Weight-loss club grants amnesty for pandemic gain
Leisure World women were out in full force the morning of June 25 for the “Welcome Back to Wa-Rite” meeting. “It was wonderful seeing so many members out and about again,” said Margaret Humes. “We all definitely need the support and encouragement of one another.”
Because of the lockdown and inability to exercise at the gym, attend dance classes, swim or play outdoor sports, many people put on “pandemic pounds” because of stress eating or feeding their boredom. But Wa-Rite is bestowing amnesty on those who have degrees, giving them 90 days to take the extra weight off.
There were quite a few members who maintained their weight and some who actually lost weight. These disciplined ladies will be leading programs in the coming weeks to encourage the rest of the group.
President Carol Chambers inspired club members by reminding them that it’s all about getting healthy. Her motto is “If life is not what you want now, then change it!” She says everyone has the power to make decisions and get informed. She advises members to make a plan, adding that if they fail to plan, they’ll plan to fail.
Wa-Rite is a support group of women who want to lose 10 pounds or more. It doesn’t endorse any specific diet. Club members meet on Fridays from 9-10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 to share information and experiences. Weigh-ins begin at 7:45 a.m. and last until 8:45. All members must be LW residents. Dues are usually $10, but since it’s already halfway through the year, there is a $5 discount. Anyone with questions should call Margaret Humes at (562) 296-5834.