In fact, I'm pretty far from perfect in a Weight Watchers context. As noted earlier, I am not a religious tracker, particularly now that I'm on maintenance. I do get weigh-in's, but probably only every two to three weeks when I stop in and visit a meeting. I got my last weigh in about two weeks ago when visiting a meeting in Queens (still at goal weight -- go me!)
However, in that meeting, one of my Weight Watchers shortcomings became uncomfortably on display. I was minding my own business, and the Leader suddenly asked me whether I followed the Good Health Guidelines. I think she (reasonably) presumed that as the CEO of the company, I must be pretty observant of these types of rules. I was a bit stumped because I knew the answer: not always.
Upon reflection, here is where I stack up on the GHG's:
- 5 servings fruits and vegetables: yep. I consume fruit by the truckload (more out of desire than discipline), and I like my vegetables just fine. That said, I don't tick off each of the five each day. I just know that I easily hit these target on most days.
- Whole grains: I do in fact choose them whenever possible.
- Milk: also an easy one as I eat a lot of yogurt and cottage cheese
- Protein: also an easy one. I'm a big fan of both fish and chicken.
- Sugar & alcohol: I don't go over-board here, and I don't have a huge sweet tooth (or at least it's not that hard to control)
- Activity: no issues here
- Water: although I drink diet soda, which technically counts, I should really drink more water. Less artificial sweeteners and more bona fide/nature supplied hydration would be better.
- Oil: this may happen naturally as my wife uses good oils when she cooks, and I would normally order entrees cooked with olive oil in a restaurant. That said, I do not actively track this, and I certainly am far from disciplined about it.
- Vitamins: I think I had my last vitamin when I was roughly 7 years old
- I am not a super-disciplined rule follower, yet I generally fall in line with Weight Watchers rules. I attribute this to the fact that the Weight Watchers program is based on a lot of common sense, so it's easy to accidentally follow the rules.
- Having been on the Weight Watchers program (mostly) for roughly ten years, most of the rules are kind of second nature. As I noted on an earlier post, the rules and guidelines are not a lifetime sentence to drudgery. They really do become second nature over time. That's why lifestyle-based programs, rather than fad diets, make more sense.
- I am pretty good on the program, and I'm at goal weight. Yet, I ain't no saint. BTW, that's perfectly fine. I do what works for me, but I'm not the perfect model of the Weight Watchers program. Most of us aren't, and that is totally OK.
- I can do better. Being more disciplined about the GHG's would be less about getting a gold star (or Bravo star as the case may be), and much more about living in a healthier way. That's always a good thing.