Today was Weight Watchers Day for my daughter and I. We are both looking to improve our health and ... oh forget that!
You don't believe that!!
We want to drop some pounds so we look fabulous for the May wedding. And I know that I ranted about our culture's focus on being thin. I still detest that. I am not into "thin" or "skinny clothes" or discussing my weight loss efforts adnausium with anyone who will stand still long enough (another thing I hate). I just know I need structure to drop some weight ... more than just eating in moderation.
But I am happy to share my findings about the current Weight Watcher program. My history with Weight Watchers goes way back. In using the program, I became a Life Time Member. Without getting into the fine details, a person becomes a life time member once they have reached their goal weight and held that weight for a fixed period of time.
The program has always appealed to me: it uses real everyday food, you don't need to buy your food only from them, it promotes healthy eating as a life style change, there are no forbidden foods, and it provides multifaceted support: group meetings, the Weight Watcher brand of food easily available at grocery stores, and online support.
But nothing is perfect and there is a downside for me personally. I know this will sound odd but I dislike the focus on food ... meaning, I just hate spending so much time deciding what to eat, examining food labels, measuring, tracking, monitoring ... I hate that part. But for me to be successful, I need to do that part. Otherwise I can easily eat more than I intend.
The program is based on a points system and you are allowed to eat a fixed number of points each day. The current hybrid of this program is called Points Plus. In the past, points were assigned to foods based on calorie counts, the fiber and fat content. Points Plus assigns points based on carb and protein counts as well as the fiber and fat content. The shift in focus brings this diet more in line with the diabetes diet which is a very healthy way of eating.
And I am such sucker for "tools". Since the program is new, they have all new tools (some are pictured above.) I bought this kit and it included a bunch of very useful stuff to help you understand and implement the program.
Yes, I am happy to start this program again.
Final Note: So you won't hear me blogging about this again. Come May 2012, when I post some pictures of the wedding, what I hope you will say is - wow, you look great! That will be good enough for me.