This is not a big deal. I’m treating it like a big deal because otherwise I wouldn’t have a blog post right now, but in general, not a big deal. I’ve done Weight Watchers before. I even still have my bulky binder, cleverly disguised as a day planner and filled with magical numbers that compiled with an ancient formula passed down from thin person to thin person for generations.
Or at least that’s how the WW folks treated it.
They also used to say, “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” I think they just haven’t tried enough foods yet…
I was a WW member like 6 years ago and I just did not like it. Not the plan, the plan was okay at first, but the meetings made me want to die. We usually went before lunch, so not only did I have to sit through a class where we talked about portion control, I spent the whole time thinking, “A serving of pasta is the size of your fist. Ooo, pasta….” And it wasn’t that I didn’t already know this stuff, it’s just I had a hard time applying it.
But then even the plan got to me. It forced me to think about food ALL THE TIME, because I had to track, plan and consider everything I put in my mouth. Which is good. However, it also forced the same of my co-workers, which meant we TALKED about food all the time. I think we were all a little nutty by the end, just grateful that we could eat a sandwich and not be plagued with the guilt of how many points it was and did I write it down and, did remember to write down those crackers, oh crap, were there for or five of them and oh GOD, is this not fat free cheese on my sandwich?!?
It didn’t help that around that time I was having health issues and dropped 30 pounds in a month. Not gonna lie; I felt like crap, but I looked awesome. Sickly, kinda pale for a colored kid nd moved real slow, but ignoring all that, I was hot. After that, it was a matter of me eating at ALL, much less dieting. Then they took my spleen out, restored my appetite and left me with a giant scar and the ability to gain pretty much all that weight back, plus some more. Wasn’t that nice??
Anyway, after talking to and reading about Lizzie and Lauren‘s own turns with Weight Watchers, I decided to rejoin the fold. It’s so much easier now, though all my previous points experience has been thrown out the window.
Now Weight Watchers is hip. Jennifer Hudson lost weight on it! Which pains me, but it’s her body. She sings Nina Simone while she sways in sassy outfits she would have never worn before! Even though she was beautiful before…but she’s an Oscar winner!!! I thought she was stunning the way she was, but she felt the need to lose weight for herself and her health and…God,I CAN’T STAND IT, it’s not right!!! Her head is too big for her body and I can’t envy her/have a crush on her when she looks like a Bratz doll!!!!!
*ahem* Sorry. Anyway, Weight Watchers is hip.
You can use apps to track your points, instead of doing math at your table during happy hour as you try to see if you can have one more Washington Apple and still have points for dinner. You can track them online also, so when people ask you out to lunch, you can figure your points before you head out and know what to order ahead of time. It’s fancy.
Right now, I’m just figuring out the ropes. I’m not making major major changes this first week, I’m waiting to see how my normal diet stacks up and make substitutions from there. And so far, it stacks up pretty crappy. I used all but 2 points up by 2pm and I didn’t even eat fast food. My first two changes? Put stevia in my tea instead of sugar, and realize that just because it’s Kashi doesn’t mean it’s not a bajillion points.
I also realized that when I have limitations placed on me, I rebel like a 5 year old. Tell me I can have whatever I want and I’ll still probably pick something leafy or green. My favorite thing to have for lunch is a Whole Food salad or a sandwich from Subway when I’m feeling fairly daring. (I’ll still stuff my face with candy, don’t get me wrong; the candy will just come after a salad with lots of spinach and some tofu.) However, tell me I can’t have something and suddenly I WANT EVERYTHING. I went shopping for groceries shortly after starting WW and I was met with a sudden urge to start buying terrible foods that I’d never eat. I was about five minutes away from snatching pork rinds and EZ cheese off the shelves, hiding in some back corner and start shoveling them into my mouth.
And at least I don’t have to give up my beloved Coke Zero. That, right there, would be a deal breaker.
And at least WW isn’t like this anymore.
But don’t worry, I won’t start blogging about it all the time. I know from experience – nobody wants to hear what you put in your mouth unless it’s nummy or scandalous. Or both. And pics or it didn’t happen.
So, moppets, anyone got a Weight Watchers story they want to share?
**Image from here.