I teach a creative writing class Monday evenings, and I always bring a snack with me. Until this week, when I didn’t. During the break, I went to the vending machine (the cafe was closed) to investigate snacks. All crap. But there were nuts. I chose a 1oz bag of cashews. Not a bad snack. But when I plugged it into my WW tracker later, I discovered that snack was 5pp. Seriously.
I know that in theory, I have my 49 weekly points to use, and I can earn Activity Points, to cover the nuts. “Spending” 5pp on nuts shouldn’t bother me. But then I started to think about how I started buying the bread that I only “sort of” like instead of the bread I love, because it’s only 1pp per slice instead of 2. I’ve been skipping my 4pp yogurt (which my guts love) because on some days, I don’t have the points available. I’ve made a few other changes like that over the past few weeks; choosing more processed foods rather than whole foods because they are less in points. Not good.
I considered trying the Simply Filling plan, but I need to track things. Not tracking leads to…well, not so good things for me. Not that my eating has been stellar lately. Clearly, I’m struggling. And I’m my own worst enemy.
So, again, I’m left wondering if I really want to be in this relationship. I know that WW works for so many people, and I really, really wish I were one of them. I know that the problems I have with the program are, by and large, my problems, not necessarily the fault of the program.
I don’t know what the answer is. Whatever “program” I decide to follow, I know that I have to do the work, and focus on making lasting changes.
Weight Watchers folks: how do you navigate eating whole, healthy foods v. food that’s simply low in points?