Monday, August 15, 2011
I grew up Catholic. Went to Catholic schools. Went to Mass every Sunday. To this day I am still Catholic.
That fact has not a thing to do with my weight loss program.
I only brought it up to relate to something I learned in Catholic School: you cannot belong to two religions. So I was taught. Can't be both Catholic and Jewish (duh), or Catholic and Muslim (well, double duh), or even Catholic and Methodist or Baptist or even Anglican/Episcopalian (no matter how much like Catholics they were).
As I got older I discovered that some belief systems that looked like religions weren't exactly religions, like Buddhism. So maybe you could follow Buddha and still be Catholic.
Catholics weren't the only ones infected with this odd way of thinking, by the way. When JFK (and before him Al Smith) ran for president, many Americans, especially of the Protestant/non-Catholic Christian variety, questioned whether he could be president and Catholic. Wouldn't he take his orders from Rome (the pope, not Italy)?
I still find some things hard to reconcile. How could Katy Holmes (a lifelong Catholic) convert to Scientology so she could marry Tom Cruise, and still have a priest preside at their wedding? Strange.
How can you be a Vegan and Catholic? After all veganism is something of a faith system and if you are Catholic you believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, sooo .... no vegans allowed. (Was that sacrilegious or was it blasphemous? Either way, I better go to confession on Saturday.)
Other loyalty issues played in. If you were an American, you could not be another nationality too. Even so, many hold dual citizenship like Irish, Canadian, Liberian, and others, for various historic reasons.
And you couldn't be a fan of the Orioles and the Senators ... one or the other. Now that Washington is in the National League it's OK until they meet in the World Series and I don't think there is any danger of that anytime soon.
So what does all that have to do with Sparkpeople.com?
I lost 90 pounds on Weight Watchers. I even worked for weight Watchers for about a year. I love the points system. I don't believe you can be a Weight Watcher on Jenny Craig. Why would you? You buy the food and pay another $40 a month? I don't think so.
I also don't think you could do South Park, I mean, South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers because South Par... (did it again) Beach has you not eating everything you are supposed to.
I like Weight Watchers Points Plus System. I really do. But I think their online tracker leaves much to be desired. I really do.
On of my "friends" suggested I would like Sparkpeople's tracker. And so far I do! One big plus is that if another member tracked a food, that information is added to the database. It also keeps track of how much daily carbs, fats, proteins, and fiber I have consume against how much I ought to consume. That should help me keep more balanced. After all, I could eat 29 Points Plus Values (PPV) of fats and proteins and fruit (0PPV) and the Weight Watchers Tracker would be happy with that. My carbs could be way out of whack, but I wouldn't know.
We will see how well it goes. I gained back about 15 pounds when I started marathon training and I have been having the devil of a time getting it back off. Maybe SP will help. It's not like it costs me anything extra, right?
I'm not dropping WW, but there is no reason I can't do both.
It's the not same as being Catholic and Mormon.