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What I Love About Meetings

I think most of us internally cringe at the sound of the word “meeting”.  Work related meetings can often be the bane of our daily lives.  However, on the weekends there is one meeting I really look forward to!  My Saturday morning Weight Watchers meeting.  Usually led by Pat, I gain wonderful insight, wisdom, strength and great food ideas from all the attending members.  This Saturday was no different.

Although Pat was taking some much-needed vacation time, our substitute leader, Frank, was just as good.  It always seems like whatever the topic that day the room remains quiet until the first person raises their hand and speaks.  Then the information, wisdom and great ideas just come tumbling out.

Squash.  Somehow that was one of those topics that started small and suddenly everyone had something to share about it.  Personally I’ve never been a big squash fan but after Saturday’s meeting I just might change that.   One member shared that she really liked using Spaghetti Squash instead of the real thing.  She said she always felt cheated with the small amount of pasta she portioned herself.  She substituted Spaghetti Squash instead and felt more satisfied (plus it’s a power food).  The one thing she said was the hardest part was cutting it in half so you can bake it first.  That is when another member piped up with her solution – poke few holes in it and microwave it.  Then when it’s done you can slice it without hassle.

Then Butternut Squash became the topic.  One member said she likes it sweeter so she puts Splenda and cinnamon on it – someone suggested you put it in the blender and puree it into a nice soup by adding some fat-free Half & Half.  Then another member suggested a more savory version of Butternut Squash – she put some olive oil on it and reduced fat or fat-free feta.   Yet another member said his wife prepares a dish with Summer Squash, black beans, seasonings and low-fat cheese.  All sound so yummy I immediately bought some when I went to the grocery store later that day.  I look forward to trying all of these suggestions and getting over my squash-phobia.

We ended the meeting with a quote (sorry not sure who it was attributed to) so I’m paraphrasing – Nothing tastes as good as it feels to get on the scale and see that it’s lower.  Indeed!  And trying new vegetables will certainly help me feel good.

Taking an idea and running with it

This blog isn’t about me.  Instead it’s about all of us who are members of Weight Watchers.  It’s about sharing our knowledge which makes us all stronger and able to work the program better.   This isn’t even my idea but instead one that was suggested by another member at my Saturday meeting in Timonium, MD.   A fellow member wanted to start a way for all the great information/knowledge/advice we share with each other in the meetings to be available for all the members no matter which day they attend a meeting.

I’ve been mulling this idea over for a couple of weeks.  The original idea was a suggestion box where people would bring in hand written or typed ideas/information/suggestions and then they would be typed up.  If this took off it would be a lot of work to organize and how best to distribute this information.  So as I am techie/web 2.0 kinda girl what better than to start a blog?  So here we are.

The blog posts won’t be all my ideas but a mix of what I’ve discovered and what’s been shared at the meetings.  I may not know your name but I will attribute any information shared at meetings as contributed by members (and not me) .

Hope others can find information shared on this blog to help their journey with Weight Watchers or any other lifestyle change they make.

Beth Tribe