A Weight Watchers Free Weekend

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 3/19/2010 5:20 PM | COMMENTS (9)

This past weekend my wife and I took our first trip without our kids, Henry and Louisa. My parents came down from Rochester, NY to baby sit, and my father-in-graciously let us vacation in his beach house in Ocean City, NJ for the weekend.

We had decided that we were also going to take a break from healthy eating. Whatever we wanted, we’d eat. Because sometimes, you just have to cut loose.

After good night’s sleep, we got up and headed to nearby Atlantic City for lunch at the famous White House hoagie shop. They make huge, tasty hoagies (a.k.a. subs). I saw an Italian hoagie being made that was easily five feet long.

I ordered half a steak sub, but what the White House calls a half sandwich is actually 12 inches long and overflowing with meat, provolone cheese, grilled onions and sautéed mushrooms. My best guess is that it had a POINTS value of 20 or more. It tasted great, but was way too much food. I was completely stuffed after eating half of my half. I ate the rest for dinner.

But the place I enjoyed most was Friendly’s. It’s nostalgic for me and my wife. My parents used to take me to the Friendly’s in Penfield, NY for a treat when I was in grade school. I always got the Mint Cookie Crunch Sundae. My wife had her first un-chaperoned date with a boy at a Friendly’s in a mall in southern Pennsylvania when she was 13.

My wife got two scoops of cookies-n-cream ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. I got the Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup Sundae—vanilla ice cream topped with peanut sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It was like the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

We got home Sunday, and when I got up Monday and weighed myself, I was up 1.6 pounds, which, all things considered, doesn’t seem that bad. In fact, it seemed great to me.

-Justin Marks

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  • Post Image suemf2007 (susan)

    3/21/2010 4:03 PM
    I enjoyed the story. Awesome that you got away without the kids. Any parent can appreciate the down time. Your story proves that WW is not a life sentence of you can never ever eat this or that. Thanks for sharing your story Justin!


  • Post Image missby2009

    3/21/2010 1:05 PM
    Have done this...nice to enjoy some tastes and deal with a craving for a weekend and then get back on the horse (WW). Helps me pass up treats later, I can swat down that "I can never have this again" voice and keep moving.


  • Post Image didibray1

    3/20/2010 9:25 AM
    Not sure what the point of this story is ?


  • Post Image mamoe35 (carol)

    3/22/2010 3:58 PM
    You have to just let go every now and then. Good for you. Glad you too could enjoy sometime together.


  • Post Image aporfirio

    3/20/2010 3:34 PM
    What a warm friendly get away.


  • Post Image tcrofford (tracy)

    3/21/2010 5:07 PM
    Sounds like you had a great time! My husband and I go to California once a year (although this year it will be Alaska instead) and sometimes when we don't have to consciously think about food all the time, our choices (or the effects of them) don't end up as bad as we might anticipate.


  • Post Image bbk9mom

    3/22/2010 6:09 PM
    Thanks for the story. My husband and I had a similar experience this past weekend...went out to enjoy a cheeseburger, fries and ice cream without a single bit of guilt. Of course, I did end up gaining a pound this week but sometimes its worth it!


  • Post Image mnicole2

    3/23/2010 10:54 PM
    I LOVED Friendly's growing up. I am so glad to hear they still exist. It has been a long time since I moved away from the East coast. My favorite was the peppermint cone. Thank you for the trip down memory lane!


  • Post Image vote824

    3/30/2010 11:56 AM
    It sounds like this was a terrific idea. Even when I "take a break" from eating healthy, I try to be careful not to go completely overboard. Frankly, an ice cream sundae sounds like the perfect way to do that. It's not a full-on gorging meal. "Treats" make it easy follow the plan. Btw, splitting that steak sandwich into two meals is a gold-star notion. Sounds like you did pretty well.




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