Oh Russ I am with you! I LOVE to cook! My old obsession with food is still food, but it is very different. I wasn't very picky when I was fat. I ate whatever was fast and available. And hopefully quietly so no one would hear. I worried about getting rid of the "evidence". Like no one could tell I was eating when I was spilling over my waistband.
I get 21 meals EVERY WEEK!! And they better be pretty darn good meals! The advantage of being the cook is that I determine what those meals are, and I can make them again! Is that what you mean by "empowerment"? I love leafing through my bookcase of cookbooks and Weight Watchers magazines (40 years worth). I love making the lists. I love shopping for food. I love feeling it in the stores or markets. I love cutting it up and cooking it. I love putting it on a plate. And I love eating it! I don't even mind cleaning it up.
When I first starting on WW, I just wanted to get to my number so I could eat whatever I wanted. Problem was I still wanted what I couldn't have. It wasn't until I decided to learn to want what I COULD have that I turned that corner, and that meant I had to keep cooking. There are more foods generally available now, more possiblities of wonderful meals, and I am the cook so I can make it Weight Watcher friendly. You don't have to look like Dom deLuise (am I dating myself?) when you love to cook.
I also don't push my envelope. I never try to convince myself that if I exercise more I can have gooey dessert, because I have learned to love the food I can have.
I was fortunate to have a WW leader who told us that maintenance is a lifelong plateau. You don't stay on a plateau by eating MORE. I stay here by eating very very well. I don't know if I feel empowered, but I sure feel comfortable and well-fed and not deprived. And wearing a size 2. Which was size 8 when I lost weight, but that's a different topic.
Edited by: NELLJONES at: 5/20/2010 (19:59)
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.