“Oh, Pastor Steve, you don’t need to be in Weightwatchers,” several of the kids here have told me.
I have been answering that I appreciate their observation, but it has been with the help of Weightwatchers that I have lost almost 45 pounds since last May.
Which has convinced me that I DO need to be in Weightwatchers. Not that I DID need to be; that I DO.
You see, 4 times in the last 9 years I have lost between 15 and 45 pounds to get back to the weight I am at now. Following each of the first 3 times, I had gained the weight back within a year or so.
I may not need Weightwatchers to lose the weight; 2 of the 4 times I sloughed pounds on my own. The thing I need Weightwatchers for is the accountability that can help me keep it off.
The motivation for losing weight this time was clear and simple: I will be 64 when Eliza graduates from high school (unless Texas eliminates 12th grade to save money, but that’s another post), and I want to be as healthy a 64 year old as I can. This means I don’t get to carry around all those extra pounds now.
I admit it: I need help. This makes me human. I think this makes me Wesleyan, too. The genius of Wesley’s Christianity is accountability. Like Bono sings: “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own.”
On keeping my weight under control, I cannot make it on my own.
For which things do you need the accountability of a community? Have you found the community that will hold you accountable?