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Thought for the Day--April 28, 2011: Weight Watchers, Diets in General, and Writing Every Day

There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a [keyboard] and open a vein. --Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith I started this site on January 10, one week after I restarted Weight Watchers (almost four months after I started my healthy life style). I had heard about the new PointsPlus and 0 points fruit and thought it was worth another try. After three months, I'm still here and going strong! Yes, as the above image reveals, I'm a Lifetime Member; my first stint with Weight Watchers started in 1973, which obviously dates me (LOL). I lost 43 pounds and made it to Lifetime status within six months, but I hadn't really changed my relationship with food. I still viewed "diet" as a temporary state, that once "the diet" was over, I could eat whatever I wanted. The old WW diet didn't help much; it was a draconian regimen, requiring at least 10 ounces of hard-core protein a day, very little bread, no potatoes or pasta, and a required servi

Thought for the Day--March 15, 2011: Is this Diet Heresy?

Here is something that might give you pause and could be considered diet heresy, but I'm going to put it out there for you to consider: Do NOT measure or weigh 0 PointsPlus foods. Yes, you read that right: Do NOT measure or weigh 0 PointsPlus foods. 0 PointsPlus food values have been established by Weight Watchers (TM), and, basically, includes all fresh fruits and canned fruits (in their own juice) and most vegetables (excluding the starchy ones, such as potatoes, corn, and peas). Simply use common sense and a good eyeball to estimate weights and measures. If you have been a serial dieter, then you have weighed and measured your food thousands of times--you know what you know--so why not offer yourself a break and simply stop measuring and weighing 0 PointsPlus foods? Do this experiment: Take some strawberries from their container and place what you think is a serving into a bowl. Now place them in a measuring cup. If your guesstimation is close, then you are ready to put away the

Thought for the Day--January 29, 2011: Using Extra PointsPlus

I love the Weight Watchers' PointsPlus program, which allows for an amazing amount of food. You know those extra 49 Weekly PointsPlus? They can add up fast! My husband and I ended up at a mediocre Chinese restaurant, one without a grill. No grill = No choice. Lots of fatty foods I would never eat, even on a bad day, and the food wasn't even that good. So why would anyone eat high-fat mediocre food? It was late in the day, and I was hungry. I wasted (waisted?) 41 points on a bunch of nothing. When something like this happens, it's just better to move on and do better. NOTE: I would have felt okay about using the extra points had I at least enjoyed my splurge. It's okay, though. Tomorrow is another and better day.

Thought for the Day--January 26, 2011: Veggies and Fruits

Try to eat more vegetables and fruits--on Weight Watchers, most vegetables and all non-processed fruits are free of PointsPlus. These foods are surprisingly good and filling--and no one ever got fat from eating too many bananas or apples. Besides, you will discover that your appetite will exhibit a natural suppressant when it comes to whole foods. Embracing your palette is not all about chocolate, ice cream, and cake, but the whole rainbow of choices.

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