Wednesday, June 23, 2010

To Jean, With Love...

Sometimes, I wonder what Jean Nidetch (the founder of WW and author of the 1972 WW Program Cookbook) would think if she ever read my blog.

I can only hope for a few things:
  1. She has a really good sense of humor;
  2. She understands that this blog is meant to be a tribute - not a parody; and
  3. She would suddenly have the urge to meet me in person.
Yes--I have said it before. I know it is pitiful, but one of my main goals in life is to meet Jean Nidetch. Although my admiration for her may seem a bit stalker-ish, I swear I am not obsessed.

OK--well maybe just a little.

Often, when I catch myself daydreaming, I imagine Jean and I hanging out together - sipping our dietetic beverages and discussing the history of Weight Watchers. I would have so many questions for her. Like, "How have you managed to keep your weight off for over 40 years?", and "What is it like to be the founder of an organization that has impacted the lives of millions of people?" and, "Are frankfurters really a diet food??"

Occasionally, I sort through my Retro WW Recipe File and try to select the perfect dish for Jean and I to prepare together if we ever get the chance to hang out in the kitchen. Of course, it would have to be a mold. Maybe this one:

The Rosy Perfection Salad

Just the name of this dish makes me happy. So upbeat and positive. It's Rosy! It's Perfection! Yes--I think I will definitely be saving this one for me & Jean.

Upon reading this post back to myself, I guess it does sound a little bit crazy, doesn't it? Chances are, Jean will never read this blog, and we will never meet, and I'll never get to unmold the Rosy Perfection Salad with her. But I guess if there is one thing I wish I could tell her in person, it would simply be: THANKS. Ten years ago, Weight Watchers changed my life in so many fantastic ways, and I wouldn't be the person I am today without it.

But, one thing Weight Watchers has taught me is to never give up. So if there is still even a slight chance I could one day meet Jean, I'll need to figure out what to wear. Any suggestions?


Helen said...

Something rosy, with rose colored glasses :-)

TJ said...

definitely gotta rock some 70's inspired fashion! :)

Vonlipi said...

LOL! Stalkerish! Love that new word!

The salad looks fartilicious! Non?

Jean certainly had a vision (or visions) all great people have. And strenght; you need a lot of it to dream up those recipes...But heck it works! WW has changed so many lives for so long!

sunnydaze said...

I've discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have been following along, but never commented. For some reason today I felt compelled to comment on this very nice post. Seems we have a few things in common: I've been doing WW for almost 3 years and have lost 50 pounds so far (slow but sure :), I'm fascinated with retro, esp. 60's and 70's...and...I'm originally from (dun, dun, dun) JOHNSTOWN, PA but now live in VA. I think it's too cool that you are following the '72 book as inspiration and I hope that one day you get to meet Jean. :D I have a weight loss blog at:

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