Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How To Say Goodbye

I don't do Weight Watchers -- never have -- for some reason but, of course, I saw quite a few posts about the new points system.

This title caught my attention recently:

Outrage: Weight Watchers forces us to eat fruit!

The company rolls out a smart new diet plan with more emphasis on health -- and a furor ensues

I really dug the ending of the "outrage" article by Mary Elizabeth Williams, a Salon magazine writer.

We have a lifelong relationship with our bodies, and like love, that relationship is healthier when we put good things into it. And like love, sometimes that takes thought and effort. Yet the basic notions of more apples, fewer cookies and stopping when you're full that Weight Watchers are embracing makes a lot of common sense. Common sense is still there in all of us -- right there in our guts next to the Sabor de Soledad -- and if we take the time to respect and listen that wisdom, it will reward us in ways that, unlike a weekly points system, are incalculable.

And speaking of Mary Elizabeth Williams, she really hit the ball out of the park with her article Elizabeth Edwards: Don't call it "losing" to cancer which she wrote yesterday morning before Edwards died and I thought Edwards' last epistle to the world was profound and I was deeply moved:
I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that...
What a gracious way to say goodbye; so glad that she had time...


  1. Definitely a gracious way to say goodbye. People are funny about the new WW too. Veggies and fruits were always 0 pts, except bananas. What an outrage to eat more fruits. haha I love it! I'm following WW and I'm glad bananas are 0. lol

  2. I have a lot of respect for Elizabeth Edwards because I think she handled all that life dealt her very gracefully and with a lot of dignity.

  3. @Nicci@NiftyEats,

    I think people, in general, are resistant to change but it looks like most people like the new WW system.

    Enjoy those bananas. I usually have one every day; I hope no one tries to change that. ;)


    Word, I agree...