Weight Watchers Day 20 - Dating while Dieting

Weight Watchers Day 20 - Dating while Dieting 

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* Never starve yourself before a date.
* Ignore well-meaning diet saboteurs who tell you “just a little bit won’t kill you” or “you don’t need to lose weight.” 
* Give a major gold star to a guy that digs you before you lose the weight.

And now, here are the details of my 20th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 208.5 lbs. (10am)

I've been dating since I was fifteen! I'm exhausted! Where is he? –Charlotte, Sex and the City

I’d forgotten that I had a date tonight—not good, since I Flex Points-loaded my belly to near-bursting yesterday.

Dating on Weight Watchers

I decided to be very stringent all day so I could get a little crazy and not be annoying diet chick on the date (“So what do you do, Heidi?” “Huh? Hold on a sec—I have to configure the points of this appetizer. Hey, how many points do you think ketchup has?”).

Unfortunately my pre-date point strictness plan faced a major challenge. It’s the weekend, and I'm going to be home most of the day doing chores until my date. That's a major eating danger situation for me.

As it turned out, I cleaned and worked and eventually I grazed.  It’s just what I do.  It’s also what happens when you are hungry and purposefully trying not to think or consume food.  Those little Laughing Cow cheeses are the bomb and only 1 point each. But I should have just had a giant salad with some protein on top.  I would have been fuller and I probably would have eaten the same amount of points.

According to the Wall Street Journal, in the month of December, 4.3 million people went on a date through Match.com… 4.1 million of them are still missing. —Jay Leno

The date was yet another Match.com hook up.  We met at an “entertainment center” near my home.  In case you are wondering, an entertainment center is a mall without stores.  It’s built to house a giant, fancy movie theater and every kind of restaurant you can imagine.  After all the spaces are rented they grudgingly allow three or four boutiques and a bookstore to the mix to add some flair.

We decided to wait until we both got there to decide where we wanted to eat.  I was already behind the eight-ball on this one because I had blown my points already and I didn’t know if he was going to be down with eating at the Sushi place.  He wasn’t.  We settled on Island’s and I knew immediately that I was in trouble.  Island’s has the best French fries on the planet and they serve them in a bottomless basket.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:
  8 tablespoons Hazelnut fat-free creamer(in 4 cups coffee), 1 fruit cup – 6 points
Lunch: 25 mini pretzels, 1 fruit cup, 1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese, 2 Laughing Cow babybels, 1 apple, 1 tomato   – 9 points
Dinner: 1 small Island’s Barbeque Chicken Salad w/low fat dressing, 20 french fries – 16.5 points
Snack(s):  Dirty Martini – 3 points

TOTAL POINTS: 34.5
Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

I asked my date to help me out by ordering fries but only letting me have a few.  He found this funny and a little strange.  He kept saying “Why can’t you eat as much as you want?”  I explained that I was on WW but he still didn’t seem to get it. Then I realized he was asking why I felt I needed to be on WW (Why, Mr. Beauregard! I do declare!). I didn’t know how to respond.  I felt it was pretty obvious.  I sputtered out, “Because I’m chubby?”  He responded, “If you say so.”  I’m not sure if he was just trying to be nice or not, but my God people, I am 5’5” and weigh over 200 pounds! Anyone can see that my ticket to the buffet should have been revoked a long time ago. But as the evening continued, the plot thickened (along with my hips).

During dinner he mentioned that he didn’t really like skinny women. And he kept inching the fries toward me, which I responded to by eating 20 instead of the five I had originally planned for.  I was flattered into the fries, so does this make my date a potential enabler?  I really want to see this guy again.  And if I can manage to start some kind of workout this week I may be able to counteract the effects of the most sublime French fries on the planet.

On Dating a Chubby Chaser

Yes, I realize that I am playing with fire by wanting to be with a guy who would enjoy watching my butt grow.  But I would rather be with a guy like this than one who would like me to be thinner.  I want to be the only one in any relationship pushing myself to be smaller (or not).  I have found that most of the time, outside sources of “dieting encouragement” don’t know when to stop being so encouraging.

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