It’s Time to Trust Me

I just cancelled my Weight Watchers membership.


It feels kind of surreal since I’ve been doing the monthly pass since March 2009 and here it is 18 months later, but I had been thinking about it for a while and today just went for it. Here’s why…

Let me start out by saying I think Weight Watchers is amazing for someone starting out who wants to change their life. You learn portion control, how to spread your points (calories) out throughout the day, how much you SHOULD eat (which is usually drastically different from what you had been eating), etc. etc. I really do believe in Weight Watchers and think its a great springboard into a healthy lifestyle and will never forget that it’s where I started.

That said, I think I’ve come a long way since I first started my journey and to a point where I’ve sort of outgrown it. I no longer go to meetings and rarely use e-tools since I come up with most of my own recipes and know the points value of basically every food by heart (I’m a numbers girl) which are the two main benefits of paying for a membership.

When I first started with WW, I was eating mostly 100 calorie packs, fat free anything, prepackaged goods, and basically anything that was low-cal/low-fat/low-point so I could maximize what I was getting for my points. Throughout my journey to lose weight, I started slowly incorporating more whole foods into my diet as my points began to dwindle. Why have a 100 calorie pack of chocolate covered pretzels (6 pretzels in total!) when I could have an apple and a cup of grapes for the same points and be so much more satisfied?

Also, I FEEL healthy and fit. I just ran a half marathon on Sunday and felt good enough to go on an 11 mile bike ride 2 days later! Even though I feel and look healthy, according to Weight Watchers, I am 2.2 pounds overweight. I have been at this same weight since January 2010 (within a few pounds) and while I have made tremendous strides in my fitness, I have made little progress with my weight.

So maybe my body is happy where it is. Maybe the weight will fall off once I stop obsessing about it. I think the point is for me, I need to move away from being obsessed with scheduling my life around Thursday weigh ins (even though I rarely go) and with the number on the scale itself.

A real turning point for me was when, at a meeting, my Weight Watchers Leader asked what people like to put on their veggies. A lot of people said things like olive oil, salt and pepper, a little real butter… but then my leader said she had an even better suggestion. I couldn’t wait to hear what she had to suggest – I love new ideas! But then, she said “Fat-Free Gravy.” Many of the people in the room agreed or excitedly jotted it down to remember to pick it up at their next shopping trip. Um, really? Fat free gravy? Wow.

I think WW has been a security blanket for me since I know that I can always go back to counting points if all else fails. I’ve basically been paying $40 a month for the last 8 months just to have that security blanket and avoid trusting myself to do it, even though, when I look back at my journey, I really SHOULD trust me. I eat well, I work out a lot, and WW is not what’s holding me accountable. It’s just there if I fall off track and sort of as a bandaid in case I need it.

But, I’m ready to pull off the bandaid so to speak, and continue to do what I’ve been doing without the security of WW to fall back on. Plus, with $40 extra in my pocket every month…


I’m glad I had a good lunch to back me up after that… 🙂

Starting with a Sweet Potato, Beet, and Chickpea Salad

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In the mix:

  • 1 baked sweet potato (3 pts)
  • 1 cup roasted beets (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (0 pts)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (1 pt)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (0 pts)
  • salt and peppa

With the last of the leftover Vegetable Barley Soup (1 pt)

Plus some raw green beans for crunch:


All together now:

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SO good. I roasted the beets and sweet potato in the oven last night while I was out for my bike ride (very dangerous. don’t try this at home, kids) and then just chopped them up and combined them right before I was ready to eat. Beets stain EVERYTHING, so its best to keep them separate from everything else until you’re ready. Example one:

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(Don’t mind the fact that I am in desperate need of a manicure).

Example Two:

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But I love ‘em even so.

So what do you think? Am I crazy for quitting WW when I am so close to lifetime? Good decision? Bad decision?

Side note: I still plan to post point values when I can because I think its a good resource for people still following the plan and I love giving simple, healthy, low-point whole food meal ideas.

63 Comments on It’s Time to Trust Me

  1. happywhennothungry
    September 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    You’ve already completely changed your eating habits and your lifestyle, so I think you’ve proven that you don’t need WW anymore… Congrats!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm (10 years ago)

      You get to see it everyday!! 🙂 I remember shortly after you started working here, you told me my lunches looked so sophisticated. I still pride myself on your comment. 😉

  2. mindy @ just a one girl revolution.
    September 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    You’ll be just fine on your own! I definitely agree with everything you said, that it’s an awesome tool for when you’re starting out and learning. But, I think…no, I KNOW…you are still going to do amazing things on your own! Those first couple weeks without counting are a funny transition period, but it’s such a great feeling when you get to the point where you know you’re rocking out without counting.

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm (10 years ago)

      Yeah it already feels sort of weird even though really, I’m not doing anything differently!

  3. Maria
    September 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    I like to think of it as you graduating school. Like, you learned what you needed to learn, and now it’s time for you to fly solo and apply that knowledge, for better or for worst. But clearly, you are doing great at it 🙂

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm (10 years ago)

      Ha I like that comparison! 🙂

  4. Catherine @ Life 2.0
    September 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm (10 years ago)

    Way to go Beth, you are so inspiring! Weight is just a number, it is all about how you feel inside and out and you are totally proving that point!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm (10 years ago)

      Aww thanks Catherine. And I totally agree – how I FEEL is so much more important than how much I weigh!

  5. Maria
    September 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm (10 years ago)

    You have come to a point that you realize that you have grown and do not need Weight Watchers. That doesn’t mean that you can or never will go back if you feel that you need to in the future.
    This is a life change and not just to loose 20, 30 or 50 pounds. You learned the tools and now you will succeed on your own.
    You have accomplished a lot and you should pat yourself on the back and be very proud of yourself. I know we are all proud of you.


    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm (10 years ago)

      aww Thanks Maria! 🙂

  6. rc1001
    September 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm (10 years ago)

    I quit a while back and it was scary, but better for me in the long run. Following Weight Watchers really, severely altered my relationship with food, and not in a good way.

    I’m attempting to repair that relationship, and have been gaining weight in the process. It is a hard pill to swallow, but I’m dealing with it.

    But I just CAN’T obsess about every morsel of food that passes by my lips without feeling horrible about myself when I don’t follow a plan perfectly. Plus, even when I DID follow the plan, I stopped seeing results. It was like my body had gotten used to the plan and wouldn’t drop any more weight.

    I know my body didn’t reach a happy weight because I never found a place I could maintain. I’m either gaining or losing. Always. I’m working on changing that.

    Anyway, it is better to cut the cord is my point. I agree that it is a good starting point, but eventually you outgrow it, like you said.

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm (10 years ago)

      Yeah I agree. I think WW can tend to make you a little too obsessive with both the food your putting in your mouth and the number that is on the scale. I am glad I had it when I needed it but I do really think I’ve outgrown it. Plus, you will not find me complaining about the extra $40 a month! 🙂

    September 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm (10 years ago)

    haha, the stained fingers 🙂 well worth making this tho!! i had a similar version this weekend that was baked- mmm beets and sweet taters go really well together <3

    btw. wanted to say that the picture of you in the previous post is GORGEOUS!! <3


    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks! Glad you think that about me after a long days work and with my hair up… 😉

  8. Lauren
    September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm (10 years ago)

    i felt so liberated when i finally stopped paying for WW!

    WW made me obsessive about my food after awhile, and that’s just not where i want to be.

    good for you!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm (10 years ago)

      Exactly! It is kind of liberating…

  9. eatmoremeatless
    September 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow. I’m proud of you. I think that’s wonderful that you came to that realization. I, too, had the same epiphany 2 months ago. I have been around the same weight and have learn to eat healthy and the meetings were no longer necessary for me. I’m glad that we can relate to one another because that’s important. You have improved your health so much over the time doing WW and you should be proud of yourself. Keep up with your great work and feel good about yourself!!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm (10 years ago)

      Yeah I totally agree. I think having the blogging community is one of the main reasons I don’t need the support of the WW meetings! I also have made a lot of in person friends with similar interests which helps a lot and keeps me on track.

  10. Theresa @ActiveEggplant
    September 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm (10 years ago)

    Good for you Beth! I’ve never done WW, but I used to count calories – and I OBSESSED over it. It’s much better for me mentally to eat intuitively and “know” what my body does and doesn’t need. Not that i’me the epitome of healthy eating or anything though. But now that I don’t count calories, I seem to eat a lot less junk than when I did! I was constantly rationalizing junk food (i.e. I can eat this candy bar because it’s only 200 calories…I’ll just eat less with dinner tonight) Now that I don’t count every calorie that passes my lips I”m eating much healthier and satisfying foods. It’s quite liberating! (And yes, I could still stand to lose a few (or 30) pounds, but it’s my sanity that counts as I am on this journey!)
    Long comment short: I think you made a wise decision.

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm (10 years ago)

      That’s a good point about how you eat more and even more unhealthy when you have the points/calories to spare. After dinner even if I’m not hungry I say well I still have 3 points left… what should I eat. It’s be better to say Hey I’m full.. kitchen closed!

  11. Jen, a priorfatgirl
    September 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm (10 years ago)

    wahoo!!!!! WW is a great tool, I totally agree. A tool to use while you are learning. Now, time to spread your wings and fly. Take the training wheels off and see what you can do! Granted, there will be plenty of days when you feel like you’ve lost control but at any point, you can always go pack into the counting points or whatever else you need to do to mentally feel “safe” and comfortable again.

    I’m right there with you, took my training wheels off 2 months ago!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm (10 years ago)

      Training Wheels!!! Perfect comparison.

  12. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    September 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm (10 years ago)

    I don’t think you’re crazy at all! I think you are right- you’re extremely knowledgeable when it comes to food and what works for you. The number on the scale stresses alot of us out- but for what? There are so many other indicators of what is healthy!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm (10 years ago)

      Trust me, I’m a LITTLE crazy. 😉

  13. Lisa
    September 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm (10 years ago)

    Great work! I think you definitely made the right decision. I used to think I needed the WW boards, tools, etc. but I feel healthier making smart decisions on my own and using the blogging community for support and inspiration!

    Its funny because I had been doing WW online and actually canceled this morning!

    • Beth
      September 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm (10 years ago)

      Great minds think alike! 🙂 Also, you can use the WW boards for free and don’t have to be a paying member, if you want. I used to use them a lot but its just too time consuming on top of other stuff that I have going on!

  14. Liz @ lizrunsdc
    September 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm (10 years ago)

    I think you definitely made the right decision! I remember our talks in Chi-town and I was telling you that you didn’t need to lose any more weight. WW gives an arbitrary number – what is more important is that you feel (and look) amazing and you just did something no unhealthy person could do (run a half).

  15. lisaou11
    September 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm (10 years ago)

    congratulations! You have come so far and this is a great steps towards making it a lifestyle without all the point tracking and trusting yourself!

    I think feeling great and feeling fit is so much more important than the scale anyways 🙂

  16. Ashleigh
    September 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm (10 years ago)

    Wahoo! The fact that you have been the same weight for close to a year shows that;s the weight you should be.. CONGRATS!! You are doing an amazing job and it’s tough forking over that money every month. You have proved to yourself you can do it on your own. Plus they are so strict at WW about lifetime! I am positive you will be fine!

  17. Leanne
    September 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm (10 years ago)

    The thing I hated most about WW was the meetings which is really what you’re paying for- the support. And I agree that the support I have from the blogging community is WAY better than the support at the WW meetings I’ve been to. Good for you! You can always go back if you feel like you need it.

  18. Robyn
    September 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm (10 years ago)

    Must feel scary but exciting to no longer have that membership to fall back onto. All your hard work has paid off though and you now have all the principles as a foundation.

  19. Gwen
    September 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm (10 years ago)

    I think you’ve made a GREAT choice for you. I know that personally, I crave the accountability of weighing in at the meetings. There is something about it that I just NEED to keep myself in check. That being said, I think that if I were to stop, I too would keep living the same life for the most part.

    I don’t even want to try to calculate how much I’ve fed the WW machine from my pockets for the last 5 years!

  20. Anna
    September 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm (10 years ago)

    I found a lot of healthy living blogs through the weight watchers board, and now they are my biggest source of inspiration.

    I quit meetings a while back. I just wasn’t gettign ANYTHING out of them.

    I’m still counting points because I still need the help with portion control, but I have also completely changed the types of food I was eating. I also don’t count points on long run days, and since I’m thinking about signing up for a marathon, I will probably stop weight watchers online soon.

    Good luck! You are in a great place!

  21. Marci
    September 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm (10 years ago)

    That’s great to quit WW. I did it for a couple of years all online, and it did teach me good basic lessons, but then I could do it for myself and experiment with real foods. I too am technically at the top of my BMI, but I can run, swim, lift weights, etc. and get stronger, so who cares! Way to go!

  22. Tina
    September 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm (10 years ago)

    I think this is a fabulous decision! You already have the knowledge to take care of yourself and eat well. And like you said, maybe when you aren’t obsessing over following points your body will naturally want less and let those last couple of pounds go. Either way I think you look great and you are truly caring for your body…without fat free gravy. That just sounds so ick!

  23. Shrinking mommy of 2
    September 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm (10 years ago)

    NO you are not crazy. You have made that Lifestyle change. Great job and keep up the good work.

  24. Corinne
    September 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm (10 years ago)

    TWO things:

    1. CONGRATS on the half marathon!! 🙂

    2. You just ran a half marathon, you do NOT need WW. you are healthy and happy and you eat to live and eat to fuel. THIS is the mission of WW right? To get people to have a healthy realtionship with food, well I think you are there girl! CONGRATS 🙂

  25. Victoria
    September 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm (10 years ago)

    No, I don’t think you are crazy for quitting WW. I totally agree with you, that you can actually outgrow WW. I’ve had those moments when people are doing stuff like talking about putting gravy on their veggies, and I have to resist from rolling my eyes.

    You can do it. Just keep posting!

  26. Janelle
    September 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm (10 years ago)

    This is my first time visiting your blog, WOW, inspiring journey you have had! For what it is worth, I think it is BEAUTIFUL that you are learning to trust yourself. That’s exactly how I am starting my journey after years and years of weight loss plans and weight loss challenges. I just couldn’t live by someone elses plan and I never was able to be successful, but now I am really seeing a difference. The not obsessing part is sooo freeing… suddenly life looks brighter cuz ya notice it! lol Enjoy, Janelle

  27. Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    September 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm (10 years ago)

    I think it sounds like the right decision for you as you move into this next stage of your healthy lifestyle!

  28. Lisa
    September 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm (10 years ago)

    This post totally hits home for me. I stopped going to meetings about a year ago when I decided I’d rather spend Saturday mornings going on a long run than spend them at a meeting. I also found on days I weighed in, I was tempted to binge. Combine that with the knowledge of what is healthy and good to fuel my body I decided to stop going to meetings. However I still have a hard time not counting points!

    All that being said, I think you are doing fabulous and will find a much better way to spend that money!

  29. Alex @ I Eat Asphalt
    September 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Congrats on liberating yourself!! I personally think you look amazing. And the fact that you just ran 13 miles shows how incredibly physically strong you are. You’ll be able to tackle any challenges that come your way.

  30. Lisa
    September 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm (10 years ago)

    I think you made a good decision. You’ve made the positive changes in your fitness and eating habits and it’s clearly working. If you feel like you don’t need WW anymore, why pay for it? You’re still going to “do” the program. I think WW is good for people that need accountability and support to lose weight. You have the blogging community! 🙂

  31. lifeistooshortforlowfatcheese
    September 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm (10 years ago)

    I agree with everyone (and you).

    I love WW because it gives awareness. When I first started, I finally became aware of portion size, types of food, control, etc. However, once you have the method down, it’s really not difficult to keep with it.

    It’s all about being accountable, and it seems you have many avenues for keeping yourself accountable (this blog, for one).

    I just think you are awesome, inspiring, and I look forward to reading your blog every day.

    Torri Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  32. RunToTheFinish
    September 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm (10 years ago)

    You are on such a roll with your great food choices and workouts, I think it’s great you are ready to fully trust yourself! Being healthy is a journey and you have fully embraced it as a lifestyle so I’m sure you’ll continue to rock it!

  33. Mariana
    September 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm (10 years ago)


    Love the fat free gravy comment, I went to a WW’s meeting one time and the leader said it was ok to eat your day’s worth of points in chocolate…I thought I would die!! I agree the info is helpful, but I wish the leader gave more nutritionally sound advice!

  34. April
    September 23, 2010 at 12:28 am (10 years ago)

    I think you’re a TAD crazy! lol Only because it would be so satisfying to officially meet your goal weight and celebrate at the meeting. Plus, then you’d have WW there for FREE in case you’d ever feel the need to go back. I’m a bit anal rententive though and I think I’d just have a huge urge to officially meet my goal weight with them….especially with only 2.2lbs left!

    I don’t think you need the meeting though, so in that aspect, no you’re definitely not crazy for quitting. You’ve taken what you need from WW and have made it your own. You enjoy healthy foods now and know how to manage your weight. Congrats!

  35. April
    September 23, 2010 at 12:31 am (10 years ago)

    Oh and can I add…EWWWWWWW gravy on veggies!? Unless it’s served pot roast, that’s just nasty. I’d MUCH prefer some EVOO and grilled or even plain steamed than gravy. I think that definitely sends the wrong signal to WW members about how to look at food differently. You’re supposed to learn to have a better relationship with food….not learn how to smother it all in fat free gravy.

  36. @LiveStartled
    September 23, 2010 at 12:47 am (10 years ago)

    Wisdom. You’ve grown into real food.

  37. Jim@goingFitness
    September 23, 2010 at 8:24 am (10 years ago)

    Glad to hear your saving a few bucks. I also did weight watchers at one time and thought it was a great way to get the ball rolling on changing my life. This was a while ago but I do remember how much easier it was to track points with their system.

    Although, in my humble opinion, It does become an unessessary expense once you learn the point system and once you get a handle on things.

    Now the REAL question is, whatch ya going to do with that $40 month. My guess is …..TJ MAX! (sorry, thats kinda bias and sexist LOL!)

  38. couchpotatoathlete
    September 23, 2010 at 9:21 am (10 years ago)

    Beth good for you for quitting! I quit my WW membership earlier this year (well, it was right after I made lifetime), but I stopped etools and I don’t track with points. I too started by eating 100 cal packs and Fiber 1 everything (hello Hungry Girl!!!) but now I am choosing to eat more healthy foods, and I won’t avoid the avocado or PB because of the high points. I’m working on eating mindfully, and I think it is smart that you made this decision!

  39. Tami@nutmegnotebook
    September 23, 2010 at 10:30 am (10 years ago)

    I could relate to your story and the evolution of your weight loss journey. I think you have out grown WW! I use to fill my body with the 100 calorie packs and then wonder why I felt hungry all the time.

    I started getting off the processed foods and more into the whole natural foods and the cravings went away!

    I think you will do just fine without WW and like you said it is always there if you decide to go back.

  40. Jennifer
    September 23, 2010 at 10:34 am (10 years ago)

    I thougth it was so funny when I found out you were counting points on WW. The way you eat fits so much more with Simply Filling (formerly Core). I’ve followed that in the past, and was so happy because, similar to you, I found the foods to be so much more satisfying than 100 calorie packs.

    Now, that said, I do have an issue with the filling foods list containing FF cheese/dairy, and no nuts/nut butter.

    Anyway, I think you’re doing a great job, and seem to have really made a life change to your diet. I would say save yourself the $40, and if you ever need to get back on track, you can go back to counting points.

  41. Amanda
    September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am (10 years ago)

    I think you’ll do great on your own. You have already proven that you can do this and because you do eat very healthy and exercise I know you’ll do just fine. I’m glad you’ll still be blogging because I enjoy reading them!

  42. Gabrielle @ Weightless
    September 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm (10 years ago)

    While I’ve always thought WW is a helpful tool, I don’t think it’s a good idea to revolve your whole diet life around it, as your fat-free gravy example points out. While counting calories meticulously was important for me in losing my initial weight, it really hasn’t been a big part of maintaining my weight. Beacause of this, I eat a lot better – less processed, more whole natural foods, etc.

  43. Ang
    September 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm (10 years ago)

    I like the basis of the WW plan but I had to quit when I started a new job because I could only go to the Saturday meetings and that leader gave really bad advice. Examples: Don’t weight train because you might see a gain on the scale, If you follow the plan there is no need to exercise, recommending tons of “fake” foods, ect.

    I think you’ve made the right choice though. No use in paying $40 to learn what you’ve already mastered! 🙂 You’ll continue to do great on your own.

  44. One Is The Magic Number
    January 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm (10 years ago)

    Ok, so I’m FAR from a new reader, and I know you’ve done quite a lot since this entry was written. However, I just wanted to say that I completely understand your logic for quitting WW. I quit for similar reasons last summer (though, admittedly, mine were a bit more monetary than yours). However, I’ve recently decided to go back to WW for all the reasons you listed in the top half of this entry. I think you make a lot of good points which really mark the difference between healthy eating and dieting. I wish more people understood the permanent changes that all human beings need to make.

    • Beth
      January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks for your support! For me, money was just the icing on the cake, but I think it was important that I let go of WW so that I came back feeling fresh and really embracing the new program. I think the new program is SO much more healthy, and still has all the things I liked a lot about the old program, just a better approach. I think that I discovered I do need the accountability factor, and I’m really hoping to stick with it this time to make lifetime. Then, the money won’t be a problem either. 🙂

  45. Michel
    July 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Funny this is the reason I quit WW as well. Well besides that my meetings were filled with old bitties who would never stop yapping about stupid stuff. Anyway I got to the point where I would look at something and go oh that’s 4 pts or that whole meal is 13pts. When I started to obsess about points that’s when I knew I had to give it a break. I’m glad to know there were others out there like me. Now I’m off to find the post where you rejoin WW.

  46. jassy
    August 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm (9 years ago) is free 🙂


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