Officially a Connecticut Weight Watcher

Goofy foodYesterday I went to the 8:30 am Weight Watchers meeting as planned and signed up to make it my permanent meeting. I had my little registration card that I signed 5 years ago when I first joined up — the receptionist at my last meeting made sure I had it to bring with me so my continuous membership is recorded. I don’t know if that will matter at any point but I might as well be sure to get credit in case I decide to submit myself as an inspiring story someday.

They had me fill out a change of address form and I have to be honest – that was freaking me out because there was a place for goal weight. I haven’t ever declared one and don’t want to do it now when I have so very much to lose before it’s even on the horizon. My panic and distress at having to put something down must have been pretty obvious because the receptionist whited out the boxes and covered up the numbers. But it was a reminder that at some point there will be a goal weight to declare – just not today.

After getting all properly signed up and, oh yeah, weighed (down 0.2 lbs), I went into the meeting room and was surprised to have some people I first saw a month ago say hello. They remembered me and had noticed that I didn’t come back, something I’d never considered. As the room filled, people were chattering away about vacations and challenges, recipes and where to find certain foods. Although I didn’t know who they were, the topics were the same as in any other WW meeting I’ve ever attended, and people were nice and included me. I was feeling less awkward.

One guy was giving away Kim’s Light Bagels and I got a bag of 6 onion bagels. They are amazing – chewy, flavorful, and only one point each. Kim is from Connecticut and lost over 200 lbs on Weight Watchers. If you live in the area, the bagels are available at Stop and Shop plus a few others and are also available for sale from her website. As someone who craves bread more than anything, I think this is going to help immensely.

The meeting itself was productive and helpful. We talked about that “obesity is contagious” study and I told them that I was actually at that meeting, and had decided to officially join it, because thinking about the study had reminded me of the need for a WW community. I left feeling more plugged in and focused on moving on from the excesses of last week.

Of course then I went grocery shopping. This was not a smart thing and something I will avoid doing immediately after my meetings in the future, even if it’s convenient. Being in a big store full of food when I’m feeling a bit more relaxed because I’ve already been on the scale is not a good strategic direction.

Today, though, I did had a good day. I cleaned the apartment which has been looking kind of messy, and hung a few more pictures. Mostly they’ve been stacked in one place waiting for me to be settled enough to know where I wanted them, although my really huge picture went up in the dining room a while ago. Today I put pictures up in my bedroom, living room and a few other places, and am surprised at how much more settled I feel to look up and see familiar colors and images on the walls.

Food was easy today. I ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full, enjoying some lovely flavored coffee in the morning as I ate my breakfast and making sure I got in the food groups. Funny how eating protein, fruits and veggies and not just snacky food is more satisfying. I hope I remember tomorrow!