Jennifer Lyon

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
The World According To Points

Poor Wizard.  Two weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers, and I’m giving it a month to see if I can make it work.  Wizard is being super supportive because he knows how much I want to do this.  So he’s fine with that, willing to eat whatever I make, etc.

But now my conversational skills have, well, narrowed. I see the world in terms of points.  That’s how this program works–foods are assigned points, and I’m allowed so many points in a day. But I get “extra credit’ points for exercise.

Here’s some conversation snippets:


Wizard: “So what kind of cake are you making for middle son’s birthday?”

Me: 9 point a slice lemon pound cake.


Wizard: Do you want BBQ ribs for dinner?

Me: “How many points is that? OMG, I have to look up the points!”


Wizard: I think I’ll have a drumstick.

Me: You mean the 8 point drumstick in the freezer or the roasted chicken leg that’s 4 points?”

Wizard:  I need a beer.

Me: 5 point regular or 4 point light beer?

Wizard: I’ll be in the garage.


While on the touring the Midway Ship, we walked all over, including tons of steep stairs.

Wizard: More stairs?

Me: These aren’t just stairs, they are extra credit points!

Wizard: There’s a brig downstairs Witch. Bread and water only.

Me: Bread has a lot of points.

Wizard: Fine. I’ll lock myself in the brig. Later.


So yeah…poor Wizard. On the other hand, he’s naturally slim and that’s just totally annoying.  And wrong. Sigh.

So any bets on how long I’ll last on Weight Watchers? We all know what a chocolate fiend I am!

18 comments to “The World According To Points”

  1. Viki S.
    June 2nd, 2011 at 2:20 am · Link

    How wonderful that you have such a supportive man. I wish you great success.

  2. Dawn
    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:42 am · Link

    Jen, good luck with Weight Watcher. You can do it. I have faith :) Good for Wizard for being supportive. But you’re right. Naturally slim is really annoying…and soooo wrong.

  3. Dawn
    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:57 am · Link

    BTW, Jen, I forget to tell you… I love SINFUL MAGIC!!! Gotta go read more now :D

  4. Janene
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:44 am · Link

    I think you’ll stay on it and reach your goal. And as for the chocolate…. moderation, moderation, moderation. A little bit here and there isn’t going to hurt. That way you don’t deprive yourself and are faced with more temptation.

    Hang in there!!

  5. Shiloh
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am · Link

    Go buy the weight watchers chocolate fudge ice cream bars….like 1 or 2 points a piece. :wink: It’ll help you last longer if You can get that chocolate fix! Good luck!

  6. Jen Lyon
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:11 am · Link

    Viki, thanks.

  7. Jen Lyon
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:12 am · Link

    Dawn, oh that’s great to hear on SINFUL MAGIC! Thank you!

    I’m not so sure about WW. Really wish I had some weight loss magic :-)

  8. Jen Lyon
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 am · Link

    Janene, thanks for the encouragement! I’ve always exercised and seriously am not a huge eater. But time catches up with us all…well most women anyway :-)

    I did find these great chocolate covered raspberry ice cream bars. They are small, only 2 points, but made me sooo happy!

  9. Jen Lyon
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 am · Link

    Shiloh, yes! I just found them! Well I’m trying another flavor, but I’m very happy.

    Probably won’t be happy when I weigh in today though. Must. Learn. Patience!

  10. Silver James
    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I’m lucky. Lawyer Guy is waist-line challenged, too. ;) I never could figure out the point system. Except with speeding tickets. :twisted:

    I’m trying the Dukan diet. I’ts the one that Kate and her mother went on before the royal wedding. Seems to be working for me. Down 7 pounds. And all skinny people should be confined to the bring on bread and water. Just sayin’! The rest of us shall enjoy appletinis. And Wing Slayers. ;)

  11. ban
    June 2nd, 2011 at 6:59 pm · Link

    sounds like you got the points down – I say you’re gonna stick with it !!! good on ya :)

  12. ban
    June 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 pm · Link

    @ Silver – I don’t like confined spaces!

  13. Jenn
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Silver, the points take a little work to learn and I do a lot of guestimating. But so far, it’s working. But your diet sounds better!

    But skinny people would probably get even thinner on bread and water. We need a spell to equalize this whole weighty issue :-)

  14. Jenn
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Ban, how is the puppy! I saw the pic you posted the link to last week–such a cutie!

    Thanks for your faith in me. I’m trying to make it work. Always in the past, I’ve been able to just cut back on food and exercise more, but it’s getting harder.

  15. B.E Sanderson
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 pm · Link

    Good luck with the points, Jenn. Dieting stinks any way you slice it, so if you find something you can work with, good for you. And good for Wizard being so supportive. My husband’s annoyingly slim, too. I watch him eat and gain weight. LOL But he’s pretty good about the change I’ve made in all our diets. I just need him to stop leaving me french fries when I was so good about not taking any. ;o)

  16. Jenn
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm · Link

    B.E., LOL on gaining weight when he eats. I feel like that too. Wizard just said at dinner tonight that he’s happy to support me as long as he doesn’t lose weight. I wanted to smack him–he wasn’t kidding.

    Leaving you French fries is not helping! But otherwise he sounds great.

  17. Amanda
    June 3rd, 2011 at 6:15 am · Link

    WW is the only thing I had real success on. I lost 35lbs but the minute I stopped counting my points the weight came back on but I really wasn’t eating that great either. I’m just trying to cut calories now and trying to get workouts in but its been hectic lately so I haven’t been able to as much. I am giving myself a few weeks on this before I try anything else.

    Good luck! If you need some good websites for information let me know I have tons of them.

  18. Ashlynn
    June 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am · Link

    I did the WW thing once. It did work, but I was obbessed with the points. It was all I thought about. It became draining. But the thing is, if you stay with it, it does work. I lost 25 pounds in about 4 months. So you go girl!!

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