I got to the meeting early to weigh in and get my account all straightened out. I hadn't been to that particular center (not sure if I visited another one) since January of 2008. My weight then was 168-point-something. I wasn't in the computer system at the meeting, so it took a little extra time to get me entered. Thanks to the little sticker they printed out for my book, I can see that I'm 21.8 pounds from my goal now. Clearly, quitting meetings did not work out in my favor.
I like the new little pocket guide they give you to track your weight and keep things organized. I don't really like that the points finder is on it, though, since I don't like to carry my weight information around with me. I have about 10 points finders scattered around in my house, so I will probably bring one of those to work and leave the little booklet in my car. The new materials are huge. I am not sure why they decided to go to such a large format, although maybe they are cheaper to produce since they're saddle-stapled and not bound. There is a lot of information in the Week 1 book that I want to review.
Our meeting was not that exciting. I liked the leader, but the topic of the week was the "Lose for Good" campaign, which is a nice thing but did not inspire a lot of conversation. The group was mostly retirees, and there was one who talked a lot. She shared her experience with the 2-point Pumpkin Muffins, but it sounded like she had modified the recipe so much (added nuts, frosting made with lowfat margarine, etc.) that they were not 2 points anymore. She didn't seem to get that, even when people tried to explain. There were a couple of women about my age there, but none of us said much. Since next Monday is Labor Day, I'm going to try the Tuesday lunchtime meeting next week and see if things are more lively in that group.
I haven't decided whether I'm going to like tracking on eTools or on paper better, so right now I'm trying both out. I'm doing my best to act like a brand-new Weight Watcher and do everything by the book. I have already had breakfast and lunch, and I have 7 points left for dinner. Because I'll be away from home teaching, I have dinner all packed: whole-wheat couscous (4) with tomatoes and basil (0), my two teaspoons of olive oil (2), salt, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. of grated romano cheese (0). I also have carrots (0), celery (0), and an apple (1). If I need a snack after class, I will dip into my 35 weekly points.
Even if my meeting didn't rock my world, I'm glad I went back. It is time to get serious about the things I really want. Yesterday I also spent some time planning out my exercise for the next month, signing up for some new classes (Spinning and a strength training class). I have had enough of my dithering around: If I take my goals seriously, there is no reason I shouldn't succeed.