The First Weekend

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Well, I did it. I joined Weight Watchers on Thursday.  As I knew I probably would, I had thoughts after that first meeting that now that I had the materials, I could just go it on my own.  About 6 years ago, I had joined WW and did that exact same thing - went to two or three meetings and then stopped.  I would try every once in a while to follow in my book but I was never disciplined enough to stick with it.  I think the meetings do actually make an impact.  I'm not talking about what they discuss necessarily or some of the comments that arise at these meetings that annoy me (use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, always go for the "low fat" versions...) but rather knowing that you have a set appointment each week where you'll be weighed in. Having that weekly accountability, for me anyways, will be my constant reminder to stay on track.

So, how did I do over the course of the first three days?  Not bad.  And I even had a coke and a small sub while staying on track.  Knowing that almost fruits and veggies (not including the starchy ones like potatoes and corn) are free - i.e. eat all you want - has meant an increase in the number of real foods that are showing up on my plate.  That's not to say I agree they should be "free".  Heck, if you eat too much of any food, the calories begin to add up.  However, I like that it encourages me (and other women at my initial meeting) to eat more of them. 

Speaking of veggies, I made another giant pot of my chili-ish veggie soup this weekend.  Packed full of hearty deliciousness (alas no kale at the grocery store this week), it fills me up, satisfies my hunger, and uses up almost none of my daily points allowance (I added kidney beans, corn and potatoes to my soup so there's a couple of points per serving). 
Fall flavours and colours!  And garlic toast "grilled" on my mini George Foreman!
This time around, I used celery, onions, red pepper, carrots, potatos, corn, tomatoes, and kidney beans (along with stock, spices, tomato paste and 4 whole cloves of garlic).  Spices were chili powder, basil, and oregano.  I had originally decided to try adding some paprika but no matter how much I added, it seemed to have no flavour whatsoever.  WTF?  I thought it was supposed to be spicey and slightly smokey but my paprika (which we bought last week)?  Zippo.  Whatever.

So, all in all, I've been doing pretty well.  I've used some of the "extra" points that they give you each week to allow for a treat here and there but I'm not even close to half of those and the first week's almost half over.  Yay me! 


Wandering Coyote said...

Go you! I know how hard it is to make the first step towards joining WW, so I'm proud of you!

Paprika is a touchy spice. Depends on where you get it, what kind it is, and how long it's been sitting around. If you buy just regular paprika at a grocery store, it's usually the least flavourful. The good stuff is usually found at higher end places and health food store bulk bins that have high turnover.

Ben Ditty said...

I should probably go on some sort of diet, instead of proclaiming I'm buff and big-boned :p said...

Wow. That is great.. Hope it keeps getting easier for you.. I have never joined such a thing and I hope it works ..Have heard ups and downs about such things..

Anonymous said...

Good job Karen! I tried WW twice but it didn't work for me...but I know lots of people who swear by it.

I joined something this week myself - the rec center at my work! I've gone every day this week for 45 minutes and I've biked to and from work as well each day.

Good luck to both of us - we can do it!!!


Karen said...

WC: Thanks. Hmmm, I'll have to rethink this paprika thing and perhaps get some better quality.

Ben: Buff and bigboned ain't that bad.

Tweety: Thanks!

Jody: Great job! That's fantastic! What kind of bike do you have? I'm looking at getting one in the spring to tool around the river valley here and can't decide between a mtn bike and a cool old fashioned cruiser.

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