I'm trying to make peace with the new Weight Watchers Points Plus program
July 23, 2011
Obesity can be an ugly word, especially when it's tacked onto a description of yourself. I know, because I've been there and I'm trying to shed that word as part of my personal description.
As a member of the first class of baby-boomers who turn 65 this years, I am coming face-to-face with the importance of staying healthy. As a glaucoma patient, I've gotten to know the pharmacists at the neighborhood Walgreens well enough. I don't need to give them any more business.
That's where Weight Watchers Online and their new Points Plus Program comes in. Three years ago super-wife and I fully engaged in the old version of the program. I started with the scales getting mighty close to 240. I got it down to a few pounds under 200 and then the new Points Plus program started.
That threw me into a weight loss tail spin. I was totally familiar with the old program and I knew exactly what and how much I could eat to stay satisfied and maintain my weight. The new program changed everything. The stuff that helped me maintain and keep me satisfied jumped dramatically in point value while I could eat all the fruit I wanted for zero points.
I gained about six plus pounds. But I knew I couldn't afford to go back to my old weight.
I'm trying to re-engage in the new program. I dug out my old Exacto knife and tried to carve out my attitude about the changes. I've ruthlessly recorded everything I've eaten. The results? Check the photo. It's coming. Now I just have to keep it going.
Any other baby-boomers experiencing similar challenges? I know I'm not alone regardless of the program or the effort.