Weight Watchers

12 May

My daughter and I joined Weight Watchers today.  It was very confusing… there needs to be a betters system for newbies!  Signage like “START AT THIS TABLE” would have been extremely helpful.  But we muttled our way through it and stayed for the talk.  I think it’s a totally doable program but I’m wary about whether or not I’ll actually lose weight!  All fruits and vegies that I can eat?  Hmmm….  I ate a 1/2 a cantaloupe for lunch with my T.V. dinner and I feel stuffed.  Can this work?  🙂  Time will tell…

My daughter is 21 (almost 22).  We went to the meeting on a Thursday morning and the average age was probably late 50s/early 60s.  Mia is not used to that age range.  She was cracking me up!

After we left, Mia turns to me and says, “I’m lost… I still don’t understand what I can and can’t eat.  Where do I start?”  Now, I’m no expert.  But I did sit down with my mom, the expert, this weekend and she gave me the literature ahead of time and explained a bit about the program.  I also found a free calculator on line here and have been kind of tracking my points this week.  So we went to McDonald’s (okay… stop laughing… yes, we just came from a Weight Watcher’s meeting and went directly to McDonalds!) to have some OATMEAL because that’s nutritious right?  PLUS, I have maple and brown sugar oatmeal at home and it’s only 3 points so we’re okay.  We each get an oatmeal and coffee… and why not add cream because it’s only one point and that still leaves us plenty for the day.

So as the blind (moi) is leading the blind (Mia), we get a “placemat” or whatever that paper thing is that they put on the tray and we flip it over to see the nutritional information.  Mia bought a handy, dandy points calculator for $6 from the meeting (SIDEBAR:  They must make millions from the products alone that they sell at the meetings).  I show her how to use the thing and we punch in the numbers for oatmeal.

SEVEN POINTS!

NOT THREE!

Crapola!  Now instead of having five points (which is their recommended amount for breakfast), we are having eight!  Instead of starting off on a good foot, we are already behind.   Talk about a bubble buster!

IN OTHER NEWS:

My son has begun his journey home.  I believe he’s now at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.  He’s escorting another soldier home.  I have no idea when he’ll actually be state-side.  I’m guessing it will be any time between two days to two weeks.  I’m so happy to have his tour ending!

I continue to knit the scarf.  It’s slow going because I’m busy with finals and softball.  Plus the weather is nice so the yarn sticks to my fingers and doesn’t slide nicely through them.  I’ve got about 30″ done – about a third of the way done!

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3 Responses to “Weight Watchers”

  1. Gari May 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM #

    As a WW member and now a leader, I feal your pain. I remember when I first was learning the old program and then the additional pain of transitioning into the new points plus plan. However, one thing is that you CAN eat ANYTHING. The thing to learn is portions and points. The next is that you are never to eat until you are stuffed. Eat until you are comfortable. And it is not all you can eat of fruit and vegs. It is 5 “servings” a day and 0 points. It is confusing and that is why it is a very good idea to learn to track everything, just so you can learn as you go. Good luck, it is a great program. I lost 60#, hubs lost 60# and DD lost 80# (took 1 year). I have kept it off for 2 years and counting.

  2. Sonia May 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM #

    You and Mia will be great support for each other on this program. Now that school is ending for you you’ll be so busy!

  3. DAD May 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM #

    LAST SUMMER I FOLLOWED THIS PROGRAM & WALKED 2 TRIPS AROUND BAKER PARK,IN PERU. I HAD @ BEERS A DAY, & STILL LOST 12 POUNDS, OVER 2 MONTHS. IT WORKS. JUST GIVE IT A CHANCE…DAD

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