So ONEderland evaded me, and I gained .6 lbs (not bad). A tad disappointed with the results but, I survived. To add insult to injury, I overslept today and attended a Weight Watchers meeting provided at a later time. After the meeting, I remembered why I avoid attending at this particular time.
When working with or participating in activities with groups of people, certain personalities emerge. Carl Jung referred to these "personalities," as personas or masks. Our personas, sometimes a defense mechanism, allows us to display very little vulnerability when moving in and out of relationships. Okay enough of the psychology lesson (I guess I did learn something in college).
Okay so what is the significance of my psychology rant? Certain personas at the WW meetings create an annoying and sometimes unbearable atmosphere:
- The Weight Loss Expert (a.k.a The Know-It-All Member): Uhhh...newsflash...If you know everything already, then you wouldn't be gracing us with your presence at each and every meeting. This member attempts to out talk the leader and always provides her 2 cents, or in some cases 10 cents. I very much want to stand up and say,"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph...will you please shut.the.HELL.up."
- The Chit Chatters: "Ummmmm...SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE!" These members hold sidebar conversation, often distracting other members. Today I observed the leader giving the talkers the "will you please shut the H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS (LL) UP side glance." Talkers, if your comments pertain to the discussion, then by all means...share. If not, then again SHUT IT! Some of us take this weight loss challenge seriously, and I personally do not care that your child's other football cleat went AWOL.
- The Unamusing Comedian: "You're not funny." This member's ill timed barbs border on annoying and sometimes asinine. I'm no Maya Rudolph or Tina Fey, but I know funny when I hear it. One of the members said it best, "Every silence does not have to be filled with the sound of your voice...or in this case horrific jokes."
- The Starved Snacker: Okay...This member brings food to the meetings, and sometimes not so healthy food choices. Heeelllloooo...did you forget that you are attending a WW meeting? I see them with their Starbucks cups brimming with Double-Shot Iced Caramel Frappuccino® Blended White Chocolate Mocha Twist Vanilla Syrup Flavored Espresso Coffee concoctions (not an actual drink). The Starved Snacker's justification for such a delectable drink..."I did good this week, so I'm rewarding myself." Really? It's that type of thinking that fills WW meeting seats. Find another way to reward yourself people!