Tuesday, March 23, 2010

She Took the "L" Out of Flab...

...That's how Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers, was introduced on one of her first television appearances back in the 1970's.

I am now on my 3rd read of her autobiography, and yes--my admiration for her has grown to stalker proportions. OK, not really, but I will admit that my #1 goal in life is to meet her in person. That's not stalker-ish is it?

Please allow me to share one of my favorite anecdotes from her autobiography, The Jean Nidetch Story:
I was on a panel once at which everyone else had a card in front of them with initials like PhD., M.D., M.S.N., R.D., and so on. I felt funny that I had no initials after my name, so I picked up my name card and wrote "F.F.H." after "Jean Nidetch". When I was asked what it stood for, I said, "Formerly Fat Housewife".

Come on, admit it. You love her too.

Anyway, just in case you are interested, there was a great article about Jean in the USAToday this morning. Enjoy!

Oh--by the way, I am currently working on my next retro WW recipe. It is Celery Parmigiana. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

LOL, I followed you back from my blog and I don't think I've seen you before! So HI! I don't know if you knew I was doing ww? or how you found me....I only do retro tuesday on tuesday :) I usually do ww on wed. when I go but Im not going tomorrow - and ww used to be very different - I cant wait to see that recipe :)


Helen said...

My guess is that if Miss Jean knew you were doing this, she'd have you over for tea!

Mimi said...

Tracy--I'm sorta new around here and saw your post on someone's blogroll, so I had to check it out. Fun! I did not know you did WW, but now I really can't wait to follow ya! Hope you enjoy the Retro WW Experiment.

Helen--Thank you for saying that. You made my day!!!