Food for Thought

1 Feb

I did it. I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting on Monday.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the process at first however, I am glad I did. Before I share about my experience let me just clear this up. I am NOT joining Weight Watchers because J. Hud has lost all that weight.  No, I am joining because I need accountability and their points system really intrigues me.  I have done my research, spoken to several people about the program and decided to travel almost twenty minutes away from home to attend Monday’s meeting. 

When I arrived at Harvest Baptist Church I was almost intimidated. The parking lot was full.  At first, I thought it was a Sunday morning service.  Little did I know that what was going on inside was reminiscent to small group bible study.   Once I entered the fellowship hall I met Joanie, the class facilitator and lifetime member with Weight Watchers.  She went over some information about the Weight Watchers then allowed me to sit in on the weekly meeting.  Today’s topic: Eating during the Super Bowl.  I found a seat in the back of the room.  For years, I would be very skeptical of these type of “support groups” but here I am sitting in this metal chair in desperate need of support.  Joanie talked to us about sticking with the “points” even with attending a Super Bowl party.  She spoke about eating a meat lovers pizza with all the most fattest meat  and how “bad” you feel afterwards. I giggled to myself because actually I feel pretty good afterwards.  Seriously, I noticed a common theme throughout the meeting  I must renew my mind to eating. Until this point, I never planned what I ate nor did I really consider portion control. All things Weight Watchers highly urge you do.  I must PLAN to eat healthy, I must PLAN to change or substitute my high sodium diet and I must PLAN to stay within my allocated points if I truly want success.  Romans 12:2 reads:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)

My old stinking thinking had to go and go soon! In this meeting I also learned there is a difference between a snack and a treat. Did you know that? I guess I never thought about it.  But as I sat in this meeting once again my thoughts challenged me.  How could have eaten so poorly for so long and other destructive habits.  However, I did get some encouragement.  I learned people who keep food journals have good success in weight loss.  I purchased one the night before at Barnes and Noble for $2.  It has really helped me in keeping track of my points and consider what I am eating.    As the meeting started to close, our “Pastor” Joanie celebrated those who have lost weight thus far and ended the meeting with this thought, “We are born to win but we must plan to win…”  Immediately I went home and started putting what I learned to practice. And I started working out… again. That’s for another blog post. Already I notice a difference in my approach to food. I have started retraining myself in using “healthier” food to celebrate milestones and I certainly snack more on veggies(Mom would be proud).  However, I need some really good recipes in my arsenal on those tough days.  Do you have any healthy snacks or dinner suggestions? Please share in the comment line.

In His Super Grace

Ro:)

 See my prior Journey to Health post.

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10 Responses to “Food for Thought”

  1. Anne O'Cain Mahoney February 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Hey Lady–WW is a great program! I am having pretty good success with it. One of my favorite sites for recipes is skinnytaste.com. Great ideas for all of your favorites. Also, let me know if you need any motivation! Good luck!

    • supermomdel February 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Anne! Girl thanks. I can use all the motivation. If you need a boost one day I probably need two… just keep me accountable. I will check out the site. Thanks so much for the tip. Btw, how do you handle the snacking dilemnia? I know I need to but what??? Options? Maybe some of your favs? Thanks again!

  2. dlackenphotography - the blog February 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I love me some chicken on the bone! So Jas and I have started having bog salads with ALL the veggies, and a roasted quarter chicken in various seasonings. So yum!! A BIGbox of greens in the fridge at all times gives us a “full” plate. Seems to be working for him, he’s down 15 lbs….now if I can only give up the brownies…

    • supermomdel February 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      Way to go James!!! Yep, I gotta get a handle on the brownies…anything sweet a matter of fact. lol. Thanks for the suggestions. I will try it. I just dont want to get bored, need variety in order for me to stick with it.

  3. Able 2 See February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Roshanda, http://www.dwlz.com is a site that has point values for almost any food and restaurant. I also utilize my crock pot a whole bunch. If I find a great recipe that involves, chicken wings, legs, or thighs, I convert it to a crock pot recipe and replace the “bad” chicken with white meat tenderloins (lower in points). I love the whole Weight Watcher system. It really makes you think!

    • supermomdel February 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Thank you for the site, Able to see. There are some really great ideas on there! Wow. And I never thought about the crock pot, great suggestion! Thanks lady, keep ’em coming!

  4. faulkc February 7, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Hey Ro,
    So nice to meet you at WW today. I totally understand the journey you’re on…been on the same journey…..now to reach my goal weight again. I am so proud of your 2lb weight loss today….That Is Wonderful!!!! Stick with it and Congratulations!!!!
    Fellow WW member,
    Carol Faulkenberry

    • supermomdel February 7, 2012 at 3:42 am #

      Mrs. Carol! Thank you for reading and the support. Your kindness today made a rather overwhelming process easier. I appreciate you for that and cheering you on as you reach your goal! Thank you!

  5. faulkc February 16, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Hi Ro,
    Just a quick hello and wishing you good luck on the weight loss this week and keep it up!!!! We all need support and thanks for your support too! See you Monday at WW. You go girl!!!!

    • supermomdel February 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate the encouragement. It has been a better week. I even started Zumba. We burned 1500 calories in one hour! And it was a lot of fun. I hope your week is blessed and crowned with God’s goodness.

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