Friday, March 7, 2008

Counting Points

It all started at a party about 6 months ago. I had some friends who were losing weight doing Weight Watchers and frequently asked questions about it. I had also seen success with my sister and brother. I'm not one to diet so I was mostly just asking questions out of curiosity.

Well-at this party I was eating a delicious crab dip on bread and asked one of these friends how many points it was. By this point I had had 3 servings not to mention everything else I had eaten that night. I found out that those three servings added up to almost 15 points and that the average person should have around 25 points for the day. So in less than 5 minutes I had eaten more than half my points for the day. I wouldn't be surprised if I had eaten close to 100 points that day. That's when I knew that things had to change.

I went on a run the next morning and committed to take charge of what I was eating. More than anything, for the first time in my life, I was aware of what and how much I was eating. Since that fateful night and run, I have been counting just about everything that goes into my mouth and love it! I got Steph on board and she lost weight and now Heather has lost almost 15 pounds in just a few months. Way to go! Here's Heather making a special low point concoction-popcorn and marshmellows. It was quite the ordeal and maybe not too tasty but it kept her from eating the chocolate fondue we had that night. She's amazing! Even the kids are on board. We have a nifty calculator that will tell you how many points things are. You plug in the calories, fat and fiber and it gives you a number. Connor finds out points on just about anything with a nutrition label. Heather gave him a peanut butter cup for Valentines. He flipped out his handy calculator, found out that this little treat had 4 points, and said, "No way am I eating that!" I'm sure he ending up eating it at some point but I loved that he recognized that maybe it wasn't the best use of points. And don't worry-I never count the kids points and don't worry about how many they have. They're kids!
So if you've ever thought you need to get control of what you eat-this is the way to do it. I feel like I'm finally keeping the word of wisdom and taking better care of my body. Of course, I still eat my treats and love food as much, if not more, than ever before. But I do it in moderation and feel happy because of it!


Stephanie said...

I'm glad you cleared up that you don't count the kids points, because that would just be freaky! I love the testimony of weight watchers. Strange how you start eating less and you loose weight. Who knew!! :)

brenda said...

So your raisin bran picture reminds me of how Mike came home from the store the other day with several boxes of cereal--types I don't often buy. He lined up 4 boxes: Raisin Bran, Fruit Loops, Corn Flakes, and Corn Pops, and asked the kids which had the most calories per serving. Hello! Raisin Bran! I couldn't believe it. Now it has more fiber, which is good, and which is maybe where weight watchers isn't totally the best. The high-fiber, whole grain, fresh stuff should give you extra credit, I think. But according to weight watchers, Fruit Loops is the best. And hey, Rachel Ray says the more color you eat, the healthier your are--so maybe Fruit Loops are the best!