Dear Friends, I’m On Weight Watchers (and by the way, I really need your help)

Dear Friends,

You know how we all bemoaned the freshman fifteen as the bane of our body-conscious collegiate existence? Well, it turns out the freshman fifteen ain’t got nothin’ on the startup twenty. Between the late nights, the stress-fueled snacking and the nearly nonstop networking, I’ve managed to not only help build a company over the past few years, but also grow my waistline quite a bit as well.

Which is why, after a lot of failed attempts at staring down the scale on my own, I recently decided to start Weight Watchers. For the past month or so, I’ve been doing WW quietly. Surreptitiously counting points, and only cluing in my closest confidants about why I was suddenly opting for half portions of some foods and saying no entirely to others. Turns out that this approach, while better for my ego, is not all that great for my willpower. To be totally honest, I kind of suck at sticking to the plan on my own. Let alone staying strong when faced with actual temptation.

But, since I am determined not to go through the rest of my life feeling like a skinny person wearing a fat girl suit, I’ve resolved to get serious about my own commitment to Weight Watchers. And to open up to you, my friends and followers, in the hope that you’ll be willing to help — or at least not judge me too harshly when I pull ‘oh-so-LA’ moves like asking for half my dinner to be preportioned into a to-go box, or declining that third drink in favor of club soda.

The reality is, starting a serious weight loss program is a lot like starting up a company. It’s rigorous, trying, exhausting and — hopefully — ultimately rewarding enough to make up for all of that. It also can’t be done without a team to support it.

So, my friends, here’s where things get serious. I need your help to make these changes, and make sure they stick. Which means I might start asking to swap a happy hour for a hike, bringing lower points options to our dinner parties, trying to split an entrée instead of ordering the whole thing, and being obnoxiously nitpicky about what I expend my precious points on.  I promise I won’t turn into one of those annoying LA diet freaks who can only talk about how virtuous my salad is. But I may also have to gently remind you that what might be a good or bad choice for you isn’t the same for me — especially since the Weight Watchers system is about points, not calories.

At the same time, because I’m a masochist (and also because I recently spent some time with a couple of vegan friends who reminded me of why I chose to be a vegetarian for so many years as a teen), I’ve also committed to significantly cutting down on my meat consumption. Now, I won’t say no to the occasional charcuterie platter or slice of my mom’s mouthwatering brisket, but I will be relegating meat to special occasion status, and trying to steer clear of it entirely during the daytime (a la one of my culinary idols Mark Bittman). This is both a health decision and an ethical one. There are numerous studies and stats that show excessive meat consumption is a leading contributor to global warming and a drain on our planet’s precious resources, not to mention a good way to develop all sorts of health and weight problems. Now, I know that by still eating some meat and continuing to eat a lot of fish, I’m not being nearly as conscientious as I could be if I were to go totally vegan. But, in my opinion, doing something is better than doing nothing, and this is the something that is sustainable for my current lifestyle.

So, now that you know the most intimate details of my newly formed, hopefully soon-to-actually-be-habitual eating habits, I sincerely hope that you can help me along the way. I need all the support that I can get if I’m going to make these changes stick. And you, friends and followers, are the best support system I know. Here’s hoping that with your help I can finally show the startup twenty who’s boss.

Lots of love (and thank you in advance),


16 thoughts on “Dear Friends, I’m On Weight Watchers (and by the way, I really need your help)

  1. by Annaji. Oh ! What a great revelation of the tndaitioral Bhartiya way of Life. “Perfect behavior, pure wisdom, untainted life, Sacrifice….” Do we agree with Anna really?Corruption rests in Mind of people and spreads in Rules, Finance, Society, System and overall. Communalism is another form of corrupted mind-set. We have to uproot this corruption from our mind from everybody. A common man to politician. From a businessman to a home tutor. We have to take an oath to save our country from corruption. Only bringing the stashed money from Swiss Bank will end the corruption? No. Enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill will end up corruptions? No. But, all these are the certain powerful tools to set strong machinery against Corruption. But unless and until the Human resources are free from corruption, nothing shall be happened.Thinking envious to the neighbors will make us corrupt, not discharging the stipulated responsibilities in time makes a vicious circle of corruption and bribes, debauchery in life tends a corrupted life, the sprawling subversiveness survives in corruption, Political ambitions without the prosperity of the people makes us completely “Corrupted” and my corruption and your corruption made this Nation, easy to say as “Corrupted”. Yes, this is the time to say no to “Corruption”. Anna started to set a “Corruption” free India. We have to follow it hermetically.Certainly the most significant feature of this Anti-Corruption Movement is to bring the mass from all strata of life, all beliefs, all rights group and different organisations across the country even touches the hearts of millions of Indians dwell out side India. The whole country saw the fervor of the growing sentiment in favor of Nationalism and against the political corrupts, bankrupt bureaucrats and the media moles in the system. And after all, the reluctant and repulsive Govt crowned with corruptions bent to the protesting populace demanding a strong law enforcement against Corruption with the direct representation o the Republic of India. Now such a necessary law is possible. That may be a nightmare of the corrupted politicians, bureaucrats, media moles, NGOists. But we have to draw the dream lines of the Corruption Free India for which millions of youngsters and the youths marched these days with the older generations even.Yes, only Anna can do this. Perhaps, He is the uncrowned King of India. All responded him to join the cause. The Bharat Swabhiman Trust, Art of Living, ABVP, RSS all joined with another thousands for this great cause. We saw Swami Ramdev and Ram Madhav in a frame. We saw Medha Patker and Anupam Kher side by side. The Buddhist monks and the Jain Munis were on the stage, at the same time Farah Khan could not resist her to reach Jantar Mantar, keeping aside her busy schedule of Bollywood. Hindus worshiped and offered ‘aahuti’ in Mass Yanga (fire rituals) in the street, while Muslims and Christians prayed for the success of Anna’s fast at Jantar Mantar. The whole India were with Anna these days and must remain with him. The feelings are My India, My Bharat – against inconsistency of the system so far, against big beefed ‘bhastrachar’ (corruption) in India. Anna surfaced the potential Oneness of India. Ekatma Bharat. And not detracting and rejecting any thing for the good of this Republic, Anna solicited the strength from Vivekananda to Gandhi, Laxmibai to Bhagat Singh-Chandrasekhar Azad, from Dayananda to Rammonhar Lohia. Anna symbolized him as a modern saint of India with a tndaitioral vision and values. Anna’s scientific approach for the rural reconstruction in Ralegan Siddhi with preserving all the Indian values and ethics may serve as a role model in every aspirant rural corners of India too. Now a modern India can stand up with its own identity along with rationality and modernity.I am still in the rhythms of little school girls who were shouting very enthusiastically in the street rally after Anna broke his fast in the fifth day – ‘Ek do tin char, dur karenge bhastrachar’ , ‘hamara neta kaisa ho, Anna Hazare Jaisa Ho’…. I was also clapping and shouting in the same way.Bande Mataram, Bharat Mata ki Jai. Jai Hind.

  2. Mollie, when we met tonight I meant to bring this up but time got away from me. I’m a longtime vegetarian and an aspiring vegan (mostly vegan at home, actually). Anyway, if you need any veggie encouragement or suggestions, let me know. I do it for ethical reasons so it’s easy to do for that reason.

    Anyway, good luck with Weight Watchers and a pleasure to meet you tonight!

  3. Thank YOU for being so honest and open about your struggle and I support you 1000000% in fact I am joining you by reveling even my “fat” jeans wont fit and when I finally got on a scale the other day (you know they say going on the scale only makes you obsess more…) well I almost fell off because the so-called 10 lbs I’ve been meaning to lose is now – such as you say – a startup 20! And that’s just to my upper weight. So, before I found out the actual number, I did decide to start this week, first a cleanse (not fasting) just lots of great nutrients and good food (you know what that is!!! and I would be interested in knowing more about WW.

    So count me in as a supporter and as a hiking/walking buddy and please reach out and call me to set up some dates!

    The Secret to Success is Support* and I know I need it too….especially with all the events coming up…and again, I know you can do and I wish you the best of luck in your journey


    (thank you SITS girls for letting me borrow your slogan)

    • Thanks Marla! I really appreciate your support. And, as much as you believe in my ability to lose the weight, I believe in yours.

      I’m also more than happy to talk WW any time. I’ve only been doing it for a month, but I can say I really respect the program so far. I got great results the first week when I was doing it really hardcore (lost 5lbs), but then got sloppy. So, I know it works, but (as they say) only if you work at it.


  4. Oh honey…I TOTALLY understand, and I have GOT YOUR BACK! I am on a mission of wellness myself and totally ‘get’ the need for support, as I have learned the hard way it just isn’t out there unless you ask for it. But for the record, regardless of dress size, waist size or bra size…I think you are one of the most beautiful women in the world. -xo

    • Aww, thanks Stacey! I feel the same way about you — you’re a paragon of what it means to be a beautiful person inside and out, and I really appreciate the support and the kind words!

  5. Behind you all the way… I’ll yell at your from Israel if you eat too many points! Love and support you always!

    • Thanks David! Love you too. And btw, loving Gardein. Where was that stuff my whole life? Just wait till you guys come back, I’ll have a million recipes for you to try.

      • Hey all John here. I can testify to the taste and hetalh benefits of these pancakes. A few things worth mentioning. You can add more than one egg to the mix as well as you can even add some protein powder for even more protein per serving. Be careful, the biggest first time making of the pancake mistake will be either the batter is too runny or to thick. The batter should pour onto the pan like regular pancake batter . Remember you can always add water, but not take away. Oh, and use NATURAL Peanut butter to keep it hetalhly!! Pure fruit spread is awesome on top too!

  6. Kudos to you for putting this out there and asking for support! I re-joined Weight Watchers in December and and have been working hard to get focused and stay motivated. Having support from the people around you helps so much.

    I first started WW in 1999 and lost 63 pounds; since then I’ve had two kids so this latest round is to shed my “post-baby twenty.”

    Good luck!

    • Thanks for the support! I’m glad to hear a WW success story, and wish you lots of luck and love as you tackle this latest round.


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