It’s so hard for someone who loves food so much –from the grocery shopping to the preparation to the plate — to admit that you need to cut back. At some stage, the butter and the cream and the sugar all add up to… um…fat? And, that glamourous lifestyle of veal chops and risotto followed by exquisite dessert no longer seems so sexy.
First, I tried to just cut back to lean meats and vegetables for dinner and eating light throughout the day. That didn’t work, because I am a notorious snacker and I was still baking. Then, I jumped to this ludicrous conclusion that all I needed to do was to go to GNC and buy a meal replacement shake. Right. Plan B ran me into a binge eating frenzy. Moving on to Plan C (which, thinking back, should have been plan A all along), I started Weight Watchers last week.
This lead me to an even harder truth to admit — that I needed help. No, this was not the first time that I’ve struggled with such an admission. My inability to ask for help — or my bull-headed tendency to not want to ask for help — traces back to sixth grade pre-algebra. But WW does a lot of people a lot of good, including my mother who lost a whopping sixty pounds on the program (High five, momma). So, I took the plunge.
The website calculated my height, weight, weight loss goals and allotted me 29 points per day with an extra 49 points for the week. It works kind of like a caloric spending account. Every morning, I wake up to 29 points that I can eat and I can do that in any way I’d like. I have an app on my iPhone that I can use to plug in fat, carbs, protein and fiber to tabulate my points. If I use all my daily points, the website automatically pulls from my 49 extras. The way I see it, it’s kind of like a credit card — the one you only use in case of emergency. In this case, the emergency is that you’ve had an awful day and you need a glass of red wine to take the edge off. It’ll set you back 4 WW points, but don’t sweat it — the Plan’s got you covered.
I’ve been a little bit hungry, and for some reason I am craving potato chips. I’m still in week one but I’ve already lost all my water weight (6 lbs) so it’s all downhill from here!
I plan on posting some WW friendly recipes soon.