I used to believe in a false dichotomy regarding the world of weight loss, with two important factors: Time or Money. I thought that middle-class Americans could have one of those and be healthy, but never without either. You could be flat broke, but have plenty of time to spend on exercise and homemade nutrition and successfully lose pounds. Or you could have no time, but plenty of money to throw at the booming weight loss industry and find your healthy size.
But what if you didn’t have a lot of time to give, or a lot of money to spend, and you still wanted to be fit? I figured that was left to those few lucky jerks favored by the Quick Metabolism Gods and the rest of us were out in the cold, with only our flab to insulate us.
Then, a few years ago, as I had reached my heaviest weight, worst financial straits, and most demanding schedule, something in me snapped. I couldn’t keep doing it. Something had to give, and I felt like none of those situations were going to get better unless all of them did, and I was the only person who could make that change. So, I did what any normal person in the 21st century does.
And Googled some more.
The more bloggers I found that made weight loss seem upbeat and energizing and low-stress, the more I despaired. They were all members of that amazing community we’ll just refer to as “WW” for now. And no matter how I looked at it, I just couldn’t shell out either the cash to join nor the time to go to meetings. (This was before they started marketing their online tools…which also cost money.)
Eventually, though, as I read more support groups and found more resources, I realized I had finally stumbled across all the tools I needed. I taught myself the program, the points, the metrics, and with endless Internet junkies as my allies and mentors instead of a room of locals with a meeting guide, I took the plunge. I joined that society in the most unofficial (and free) capacity possible.
And it totally worked. I lost just over 100 lbs. in two years on “The Plan.”
For the price of…zero dollars.
I have been asked by so many friends, relatives and colleagues how I managed to do it without joining, so I decided, once and for all, to build a website dedicated to helping those who can’t quite take the plunge for whatever reason — monetary, time constraints, self-consciousness, whatever — and gently coax that confidence out of you the way so many wise Internet forum gurus before me helped me on my path.
With this site, I’ll try to start with the basics, share online resources, and knowledge I’ve gained over my journey with you.
I also want to say, publicly, that I think this particular corporation is fantastic, and in truth, over the years, I may not have joined, but I feel like one of them, and they turn a profit from me in plenty of other ways. My pantries are always stocked with their branded food items, I’m a loyal subscriber to their monthly magazine that I enjoy very much, and more than anything, I proselytize their program to everyone I know, because it seriously works, and I think anyone with the actual means to join it can truly benefit from it. I’m sure I’d have benefited even more on my journey had I been able to join from the get-go, but I certainly don’t believe that it’s wrong to help those who, for whatever reason, aren’t ready or able to join. No one should have to wait for other circumstances to change if they’re motivated to start a healthier lifestyle.
So, it’s with a clear conscience that I provide this guide to others. Truth be told, I’ve often thought about going all legit and joining as a paid member now that my schedule is slightly more forgiving, my financial burdens have lessened, and I know their program works.
And someday I might.
But in the meantime, I remember how many times during my research I wished someone had already created a blog like this with everything one needs to know. As it is, all the pieces do exist in various corners of the Internet. But it takes time to find them, and now that I’ve done that work, I see no reason for anyone else to have to. It’s real, it’s out there already, and everyone deserves to be the healthiest version of themselves they can be, no matter where they are on their life journey.
–Gracie, The Busy Loser