Tuesday, November 4, 2008

True Confessions

I've been a loyal Weight Watchers follower and lifetime member for the last 7+ years since I lost 60+ pounds on their program. WW works for me- sometimes as a weight loss plan and others as a maintenance plan. I love it because it's simple, holds me accountable, and has truly become a way of life for me. I loved it so much that for several years after becoming a life time member, I worked there and loved every second of it.

For those of you unfamiliar with WW, it's very simple. Basically, all foods have a points value, you have a certain number of points per day (based on your weight and if you are trying to lose or maintain) and you count your food as you go. As a bonus, if you exercise you get to deduct points. Simple isn't it?

One of my favorite things about WW is that no food is totally off limits. Want pizza? If you have the points, you can eat it. Not a lot of it, but you can eat it. Once you learn the amount of points in something, you think of all food in terms of points. It becomes a game of........is it worth it? Yes, I can eat a shake from Sonic but why would I when it's 17 points and an ice cream cone from McDonald's is only 3 and just about as good?

Because I think the accountability piece of WW is part what works so well for me I typically send my points twice a day to my sweet friend Dory (bless her heart). Usually right after lunch and then again at the end of the day I email her my points for the day. It may seem silly but knowing that I am going to have to write down that I ate something often makes me think twice about eating it. Plus Dory always harasses me about not eating enough protein- which I need and don't eat nearly enough of.

So with that explanation in mind- plus the knowledge that I try to eat between 20-25 points per day, here is my actual points email to Dory yesterday morning:

CANDY + some other stuff - 3 exercise points = 999, 997 points

CANDY + some other stuff - 2 exercise points= 999,998 points

CANDY + some other stuff -0 exercise points= 1,000,000 points

1 pt English muffins= 1

-3 exercise points

total= -2

Halloween candy is evil I tell you.


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