"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti." -Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
I spent most of last evening studying The 1972 Weight Watchers Revised Program Cookbook (WWRPC) and trying very hard to understand this program. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, and yet I am still finding it extremely difficult to grasp all of the "rules". I will provide an example for you:
FISH: Must be used at least 5 times a week, counting only lunches and dinners. (Although fish is allowed at breakfast, you don't use enough to consider it a fish meal.) Just once a week, you may select from the special shellfish group and count it, if you wish, as one of your 5 fish meals.
Did the average 1972 woman really follow this freaking plan? And how often did she say "F this!" --and go eat an entire pizza? I will make a note to ask my mom about this. In the meantime, I have decided that I will put together an excel spreadsheet this week which may help me get organized. Will post that later if possible.
Now--it seems I have hit a tiny snag: LIVER.
The WWRPC states: "You must eat liver exactly once a week." Sorry Jean--ain't gonna happen. I don't eat red meat, and I just don't see how a weekly serving of this disgusting organ meat is going to make a difference in my weight loss progress. Besides, eating liver makes me think of Hannibal Lecter.
On the bright side--I made it through an entire day without eating a SINGLE ILLEGAL FOOD! (well - I ate some air-popped popcorn, but I really think Jean would be OK with that). I am feeling so strong!
I am finding myself asking the question "What would Jean Do?" several times a day, and I feel like I have a little bit of her spirit and will-power with me on this journey.
My goals for this weekend?
- Hit the grocery store and stock up on some "legal" foods.
- Prepare some fun recipes to share with you in my next post!
The adventure continues...