Eating on a raisin, grape, apricot, pomegranate...

Ever since I started the new Weight Watchers Points Plus program a whole week ago (It’s points! Plus some other stuff!) I’ve felt kind of like Fatima from the Ray Stevens song, Ahab the Arab, minus the Hershey bars and the chitterlings (I might be from the south, but I do not want to know what a chitterling is) – and the RC Cola:

There she was friends lying there in all her radiant beauty.
Eating on a raisin, grape, apricot, pomegranate,
bowl of chitterlings, two bananas, three Hershey bars,
sipping on a "R C" Co-Cola listening to her transistor…

Fruit is now zero points on the new system (there are other changes too, but this is the most exciting). Therefore I’ve been eating more than usual. Still not a ton, but I’m trying to eat an apple, a banana & a tangerine every day. At this rate I might actually get my USDA required gazillion servings of fruits & veggies a day! Why those sneaky WW people – getting me to eat healthy. Seven years ago when I was working the plan & hitting my goal I did it by eating a lot of salad & cookies. Now apparently I’m required to learn to eat like normal skinny people. What a concept! And why can’t I do that without paying someone money? I just can’t. Stop making me psychoanalyze myself people – sheesh! I’m not Reya (although I wish I could be just a tiny bit like her).

Speaking of psychoanalyzing, I was going to write a poem today about how I miss my mom a lot at Christmas. As I wrote on Ruth’s blog this morning:

If your mother was a Christmas lullaby then mine was the raucous spitting image of Christmas Present from the Scrooge tale - my goodness did she love to celebrate Christmas WIDE OPEN and with an embarrassment of gifts under the tree (I never minded). And the food! Christmas has never been the same since she left us - a little more contemplative maybe, but less outrageously joyous.

But I don’t think I want to go there today. There are seeds of something to write – perhaps about how contemplative is better now that I’m older. I’ll admit – my mother’s Christmases were exhausting!

Sunday night I realized that I had created a tag called “complaining” but I don’t remember creating it. So now I have to go back through my posts & tag all the ones where I’m complaining. That could take a while, don’t you think? But note: I’m not really complaining in this post, am I. I’m being thoughtful & rejoicing over fruit. Go me!


  1. Have you ever read the book Women Food and God??

    A really good read and has changed my thinking with regards to weight.

    'cause girl I am right there with you on the wagon.

  2. I've always loved fruit and felt good about eating it.

    How to say this... um... if you have a sudden uptick in your fiber consumption (fruit is fiberlicious) you're going to be spending more time in the bathroom.

    Nuff said.

  3. Amy - is that the Geneen Roth book? I've got it on my wish list :)

    LA - you are SO right LOL! I'm pairing this new habit with more water consumption so that might help.

  4. I'm trying to lose a bit around the middle for the big wedding in India in Jan. So I'm eating apples. Well that is as well as every thing it's making no difference! in fact I could have put some on around the middle...can't bear to weigh myself!!

  5. I would be interested to know if and how they explain this change of attitude towards fruit.

    Anyway, I could have never be on any diet without freely eating apricots and black grapes (the latter, grown in certain regions such as Hebron near Jerusalem are of great help in slimming).

  6. Dieting has been on my mind a lot lately. I always fail at them so I promised myself last year I was never going to do it again. I will rethink this though if you start to have success on this. No pressure...

  7. My snack at the hospital, sitting w/ BIL, is fritos and Odwalla superfood drink. Each cancelling the other out.

  8. My snack at the hospital, sitting w/ BIL, is fritos and Odwalla superfood drink. Each cancelling the other out.

  9. I love fruit and especially California navel oranges. I'm on the hunt right now for blood oranges, though it may be a tad bit early. However, I will not eat the blood orange naked. I will eat it with lettuce and blue cheese and a lovely blood orange dressing.

    My parents never went overboard on Christmas. I fear the exhausting one is me, though of late, I've lost my zeal for all of the pomp.

  10. God bless your purposeful fruit eating and your sense of commitment too. I did pretty well last time I had that program consisted of me eating only things that were basically, mostly, in their natural form. There went sugar. There went flour. And I rode the damn bike twice a day for 25 minutes. Oh, I'm exhausted just remembering it.
    Do well, honey.

  11. I love fruit, so that would be a definite plus for me. I've quoted Geneen Roth so many times... "It's not what you're eating, it's what's eating you." Yep. That's about it.

  12. No cookies and I'd be complaining - non-stop!

  13. I try to eat a lot of vegetables and a bit of fruit. I continue to be fat. Is ice cream a fruit?

    You have a wonderful gift with words, Bug.

  14. Dear The Bug,
    Wow, you are being Very good. Does juice still count as a fruit?

    Anyway, I love Weight Watchers, but they have gone through some changes since I left them. I don't get the point system. They were doing exchanges back in the day.

    Good luck to you, especially with holiday dieting!

    Ann T.

  15. I'm amazed about this fruit thing and can not let it go. I started W/W last January and I stopped going about middle of the year I guess. I'm not sure when fruit became free. Even though I stopped going, I kept eating healthfully. As of today, I've lost 48 and a half pounds. I feel so much better. I'm wishing you luck and now I'm going down stairs for a piece of fruit. I love fruit.

  16. The new program started last Monday (November 29th). Keep in mind that there are a LOT of changes, not just the free fruit. And, sadly, fruit juices are NOT free - just fresh fruit.

  17. I think when we pay for something we value it more -- hence we work harder at losing weight when we pay for that "privilege". Plus, for a lot of us I think we need the group accountability.

    I tried the point system with WW and failed miserably. I did really well with WW back in the early 90s but age, gravity and perimenopause have taken their toll on my system and I can't seem to get the hang of the points. I wish you better success at it!

    I do not even want to think about what I'm gaining on this trip. I keep telling myself I'll sweat it off once we get home -- if this summer is anything like last summer, that is :)


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