Ask anyone who has achieved significant weight loss, and they’ll likely tell you that it was worth every penny. It will likely save significantly in long term medical costs as well as contribute to a long and happy life.
A switch flipped in me two years ago and I decided it was time to lose the weight. Truthfully I’d convinced myself that it wasn’t really feasible to do so, as I already worked out often and felt that previous efforts hadn’t really made a difference. Despite my doubts, I went for it with the determination to succeed.
I choose WeightWatchers because of its down to earth approach that makes losing and maintaining a healthy weight a lifestyle rather than a short term effort. I reached my goal in just over a year, while taking off a break of four months after the death of my father and being diagnosed with melanoma. After reach my goal I dropped another 10 lbs over the course of the last year and have leveled off at just over 30 lbs of weight loss.
Total cost for a year of online and meetings membership with WeightWatchers: just under $500.
As a lifetime member with WeightWatchers I now have free access to online resources and meetings for life.
I’m also coming up on my 4th year of membership at my gym, which I initially struggled a bit with the cost of $110/month. Since I go 5-6 times a week, that comes down to less than $5 a visit, which is great recreational value if you ask me. There is also a steam room and sauna which I use at least twice a week after workouts to reduce stress.
I’ll admit that workout clothes are also a must, and I’m willing to pay the price at places like Lululemon and Athleta. I limit myself to a few rotations that get washed often, but looking and feeling great while working out has its benefits. I’m also in need of buying a new pair of tennis shoes.
I’ve also done three 5ks and we’ve signed up for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in the spring. Most 5ks go in part to charity, so I figure it is worth the entertainment value and helps a good cause.
Actually the largest cost of losing weight has been buying new clothes. I was cautious about limiting purchases as I lost weight and bought classic pieces to rebuild my wardrobe. I went from a size 10-12 to a 4-6, so there are very few pieces of my original wardrobe that I could actually keep.
Again, worth every penny. If you are thinking about loosing weight, take the plunge and do it. You won’t regret it!