Tuesday, August 03, 2010

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

The Weight Watchers group that I attend has a good leader.  She's prolly not a great leader, but she is a good leader, and she is the right leader for me.  Early on, she said that she had lost seventy pounds and that it had taken her three years.  I admired her sticktoitiveness.  We have a really good and supportive receptionist, too. 

But what keeps me coming back to this particular meeting is the group itself.  There are a handful of us who started around the same time; some have much more to lose than others.  Then there are two who have been coming for months and months.  About eight of us sit near the front (so much for being a Lutheran!) and have formed a tight bond.  We really care about each others' issues.  We are genuinely happy for each others' losses.  We matter to each other, even though some of us don't know each others' names!  It is one thing when a family member or a friend congratulates me on the loss of a pound or two.  It is something else entirely when one of the group members issues congratulations.  It just means more from someone who is down in the trenches alongside.

We have membership books where our progress is recorded, and over time, mine got a bit battered.  I use it every day.  Several times every day, in fact.  So I took some pink William Morris fabric and made a little cover for it.  Last week one of the women in the cluster commented on the cover.  So I decided to make some for my friends.  I chose a variety of fabrics and got one out of a fat quarter, using the same fabric for the lining as the outside.  I spent a total of about two or three hours making eight of these.

For my friends.  My colleagues.  My peers.  Who care about my journey.  And the feeling is mutual.


howdidIgethere said...

Beautiful choices of fabric. Love the pink William Morris. Glad you have a good support system in your endeavor.

Jo in TAS said...

I did weight watchers years ago and I'm now a lifetime member. I really loved the women that went and found myself going not only to lose weight but to have a mid-week social outing. It was a fun time in my life and I'm glad you are also enjoying the experience, keep it up! I bet your friends will really appeciate their new covers.

Gari said...

I am a WW leader and would love to see your cover. Always happy to hear that someone else is having fun on the WW trip. DH and I called it an adventure and considered it a great game, which we won.

quiltmom said...

What a nice thing to do for your friends- I am sure they will feel your support with them each time they look at your book. William Morris fabrics are so beautiful.

I did get my blog post posted about the anniversary. Thought you might enjoy the photos.
You can find it here:

Kathie said...

what a very nice thing for you to do.
I would be very touched if someone made that for me too.
they will be thankful

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a lovely gesture... best wishes on the journey.


Sujata Shah said...

That is a thoughtful gift! I am sure your friends are going to love those beautiful fabrics. Best wishes!

Lori said...

They will love it! And I agree about the comaraderie at WW. That may be the only time you see fellow members but there is a bond. I've been meaning to ask how it is going. I've been thinking about you!!

Susan said...

What a lovely gesture for your WW friends! I was also inspired by the story of my leader who lost a large amount of weight after 10 attempts at WW. But I always sat in the back--once a Lutheran, always a Lutheran.