Shortly after Chris died I joined Weight Watchers. I think 1) I was doing it as tribute to him because our plan was to try to lose weight after the new year and 2) I was too freaked that I was going to die like him if I didn't do it. And of course looking back, I realized that there was 3) I needed something to control. Yes, Weight Watchers for me became my focal point and for awhile I was REALLY focused on my food and what I was putting in me and not really dealing with the emotions that were going on within me. I mean, during that first year on the program - I was the wickedest food tracker ever. While I think it may have been a good thing to do, I'm not sure if it was the right thing to do at that time because when the emotions finally hit, they hit hard and everything else went out the window.
Anyways - I have been on WW ever since and I have had periods of minor success, but for the most part I've been at the same weight. And things have changed in that they cancelled the meetings I used to love so I had to find a new meeting on Saturday and then I got really sick and I started needing my Saturdays for sleep. I'm currently doing the at work program, and while it is great having the support of my colleagues, I don't like my leader and frankly I feel like I've been here, done that. I mean how many times can I hear how to change a 10 point hot dog into a 3 point hot dog.
The other thing I've noticed is that all this talk about substituting one thing for another has really turned me off food. I know that the program has been revamped to get us thinking about fresh food and stuff, but the more I did the program, the easier I found it to just eat the same thing day after day because I didn't have to recalculate points or I ate processed stuff that had the points already printed on them. I was not enjoying what I ate and so I found that I was eating more.
So I have decided to take a break from the dieting. I'm not going to negatize my food. If I want to have something with butter in it - I'm going to have the butter. I'm going to drink whole milk because I feel fuller on whole milk. And I am going to recover my love of food and cooking. Of course to offset this I will need to increase my activity - but that's why I have my bike (which also gets me closer to natural things like deer and bunnies - which is good for your soul in totally different ways).
But I will let you know, that if you want to follow my food adventures - you can go to http://kitchenvixens.blogspot.com/ . In addition to more regularly blogging here, I am going to do a better job at that blog too. However, everything at that blog will be food related.