One Bite at a Time April 2, 2010
So, I’m only about 7 weeks in, but I must say that I am truly amazed at how well this whole Weight Watchers thing has been going. I’ve given in to temptation a few times here and there, but each time I have counted the points and made myself accountable for whatever it was I ate. The best part is that not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I gone over my points allowance. I may have plowed right through my daily allotment, but I always had my weekly flex points to catch me. I am very proud of myself for that because it means that I have gone nearly 7 whole weeks without cheating even once. Everything I have eaten has been within my plan. Wow. As many “diets” as I’ve been on in my life (and there have been MANY), I have never been able to say that.
So, that gets me to thinking… what has changed? I think there are a few answers to that question:
- I’m finally in the right state of mind and am doing this for all the right reasons. This has nothing to do with looking good for others, this is all about me and doing the right thing for myself.
- The Weight Watchers plan synchs up perfectly with how my wacky little brain works. I’m an accountant – I like to count things. Numbers make sense to me. Plus, I have the Weight Watchers application on my iPhone and so it feels like I’m playing a game. I can’t explain it, but I absolutely love entering my points every time I eat something. I usually enter them before I even eat so there are no surprises afterward. Thing is, I usually enter in more than I end up meeting, so it’s fun when I go back in toadjust down and find that I can now enjoy a desert or a big glass of milk and ovaltine. For me it’s the little psychological games I can play with myself.
- This is a pretty big one – I want to get pregnant. My hormones are all kinds of messed up, but we’re in the process of fixing that. In the meantime I’m working on getting my body ready to be a healthy vessel. In addition to the standard pregnancy issues, I also want to set a good example for my child so that he or she learns to eat healthy from the very beginning. I don’t want my child to struggle with food issues the way I have in my lifetime.
So those are my motivators, but they don’t change the fact that I’m challenged every single day to make good choices. I’m in this mess because I’m addicted to food and as that hasn’t changed, I’ve had to find food that not only fits into my new lifestyle, but also satisfies my cravings and desires. Because I love all of these items so, so very much, I wanted to give some of them a little shout-out.
- Jello Mousse Temptations – Oh my friend, I love your creamy deliciousness in both dark chocolate and milk chocolate. I savor each and every taste of you and eat you very slowly so that the enjoyment lasts as long as possible. Sometimes when I’m halfway through you I stir you up, which creates an extremely thick pudding that is also absolutely amazing. I keep expecting to find out that you are really very fattening (just like the yogurt on Seinfeld), but I am trusting that the good folks at Jello would not steer me wrong. Thank you for being you.
- Blue Diamond Almond Milk– You saved me from skim milk and I am forever grateful. You are creamy and thick like regular milk, but don’t hog up all of my points. I’m not sure how you do this, but I am thankful for the advances in technology that have allowed us to extract milk from almonds. ‘Milk from an almond’ would seemingly be right up there with ‘blood from a turnip,’ but no, you have shown that it can be done. The first time I tried you I was hesitant. I poured you over my cereal with much trepidation, concerned that you would absolutely ruin my Special K Blueberry. Oh, how wrong I was. It was love at first bite. That night when I tasted you mixed with my beloved Ovaltine I knew we were meant to be. You’ll always have a place in the door of my fridge, my little nutty buddy.
- Boar’s Head Cajun Style Turkey Breast– You, my spicy little warrior, have single-handedly saved the sandwich. When I saw the lady in front of me in line at the deli counter eating you right off the scale (in front of the other deli counter worker, no less), my initial thought was ‘THIEF!’ However, I then overheard you being discussed and I thought maybe I should give you a whirl. The lady working the counter was kind enough to offer me a sample of you when I took my first bite I couldn’t help but react. My taste buds awakened with a little fire and I was shocked to discover that lunch meat could actually have flavor! I came home with my first 1/2 lb. of you and we’ve been together ever since.
Yeah, I love food. More to come, I’m sure.