As the New Year approaches I always want to see how I can be a little better, a little kinder, a little more conscientious of others and certainly a little healthier. Many of our LoCaLs have joined Weight Watchers group leader Theresa Phillips in changing their lifestyle for the better. Here’s what Theresa said about our LoCaL group~
"On May 15, 1963, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, invited a group of her friends to her New York home to discuss how they could support each other in their efforts to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. From that group of friends grew the Weight Watchers we know today.
The current Susanville Weight Watchers group was organized early this year when my friend and co-worker, Karen Rollings, said to me, “I wish there was a Weight Watchers group in Susanville, we should see if we can start one.” Even though I may be the “face” of our local Weight Watchers group, Karen is the driving force. It was her determination to bring the group back to Susanville that got me motivated.
During our first meeting, we had nearly 50 people enroll in the program. Since then, more have joined, and our group is now about 70 strong. Our meetings are held each Monday, at noon and at 5:30pm in the Susanville Mall community room.
The “community” of the meeting room is key to success in the Weight Watchers program. The support and accountability that the members provide to each other is amazing! Our motto is, “If you want to fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together!”
“When I heard that my friend Theresa Phillips was starting a local Weight Watchers group I thought I'd give it a try. I wanted to lose about 15 pounds,” says member and local health guru, Kristen Volberg. “Our first meeting was March 15, 2017. I have been very pleased and rather amazed at how well this program works for me. Tracking the food I eat has been key. Our members are all so motivating and supportive. Everyone has been quite successful. I was able to achieve my goal weight in five months and have maintained it since then. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to lose weight and be healthier.”
The basis of the Weight Watchers program is tracking food, incorporating exercise and increasing self-awareness. No food is “off-limits.” Members eat what satisfies and nourishes our bodies. There are no requirements of pre-packaged foods or dietary restrictions. The Weight Watchers web site is full of recipes, tips and success stories. One of my favorite recipes is a southwest breakfast scramble.
¼ cup frozen corn kernels
¼ cup black beans
1 cup fresh spinach
A handful of grape tomatoes
Spray frying pan with non-stick cooking spray, add the corn, beans and tomatoes. Sauté until warm, add spinach, sauté ingredients until they are well mixed. Mix eggs in a cup until blended, pour over mixture and stir until the egg is done. Remove from pan, sprinkle with ¼ ounce of shredded cheese and a splash of taco sauce or salsa. All of this is only 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point! (I get 23 Smart Points a day!)
We have several members who have hit their goal weight, and at least four members who have lost in excess of 50 pounds! Whether you want to lose 15 pounds or 150 pounds, Weight Watchers will work for you!”
HaPpY New Year everyone! Your Susanville Super family wishes you success in all your 2018 endeavors!