In a post a while ago, I compared leaving Weight Watchers for Jillian Michaels's site to getting a new, hotter girlfriend. Well, I'm feeling a longing for the familiar simplicity of my old system. Counting calories is interesting, but I can't do it in my head or even on paper, which makes it hard for times when I'm not near a computer. The food exchange system I tried was too complex, too. My sister told me that she's back on Weight Watchers and I felt a little jealous. I was toying with the idea of going back to it, and then finally just pulled out my food diary and started writing things down. I even had to pull out my food guide and look a couple of things up.
I'm not sure I'm ready to walk back into a meeting. After a long absence (and my weight gain), that would be harder to do. But journaling on paper is so easy with Weight Watchers, and I have at least one copy of all the materials from my many attempts to stay on plan, so I am not sure I even want the meeting or eTools. I can weigh in electronically on Jillian's site, and here. I'm considering my options right now. I still logged everything in at FitDay.com, just to see how things would come out. I was one point over my WW target yesterday (I earned and used 7 activity points) and about 100 above the target calorie range I was trying to hit.
It's getting nicer to exercise outside. I was even a little chilly when I started today's run, and I enjoyed looking at the turning leaves and smelling the damp forest smells. Sometimes when I'm feeling whiny about "having" to exercise, I remember something my last therapist said. "Why not think, 'I get to' instead of 'I have to' when you think of things like that?" I was complaining, at the time, about all the hard work I had to do on my doctoral classes, and she was right, it was a privilege to have the opportunity to get a doctorate. On days like today, it's a lot easier to think "I get to go for a run three days a week." Plus, I get to scare a lot of lazy squirrels and deer in the park.
Tomorrow I'll be back with notes on tonights "The Biggest Loser" and my weekly weigh-in.