Sunday, July 19, 2009

I Promise This Isn't Going to Turn Into a Weight Loss Blog

So now that I’m on Weight Watchers I’m super fun to hang out with.

Some friends were in from out of town this weekend and I was meeting them, along with my person for dinner. So at lunch I scoured the internet for all the restaurants in the area…

It impresses me how many of them do post their nutritional info – although those who don’t get torn apart in the calorie counter forums…It also impresses me that I found a restaurant that had ABSOLUTELY nothing that I could eat. How is that even possible? I can find something to eat at McDonald’s but in a real live restaurant? Nothing?! *cough*Kelsy’s*cough*

So when we all arrived at my person’s place I proudly sheepishly announced what the restaurant options were and then showed them my little piece of paper that explained the choices that I had to eat at each place.

We then joked about how they were all going to order dessert and eat it in front of me. We found it all very amusing. Until they did JUST THAT. My person was kind enough to give me a bite of hers, which left me more than satisfied. Sorta.

I tried to explain to them that if I was going to order dessert it’s going to be because I’m traumatized, or there’s just no polite way to get out of it. (Yes! Situations like that DO exist! Like uh…it’s my birthday and you baked me a cake! You’d want me to eat it right? It’s like SO rude not to, right?!)

Oddly I’m not having too much trouble with the food thing, or even the dessert thing. I’m uber happy that I’m doing this now, in 2009 rather than 20 years ago. There are so many 100 calorie chocolate bars/cake etc out there that I don’t even feel deprived. I find the point conversion thing to be a pain in the ass, but even that’s not so bad. There are entire sections in the grocery store devoted to low cal/low fat foods, so I’m buying things I never have before, and they’re kind of awesome.

The only thing I’m really dreading is the first time I have to go to a dinner at someone’s house. Then I have no idea how something is made and I won’t quite know how to calculate it. But even that’s not insurmountable – I mean I’ll just deal with it.

I’m finding this whole process kind of fascinating. It kind of changes your attitude towards food. Makes you really think about what you’re putting in your body, and what it means. I don’t feel deprived – because it’s my choice to ignore my weekly bonus points. The plan gives you a lot of flexibility and that makes it so much easier to have self-control. Because I know that I have the option to indulge, I don’t really need to.

Gawd I’m zen. No doubt I’m truly an inspiration to you all.

Oh: and in case you're curious? We went to Boston Pizza and I got the chicken stromboli & salad. 13 points.



Nat said...

I love that stromboli. Although service was atrocious last time and they sent me a $25 gift certificate. (not used.)

I reckon it's about moderation in all things, including moderation.

Faiqa said...

You get extra points for exercising and stuff, right? So, walk to the the next dinner party that's at someone's house

Jess said...

I'm glad this is working so well for you! And I'm impressed at how diligent you are.

AmyTree said...

I had that dilemma too - I was too lame/embarassed/discreet/whatever to announce to a dinner party that I needed to know what was in all the food. I ended up taking small portions, loading up on stuff that was easier to identify (like salad) and not going overboard. Then being really 'good' for the rest of the day - a slip is a slip and we do our best, but it seemed to work.

Rock Chef said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a great start, especially with your "friends" testing your commitment like that!

If Mrs RC is anything to go by, you will soon be able to just look at something and have a good idea of the calories/points. She keeps a tally of any surplus calories and puts them into a "bank" that she wipes out if she has a naughty day. It is working great for her.

Even if you don't talk weight loss all the time, I hope you will keep us informed - or are you just going to post a photo or the new, super-hot Princess in a few months time?

Kyla Roma said...

Ah! Congratulations! *WW Rocks Dance*

It sounds like you just feel so much better for taking control, I'm so pleased for you! We can drink hot lemon water together any time, I swear ;)

melissa said...

i've seen many successes from friends on WW. congratulations for being strong and willing to count your points!
and keep us informed on your achievements.

Karen said...

Weight Watchers really works and it logical and sensible. I do like that you earn points for exercise. Good luck!!

Becky said...

Good for you for actually being willing to pick a restaurant based on what your options are! I have found myself doing that and it cracks me up. My pantry is stocked with those 100 calorie goodies :) That way I don't feel deprived.

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