caminante haciendo camino
2005-04-26 | 2:41 p.m.

I decided to take the plunge today and go Core. “What in the hell is Core?” you ask. Well, earlier this year (or maybe it was last year, I can’t really remember) Weight Watchers introduced a new program. In addition to its traditional point-counting program, you can now do a no-counting eating plan where you stick to a “core” of healthy, low-fat, whole foods.

It seems to be a better way to eat, in general: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy and little to no processed foods. You eat all you want, until you are satisfied, but you only eat “core” foods.

I’ve been debating going to the Core plan for some time. But actually making the change was scary. I mean, I “know” how the Points Plan works. I don’t always do it, but I know how it works, I know how to work it, and I know it works when I do what I’m supposed to do.

This “no counting, eat ‘til you’re full” concept is foreign. If I knew how to stop when I was full I probably wouldn’t have the weight problem that I do. Will I even recognize what “full and satisfied” feels like? And counting points is my yardstick of success – if at the end of the day I’ve written everything down, counted all the points, and stayed within my given range I’ve had a successful on-program day. How will I measure success without points?

On the other hand, I didn’t get fat by eating fruits and vegetables, either.

The Core foods are healthier. You move away from easy, processed, nutritionally devoid foods, and toward a diet consisting of natural, high-fiber, low-fat, nutritionally dense foods.

So, today I decided to switch to the Core plan. So far, so good – lunch was a salad, a banana and pineapple. It was both satisfying and tasty. I’m wondering what foods to take with me for the Beltane weekend – we’ll be camping on Mingus Mountain all weekend, and I don’t want to spend both days cooking, so I want to keep things as simple as possible. I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

Listening To: office buzz
Reading: police reports
Feeling: a bit un-focused

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