Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

Fruit Is Not Always Free, And I’m Okay With That

I had planned to skip my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday because I had to be in two places at the same time, but I didn’t skip my weigh-in.  I showed up and faced the scale after a week that included a break-up and cross-country travel.  I knew that I had done my best (for the most part) and expected to show at least a tiny loss.  And I’m happy with the 1.2 pound loss that the scale reflected.

After weighing in, I left almost immediately, but I walked in on the meeting (that was an hour away) just as they were finishing up.  I’m not kidding.  I walked in and heard “So if there are no other questions, then help yourself to the refreshments.  Thanks.”  Oh dear.  It was an important meeting, but not earth shattering so I don’t regret missing it to weigh-in.  I do, however, wish that I could have attended the entire meeting.  I suppose I’ll just look forward to next week.

Following the meeting that I attended for 2 minutes, I met my friend, Kent, for dinner.  He’s in town for a few days, and it has been great to catch up with him without the static of the telephone.  At some point over the weekend, I plan to play Scrabble with my friend and his elderly aunt.  Maybe we’ll explore the French Quarter too.  Did you know that in New Orleans you can drink liquor walking down the street?  Kent and I don’t really drink so this isn’t particularly exciting to us…I just think it’s interesting.

Yesterday I posted a question about the merits of dairy yesterday because so many of you are doing what I’m doing – pursuing a healthy lifestyle.  I knew that you’d offer sound opinions.  And you did!  Have I mentioned how awesome it is to have you all in my life?

This smoothie could definitely be shared by two people - especially when adding ice!

Anyway, the issue of fruit in my smoothies came up.  And some of you voiced your opinion on my choice to count the points of the fruit too.  I didn’t think about making a disclaimer because I’m doing what Weight Watchers has directed me to do, but it seems like there’s a lot of confusion on this topic so I want to talk about it again.

First, I have to mention that I called Weight Watchers yesterday and spoke about this with a representative who explained it just as my leader has explained it.  Here’s what I’ve learned – when you’re eating a piece of fruit by itself, it’s considered zero points.  (I don’t count them as zero, but that is what WW recommends.)

When eating fruits and/or veggies mixed with other things (in a casserole, a smoothie, an omelet or other dishes in which the fruits and veggies cannot be separated/picked out) we’re supposed to calculate the points based on the total nutrition in the dish.

So my smoothie breaks down like this:

9 p+

And here’s the explanation that the WW representative noted during our call:

So while it has been a little confusing to figure out when fruits and veggies are free and when they need to be counted as a whole, it has definitely been worth the effort to figure it out.  I wasn’t thrilled with my results when they rolled out the new plan at the end of 2010, but coming back in 2011, I was determined to succeed with Weight Watchers just as I had before.

Obviously, we all have to do what’s best for ourselves, and I’m not telling anyone that they need to change what they’re doing.  if it’s working for you, that’s outstanding.  But in my world, eating fruits (my favorites being grapefruit, apples, watermelon, navel oranges and bosc pears) without counting them just doesn’t work.  Sure, if I’m hungry and out of points, I’ll eat an apple.  But most often, I’m finding that when I eat 9 or so servings of veggies, a little fruit and some protein, I’m satisfied all day.

I’m a work in progress and hardly an expert, but I believe that knowledge is power.  And understanding how the program works helps me get the most out of it, and I couldn’t really ask for more than that.