9/12/07

seeing red

People always confuse weight watchers with other "diets" and I spend a lot of time explaining what it means to be on program, which isn't a big deal to me because I like dispelling the myths surrounding the program and telling people how easy it really is. I mean we really are just assigning point values (based on a formula that incorporates calories, fat and fibre) to food choices, which in effect moderates our portions. Very simple, very easy, SOOOOO not intimidating once you get a handle on things. The thing I think people are confused about is that we're CUTTING out bad things all together and depriving ourselves of treats. Uh…no siree bob. If I want a treat, I get a treat. It's all about BUDGETING. That's the way I always explain things to people. Just like you want that fancy new pair of boots for fall or that slick new iPhone (when it comes to Canada next year), you save up the money. If I want that piece of cheesecake, I save up my flex points or activity points and I'm eating that puppy. But sometimes it seems like we spend on unlimited credit. What's that expression? I'm writing cheques that my butt can't cash? Or maybe my butt did cash it and also got a pay-day advance. That would explain the cellulite – yeesh! But yeah, I think I'm starting to put myself back in the red after being in the black for so long. It's scary to think that your hard work can be thrown aside by some laziness, poor planning and frivolous spending (of points, of course ;)). The gluttony is not worth it. What do you have to show for it all in the end? I'd rather have the pretty boots and the iPhone, really. But we'll have to budget for that too…

16 comments:

soap box girl said...

"I'm writing cheques that my butt can't cash."

HA! Hilariously true! I'm writing this one down and taping it to the frig.

Thanks for sharing the best quote ever!

Jen said...

OOH, I am so a credit person...I think that is how I got to this place (says my waistline AND my bank account!!!)

I hate when people think I am depriving myself or when I eating chips they give me the conspirational wink and say "it's ok, you've earned it" or "you need to treat yourself once in a while"...uh huh, right TREATING myself...or MAYBE I just worked it into my plan??? Just like those shoes that I didn't need to buy...but I worked those in...who needs to pay the water bill???

Shirls said...

I often say something is not worth the points, I treat them exactly like cash and I have a big big thing about avoiding debt, I'm so freaking cheap, damn right I'm going to plan and use my points accordingly. AND I hate when I have a treat and someone says "should you be eating that?" ah, yep should you be stuffing your face? lol

Points Princess said...

Interesting correlation between budgeting money and budgeting points...for me, I'm the same way with $$ as I am with points.

I plan out a kick-ass budget, but when push comes to shove, have very bad willpower.

Great post.

CaRoLyN said...

GREAT post Marie! What a great analogy!! You always come up with the most creative posts!

That's what I love so much about WW. I CAN have that piece of cheesecake if I really want it, but do I really want to spend 15 point on it??? It makes you think about food in a completely different way; Compare and contrast the values and make the best decision for yourself.

Mmm Wendy's tonight. I'm saving my points! Take that haters, I'M having Wendy's tonight!!

Bridget said...

I totally agree. When people know that I'm on WW, they always say, "but you can't eat that!" and it drives me crazy - I feel like I'm always explaining that I can, just that I have to budget for it. Even the hubby doesn't get it. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Green Girl said...

I agree with the budgeting (money) analogy - that is exactly how I think of it! The trouble is, of course, that many people don't really have a clue as to how to budget their money... forget the food intake... (do you watch that show on Slice - "Till debt do us part"? I love that show!)

Meg said...

great analogy! (is it wrong to wish that i had a bigger food bank account? sometimes 35 flex makes me feel...destitute! ha ha...)

Marky Mark said...

Interesting as it has changed a bit. When i did it at work almost 15 years ago it was still based on budgeting but there were no points. Instead you could have two or three mils, six or so breads, five proteins, tow or three fruits ane unlimited vegetables. So if you wanted pie you ahd to break it down into constituent breads, milks, etc. and even then there might be extra. I suppose the way it works now it is easier with over poitn sbut you could eat very badly.

Christy said...

Your post totally made me realize that I'm using WW in every aspect of my life! It's the first time being on program and actually UNDERSTANDING what it's all about. I always heard "it's not a diet it's a lifestyle" but always thought it wsa so cliche. But it's true, this time round I'm most successful because I'm saving up - I'm allowing myself the treats but then altering my food the rest of the week. It's wonderful and I am loving it!!!!

Angie All The Way said...

bahaha! God love ya!

Yeah the thing that usually gets me fired up is because WW has so many products in the grocery store and so people think that it's a program that you have to buy "their food." I do sometimes get defensive about it becuase it's almost something I feel I stand against.

One thing you can assure yourself with is if you're starting to see red, you're never going to see all the shades of it before you turn it back to black. You're way too smart and driven for that.

Chubby Chick said...

Hi, Marie! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate your input so much!

And congrats on your awesome weight loss! You rock, too! Wow! What an accomplishment! :)

jodi said...

great explanation for someone that's not familiar w/the program... i look at WW as a guide to help me make better choices plus, its almost like getting free points when you exercise... :o)

katieo said...

GREAT post lady!

I'm not on WW, but play the budget game every day!

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

That, my Canadian friend, is a perfect analogy.

Mel said...

Terrific analogy! Being able to treat myself is why I am on WW because I don't have to always say no. I can't say that there have really been that many times that I actually said no and I was usually within my points. I love it!!! I want the new shoes too, but can pass on the Iphone...I haven't heard great things about it.
Mel

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