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Parties don’t have to be lonely places for dieters

pavlovasMeIf you are striving to lose weight through the dog days of summer, you have my sympathy. I know it’s not easy to get back to a slimmer, leaner you during the hot summer months. Everywhere you go, you’re met with people who are eating, drinking and making merry. It takes focus and concentration  not to join them. Parties can be a very lonely place for dieters – but if you take a closer look you may find that most people are not as into pigging out as you might think. Sometimes it may seem as if you’re the only person holding back at the party table, but the truth is there are many other people struggling to make the right food choices everywhere you go.
At a recent July 4th barbecue I was delighted to discover that people actually preferred the lower calorie dessert I had provided. The wise people at WW tell you to always bring something you can eat to parties, but I had no idea that doing so would serve to validate my deepest desire to eat healthier and get leaner. On the day of the cook-out, I made mini-pavlovas. I’m not a foodie and don’t have tons of recipes in my repertoire but I found it on the Weight Watchers website which is freely available to everyone (link below). Pavlovas are meringue-like cookies that hail from Australia. The egg whites and sugar combine to make a low-fat crunchy-sweet treat. After topping the Pavlova’s with whipped cream and berries they were placed with the other desserts, and I quietly watched what happened next.

The pavlova’s were quickly snatched up, and it seemed as if party-goers actually preferred the lower calorie treat to the brownies and pie. I was shocked because I love key lime pie and at first had been preoccupied with the sad fact that I wasn’t having it! I had been really feeling sorry for myself for most of the eating portion of the party. And, then someone sitting across from me noticed the pavlova on my plate and was actually curious. Not only did she want to know what it was, she wanted details, including portion sizes and ingredients! I loved it. To my surprise and joy I learned that she had been a weight watcher lecturer and was keen on scoping out every lower calorie dessert she could find. What followed was a lively discussion of her experience as a lecturer and the struggles of  staying slim through the ages.

Follow this link for the complete recipe, including nutrition facts and reviews.

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10 Reasons why Meeting Leaders are the Foundation of the Weight Watcher program

weight-watchers-meetings1There is something undeniably powerful about having the face-to-face weekly meeting with the representatives of Weight Watchers. The lecturers have the tools, experience and wisdom to get others through many of the hungry days and all those awful trigger foods. Having a person in charge to record results, acknowledge milestones, and teach the program means so much to me and countless others. Here are my ten reasons why WW Lecturers are the foundation of its much beloved 50 year program.

  1. Lecturers welcome you with open arms and never make you feel wrong for being overweight.
  2. They celebrate your weight loss wins and if you slip up they encourage you to never give up.
  3. They keep a straight face when members confess they’ve been “off” the program. They never buy into your reasons why or stories of woe.
  4. They listen to what you have to say and still keep the meetings focused on the ultimate goal, to lose weight and keep it off with as little suffering and hunger as possible.
  5. They send you back to your life with enough tips and tricks to lose weight even in the toughest of circumstances.
  6. They teach you how to stay on the program through parties, holidays and vacations.
  7. They push you to add exercise to your regime and to make changes to your routines.
  8. They tell you its okay to go ahead and douse your family’s food scraps with liquid detergent before you have the chance to pop it in your mouth.
  9. They always look for new and better ways to talk about following the program.
  10. They want to see less of you next week – and thank you very much – someone has to!

What has your Weightwatchers leader meant to you? Before you head to the beach in that adorable skimpier bathing suit, or run out to see a movie with your own brand of popcorn stowed away in your bag; take a few minutes to tell me about your favorite unsung hero – the WW lecturer. What have you achieved together?