Whining - or maybe, WiningNovember 30, 2010
I have to be honest with you guys...
Wow... shouting that out loud actually really helped. Now deep breaths.
So, I warned you I wasn't a fan of change, and I will admit my head wasn't in the best place coming in to this, but I promised to give it a chance.... I mean I don't have alot of other choices other than gaining all my weight back, and that isn't going to happen... EVER! I am still giving it it's chance. If I would have written this yesterday - just couldn't bring myself to - it would have sounded even more whiny, but luckily 24 hours have passed and I've finally finished overhyperventilating (that cannot possibly be a word) about the following things:
- Wine is 4 points for a serving. It used to be 2. Excuse me? As I posted on my facebook status yesterday: "The person that decided that is on my list... and not the list where I send you a Christmas gift." I like wine. I really do. So does my sister, remember? Maybe it runs in the family? Although, I'm pretty sure my dad drank Coors Light, and my mom is a Bloody Mary person for sure! Sorry mom, I guess that's on the Internet now too. So, I'm not sure why wine is now double the points, but I still don't like it any more than I did yesterday. I am dealing much better now with it though after a couple of glasses.
- My Thomas Bagel Thin - formerly 1 point, and 1 Tbsp of peanut butter (formerly 2 points) breakfast is now 6 points! Cry, whine, sad, sucks, boo hiss. 'Nuff said.
- There does not appear to be 1/2 points. Do you super-type "A" Weight Watchers trackers know what I mean? Oh... no one raised their hand... guess I'm secretly the only one. Well... in case you don't, eTools used to let you sometimes do 1/2 points. For instance 1/4 cup of shredded cheese was 3 points on the old plan, if you did 1/8 cup it was 1.5 points, its now 2 on the new plan. Everything seems to round up (maybe not true, but that is how it seems to me right now).
- My new daily points target according to eTools is 29. So I do get 6 more points a day than I used to, but I don't get double (as everything seems to be)!
- Fruit is all 0 points, even bananas. People in the Weight Watchers world seem to be going crazy happy about this. I find that funny. I mean I love bananas as much as the next person, but seriously, did you see the points value of wine? That is what we should focus on people. New strategy... if I want more than 1 glass of wine a day I must eat only bananas for breakfast and lunch.
- Fruit is 0 points, but 1 cup of peas is 3 points? That was a bad dinner mistake. Too bad peas are the only vegetable my husband and child will actually eat.
- On the bright side of things, the weekly points allowance is 49 - up from 35, and it seems that activity points are sometimes higher. For instance 25 minutes of running used to earn me 3 activity points, now its 5. I see more wine in my future.
- Points are no longer figured using calories as a guide. They are figured with some super secret formula that top secret scientists, obviously much smarter than myself, and most definitely non-drinkers came up with using: total carbs, fiber, fat, and protein NOT calories.
I KNOW I will be OK on this plan. Let me say that again, so I can start to talk myself into believing it. I KNOW I will be OK on this plan. I know that it is a good plan. I do trust Weight Watchers. All that said, it is going to definitely take some getting used to, that's for sure. I am not crazy about the timing. So many things coming up during the holidays that I don't even feel I can estimate the points for. I feel like I'm in my first week again, knowing nothing.
The worst part is that I am scared to eat. Yes I am. I don't automatically know the points value of a food, and I'm fearful of eating it and finding out some crazy number- like the wine and the peas. Guess I'll be eating lots of fruit for awhile (good luck finding anything good in Minnesota this time of year).
Anyone else out there try the new PointsPlus plan already? What do you think?