Monday, June 02, 2008

End of an Era

I'm sad. So sad, in fact, that I have tears in my eyes (which is not a common occurrence for me). Why am I so sad you ask? Well, I have ended a long-term relationship ... with WW eTools. I know. It's an online program. So, why am I so emotionally attached to it? Well, it has been my friend, much like my meeting leader in Maryland, and I have realized it is time for me to say goodbye. I have been thinking about it for a while now. I haven't been counting points. I haven't been tracking my activity. I haven't even been reading the weekly profiles of WW success stories. That's VERY unusual for me. I have loved those stories. I have loved learning and meeting those women (and men). But, I just haven't been visiting the WW website. I hate to say that it is because I haven't needed it. It's just been that it hasn't been a priority. Now that scares me to say because it makes me worry that weight loss hasn't been a priority. But, now that I think about it. Weight loss isn't my priority - maintenance is. And, I guess over the past 5 months I have realized that eTools isn't helping me. It's not that it is doing anything wrong, or bad. I just haven't been going to it for support. Now, if I had all the money in the world I would keep the subscription so that in the future I would have access to it. But, right now, $12.95 a month for something I'm not using, just isn't worth it for the possibility that I might need it in the future. I did copy now all the points values for the foods that I usually eat and the activity I usually (or used to) do. I also copied down my history of weights since I started in August 2006. I really want that record. That history. That trail. I wish it was somewhere more safe than in a random Excel spreadsheet, but it is more cost effective that way. So, where does cost effective and sadness meet? I just don't know. But, it is the end of an era. My era. But, I did return to the fold in one way... I found a WW meeting I really liked on Saturday. I'll post about it this week. I am definitely going to go back. I even shared during it, and they were nice. I felt comfortable there. Not like in Maryland, but change can be good. And, when you think about it, life is all about change.

7 comments:

Kim said...

I'm sorry that you are sad about bidding farewell to your dear etools, but I think you made the right decision. :) I think it's great that you found a new meeting that you enjoy. That's a big deal. :)

Keep up the great work!!!!!

totegirl said...

I think that you know what's right for you, and I'm glad you copied the weigh-in history. That's what matters. It's your life! Good for you. I'm actually running the other way! I need meetings, and I need them STAT!

angelfish24 said...

Glad you found a meeting you like and can understand why you aren't doing etools anymore. Hope you are doing well otherwise!

Vickie said...

you might consider putting the weight history in a posting to save it. if you don't want everyone reading it - just bury it in the past with an old date - like at the very beginning of your blog. Or just save it as a draft and don't publish it at all.

I am very glad that you found a good leader! will be interested to read all about it.

marie said...

I know a girl on .ca who stopped using it, went back years later and it was still there....just saying.

I think YOU'RE living proof of how far you came though. Do you really need a little chart to stare at to see how far you've come? No one else but you had access to it before but everyone can see the remarkable changes that have taken place...

just saying. :)

jodi said...

i haven't been using my eTools since march (i think) so i often wonder why i'm still paying them $17/month... perhaps if i was still tracking and counting points it would be handy to have but do i REALLY need it? i dunno...

i think it's good that you're taking this step away from WW - if you feel it hasn't helped you or isn't needed, then cut the cord... i also use an excel file to keep track - it can be configured to any time frame so if you'd like, i can send it to you... :o)

Deb said...

I understand how you feel. I quit going to WW meetings a couple of months ago when I finally realized they weren't helping me. When I went to the website to cancel my monthly pass subscription I found I wasn't able to just cut WW out of my life forever so I just switched to an etools only plan....and I haven't used it once so I probably need to cancel it too. It's funny how we can get attached to a plan and have a hard time letting it go.