Saturday, November 10, 2012
When I hit goal waaaaayyy back when on WW, there was a 10 week transition to maintenance period. You paid all 10 weeks, of course, but the good thing was that they told us how to switch over. Every two weeks we got something back that had been forbidden while losing. Shortly thereafter, WW switched to exchanges, and during the transition to maintenance with exchanges you added a bonus selection or a certain number of optional calories, depending on whether you were a man or woman, youth or adult. When your weight started to creep up, you had a fixed plan to fall back on.
I liked that there was a cookbook plan to lose and a cookbook plan to maintain. I have been following the exchange plan for decades. I have had to wind back my bonus selections and optional calories as I have aged, but I know exactly the framework I am working with. I'm sure that nowadays those plans would be considered "weight loss and maintenance for dummies", but when it comes to weight I will fully admit to being a dummy. I LIKE the idea that someone gave me a list and told me to just check stuff off every day. There is less freedom to eat food that I don't prepare myself, but a lot less agony about what to eat.
There are times when too much choice is overwhelming and counterproductive for people like me. I'll walk into some discount stores and walk out because I don't know where to begin. I don't have that luxury with my eating. I needed someone to hand me a plan with selection lists, pick so many from each list each day. Hard to believe that someone as otherwise intelligent as I am can be completely flummoxed about something as basic as eating without those lists.