Boy, did I need to talk to Dr. Travis Stork today. I had missed my Weight Watchers meeting due to unbelievable traffic from a Whole Foods grand opening (missed my kid's marching band performance, too!) and was planning on going to a Saturday meeting but then I thought to myself "Whoa, hang on. You've been a member since October and you've lost 2 pounds. You are NOT getting your money's worth."
So I cancelled my membership.
Shortly after I did that, I got on a phone interview with Dr. Stork, host of "The Doctors," one of the more commonsense medical shows on TV today.
I gave Weight Watchers a valiant shot, and I know it works wonders for many people, me included (when I was decades younger). I used the online tracking, went to the meetings, stayed for the entire meeting, even sitting in a few times on the new member info. I stayed within my Points allowance, used a moderate amount of the bonus Points and exercised regularly.
All that for 2 pounds.
I have my yearly physical next week, and I can't wait to bitch to my doctor about this. His specialization is diabetes, so he has plenty of overweight patients. (I chose him not because I have diabetes, which I don't, but because I never want to get diabetes.)
He's working with Kellogg's to talk about ways to recharge your New Year's healthy resolve. I asked him how people can get back on the bandwagon or even switch bandwagons.
"You're not on a bandwagon or off a bandwagon. You're on a lifelong journey to good health, and I think it's all about creating good habits, and habits that are sustainable over the long term," he said. "Anyone who knows me or has watched me on 'The Doctors' knows that I'm very much a pragmatist, and I've always joked that anyone who tells me 'Oh, I've gone on a diet and I'm eating twigs and berries' -- I laugh because nothing like that is sustainable over the long term."
So maybe this month is a time to rethink what we've been doing and perhaps set a new course.
"February is a time, whether you've been on a diet or something new, a resolution that isn't sticking -- it's time to sort of reprioritize and ask yourself 'What do I really want to accomplish for my health for the rest of my life and how can I sustain it over the long term, and, really, it's not some gimmicky resolution, it's putting a plan in place and that's what this [Kellogg's] campaign is about -- it's planning."
Talking about breakfasts, I couldn't help myself -- I asked him about the fad of butter-and-oil laden coffee.
"I did try that, by the way on the show," he said with a laugh. "That gets back to the whimsical nature of new year's plans and resolutions and diets -- to me, in terms of long-term weight loss, it's about the more mundane tasks of 'What am I eating for breakfast?' Am I getting protein, am I getting whole grains, am I getting fruits? Am I getting the kinds of foods that are good for my health over the long term, and it doesn't need to be some fancy diet or some Bulletproof coffee. A lot of times it's the really simple stuff that we overlook. ... It's all about what works for you."
Thank you, Dr. Stork!
So while my Weight Watchers trial is over for now, I'm still going to do what is working for me -- plan my meals, not overthink them, space them out over 3 to 4 hours and track them (back to My Fitness Pal).