat 5 years ago

So which one are you?

Jennifer 5 years ago

Yes, the “please God let me get through this meeting so I can go home and cook dinner for my kids and do the laundry and get baths over with and tuck everyone in so I can have a cookie” group. That’s the group you call “normal”.

The Sweetest 5 years ago

Ha ha! I’ve never been to WW meeting, but now I feel like I have. I can totally picture this.

Kendra 5 years ago

I’m with Jessica! I won’t be back on until May, but my motivation is going to be the extra nursing points! lol

I’m excited to see how the new plan works. My mother in law seems to really like it. I’m like whoever said why eat a banana, when I can have a 2-point chocolate bar instead. I’m not looking forward to that much discipline with so little sleep though. ugh.

The Mommyologist 5 years ago

This is SPOT ON! I remember going to Weight Watchers in high school with my mom…all of those people were at the meetings for sure.

Varda (SquashedMom) 5 years ago

OMG you totally nailed it. Although in NYC we also have our obligatory flamboyant gay man and woman-of-a-certain-age dressed to the nines sporting big rocks and shoulder-width hat.

I lost 17 evil twin pregnancy pounds two years ago at WW & then have slowly gained it all back. Silly me – I had thought it was gone forever and had given away all my favorite fat clothes. (Apply palm to forehead.)

Varda (SquashedMom) 5 years ago

That’s me! That’s me too! Wanna form a club?

amber 5 years ago

The cake hater. Usually a middle aged office worker, she loudly complains about the ubiquitous presence of sweets in her office, and how much she hates Birthday Cake.

I hate her.

@suburbanhaiku 5 years ago

After Weight Watchers
I always eat whatever
people confessed to.

Dipaola Momma 5 years ago

Sheri, Now you’re talking my language (drawing little air hearts), wanna go out for coffee and carbs? :)

Jessica McFadden – A Parent in Silver Spring 5 years ago

I already have a meeting circled on my calendar for 6 weeks after the birth.

And I plan on being this character: The nursing mother that everyone secretly loathes because she gets 1,000 extra points.

Great post!!!!

Blessing @ Working Mom Journal 5 years ago

Never been to one, but this is what I have always imagined….Now you just brought my imagination to live. I dont think I will ever join weight watchers, its one of those things that I think wastes money and time. Or maybe its because I am 5’2 and 123lbs with a big big tummy from childbirth.

jodifur 5 years ago

The woman who complains that someone in her office keeps bringing in snacks. Or cake.

I eventually left meetings and did it online. I hated meetings. they never did a thing for me. I think the program works, but not meetings. At least for me.

Lisa 5 years ago

I am trying to figure out which one I am…

The one in the back trying to figure out how I can live on strawberries, so I have enough points for the Blue Moon needed to get my through my diet.

Thanks for post, and I am glad I am not the only one that ventured back to WW last week.

Sincerely, Jenni 5 years ago

OMG, I got a good laugh out of this today. I just rejoined WW for the bajillionth time, but I refused to sign up for the meetings plan. I am going the online route this time. I just can’t stand going to those meetings and listening to the perky people and the perky leader, and of course, I was the sucker that bought all the crap each week… so I needed to stay away!! Far, far away!

(And I LURVE the new plan, btw!)

Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up) 5 years ago

Amazing…I have been to Weight Watchers so many times…first with my mom and the last time with my 16 year old daughter. I no longer go and for some reason, in my 50’s I finally got control ofmthe entire situation and really don’t even diet anymore. I always love the truly overweight people with the “how to” tips.

Reminds me of a conversation between my husbands mom, aunt, and grandmother arguing about health and diets…all of them obese. Good times!

Kathy 5 years ago

Omg..Seriously dead on! Too funny! I quit WW right now…but once I had a weak moment and went to Tim Hortons for a donut and turned around and bumped into the WW check in lady…..totally busted! Talk about quilt! I’m sure she was there for the coffee not a donut…bitch!

Vinobaby 5 years ago

I offered to go to a WW meeting to support a friend once (okay–more like to drag her there kicking and screaming so I would no longer have to listen to her bitch about wanting to go but not having the will power to walk in).

She basically told me I would be a #6 and would most likely be chased out the door while being pelted with snack bars.

I wasn’t sure if she loved me or hated me at that moment–probably both. C’est la vie.

Karen 5 years ago

Such great timing. I am thinking of going today for the first time in many, many years. I hear such good buzz about the new program. But, oh, how I hate counting points.

Corine 5 years ago

You have every one 100% right… but is it bad that I have been #4 every time I join? lol I always feel if I stock up on those 2pt bars, Im a shoe in for losing big.

My favorites on this list though are the 1 lone guy and the sticker-whore… ok thats not what you called her, but thats what Im calling her… cause .5 lbs does not call for a shout out and sticker.

Michelle 5 years ago

You forgot the one who has to go pee immediately before weighing in, and then removes all jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, and blows her nose to ensure maximum ounce lossage. :) Sometimes these will actually ask someone to hold up a coat around them so they can strip down even further.

I haven’t been to meetings in years, but I re-joined the online program last month, right after they rolled out Points Plus. I lost over 80 pounds on WW between my 2 pregnancies, and baby number 2 is 9 months old now, so I’ve got to get back on track. Good luck to you!

Mary Phillips 5 years ago

You nailed it! Great post!

Erin I’m Gonna Kill Him 5 years ago

Number 3.

ApparentlyP 5 years ago

I was going to say the leader too! And I totally judge them if they aren’t “thin” enough in my mind to be a leader!

Joanie 5 years ago

I tried Weight Watchers years ago. I lost $00. (not a good fit for me, I guess)

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

I actually think it’s the only healthy plan out there. Food-wise, it’s gimmick free. You lose the weight and then join the maintenance program (free) to stay on track. That said, nothing is easy and I’ve never been dedicated enough to make it that far. Hopefully this time.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

Oh, YES! How could I leave them out?

Allie 5 years ago

I was going to mention the lifers too! So smug, tell how they go on a weeklong trip to the Bahamas and lose 5 lbs, bring in 8x10s of their old selves, fawn over the leader as if she were Oprah… :)

Loukia 5 years ago

I used to take off my necklace and watch and bracelet, even the elastic from my hair, to get weighed! As soon as I am back from Florida, I’m starting WW again! Right now I’m suffering a diet of no carbs, since I packed on a few over the holidays.

Vicarious Chelsea 5 years ago

The loudtalkers. OH the loudtalkers… I find myself sitting in front of them all the time. The talk. Loud. About everything. All. The. Effing. Time.
Despite them, I heart WW!

Allison @ Motherhood, WTF? 5 years ago

What about the lifers? You know, the women who have maintained their goal weight and now are the honors students. The meetings seem to be the epicenter of their social lives and they’re bffs with the leader. WW is their religion. Damn, I’m jealous of the lifers…

Katie Reed 5 years ago

I’m trying to figure out how long after having my baby (who will be here in about 3 weeks! EEP!) it’ll be before I can join a WW group. I’ve never been a group sort of gal, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to be dying for a little adult interaction quite soon, as well as some proper motivation for losing the baby weight. Even if it comes from a group of obnoxious stereotypes (of which, do doubt, I’ll be #3!).

jill 5 years ago

I’m deciding whether I want to re-embark on a WW journey or try something more structured. But you’re right, the familiarity is comforting. I guess… 😉

Lady of the House 5 years ago

Funny! You forgot the leader. You could do a whole post on the different types of leaders. I’d do it but I’m too busy applying new math to this jar of Nutella.

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

I really like it, actually. I’ve heard it’s been tough for people who knew and loved the old plan, but I like it much better. It’s encouraging me to eat lots more fruit and veggies and not as much low-point processed crap. That was my problem with the other plan– why would I eat a banana if I could have a 2 point chocolate bar instead? This is better.

myevil3yearold 5 years ago

Eerie…. I hve only been to one meeting and tose same exact people were there! Was that you in the second row?

Scary Mommy 5 years ago

You are the majority. The everyone else.

Sunday 5 years ago

I desperately need to start going to meetings again. I lost quite a bit of weight with WW before I had kids and if I did it once I can do it again, right? RIGHT?!

Sheri 5 years ago

Didn’t see myself there – the middle-aged mom who is back yet again because she thought she could do it on her own, but gained 25 pounds instead.

suzanne 5 years ago

SO incredibly true!!!!

brandy 5 years ago

I don’t understand the hype to ww. My parents did it and lost weight but the minute they stopped they put the weight back on ….so how is it any diff than any other diet plan? I don’t see the point in throwing away hard earned money on just another diet fad.

Julie 5 years ago

Ha ha this made me giggle! Hi I’m the new mummy with milk stains and smell of baby sick! I did lose 3stones on WW before I became pregnant and have put it all back on during pregnancy and since giving birth! Am waiting for my 6wk check up then gonna re join!

Krista 5 years ago

That’s eerie. Seriously- you summed up every meeting I’ve ever been to!!

What do you think of the new plan? I’ve heard mixed things and am debating joining.

Lynn from For Love or Funny 5 years ago

Oops. I recognized myself in description # 6.

From Belgium 5 years ago

Sounds very intrigueing, but I think I will stick to good old Montignac.

Amanda 5 years ago

I went to one WW meeting after I had my twin an quickly decided that I needed to find another weight loss method. I know that WW is effective, but I can’t handle a group like that. It seemed a bit like AA to me. Hi, my name is Amanda, and it’s been 15 minutes since I had chocolate. No thanks.

Good luck with the WW!

Renegades 5 years ago

Oh my gosh this is so so funny. Don’t ya just hate or strongly dislike would possibly be a nicer way of saying the women who are there to lose 5 pounds!

Great post!

Momlissa 5 years ago

Oh boy, you *nailed* it! I’m not sure why I put myself through the torture of the meeting, but it does help me, despite the predictability of its members. I now go to a meeting that is specialized for those who have 50+ lbs to lose and it’s a little better. I was that girl trying to rock her wedding gown & the mom with a baby (ies) in the stroller, so I always cut them some slack. lol. But the ones who think they are, in fact, the leader, cause my eyes to roll into the back of my head and pull out my smartphone.

meg 5 years ago

oh dear god, did you nail it! When I go I play a little mind game– I don’t have to stay for the meeting and deal with all that as long as I lose something. Even 0.2 will do. Serious motivation!

Life with Kaishon 5 years ago

I need to go to one ASAP. Seriously. Must. Go. Soon!