I went over to the dark side…and they had cookies!



My weight-loss journey had been slowing down quite a bit. Since December, I was playing the scale game, with the numbers going up and down, never really settling down. It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t see a difference in numbers. I know that numbers aren’t everything, but it still made me a bit frustrated to feel like I was doing so well and then not seeing the results.

So I did it.

I went over to the dark side.

That’s right. I joined Weight Watchers last month.

Now, I’m not a go-to-meetings-and-be-social-or-get-publicly-shamed-or-praised kind of girl. I just joined using the online app where I can do it at home and ignore all those other WW people.

Since I’ve joined, I’ve been eating plenty of Girl Scout cookies. I’ve been drinking coffee with sugar in it. I’ve even gone out to full-blown dinners with all sorts of goodies that I would normally consider ‘bad’ for me.

And since I’ve joined? Yeah, I’ve also lost 7 pounds. I finally hit my 50 pound goal.

It’s taken me two and a half years of this journey, but I have to say that part isn’t what matters to me. What matters is that I’ve been steady and solid, and I can now say that I hit the magic number of 50.

I began at a solid 210. I’m down to a happier 160. I was a tight size 16 and xxl. Now I’m a loose size 10 and medium (or large if I don’t want it to be too clingy).

I also know I’m in better shape. This weekend, I’m away at a convention, and when I hit the gym at the hotel, I had no problem doing over an hour of working out. Did some treadmill walking, did some biking. Broke a sweat, sure, but I didn’t feel exhausted afterwards. I even considered hopping on the elliptical, and if it hadn’t already been 10 p.m., I might have gone ahead and done that, too.

I think the important thing about my swap to Weight Watchers is that it doesn’t limit me. I can eat what I want, just in moderation. And that’s what I’ve been doing all this time. I think that their calculations (using fat, carbs, and protein) is really helping me focus on healthier food choices, and I can’t help but think that their diet plan is also good for those of us who are concerned about diabetes. Since it runs in my family, that has been a huge push for me. I want to avoid getting diabetes if I can. And with the WW points, I can see how ‘bad’ something is from that viewpoint. I’m not just looking at how many calories I consume; I’m looking at what actually goes into the food.

I have a three-month membership, so let’s see what happens. And let’s keep eating those cookies!


About Katherine Sanger

Katherine Sanger was a Jersey Girl before getting smart and moving to Texas. She's been published in various e-zines and print, including Baen's Universe, Black Petals, Star*Line, Anotherealm, Lost in the Dark, Bewildering Stories, Aphelion, and RevolutionSF, and edited From the Asylum, an e-zine of fiction and poetry. Her poetry has won numerous awards, including First Place in Byline's "Autumn Poem" contest, First Place in "Lucky Thirteen" contest sponsored by Sol Magazine, and Honorable Mention in: The Houston Chapter Award, The Hap Fulgham Prize, and The "Varoom-Varoom" Award.
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3 Responses to I went over to the dark side…and they had cookies!

  1. I’m doing things differently, and I’m super jealous that you can have cookies

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