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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Over the last year, a few pounds have crept up on me (okay, eight pounds), and I'd been trying futilely to lose them, so I finally joined Weight Watchers online a couple months ago. A place where points equals food. I'm good with that. I like a systematic approach. I got 18 points and I was able to hit that easily as long as I forewent my daily latte. (WAAAHHHH!)

But I was a good girl. I made it through those weeks, I lost the weight, and now I fit back into all the jeans I bought last year, which is really all I wanted. I'm on maintenance! Yay! Bring on the daily latte! So, I go to Weight Watchers online to calculate my new pointage now that I'm on maintenance, and the screen flashes the new number.


No, really. 20? That's what, two extra green beans with my grilled chicken breast? My latte alone is 5 points.
I talk to a friend from church who's been on WW a while now and whose success inspired me to join. She's all like, "Really? 20 points? On maintenance? I get 22 and I'm still trying to lose."
I mimic her in my head. I get 22 and I'm still trying to lose. I'm not bitter. Not at all.

What the heck? Just because she's like 5'7 she gets all those extra points? Because she shot up a couple more (okay, five more) inches than I did, she gets a Twinkie party? I mean, I've come to peace with the fact that Kevin can eat 2 bazillion calories a day more than me, but another woman? It's all about height? If I wear heels, can I have my Twinkie? Let me just say, it stinks to be short and never moreso than now.
So I guess the latte is still out. Unless I start ordering it in a shot glass.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 2:19 PM  
  Comments (23)
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At 1:41 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

"If I wear heels, can I have my Twinkie?"

I almost fell out of my chair when I read that. That was HILARIOUS, and even better because I'm pretty sure you were at least half serious.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Have you tried a nonfat latte?

I lost a few pounds this summer and I think the only way I was able to was by drinking my iced chai nonfat lattes. According to a calorie-counting website, the ones from Starbucks were pretty reasonable, and I didn't notice a big difference in taste.

But it's a battle, especially since they but a Starbucks kiosk in my building at work. Talk about temptation when I have to walk by it every morning. The Lord says he won't give us more temptation than we can bear, but I don't know...

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I got 24 points on WW and decided my latte was more important so I added an extra 5 points myself and by creating a custom made plan I lost all drive to lose weight. It was wonderful! lol

Congrats on your 8 lb. weight loss and I encourage you to keep up the good work in spite of my rebellious little comment above .... ;)

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You've got a really great coffee machine, D. Try some regular coffee with International Flavors creamers. They make coffee a party and have like 50 calories in a tablespoon. I drink the hazelnut every day.

But sometimes life isn't fair!

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Ok. I know Denise pretty well and my Shadow out weighs her.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Sarah, the 5 points is with nonfat milk. My problem is I like a ton of flavoring in it and the sugar free isn't even close.

LOL Dave. It just seems like I'm light because I'm so SHORT.

And C, those coffees are ok, but they're just not my cinnamon latte.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Try the cinnamon hazelnut then, D. You might get used to it. LOL

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm with you D, I'd rather forego the lattes altogether than have some creepy, non-fat version, but that's me. I drink soy mochas. Oh and don't let's start on the soy conversation Colleen. Since I went off milk I don't have trouble with my weight or skin issues because I think I'm desperately allergic to milk.

Congratulations on the 8 lbs, that is huge and it only gets harder later, so I'm really proud of you. Curtis came today and asked if I've been working out. LOL That kid is STILL charming, no wonder we love him.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Charlotte said...

There's more cinnamon flavoring in your lattes than espresso! :) Sorry, but I don't have any great suggestions for you on how to cut down the points. Sugar free definitely isn't the same.

One more thing...tag, you're it! Check out my blog for more info. I hope you'll join in the fun.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I discovered that getting older has a benefit. I'm SUPPOSED to weigh more! WOOHOO!! :D LOL

But since I workout 4-5 days a week, I get more calories in my diet. Shoot, I don't even eat as many as they tell me I can.

So why aren't I losing more? Wimper. Lose it now, girls. Before menopause, 'cause you won't lose it after!

It used to be I could drop 3 pounds in a week. Now a gain 3 in one meal and it takes 6 months to lose 1.


At 7:46 AM, Blogger Tina said...

I saw you at ACFW and you seem like just a teeny thing, Denise. Congratulations though.

I have put on weight in the last year. Every time I stop exercising, I gain, so I joined Sadona and am hitting the machines again. Hmmm. How many steps does it take to burn off a latte?

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Wait! I know how you can get extra points! If I remember correctly you can earn points by um, exercising.

Oh wait. We don't want to do that do we?


At 9:37 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


It is so funny to log and read this because I just talked with my hubby yesterday about joining WW. It's on the list to call about!

You know, I totally believe that out culture so overdoes weight issues, but when you are there, trying to lose it, for whatever reason---especially as you try to make sure satan's lies aren't slipping in---it's just plain hard.

For me, though, I have two girls I want to be a good example to, not to mention my oncologist wants the weight off. Is it coming? No. WW, here I come!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


About weight gain/weight gain after truer words have been spoken!

They think we're joking, but we know better!


At 10:10 AM, Blogger Sharon A. Lavy said...

And so you are learning the hard truth.


At 10:27 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

LOL. I love the Twinkie line too. It's so hard to keep it down and off.

I joined WW too and it took me four months to lose 13 lbs.

But, Denise, add some exercise and you can fit in your latte now and then.

For me, it's chips. Love chips. Not baked either.

Congrats on the eight pounds!! That's awesome!

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I hear you! Joined WW in December 07 and lost 33 lbs by April. Had surgery and went on medication for Fibromyalgia and found it to suppress my appetite.

Now I'm down a full 61 lbs (was REALLY TOO HEAVY), but never had more than 23 points EVER on WW.

I get a skinny, non-fat, sugar-free, decaf latte and just do NOT care:-)

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Anna said...

If you are looking for something different, you could try switching to the core plan with WW and use your Flex points for your latte. I did the core plan for a while and lost 65 pounds, so I know it'll work!!

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Denise, Girl! I am right there with you. 5'2" is SO not right. Especially when your feet go all to heck and you can't wear heels anymore.

"I'm not overweight. I'm under tall."


At 8:29 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

My husband and I went on the same diet (The Smash Diet) but Chris REFUSED to give up Cokes everyday. Anyway, he lost tons of weight, I followed the diet to a TEE and lost some, but nothing like him. Women's bodies are designed to hang on to weight in famine.

Anyway, your post had me crying, I was laughing so much.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Suzanne, I was walking five days a week. Do you know 3o minutes of vigorous walking only gets you one point? Sigh.

Ane, I don't even want to think about menopause and weight. I tried for nearly a year to lose these eight pounds.

Charlotte, thanks for pointing out that my latte is more cider than coffee. LOL What's your blog addy?

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

Well, I'm with ya there. For me, it's the mocha. I like the white chocolate mocha and even non-fat it's 7 points.


Don't even get me started about the rice krispie square.

I DO drink a skinny vanilla latte (2 points) occasionally, but when I have bonus points, I am all about the mocha.

At my WW mtg, they actually told us you can lose without exercising, but you can't maintain without exercising. My plan is to always have about five lbs. to lose so I can forego the exercise.

ha. How lazy is THAT??

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Marina said...

Hi, Denise love your hair!! I am short too and know how you feel but at least we are not 4'11 inches ") I am 51 1/2 but I give myself the extra inches and say 52 inches ") I am 47 years old and hit menopause about 2 years ago and really put on the weight its so hard to take it off when you do hit menopause its weird I use to always work out... then these summer I got too busy with my 7 year old son and back to school things that I just drop 12 pounds I can't tell you how I did it other than stressing and not eating wiches is I know not good , but I am happy for you any pound is a succes story at 40 something years old , what ever works for you stick with it ") marina


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