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.

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