Today we went to the grocery store and I stocked our fridge with all the basic necessities and a whole lot of produce as well. I've found it's always easier to stay on track when there are several options in the fridge than when it is empty. An empty fridge pretty much equals eating out for us. I picked four recipes to try this week, the first one being a vegetable soup for lunch. It was.....interesting. It looked like every school child's worst cafeteria nightmare. It looked like I had taken the Jolly Green Giant and run him through the food processor. It looked bright green with lumps and bumps. Yum, eh? I can tell you're just salivating in envy at the thought. But, it tasted all right--pretty okay, actually, and while texturally it was a bit different, I might actually try making it again. Here's a picture, though it doesn't actually do the color justice since it looks bright green in person.
A couple of months ago Weight Watchers drastically changed their points program around, moving the focus away from calories (which I was a pro at counting) to carbohydrates and protein. Under the old set up, I could pick up pretty much any item at the grocery store, glance at it's nutrition label, and know how it fit in (or didn't) in my daily/weekly plan. Now you have to use a calculator to input the components to figure it out. The foods that I like to eat (in moderation) like rice, potatoes, yogurt, granola bars all cost more daily points than they used to, in some cases by a lot. Balancing this, fruits are now free foods (foods that don't cost points), which is wonderful since it encourages me to eat more fruit, but it also means I have to let go of some carbs during the day too. Huh. I realize that someone might be out there scratching their head at this point in a confused, "So what?" so I can sum it up this way: I know a certain system very well and it has worked for me in the past. Learning a new and different system of eating sounds simple to most people, but it is intimidating to me. It means relearning what I know and a period of transition. But hey, I am looking for ways and reasons why this time things are going to be different. I have to break away from the loss and gain train--maybe this is my stop?