The optional reading this week, "I Allow Myself to FEEL Now....": Adolescent Girls' Negotiations of Embodied Knowing, the Female Body, and Literacy by Christine Woodcock was fascinating to me; especially thinking back to the beginning statement of my last blog “your weight has gone up.” This society’s somewhat obsessive fascination with our bodies has always been a point of contention. But the relation of literary practices to such a hot topic was one that I had never considered before taking this class. Realizing that Woodcock is referencing adolescent girls and making valid points that cause us to consider much more than I am about bring up; a surface realization caused me to pause in my reading and begin my own writing as I came to page 359. Woodcock at this point references Cameron (2007) and “her witness of many students in her creative writing classes gain more awareness of their bodies, lose weight, and become healthier as they simultaneously wrote in a creative, deliberate, conscious way about their emotions, experiences, and a variety of other important phenomena in their lives.” This reference gave me a sudden change in perspective, or lens perhaps, of my own view of a text that had been handed to me many months ago. I am (and may forever be) a member of Weight Watchers. I have always had struggles with my weight and, after the birth of my second child; have struggled to rid myself of all of the “baby weight”. (Can you still call it that after 6 years by the way?) So, while I may be bordering on a bit of TMI here, I thought it important to mention this because the text that I refer to is the Success Handbook by Elizabeth Josefsberg distributed to members of Weight Watchers. The statement found on the cover introduces the text’s purpose in assisting the member in the creation of their “very own blueprint for success”. Their support for this belief is then provided in the introduction. Josefsberg is a Weight Watchers leader that also went through the weight loss process herself. During that time she found that taking the time to write down and reflect on her own experiences provided her with the tools to understand what worked for her and what didn’t. In essence it helped her to learn more about herself and her body. On page 8 she goes on to explain that this method of reflection helps one to “learn how not to have too many indulgences or too much restriction and how to have enough activity and the right kinds of support.” This for me connected what Cameron realized and Woodcock points out in our readings this week. In this “handbook”, Josefsberg and Weight Watchers are attempting to aid WW members in their own collaborative style of learning perhaps. A fascinating thought as I reconsider something that I previously overlooked. This article has truly helped me to reconsider it and its potential in my own struggles with learning about my own body. Perhaps it is time to pick up the text and test this theory for myself….