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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Blog Carnival -- Working for Weight Watchers

It's Blog Carnival time again for the Etsy Bloggers, and the 2 topics we have to choose from deal with work or play. I've decided to write a bit about my current employment (other than etsy, of course). Actually, for most of my adult life, I've multi-tasked... for the last 18 years, I was (mostly) stay at home mom to 2 wonderful kids. But I always seemed to be busy with other things as well, often volunteering, going to school myself or working at a part-time job of some sort.

So, running two etsy shops, in addition to another job really suits my style. And, just what is this other job. I am a Weight Watchers leader. My sister wondered why I would want to tell people that's what I do, because then they would know I had been fat. (One of the requirements for employment with WW is to have been a member, and been successful at weight loss.)

So, yeah, it took me a long time, but I lost 20 pounds. Not a lot of weight, but I struggled and had the same difficulties that people that have much more to lose. I currently run two meetings for the Corporate Solutions side of WW, meaning once a week, I go into a place of business, and run a meeting for their employees. Working for WW sometimes feels like a volunteer job, as the pay is, well, nothing I'm going to get rich from. But giving people the support they need, and educating them about healthy eating has been very rewarding.

I have some awesome members, that often thank me when they lose weight. But really, they have done the hard work themselves. Because, as the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. And that is the flip side that can be frustrating. For every successful members that I have, there are 3 more that find themselves unable to make the necessary changes.

Sometimes I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave over every person that wants to lose weight and, Poof!, they were thin. But if I can help a few find the motivation within to make changes and lose weight, then the job is worth it.


Go2Girl (Kila) said...

I love Weight Watchers- its a great program. And appreciate knowing its always there when I need it. Congrats on your weight loss and Etsy success!

Kara said...

yay, you! What wonderful, supportive work!

gina said...

I love weight watchers so much I started a blog with all my low point recipes. I too try to get people to join, but some people just can't stay committed. Let me know what you think of my site and maybe you can share my recipes.

joeyandaleethea said...

What an interesting job, sounds fun too! Thanks for participating in our EtsyBloggers blog carnival!

Jen said...

Good for you! (And if you ever get that wand working, you'd be RICH!!!) Thanks so much for sharing!

storybeader said...

I would be proud to be a WW trainer - that means I tried to lose weight and succeeded. And volunteering is a great job, if you have enough cash to keep the house going.