Weight Watchers' paella (Jean Nidetch Weight Watchers Cook Book, 1966)
Reading the preface and introduction of the cookbook is really fascinating - the essentials of the program really are very much the same, including her stipulation that people consult their doctors before following her ideas. She wasn't a doctor - just someone who was fat and tired and fed up - and she knew that the support group concept was just as important to the members' overall weight loss journey as the food and movement would be.
I used to go to meetings, and I absolutely loved them. I had an amazing local Coach/Leader/whatever the terminology is now - her name was Cassie, and she was an incredible motivator and cheerleader. She was about my mother's age, which I am sure helped me feel drawn to her. She was a perfect fit for the position, and she ensured that we felt welcome to the group, and that it was both a safe and healthy learning experience for everyone. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 and the quarantine of early 2020, our local WW center closed - first for safety, and then for good. They offered virtual meetings, but frankly it did not appeal to me - with my teaching and my son's classes now online also, it became a chore rather than the safe escape and weekly hour of "me" time. And, of course, the end of the meetings brought the end of my tracking, and eventually I regained all of the 30 or so pounds I'd lost.