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Nothing Changes….

when nothing changes. Just read that in this week’s Weight Watchers weekly handout and it hit home. For all of us who are doing Weight Watchers (not dieting, please!) this week is when they change the 15 year old points program. Word is spreading fast that the 1.3 million people on WW now get most fruits and vegetables for ZERO POINTS! That’s the best news we’ve had in a long time.

The new Points Plus program comes at a time when I really needed it. For 10 months I was like a rabid dog, tracking my food and activity points – and losing. Then I got a little bit bored and found I could eat a small bag of Cheetos and still lose weight. And the small bags got more frequent and then bigger. And by then I had misplaced my tracking book – as if I’d write down that I ate a whole bag of Cheetos in one evening! And then the Cheetos “fix” led to Cheeseburgers at Wendy’s and their new Sea Salt Fries.

Here I was talking to women about fashion as I was holding in my ever-growing abs with increasing coverage of Flexees and Spanx. Things were changing – and not in a good direction!

So today is the first day of the new Weight Watchers plan and I’m ready for it. I’m ready to change for the good and am excited about learning a new way to eat. I look at WW like it’s a new hobby, until it becomes like a new good habit. I bought the calculator and guidebooks. Even a new pedometer that came with a renewed sense of mobility.

So as we move into the holiday season, think about “Nothing changes when nothing changes”. Maybe it’s a relationship with a family member that you can look at in a new way. Or it’s time to set your sights on a new line of work after the New Year. Or maybe you just need to eat more fruits and vegetables and get out to a Weight Watchers meeting. You’ll see how quickly changes happen when change happens.

What are you changing this season? Share your comments online – I’d love to see what great changes are on your way!


Do We Have to Keep Getting “Skunked”?

My wonderful, klutzy dog, Buddy, got skunked again this week. Second time this year. The first event was pretty horrible – even he couldn’t stand his smell! You’d think he’d learn from his mistakes.


So as I was pretending I didn’t know him until the groomer returned my call, it got me thinking about “getting skunked” – about doing things that we should know better than to do.

How many times have you had that one + one extra glasses of wine? Have you bought those cowboy boots you didn’t need? And never wore? You made that irate phone call you should not have made?

Making choices

An important part of my week is my Weight Watchers meeting where we learn to make choices. The whole premise of WW is that you can eat anything you want — you just have to decide that the points for that food or drink are the best use of your points for that day. What a great way to think about what you do/eat/don’t do/etc. Sometimes that extra glass of wine is worth skipping dessert. Or dessert is worth two hours at the gym. The most important part of the whole exercise is knowing you have a choice. You are in control of your choices.

So as we move closer to Thanksgiving and the holidays and food and general excess, I plan to keep my options in front of me. And keep long AND short term gratification in mind. Instead of always going for the skunk (because that’s what I’ve always done), I’m going to make smarter choices.

Buddy, however, will always go for the skunk!

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