Me and Charles Barkley

You may be surprised at what this five foot four white woman and a six foot six black man would have in common. But there are at least two things.  We both get caught with our foot in our mouths (and that is quite a big one for him) and we both are spokesmen for Weight Watchers.  He gets paid for it though and I don’t.

It doesn’t stop me however from being a happy vocalizer of the virtues of this time tested program.  I’m now in my 17th year (after losing 50 pounds) of being a Weight Watchers lifetime member.  If you aren’t familiar with what that exactly means, it is that once you have lost your desired weight and continued to attend meetings for six more weeks, you have arrived at the coveted status of “Lifetime”. As the name suggests, you are “IN” for life as a treasured member.  It really is a great deal because you can attend meetings and get all of the updated materials for the rest of your life for free as long as you do two things. You must weigh in once each  calendar month and be no more than two pounds above your goal.

If you don’t always make that monthly meeting, you can still pop back in at any time and just pay for one week. You never have to pay an initiation fee or registration fee.  Weight Watchers has stayed true to their word and for the 40 years, yes 40, that I have attended off and on, this has not waivered.  In this day when companies come and go and often forgo their “we will never let you down” mantra, it is refreshing to see a company that does do what it says it will.

I’m happy to say that I’ve been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for 17 years now and have not had to ever pay for being over goal, just paid to pop back in once in awhile.  I admit that I have been tempted toward other weight loss plans that offer quick results but I always come back to the tried and true…steady as she goes….program that works consistently for millions of people around the world.  You can visit a WW center anywhere and feel at home.  Ah….Charles Barkley probably will never show up at my WW center but The Round Mound of Rebound has shown up on the court of the WW ball game….at least offering his name and prestige to a company that already had name recognition and much success under its belt.

Now if he can keep from saying every thing that he is thinking, he may set the example for more men of color to discover that Weight Watchers can help them get back into the “game of health”. Thanks Sir Charles. You may be saving a few lives and not even know it.


Keeping up with the Jones’

Or Smith or Cordrey,  just keeping up with whatever your family last name is. Keeping up with your loved ones when you are displaced is very important. You may have a tendency to be self absorbed due to your particular predicament. Perhaps YOU are in need of cards, notes and encouraging sentiments. Remember though, that reaching out to others is a good way to take your mind off yourself and your personal situation.
Before you go to your new place, make sure you take your address book with you. Get some extra stamps also so you won’t have to find a post office right away. Pick up some all occasion cards or notes. Even in this day of cyber greetings, nothing beats a real handwritten note.
Our grandson just had a birthday. He’s getting a bit old for cutsie, “aren’t you a big boy”  cards but that didn’t stop us! We bought him a card that sings his NOT SO FAVORITE song…..he rolled his eyes I’m sure and probably said “oh brother” and his younger siblings no doubt played with the card until everyone grew weary of it. But, I bet he won’t soon forget the birthday card he received from his out of state grandparents.
So make time for your extended family and friends, make time to laugh. It’s good for your soul AND your health.