Farewell!

August 2, 2013 — 78 Comments

Until we meet again…

The news is out that I am leaving Weight Watchers (as employee), yet I am absolutely not leaving Weight Watchers in the way that matters most (as a member).  From a professional point of view, it’s time for me to pass the steering wheel of the business to a person for whom I have tremendous respect, Jim Chambers.  He’s a great guy, who happens to be wicked smart and a top-flight executive.  He has crazy good experience, and he can (and will) make great things happen.  Weight Watchers has huge opportunities in front of it, and I am very much looking forward to cheering Jim and his team on as they realize all of their aspirations.

I am SO going to do the hobo thing for a while!

I am SO going to do the hobo thing for a while!

From my point of view, I’m going to spend some time thinking about my next chapter (Wait!  A new book?! – one never knows).  I first joined the Weight Watchers organization in January of 2000, nearly 14 years ago.  I’ve been CEO for six and a half years, and I’ve got all the newly grey hair to show for it — either that or I really am turning 47 years old.  I haven’t had more than two weeks off of work since 1994, and I’m looking forward to thinking fresh about what might be next.  I know it’s a bit trite to say, but I’m also looking forward to being an overly present nuisance to my family for a little while.

But that’s work stuff.  When I started writing this blog in March of 2009 (over four years and 180+ posts ago), I made the decision to write as a Weight Watchers member not as the CEO.  Before I joined WW, I was a BMI 30+ guy with total cholesterol of 270.  I slouched a bit, and I wore mom jeans.  I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting in February of 2000, and I became an official lifetime member in March of 2009 (as I’ve said, I’m a slow learner).  I’ve been at goal weight ever since.  I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been, AND I wear skinny(ish) jeans.

Throughout these 4+ years writing this blog, I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about my health and my weight.  I’ve had more than my fair share of ups and downs, many of which I’ve chronicled on this blog.  Today, I feel more relaxed about my weight and my ability to manage it than I ever could have imagined.  In my 14 years at Weight Watchers, I’ve become vastly healthier, stronger, more energetic, and (I’d like to think) prettier than I ever could have hoped for.

I’d like to take credit for doing all of this on my own, but that would be a giant fib.  I have absolutely no doubt that I would not be where I am, either professionally or personally, without Weight Watchers.  I’ve officially had two WW Leaders (Mike Filan and Liz Josefsberg), but frankly I’ve been to so many WW meetings that I’ve had 100’s of WW Leaders.  I am who I now am because of them.  Period.  I can never say thank you enough for all the ways that they and this company have enriched my life.

During my 14 years at Weight Watchers, I’ve seen so many people change their lives that I’ve lost track.  I’ve had the pleasure of watching people accomplish what they never would have thought possible.  I’ve seen the unfettered joy and pride on their faces when they reached their goal weight.  I’ve seen the way that they make everyone around them rise up in their own self-belief.  Weight Watchers truly is an incredible and special organization, with one of the most important missions on Earth:  helping people get healthy by helping them live healthy.  That mission was happening long before I ever got to Weight Watchers, and it will be happening long into the future.  And for Weight Watchers, I believe the future is bright indeed.

For each of you who have had the kindness to read this blog as well as to contribute to it with your thoughts and comments, I say thank you.  Your warmth and support, particularly during some of my spectacular crashes, were appreciated more than you could ever know.

As I look to the future, I am now (predictably) already worrying about how I will manage to not gain 3,785 pounds.  Did I need the CEO job to keep me honest?  The answer is no.  I love my health and I like the way I look, and that’s all the incentive I need to stay healthy.  I’ve got 14 years of learning and experience that I can use to stay on the healthy path.  I may no longer be the CEO, but I will always be a WW member.  I’m just a civilian now, but WW has made me a confident one.  Just like many/most of you.

For all of you out there, regardless of where you are on your journey, please never forget the power and strength that lies inside you.  I cannot tell you how many people I have met who came close to giving up and ultimately found their spark and made their life different.  They aren’t just like you.  They are you.  Every one of you has everything you need to get to where you want to go.  All you need to do is work that WW program like there’s no tomorrow.

As this is my last blog post, I want to thank you once again for coming with me on this journey.  You will be missed on these pages, but you can still find me on Twitter.

See you in the future.

Cheers!!!!

Dave

p.s., after all the news came out last night, you might be wondering what I ate after dinner.  Did he eat a huge bowl of ice cream?  No!  He had his “fake” ice cream (0% fat Greek yogurt w/ frozen berries and Fiber One).  And a spoonful of ice cream.

 

78 responses to Farewell!

  1. 

    I enjoyed meeting you at the Lose for Good event a few years back in L.A. and have enjoyed the blog ever since. Good luck in your next chapter!

  2. 

    I am irrationally sad about this! Best of luck to you.

  3. 

    Best wishes for you and your family. They will be delighted to have you around more. I enjoyed your town hall meeting in Skokie a couple of months ago. I was inspired to get my A game on in the meeting room after hearing you speak…wasn’t sure I still wanted to do this (after 22 years) …thank you for that.I know there are good things in your future.

  4. 

    At least you won’t have to travel all the time! Less airline peanuts has got to save some calories.

  5. 

    I will miss reading your blog as it always came at a time when I needed it the most. Enjoy the next chapter in your life and enjoy your family.

  6. 

    Good Luck to you. You will certainly be missed. I am 46 years old, and 2 weeks ago I resigned from my job and am also trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the “next chapter in my life”. It will all work out. Enjoy your time with your family. I will miss reading your blog posts.

  7. 

    Thank you for the incredible job you’ve done leading WW. I’ve been a lifetimer at goal for over 11 years now. The program has constantly gotten better. I’ve particularly enjoyed your blog and the books and articles that you’ve recommended. Best wishes for a bright future in your endeavors, and good luck in annoying the family for a while!

  8. 

    I am also very sad to see you go. Best wishes to you in your next adventure.

  9. 

    I am also very sad to see you go. I have loved to read your blog and your book. Best of luck in your next adventure.

  10. 

    Good Luck Dave. Think about another blog when you are ready. You are a WW story and life we need to hear.

  11. 

    You will be missed! I have really enjoyed your blog and your book. It was very inspirational knowing you were traveling this WW road with us! Good luck in your next endeavor and I too hope that it will include a blog!

  12. 
    Annemarie Kautz August 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of your departure….you will be missed. I have really enjoyed your blogs and reading your book so hoping you will publish another one soon!! I have lost over 206 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers and have started a meeting in my small rural town of Croswell. I am happy to report that in 6 weigh ins my group has lost over 262 pounds! I am constantly amazed and inspired by these members and they continue to help me stay at my goal weight and continue to live a healthy and much happier life! Good luck on your future endeavors David.

  13. 

    David – I was close to tears when I received the news. Weight Watchers is not just “another cold-hearted corporation”. it takes someone with honesty, integrity and decency to really understand the weight loss industry first hand and to relay that in an intelligent yet humorous way to the stock holders and general public.

    You demonstrated this on each and every television interview, Stock holder and Townhall meeting. You can’t fake that kind of care and concern, not only for the company, but for all those who are struggling with their weight.

    You were unique in that way and are certainly going to be missed. I’m sure Jim Chambers will do a good job, but he has HUGE shoes (if not pants) to fill!!

    Wishing you All the VERY best of luck!!!!

  14. 

    Bummer, I’ve really enjoyed your blog. You should keep it up on your own. I’m not a blogging kind of guy but your blog and one other inspired me to start my own and get back on track with my weight watchers program as well. I hope you enjoy your time with your family and probably some much needed R&R.

  15. 

    Why give up the blog? If you’re still a member, you’re still continuing your weight-maintenance journey and you still have the gift of the written word – why give it up? Your loyal readers will miss your pithy posts.

  16. 

    I loved reading your book and your blog was my favorite thing on this web site. You are a gifted writer and you will be very much missed. Best wishes to you and your family

  17. 
    Darrell Hofheinz August 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    What a loss to WW — and what an opportunity for you! Best of luck. Thanks for helping motivate me to lose 72 pounds over the past year — just 8 from goal! Keep writing, too!

  18. 

    Best of luck in all your ‘next chapters’! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts & hope you keep them up!

  19. 

    And what an opportunity for the next company! This was either the worst decision WW could have ever made or the best decision you could have ever made, and probably a bit of both. You were what put the relatable face on WW. You were what motivated me to try again, and to this time be successful with the mental and emotional tools you provided or enlightened us with. Your book is what did that. Your writing skills are second to none. Your blog being delivered to my in-box was my most favorite delivery–oh boy, what’s he gonna say now?! In this day and age of free online fitness support, WW is going to have to change its business model (and some of its underlying weight loss and fitness principles) or it will be gone (AT&T knows landlines are fading quickly, and they are entering the wireless business). Switching gears in the face of profits trending downwards to a CEO unknown to the rest of your loyal followers (no matter how wonderful he may be) reminds me of people who treat weightloss issues with diet bandaids without tackling the underlying cause of overeating. If I weren’t so thrilled for you at this opportunity for the future, I’d be mad at WW. I hope you throw a party to celebrate all that lies ahead of you. Please continue to blog and please write more books. You are a gift to everyone who comes across your path. Your #1 fan.

  20. 

    I love reading your blog and your book is an inspiration. I am definately sad about you leaving ww. Best wishes

  21. 

    You will be missed! I wish you every success in whatever you decide for your future.

  22. 
    ricarda-wwleader/st.louis August 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    thanks for being willing to show your very human side in both your blog and your book. i can’t tell you how much it meant as a service provider to know that you ‘got it’. what you contributed as a member means every bit as much as what you contributed as our CEO. Thank you. Your candor and humor will be missed. All the best to you in whatever your new venture will be. you might want to consider a sequel to that book!

  23. 

    Dave – Are you sure – as a Lifetime member of WW – that you don’t want to become a leader at the local level? Selfishly, I wish you would continue your blog. As has been said over and over again (above), it is one of the best things that arrives in my email box every week. And, as a WW leader, I quote you all the time. I often tell members (as I pitch your book) that even though I was raised on the west coast and your were raised on the east coast, we have sooooo much in common that it is scary. It was great to know that I was not alone in sneaking food as a kid. Thank you for all that you have provided to WW in your various positions. I wish you well in whatever comes.

  24. 

    I will really miss your blog. I have loved reading it

  25. 

    I will miss you.

    Thank you for being here.

    LOL

    Xxxx

  26. 
    Kelley Brickfield August 3, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Hi Dave, please know that you will be very, very missed. I’m one of the blessed 100′s of WW leaders whose meetings you sat in on in your travels (Largo, FL, grand opening of our new store). I have benefitted personally & professionally from the direction you’ve taken our company since taking the helm, and I thank you so much for that. Your blog and your book have been the source of inspiration for me and my members. Thanks for putting the humanity of weight loss out there so very publically. Thanks for being YOU. I wish you all the best as you figure out what’s next–please enjoy the time with your family in the meantime ♥

  27. 
    Sharon Mc (Greenwich) August 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Dave, thank you for being here for all of us. I loved your book and will miss your blog. Your honesty has been refreshing and inspiring, your sense of humor uplifting. I wish you well on your new journey, whatever that may be. Enjoy your downtime. Most of all, stay on program and keep attending meetings. God Bless you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  28. 

    The best of luck on the new chapter in your life and I’m sure you will repeat the success you’ve demonstrated at WW. Thank you for all you’ve given me during your time at WW and please continue the blog as it truly helped me and especially men I know who also read the blog.

  29. 

    Sad to see you go.
    I was certain you would follow through with the promised changes for SP’s. We will wait and see what the next few months hold. You were so real to so many of us. We felt as if we knew you. I hate to hear that you are discontinuing your blog, as others have said, it was always a treat for it to arrive in my inbox.
    Only the best as you move forward with your life.
    I am sure Mr. Chambers will be fine, as my members tell me when I have to have a sub, the sub did a good job, BUT they are not you!
    Enjoy your downtime and wherever you land, make sure they have an AW for you to attend.

  30. 

    Dave, I learned yesterday afternoon in a NACO Meet and Greet that you will no longer be “THE BOSS.” I have to admit that I selfishly wished I’d misinterpreted what was said. However, I am happy for you to be able to spend some time doing the hobo thing. I’m sure your family will be happy (at least for a time) to have you around more.

    As others have stated, won’t you please reconsider stopping the blog? Your insight and humor, not to mention your realness, were always a welcome sight in my inbox. I’m loving your book for the 4th time, but the fresh blogs, the confessions, the celebrations… have all become a part of not only my life, but the lives of all who read and all who hear what you say through those of us who read.

    Whether or not the blog continues, please know that you have been a great influence, both as a member and as CEO. I have enjoyed working (way) under you, and I have enjoyed being a member to others who work under you. Thank you for a great 71/2 years and being a part of my journey. Enjoy your time with your family as you pursue the next chapter.

  31. 

    Thanks for your laughs and insights over the last 4 years. I know I speak for all my WW members in the UK when I say you will be seriously missed. Your passion for the plan showed through and you are a great orator. WW wont be the same without you.

    Debbie Onions
    Leader – Midlands UK

  32. 
    William Kirchhoff August 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    We’re looking forward to seeing more of you…. mom & dad

  33. 

    Dave! It can’t be said enough you will be truly missed, and your blog did always come from genuine wisdom and at the perfect time. I wish you the best on your future endeavors, and hope to somehow hear more from you in the future (selfish wish I know). I just keep thinking you can’t just walk away and leave for real. Maybe you can? I wish I were that brave. Cheers to your future! And thank you for your significant impact on all of our lives.

  34. 

    David, I am going to miss your blog so much! It always came at a time when I’ve needed a reminder and reinforcement. I hope you will continue to write and hope to hear about your next chapter on Twitter. Best of luck in all your endeavors. You’ll be missed!

  35. 

    I was also shocked and sad to read the news about you leaving. My members and I talk about you and your blog on a regular basis. We love your honesty and humor. I remember the first time I read your blog, thinking, “Oh my gosh, DAVE K. struggles with his weight too?” I guess I thought that being the CEO of Weight Watchers made the journey easier. I plan to print out all of your blog entries and put them in a binder. You are a very inspirational writer. You will truly be missed. Wishing you great things in the future. (Loved the post by your dad….so sweet.) Thank you for all you have done for Weight Watchers.

  36. 

    Wow! And I just started reading your blog as a result of reading your book and loving it. I bought it to read on vacation (which I am now on) but cheated and thought I would just read one chapter but couldn’t put it down and read the whole thing. Does this remind you of anything?

    I wish you good luck and thank you for your inspiration and honesty. It helps me be honest. I just started my journey 6 weeks ago but the points plan is great and keeps me asking “is it worth it?” Keep being wonderful and know you did a great service to many people. KEEP UP THE WRITING IN SOME FORM.

  37. 

    I saw the news report that you’d resigned and I hope that you take some time for yourself and your family.

    Given that you started this blog as a WW member and not its CEO, I’m not sure why you feel you have to give it up…please don’t….please keep chronicling your journey.

    PLEASE!

  38. 
    PETER VK PARSONS August 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    DAVE

    This is very bad news. It is bad news for the industry, it is bad news for any man that is overweight or obese, and worst of all it is very bad news for the company (Weight Watchers International) especially its employees of which I am a new highly frustrated field (and Lifetime) member with a very rich background in sales, marketing, technology, health services, and customer support.

    “Weight Watchers is not the best solution in the world,
    but it is way ahead of whatever is in 2nd place”

    Weight Watchers has come light years forward under your vision and direction, but there are huge problems that are holding the company back from being the very best solution in the world. With the right world vision and field and customer support services, there is no limit to the growth and profitability opportunities for this company.

    I strongly doubt that the bean counters at Artel, Invus, or any large American or European Food Company (or any of their senior execs) have any inkling of an idea of the “diamond in the ruff” that The Weight Watcher field organization has created over the last 40 years. Weight Watchers is not a textbook case study. Nothing like Weight Watchers exists anywhere else in the world, and to reach its full potential, this company needs more men and woman like you.

    I strongly urge you to continue this BLOG (I always thought this was yours not Weight Watchers) and please know that the health of our nation needs your expertise in our health care (not sick care) industry.

    Respectfully
    Peter VK Parsons
    Insight Marketing Group
    PVKP2@MSN.COM

  39. 

    really sorry to see you go David, I heard you loud and clear at conference last year and you confirmed my decision to be a WW leader. I hope you carry on inspiring people whatever path you choose. Ann Q

  40. 

    Good luck with what ever comes next for you. I’ve enjoyed reading your book and your blog; I’ll miss the regular insights from the male perspective. Weight Watchers is a wonderful program (it’s helped me lose 165 pounds) and I’m sure your leadership has been instrumental in it’s success.

  41. 

    You will be missed, best of luck to you

  42. 

    Dave,

    I am sorry your leaving, you have been such an inspiration to me. I am a better person for having read your blogs, they are down to earth and real. I wish you the best in your next chapter. Thank you for all your encouragement and honesty.

  43. 

    Wow! This is some gift you possess! And love the note from your Dad. That’s probably the most important thing you can do at this point in your journey, practice some self-care, whatever that looks like – as long as it’s legal… Enjoy your time getting to know David Kirchoff, as amazing individual, husband, father, son – and all the other roles you’re invested in. I’ve enjoyed your writing as well, the prior responses got it right (in my humble opinion) – you’re an engaging writer and I’ll miss seeing your blog in my email box. Peace and blessings to you Dave.

  44. 

    Dave- I for the past however many years, I’ve been saying that when I grow up I want to come and work for you. WW is in my blood. It’s what I was born to do, but I still feel the same way. I’d follow you no matter where you went. Wishing you all the best, and as we say in the WW world, continued success.

    • 

      You are truly a blessing to anyone who has ever struggled with weight loss. Your book is one of the best I have ever read. All the best in your future endeavours.

      Laurel Servedio

  45. 

    LOVE your blog and your book (keep up the blog?). I will miss your great droll sense of humor. Your personal insights on managing one’s weight in a crazy busy world truly resonate reality-I only “met” you from viewing the Town Hall Videos ( I work as a receptionist one meeting a week); you are truly inspiring; Best of luck on all your endeavors

  46. 

    Dave- I can’t begin to tell you how much you have inspired me!
    As an online subscriber, I looked to you as my own personal WW leader, gaining insight and encouragement from each and every one of of your blog postings. I saw a lot of myself in your blog. Thank you for being so candid and allowing us to join you on your weight loss journey. After reading your book and following your blog for over a year (I wish I would have discovered it sooner!), I have met my WW goal and am in the best shape of my life! You’re the best, Dave!

    Best of luck in the next chapter!

  47. 

    I just started enjoying your blog and am saddened that you will not be continuing it. I am reading your book and enjoying it immensely. Congratulations on your years with WW and your success in health. Please do consider continuing your blog. Best of everything for you and your family

  48. 

    I hope you will have a job that lets you enjoy your family and not be constantly plagued by jet lag. Honestly, I don’t know how you’ve managed with your grueling schedule for these past few years.

    Much good luck to you. :)

  49. 

    I am sure there is more to this announcement than meets the eye and there are reasons for this decision, but I do feel very sad that you are leaving. Like others have said, I looked forward to your blog in my inbox and I would love to continue receiving your musings. I hope after you have had a chance to re-connect with your family and get some rest you will reconsider abandoning your readers.

    I don’t mean to sound ungrateful.I do wish you the best! But you have so much to offer it seems a shame for you to abandon your readers!

  50. 

    So sad to hear the news. You really did change the company from an older lady weight loss koffee klatch to an organization for everyone. I was an employee and a member for several years, and I appreciate that change and how it directly affected people I know and saw in meetings. I remember the first time you showed up via video at Innovations, and I knew WW was going in a new direction.

    Best wishes to you wherever you end up. Perhaps we’ll find out when this website changes to ManMeetsITCompany or ManMeetsFoodManufacturer or ManMeets….

  51. 

    Wow…I can’t think of another CEO that is as universally loved by the end users of his company’s product as you are. Wishing you much love and happiness in the future.

  52. 

    I wish you and your family all the best! May your next adventure take you where you want to go.

  53. 

    After reading your book this weekend, I can say you deserve to take some time with your family! You are quite the guy. You have been busy. You have taken WW to a whole new level. I rejoined in January after many other failed attempts. The new philosophy and science cover every aspect for successful healthy weight management. I feel connected to this life style change like never before and feel very supported by the WW program. Thank you for all your hard work, it will help so many people!

  54. 

    I wish you the best, but sad to hear that you won’t blog anymore. I guess I’ll have to go back and read from the beginning when I need some inspiration. I loved your book and your outlook. Thanks for all your hard work, and I hope that you’ll get sometime to be at home with your family.

  55. 

    Now that it doesn’t seem unprofessional (and who cares if it does) I’m selfishly disappointed that from this point forward the online training will not be as fun without the ‘eye candy’….best of luck. (I could try to post this anonymous, but all my fellow team members would know it was me anyway) :)

  56. 

    Good luck, David! You’ve been an amazing inspirational leader to all the Weight Watchers out there! And, your book is great too, by the way! You know, RHS class of ’84 has a big reunion coming up in 2014…maybe you can head up the reunion committee with all your soon-to-be spare time! (I’m only half kidding; I mean, what are you really going to do with yourself–stay at home and face all the temptations of your freezer, e.g., ice cream!). Be well, Dave and I hope to see you back in R’ville soon!

  57. 

    I am happy for you, so sad for me and the rest of the WW members. You’ve inspired me to keep hanging in. You’ve put a real face on WW as a lifestyle change not a diet and you’ve done it with great humor. I would like to see you continue your blog as a WW member. Just a thought. I’m sorry that I never got to meet you in person. Good luck with your new adventures.

  58. 
    Margaret Solano August 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

    So sad to hear this! You celebrated my 75lb mark with me in KC a few months ago! I expected to see you tomorrow when I recieve my 100lb award. 44 weeks of continual loss, I have accepted the lifestyle change and have made it a personal goal to become a WW leader. You surely will be missed!

    • 

      Congratulations on your weight loss Margaret! I’m always happy to hear when someone makes it. I’ve still got so far to go myself. I like your comment that you made in regards to that you’ve finally accepted this as a lifestyle change. I think part of me is still rebelling against the lifestyle change. It’s very frustrating because I really want to lose the weight. Anyway, I’m happy for your weight loss success.

      • 
        margaret solano August 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        thanks Melody. We had a wonderful celebration today! This is my fifth and final go around with weight watchers. It has taken me 30 years to get that life style peice lol.

  59. 
    margaret solano August 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    oops double posting

    • 

      This is my third time with WW. I’m sticking to it until it sticks to me this time. Hoping and praying that, even if it goes slow, I can lose once and for all. When I hear stories like yours it encourages me to keep going no matter how many steps I take backward. :)

  60. 

    I will miss your blog, encouragement, and down-to-earth sense of rumor as a human being – being one of the “average joes” even though you were the CEO of Weight Watchers. Your blog provided inspiration and encouragement to me. It became a weekly habit to read your blog mid-week before my next WW weekly meeting. I have been a lifetime member for two years but continue to go to the weekly meetings for support, encouragement, and the fun times we have with a great leader, Alan. Thank you for all you’ve done for so many of us – I am sure there were plenty of WW members who never left a comment, however, they too enjoyed your blog and all you’ve done for WW.

  61. 

    I’m so sad to see you go, Dave. Have been involved with WW for many years and I think that, under your direction, it has become a plan I can truly live with for the rest of my life. I will miss your blog posts and hope that you will consider continuing the blog. Thank you for being an inspiration. I have turned many friends on to your blog and WW. Best of luck in the future.

  62. 

    Oh no! I just found you! I bought your book a few days ago and have been addicted to it! I have just celebrated my one year WW anniversary and am down 54.5 pounds with about another 60 or so to go. I am loving your book and was looking forward to following your blog :(
    I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and thank you for getting me re-excited about the WW program as I continue into my 2nd year!

  63. 

    Good luck, David! I will miss reading your posts. I wish you and your family the very best. Take care of yourself.

  64. 

    Hi Dave,
    I agree that the program has gotten better under your stewardship. Please consider continuing the blog. You have hit the nail right on the head so many times for many of us. I hope you continue to make good progress on maintaining your new physique and outlook. God bless you and good luck with your next venture!

  65. 

    Dave,
    Congrats on all you have accomplished and all the best to you in your future endeavors. Great becoming friends with you, terrific guy and inspiration at the gym and in life.
    Enjoy some deserved time off and travel with your family. See you soon.
    Tom

  66. 

    I’ve enjoyed your writing here, Weight Loss Boss (which I’m reading for the 3rd time -slow learner!) and in Weight Watchers magazine. I love your wit and scientific rationalization to weight loss. Please continue to write, you are truly inspirational and FUNNY! Best to you with whatever you decide to do.

  67. 

    I was just going to suggest that WW make recommit activities for its members. So that when members restart they had a list of suggested activities to start with. It may sound silly but many members get overwhelmed when restarting.

  68. 

    I pray positive energy for you and your new beginnings.

  69. 

    I am really sorry and surprised to see you leave WW as a CEO. You are such an inspiration and I hope you continue to make a difference in so many people’s life and inspire others in the process.

  70. 

    You inspire me. The future is yours to create.

  71. 

    Well, I weaned myself down to one blog – the best one – just as I weaned myself, via WW, down to one blow-out dessert a week – and now you’re leaving? Oh Dave.

    Man Vs. Scale worked so well for many reasons, but I suspect the three most potent ones were 1) your underlying honesty, 2) the abundance of new information, and 3)
    the living example of habit over willpower.

    Your frankness about your own struggles embodied the simple wisdom of Jean’s original impulse – that in order to lose weight sanely and permanently we need each other and we need to tell each other the truth. Your blog has been a pure continuation of Jean’s practical and spiritual solution.

    Secondly, over the years you’ve shared a huge amount of genuinely useful information – in particular about advances in nutritional science. This made your blog a kind of on-going class. Plus, receiving on-going information about nutrition, eating in our culture, and all the rest of it, was a wonderful balance to the other on-going stream – the incessant garbage-info our culture keeps telling us for the sole purpose of keeping us prisoners of the diet industry, and thus of our own misery.

    Lastly, your have been a living example of the truth of your claim that habit, not will power, is the key to sustainable healthy weight loss. How true that is.

    Dave, I’m sorry to see Man Vs. Scale end, but I know you have a lot more good to do in the world. Thank you for the great gift you’ve given us all.
    Jonathan Fried

  72. 

    Thank you David for your wonderful book! I just finished reading it as I was going through my journey of loosing 84lbs. THIS TIME! I too have been a yo yo dieter my whole life,went to WW many times and succeeded only to fall again! I am now 62 (never too late)and never gave up! This time between reading your book,hitting all the meetings and turning my head around I FINALLY get it! Yes it always be a daily struggle but so worth it and I am very proud of myself at a size I love! A four! Who knew! Your book was such an inspiration I will never forget your wise words! Good luck with your future projects WW was lucky to have you!
    Mary Hackett

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