It’s after midnight on the first of January. I’ve been on Weight Watchers for 34 whole minutes.
Thirty five minutes ago, I sipped the last of my champagne. Before that, I ate a small, slow-cooked calf, washed it down with a bucket of red and consumed France’s entire annual output of smelly cheese.
“What do you think?” I ask my partner as we cleaned our post-feast teeth. “Have I lost weight yet?”
Day 1 – New Year’s Day.
The thing about telling the world you’re on Weight Watchers – or at least the people who occupy my world – is that you say this:
“I’m doing Weight Watchers. Just want to shift the 2.5kgs I’ve put on since moving in with my partner and the 2.5kgs I’ve been talking about my whole life.”
And they hear this:
“I will not eat again. Ever.”
But in reality, I spend most of the day screaming, “I AM allowed to eat,” every time I put a grape in my mouth.
I spend the rest of it saying ‘bugger it’, consuming 20 of my 30 permitted SmartPoints™ in white wine and eating pasta. And a bit of fruit cake. By the time I hit the hay, I’ve downed an additional 20 SmartPoints™ on top of my allowance.
But it’s so much bigger than what I’m putting into my mouth. With Weight Watchers’ new Program, Your Way, it’s all about lifestyle. This time around, instead of just reaching for a specific goal, a perfect ‘number,’ I’m reaching for a whole new lifestyle – a lifestyle based around three pillars: Food, Fit and Feel.
Day 5 – We be healthy.
It would be hard to find a more virtuous couple. I swim and gym and eat lots of fruit. My partner has stopped drinking (and, by default, snoring). He is being very, very supportive, cooking yummy stuff from the Weight Watchers cookbook.
His daughter, who is slim, lithe and 16, likes it because some of the stuff we’re coming to love is vegan, and so is she.
She’s less impressed on the days I scoff a steak and marvel: “Only six SmartPoints™!”
Day 10 – Hello, smugness.
Yes, that would be me. Down 1.5kg in 10 days. Not noticeable to the eye, but it looks very, very good on the graph in the Weight Watchers App where I’m tracking all this. It’s like quite a steep slippery dip, which is, in fact what I’d like to shove my partner down given he’s only doing Weight Watchers as a sideline and has lost THREE KILOS!
This is how things are panning out:
Breakfast – tea and honey, fruit, a couple of pieces of toast and maybe an egg. Sometimes not an egg.
Mid morning – fruit. Fruit is seriously working for me – I can have as much as I like INCLUDING BANANAS (as any seasoned dieter knows, these are too often off the list).
Lunch – a salad sambo, or a salad, or some soup and a roll. And I know even as I write this it all sounds very abstemious, but it just isn’t. I’m talking beef and lamb and cheese and roasted veggies.
Mid arvo – Fruit.
Dinner – pretty much what we were having before – meat, veggies, salad. But I’ve become much more adventurous with my salads. Fennel, oranges, chickpeas, cranberries, walnuts – they all make appearances, and they are yum.