7/19/07

and this is why i'm glad i'm not a spokesperson...

because EVERYONE ELSE is an expert. So Jenny McCarthy is " still on the Weight Watchers kind of thing" - awesome quote if you ask me :P - and it has all of the ladies up in arms. They think no good lifetimer/maintainer treats it as a "kind of thing" and works the program to the T, keeping points in her mind all of the time. She's quoted as saying veggies AND fruits are zero points, that she doesn't mix carbs and proteins and that her treat is nachos with soy cheese and turkey chili. Pardon me girls, but so what? Everyone has their own way of working a plan. Like some of you use prepackaged meals. Do others get up in arms and preachy? - actually, you do. You go on about veggie servings, sodium levels, etc. Some of you use many of your daily points for 100 calorie packs and chocolate fixes while others swear by only using their flex for treats and saving DPs for good food only. Again, personal preference. It just seems as we go on with our weight loss struggles, we get armed with sooooo much information and we become so full of knowledge which is good and bad. We jump on other people about their choices but never look in the mirror to see what we do wrong either. Jenny McCarthy is an easy target. She's pretty, famous and has magazines lining up to talk to her. She's bound to put her foot in her mouth A LOT (and probably not count the points for that either) but so be it. There are A LOT of successful leaders who will tell you the same. That they have been at it so long that they will guesstimate most of their food or work core to their advantage. I'm not here to praise the celeb. No, no. I don't think she's the best fit for the program but am glad she found what she needed here. If her pretty face and svelte figure gets more people onto a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle, good on Weight Watchers - money well spent. I just think there are too many experts out there who chime in and out when we have to understand what's good for you isn't necessarily good for me. I understand she's paid to be a spokesperson for a program, but just like we're not supposed to give out all the information for free, she isn't either. The point system is really broad. The 8 healthy guidelines are pretty general. You can really do with the program what you will in order to make it work FOR YOU. She did it. Be happy for her.

16 comments:

Jen said...

Amen!!

I get sick of the preachiness...I usually just sit back, eat my microwave meal with a side of cadbury thin and enjoy.

Anne said...

I totally agree :)

Ro said...

I totally agree. The nice thing about the points system is that you have the flexibility to eat whatever you want, as long as you stay within your daily points.

I too get tired of the preachiness. And I agree with you, just be happy for Jenny and all the others who are success stories on WW...it means this plan works!!

Lindsay said...

true enough, you gotta be happy for the girl to reach her goal, no matter what weight she started at, we are all different...

Angie All The Way said...

From the getgo when I started the program, I vowed not to preach to people because, well, it's annoying and what works for me might not work for you. I remember years ago when a friend was on WW, she was contantly telling me the points of everything I put in my mouth and that's all she talked about and I remember being soooo annoyed. (Looking back on it, maybe I should have listen THEN! lol) If people want my opinion, they ask, or read my blog. I have actually drifted away from the Boards lately for mostly this reason. There are some people who chime in like their frikkin above everyone else and know all. It's great if you have a question, but you have to sift through the responses half the time and could be more confused than before you asked!

I gotta say though, I was taken back by her comment that fruits and veggies are 0 points! That's simply not true and a spokesperson should be informed with the right info I would think. Points values are a fundamental component of the program and that's undisputed and applies to everyone regardless of what kinds of foods you choose to eat.

lainb said...

well said! I don't personally do WW, but I know a lot about the program and I think what's good about it is that it has enough flexibility to adapt to everyone's own unique likes/dislikes/lifestyle/etc.

I think Jenny is a good spokesperson too...she's healthy, pretty, fun, vibrant, successful, etc. Have you read any of her books? They'll give you a few laughs for sure!

Shannon said...

I don't agree at all. If you are going to talk about WW at least get it right. Fruits being 0 pts is new to me.

marie said...

not that i love her or anything - but quotes are a sucky thing. and don't forget WHERE she was quoted. people isn't exactly the most reputable source.

put a certain amount of fruit in the tracker and it comes up 0 points.

saying it's 0 points isn't going to make sense to anyone really until they're ON THE PROGRAM because only we understand it. people who come to the program will learn it in their material. so what's the use of getting all riled up?

i also find it funny that some of the people harping about this comment elsewhere are the same people who claim to rarely count their veggies.

just saying.

ms.wantab said...

Well said! As Marie said, you can eat fruit and count it as zero as it's less then what the booklet says is 1 point. I think 1 1/2 raspberries are 1 point, but usually I only eat about 1/2 so count it as zero! May be right, may be not, but I do it!

It's too bad she said she is doing the WW "kind of thing" doesn't sound like she's fully committed to the program (which yes many are not who are on maintance and is fine) but perhaps she should not have a) said that, or b) not be the spokeman as most time companies are looking for the "perfect role model". I can't see Kristy Alley sayings she was doing a jenny craig "kind of thing" can you?

Marky Mark said...

YOu look amazing! Keep up the good work. Plus I'm sure you feel great. I lost 40 pounds in 1993 and eventually I put a chunck of it back on. But I've been quite good since I started a reguiar exercise program a few years ago.

Wheebs said...

Agreed! As far as I'm concerned Weight Watchers isn't MY lifestyle...it's a tool that is only a part of sustaining what I've come to consider my lifestyle of (mostly) healthy eating and exercise. If Jenny McCarthy (or anyone, for that matter) decides to tweak the tool and count fruits as 0 points, etc. then who could that possibly hurt? Whatever works, works =)

Healthy Pear said...

Who cares what she thinks. She does it her way and you can do it your way. End of story!

Healthy Pear said...

As I re-read my above comment I realized that it may be taken the wrong way so let me explain. Celebrities have so much help when it comes to losing weight from top nutritionists and trainers. So we shouldn't compare ourselves with their lifestyle anyway. She may be incorporating stuff from other programs and advice from other experts so we don't know how she's really doing WW the way you and I would think to do it. Hence, she doesn't mix proteins with carbs etc. See what I mean. You are doing so great as are the rest of you bloggers. So don't worry about Jenny M.

Lynn said...

I think that interview made her look like a bit of a ditz. Anyone on WW's knows that most fruit ISN'T zero points. She probably doesn't even follow the program, it's like Rachel Hunter and Slim Fast *rolls eyes*

katieo said...

Great post. So true.

Shrunk said...

ITA! What she's doing obviously worked for HER :O)

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