Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Thoughts on Weight Watchers

The score: I've been doing Weight Watchers at work since late January. So far I've lost 25 pounds and have 11 pounds left to lose.

The Weight Watchers program works. How I feel about the Weight Watchers organization itself is another story. Maybe some other post I’ll write about it. Maybe not.

Here's a list of what I've learned:

  • In order to lose weight I need to eat much less than I was eating before. It's amazing I wasn't more overweight than I was.

  • Sometimes when I think I'm hungry, I'm really thirsty and water takes care of the craving.

  • Drinking eight glasses of water a day is easy and doesn't result in more trips to the bathroom. It does make me feel better than I've felt in years.

  • Giving up almost all sugar plus drinking the water helped my aches and pains. They didn't go away, but they are much less noticeable.

  • It's really fun to pull out my fall clothing and have it be baggy.

  • There are some good tasting low fat products on the market. They are way outnumbered by awful tasting low fat products on the market.

  • I would rather eat a small amount of a good tasting traditional dish than a large amount of a traditional recipe altered to be low fat.

  • As long as I have grapes to munch on, I can ignore almost all other snack foods.

  • Eating as a reward is not permissible. Rewards to replace eating are hard to find. In my case knitting time and laptop time are substitutes. But in a time pressured world they are not always practical.

  • Once a week I can cheat and eat something that is more points than I'm allowed in a day. Maybe that's why I've lost less than a pound a week. On the other hand, it's made the process bearable.

  • The health rewards are significant. Both the measurable (blood pressure, cholesterol) and the unmeasurable (energy level, joint pain).

  • The WW eating plan is something I can live with for the rest of my life. That's were other diets fall short for me. They are too restrictive to maintain.

Question to Ponder: Why is it that two of my favorite low fat products, Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches and Laughing Cow Cheese, have "cow" in their name and a picture of a cow on their package?

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