My Mom read my blog the other day and reminded me of my extreme Viva Las Vegas birthday weight loss commitment to myself.  She recommended that I go back to Weight Watchers.  Mothers have a way of motivating you.  Aside from the very expensive hospital weight management program, Weight Watchers has been the best.  I’m such an “I can do it by myself, I don’t need any help” person.  But, while reading and praying along with studying Marianne Williamson’s Book, I’m learning that I need to ask for help.  We as people are not meant to do things alone.  As Marianne put it, “if you could lose weight by yourself, you would’ve done it by now.”   My best friend told me, “Carli, asking for help does not mean that you failed, it means that you don’t have to go at it alone.”  I’ve repeated that to myself so many times over the last few weeks.  And to my surprise people who you think might say no, or don’t have time are willing to help.  So I humbled myself and signed up for Weight Watchers (again).  I’m actually pretty excited about it, because “word on the street” is that they changed the points values for certain foods.  Being an avid Weight Watcher, I pretty much could tell you the points value for almost every food without looking it up.  I think it will be a welcomed change for me to look up things and learn a new program.  I get bored easily, so I’m all about something new.  When I signed up online, I briefly saw that most fruits and veggies were now zero points.  I was so excited, which leads me to the title of today’s post…This Little Piggy Went to Market. 

I went to Soulard’s Farmer’s Marketon my lunch break today.  I haven’t been in years.  It was pretty cool and super cheap.  I like the idea of supporting local people.  I got all kinds of good stuff on my little trip.  I got a pineapple, spinach, lettuce, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, apples, oranges, and the most beautiful red strawberries I’ve ever seen.  I only had to use $15 of the money I had tucked away in my new Coach Bag. (LOL!)   Then I found the spice shop.  I’ve never been to one before.  I was so amazed and excited, that lady said “are you new to St. Louis?”   I explained that it was just my first time in a spice shop and that I hadn’t been to a “market” in years.  She sprinkled a little Lemon butter dill seasoning mix in my hand to taste.  It was so magically delicious.  I think I’m putting that on everything I cook.  I got a grill seasoning and Salt-free mix as well.  I would have gotten more, but I had to carry it all back into work and put it in the fridge since I couldn’t leave the fresh fruit and veggies in the car.

   By the time I got home, unloaded everything, and staged a picture for you guys, I was worried about it getting dark, so I decided to walk around my neighborhood instead wasting daylight by driving to the park.  Bad idea.  I walked past my Shopping Cousin’s house and there were really mean looking dogs that looked like they were ready to jump the fence and devour me and Nyah.  I hurried along.  My lower back was hurting a little, I think because I’ve been falling asleep on the couch watching TV… Anyway, when I was a few blocks from my Parents house.  I was deep in thought about today’s blog post.  I often write my posts in my head as I walk to distract me.  When I looked down, Nyah was face to face and nose to nose with a stray Pit Bull.  I got to the other side of the street so fast you would have thought I was David Copperfield.  Luckily he was not vicious.  However, I was totally done with my hood adventure at this point.  As I rounded the corner and saw my Brother from another mother, he said he would take home.   I stopped by my Parent’s house down the street and my Dad lectured me about the South Beach Dietand offered to walk me home after hearing my stray dog story.  I opted to cut short the “eat a plant based protein diet” lecture I‘ve heard my whole life, and hitch a ride with my brother. It’s funny how parents who didn’t allow sweets or even sugary cereal in the house have 3 fat girls…hmmmm….  Anyway, my brother wasn’t too thrilled about Nyah getting in his new truck, but I cooked up some of the veggies in a stir-fry for him as a peace offering.  He LOVED it.  Fresh veggies are so much better than canned or frozen.   I just realized how long this post was, so I think I’ll stop here.  Later!

  1. I’ve been toying with the idea of joining WW too. I did it at home in the past and now that I’m living with the BF whose eating appetite is HUGE and has double starch with everything, I know I will be in trouble if this keeps up. I just dont think I can muster up the gumption to go to a meeting. When I lived in Houston, WW teamed up with 24 Hr Fitness. I dont see those here in Sacramento now, so I may have to settle with the online option. Plus, my new job (starts Monday) offers some incentives for weight loss – hopefully a nice discount.

    Another thing I plan to try out since there are farmers markets all around this camp, is trying a new veggie a month. So far, I’ve added eggplant, kale, and bok choy (new this month) to my diet – yum yum!

    Keep us posted on your excursion into WW.

  2. Hey! I’ve been in Weight Watchers for a little over 2 months now and am down over 20 lbs. I joined because I, like you, recognized that I needed help – I personally am tired of losing this same weight over and over. Meetings keep me on track and accountable. I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable on the new PointsPlus so hit me up if you have any questions about it! I linked my blog above, or you can contact me on facebook at

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey and making those podcasts! I’m in the middle of re-doing C25K right now 🙂

  3. TexNY Queen, so you did move in with the BF, I’ll have catch up on your blog. Some boys eat so wrong. My ex used to like hotdogs and budget potpies and pork everything. yuck…. I’m sure there is a WW in your area. Just go to the website. I can tell you that the meeting is not at all what you think it would be like. The receptionist and leaders are so friendly and non judgemental, and everyone is there for the same reason….I haven’t had kale or bok choy, I’ll have to try them both. Thanks for your donation! I appreciate it!

  4. Dana, 20 pounds in 2 months?!! WOW! Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet, if we need help, we need help. I’m loving the new plan. Anytime you tell me I can eat a whole bunch of stuff (fruits and veggies) I’m all in! LOL! Since they changed a lot of the points values, it’s forcing me to re-learn the program. I got on the scale at home and I can already see a difference. I’m actually exicited about my meeting on Thursday. Good luck with the C25k. I started over a million times, and now I’m up to 12 miles. A little perserverance and you can do it.

  5. Hey there-

    There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. I was stubborn about joining WW too until I realized that I needed help and structure to my eating. I worked out but was terrible at my tracking my food. 4 years later I am still going to my meetings and have kept the weight off. And once it gets warm I’ll be back to C25K courtesy of your podcasts!

    You can do it! Feel free to send me an email. I’m also following you on Facebook!


  6. I love Kale. It makes a great replacement for lettuce in salads. Also with white beans as a soup. And if you enjoy chips, try making kale chips, you’ll have crunch w/o the guilt. Way to go with your plan! I’m on W6D3 tomorrow and so excited to run for 25 minutes. Thanks for the podcasts!

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