I started back to Weight Watchers yesterday. There. I said it. (Exhale)
I’m a pretty private person in many ways (although my sister might laugh at that statement), so putting that out there is a huge deal to me. I mean, it’s not like the fact that I need to lose weight is a big secret or anything, but telling all of you – my awesome W4DM readers – that I’m jumping back onto the Weight Watcher Wagon suggests a certain amount of accountability, and that makes me feel a little vulnerable and anxious. In fact, I vacillated about whether to even mention it, but decided that I needed to because, while I don’t plan to change the spin or flavor of W4DM in any way, my personal eating choices obviously impact my culinary activities, and thus the content here to one degree or another.
In high school, I was one of those girls some girls love to hate – I could eat as much as I wanted whenever I wanted and never gain an ounce. My first driver’s license lists me at 5’2” and 103 lbs (and no, I didn’t lie about my weight when I got it). Then sometime during college, my metabolism decided to change the program without telling me first, and I gained 25 pounds by graduation, which was still OK I guess. But then I got married and had a baby. And then I had another baby. (Wash, rinse, repeat.) So I’ve spent the better part of the last 27 years battling my weight – with practically every diet known to man. I always seem to find my way back to Weight Watchers though: it works for me. I’m not saying it’s the best choice for anyone else – in fact, I have friends, family and blogger buddies who are crazy-successful living gluten free, high-carb, low-carb or uber-Paleo lives. Awesome! As I have learned the hard way, the key is to find what works for you and stick with it.
Mr B is helping me this time, and that is a real plus. A naturally lean man, he has jumped on the WW Wagon with me, ostensibly to drop the 10 or so pounds that he has put on since we got married in early 2012. (Oooh – 10 pounds. Stop the presses.) However, I think that secretly his motive is to jump-start my progress, and that is great with me. Whatever his reasons, it helps me immeasurably that he is being so supportive: having a partner who is onboard and takes the time to learn the program and understand the process makes all the difference.
Anyway, let me reassure you, I’m not going to start posting my stats or giving “diet” advice or turning W4DM into a weight loss blog or whatever, but I will likely share a little about what I learn along the way, and maybe a food-hack now and then.
I love apples and bananas dipped in peanut butter, but the peanut butter, while a great source of protein, are also very high in fat and calories! A few years ago, I stumbled onto this idea quite by accident, and it has become one of my favorite healthy snacks.
¼ cup Peanut Butter
¼ cup Vanilla Yogurt (I use Nancy’s Nonfat)
Blend peanut butter and yogurt together. That’s it. (If you are using unsweetened yogurt, you may want to sweeten slightly with the sugar of your choice: you won’t need more than a teaspoon.) Serve with sliced apples or bananas.
Makes 4 servings. (1 serving = 3 WW Points+)