A letter from Deb Wright
Weight Watchers of Philadelphia
Dear WW Philadelphia Member,
I know I didn’t get to be 94 pounds over a healthy goal weight because I didn’t like food. I LOVE food!
Despite loving food, there was a time in my weight loss when I believed I had to give up or abstain from certain foods to get to goal. I was at a very successful halfway point in my weight loss when my Coach (then called Leader) asked me “How had I achieved my consistent weight loss?”
I answered rather smugly and said, “I’m not eating any red meat, only chicken and tuna.” Now this was long before any ZeroPoint foods had entered anyone’s imagination, but chicken and tuna were still the lowest counts on the plan at that time. I ate so much chicken I was probably developing pin feathers.
My Coach said this in response, “Do you think you can do that for the rest of your life?”
Boy, that hit me like a brick. I love red meat and I had no intention of giving it up for life. My next mission was learning to fit foods into the plan I wanted to eat.
Since then, one of my go-to restaurant favorites is a filet mignon (beef tenderloin). The smaller cut on the menu is usually stated as 4-6 ounces depending upon the restaurant. Here’s the information you need to know, the menu’s stated weight is raw weight. The cooked weight will be about 75 percent of that number. A four-ounce steak is 3 ounces cooked; a 6-ounce steak is 4.5 ounces cooked. Accompanied by some veggies, this can make a crave-able meal that doesn’t disappoint. My go-to appetizer which usually has lower Points than a salad with dressing is a shrimp cocktail. There’s even room to enjoy a shareable desert.
My lesson was, if I want pink elephants and I tell myself I cannot have pink elephants, the only thing I think of is pink elephants. Learning to enjoy the foods I WANT in proper portions is the true clue to real weight loss and maintenance.
PEOPLE!!! Planning pizza and a glass of wine with a friend IS on the program.
Other Members always have great ideas about working foods into the plan that help them stay on track with their weight loss and maintenance. Don’t miss out on this week’s workshops and hear more about this subject.
Remember to practice kindness to yourself and others,