Don’t fear the food!

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I feel like its been forever since I posted last.  I guess in a way it has been. 

First off, thank you to everyone for the well wishes and support for my moms surgery.  I’m happy to report that the surgery went well and she was released from the hospital last Saturday.  Basically my days since then have been filled with taking care of her and helping her out around her house & with her doggie.  All while doing that I’ve had to try to keep up at work and take care of my own household.  This has left very little “chill” time, let alone time to blog.  But I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.

These past two weeks have brought about big changes in the Weight Watcher world.  I know I posted quickly about preparing ourselves for change and well folks, the change is here!!

I originally planned to do a big ole’ post about how amazing the new Point Plus plan is.  A list of its pro’s and con’s and all of that jazz.  But with it being about two weeks out, there are already NUMEROUS blog posts out there telling you all about that…So…I’ve been lurking.

I’ve been lurking back these past two weeks.  Following the Points Plus program and kind of keeping to myself about how I think it’s working.  I’ve been reading others blogs, tweets and conversations with each other.  I’ve been listening to the members at my Weight Watcher meeting and I listen to a lady stop me in the middle of the supermarket to express her fears about the new program.

Fear…that’s a word a hear a lot.

But I also hear another word…Joy. 

Can those two words possibly coexist within the same program??  Of course they can!!  
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Think about the first time you tried something…was there fear present??  Most likely, yes.  Even if you are someone who claims to fear little in life, there is always that sense of “oh, but what if” lying in there somewhere.  It’s completely normal and I think that’s what helps to fuel our drive and passion. 

The lady in the supermarket said to me “But Suzi, I’m too scared to eat! The points are so much higher!”  I was in a rush to get back to my mother so I just kind of listened to her and nodded but later on that night I really got thinking about what she said.  Because she wasn’t the first person I heard that from.  When I first put that Weight Watcher bagel and Weight Watcher Cream Cheese into my Points Plus tracker, I wanted to cry.  A favorite breakfast of mine that was always 3 points was now 6.  How is that NOT scary??

Last week I was sure I was going to gain.  I was feeling it all week and my scale at home was being stubborn.  Come Tuesday night I was really feeling defeated.  It was the first full week on the new Points Plus program and already I was hearing about everyone having great loses.  Now technically, I shouldn’t be worrying about having a loss since I am in maintenance, but I didn’t want to gain! (I was down 1.6, putting me at my lowest ever of 96.6 lbs lost...weighing in at 155.4)  So I sat back and I lurked on myself…

Was I really eating more??  Was I really drinking more??  Sure, I was over my points everyday but as we all know, that was due to my beer intake…but was I really drinking MORE beer?  NO!  Was I really eating MORE than I normally have been? NO!  Sure, my bagel & cream cheese breakfast is more points, but I am ALLOWED more points.  Sure, my beer is more points, but I’m still drinking the same amount now as I have these past 2 years while losing 96+ lbs. 

The beer is still beer.  Weight Watchers can but 100 Points Plus on a 12 ounce can (oh god, please don’t!) but unless the fine folks over at Anheuser Busch change the actual nutritional values of Bud 55…I should not fear them!

I’m not just talking about the increase of alcohol here guys…I’m talking about looking at the big picture.  If you are feeling fear, sit back and lurk on yourself.  Look over your tracker (you better be tracking!), take a look at your activity, think about your habits…what can you change??  What do you need to change?? 

For me…I noticed that I was dependent on a lot of 100 calorie snacks and 1 point breads.  I wasn’t adding nearly enough fruits and vegetables into my diet because I didn’t want to “waste” points on them.  Now I’ve found myself swapping out those nutrition-less snacks for the fruits I’ve always loved…and I’m trying new fruits!! (I will post about that later!)

I still eat bread…I still have a bag of 100 cal popcorn (was 1 point, is now 3 points plus) as a snack a few times a week…I still have 2 slices of Wonder SmartWhite bread for lunch…I still have my whole grain flat out wheat wraps… And I have them without fear, because I realize that I’m not eating them any MORE than I did before.  Just because my bagel & cream cheese is now 6, doesn’t mean I’m going to gain 10 lbs.  You don’t have to give up the things you love or the staples you are used to (hello sandwich thins).  You just have to track them & make the rest of your day work around them.  

You have to trust Weight Watchers!  You have to put your fears into their hands and know that they would not steer you wrong!  You have to not only look at the program, but look at yourself and see that you know what are good decisions and what are bad.  And all you can do is hope that you make the good one 90% of the time.

Sorry this post got kind of long.  And I’m sorry if it was boring…especially for you non Weight Watchers.  I promise to brighten the mood up this week and all my posts wont be just about the new Weight Watchers program.  I have some exciting things to share…such as a few items I got this week as early Christmas gifts Smile.  So I promise there will be pictures on this blog again soon. 

Thanks for your patience with me and thanks for being here!!  If you guys haven't gotten my Christmas present yet, that’s ok.  You still have a couple weeks. 

9 comments:

  1. That's totally true....just because things are more points doesn't mean you're eating more food in quantity. I'm glad WW is focusing more on healthy foods, even perhaps to the detriment of people buying quite so many of their products.

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  2. I am new to your blog. I have a question on how it was possible for you to lose so much weight while drinking so much. My husband enjoys his beer at night and needs to lose 20+ lbs - his problem, beyond the beer, is the food he eats at midnight before he goes to bed. I don' think he eats breakfast or snacks, so he eats lunch, then eats/drinks 2000+ calories from 6 pm - midnight. Did/do you consume food calories in addition to drink calories at night?

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  3. First, I think you look amazing. I'm not on WW, but know how hard it is to deal with these types of changes! I was just wondering- do you plan on stopping tracking points eventually if you're maintaining?

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  4. Thank you for this post, dear. Even though I don't utilize WW, I sure have learned a LOT from my WW friends and I used plenty of WW recipes. lol It's obviously a good program and I am SO PROUD of you and your continued good results!

    Great post! =)

    Janece
    @gourmetmama

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  5. Great post! I am one of the peeps who are LOVING the changes. I love not having to count my fruit! I use fruit as snacks and dessert EVERYDAY! Even before the switch but yes, I did second guess eating fruit in order to save points for dinner, or a drink! lol I am eating WAY more food and I love feeling like I can live on the plan like this. I am at the daily 29 and it will never go less than that number! WHoohoo! 3cheers for the new plan!

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  6. Thanks for the inspirational post. It's good to hear others' musings on a food (& beverage) life worth living!!

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  7. I was just like you when it came to snacking on 1point bread and 2 point cereal....Although I've always eaten fruit, now I'm much more prone to choising that instead of a cup of Kashi or a second serving of 100 calorie bread w/ hummus.

    Glad your mom is doing well :)

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  8. :) i just put the stats for the ultra light beer here into the new pointsplus calculator and it came out zero points!! Don't worry i'll go by the companion guide which says 3 pts :)
    I find some things are higher and some lower but it is definitely steering me towards healthier choices.

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