Watching my weight without weight watchers

Hello bloggies! Today was my last Weight Watchers meeting. While I know the program definitely works, I’ve faced the sad realization that for it to work, you have to be at least 90% committed to the program. As somebody who hasn’t tracked in over a month…. I’ve admitted to myself that there is no reason to continue to pay for a program I’m not following. It’s a bit of a tricky subject because we have Weight Watchers at work, which is a bit more expensive and requires at least 15 people to sign up for a new session to start.

I feel a little guilty because without my membership, they’re under the minimum people to join. Luckily I’m not the only dropout, but I just can’t part ways with $200 if I’m not REALLY gonna do it, you know? There’s a few other reasons I’m not joining too – the meetings were not inspiring to me anymore, and the meeting is scheduled at 12 pm (lunch). Since I work in the wild wild web, lunch happens when it happens… not always at noon.

I’m getting back into a steady gym habit and that seems to be helping, and I may go back to my old friend the Atkins diet for a few weeks to shed some excess flubber before my friend’s wedding. (I’m a bridesmaid!) I know the Atkins diet is crazy controversial…. but it really works for me, despite the first few days of intense, heroin withdrawal-type cravings for bread. Before my wedding, I took off a good 10-12 pounds in 3 weeks, where as Weight Watchers had taken me two months to shed that. (Again – I know which one is healthier, but let’s not get into the debates).

So – it’s with a little twinge of guilt and regret (that I lacked the commitment to give the program my all), but mostly, a happy wallet, that I step out of the Weight Watchers world and into the losing-it-on-my-own world – a less expensive, but way more personalized approach to the body I want to have. I lost 27 pounds in college just by going to the gym, cutting my carbs, and meeting with an on-campus nutritonist – so I’m feeling good about wingin’ it on my own. I’ve always been kind of a loner, anyways 😉

Chewy, Chocolate Cookies

Hello bloggies! First of all, I have to thank everyone who’s reading this lil’ old patch of ramblings on the internet – I love seeing the view numbers go up, and I especially love reading your comments! So yes, you make my heart feel full <3

I’ve been solidly tracking and following Weight Watchers for almost a week now, and I’m back to the point in the plan where if I lose weight at my weigh-in on Thursday, I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Why? Because, with Weight Watchers, you really can eat yummy stuff – and a decent amount of it to boot. So, while I’m within my points range and indulging in homemade popcorn and shepherd’s pie, it just feels too good to be true! But you’ll get a full report on Thursday.

I’ve been doing well at cutting out most random junk, but tonight I had a craving not just for chocolate, but a craving to bake. I’m on winter break from school still, so having evenings free has almost been kind of weird for me, and sometimes I’m … bored!!! Can you believe that? So, I logged into weightwatchers.com and found this recipe, with 157 positive reviews. (Scroll to the end for ingredients and how-to).

Who's that crazy blonde chick in the photo??

The cookies are pretty good – certainly not bad for a paltry 2 points each. (They’re supposed to be 1, but I like my cookies big n bold… so they’re 2. haha – never one to conform…right?) What was better than the cookies, though? The dough. If you look hard enough at the picture, you can see my hands are streaked with batter. Oh yes. I am a true fatty – and I licked the bowl. How many points is that?

Let’s just say a fair amount of flex points went into tonight’s baking activities. So when you make cookies – are you responsible and well-behaved, not pausing to sample the fruits of your labor – or would you rather eat the dough and forget about baking the cookies?

Sexy 2 point cookies strutting their stuff for the camera!

Ingredients

1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp table salt
1/4 cup(s) butter, softened
1/2 cup(s) dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup(s) sugar, granulated
1/3 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
2 large egg white(s)
1/3 cup(s) semi-sweet chocolate chips, miniature
1 spray(s) cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well. Add cocoa and egg whites, beating well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chocolate minichips.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 11⁄2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Yield: 40 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie).