In 2007, I lost 37 pounds by doing Weight Watchers online (I’d lost 5 pounds before that, giving me a total loss of 42 pounds). I maintained the weight loss until my pregnancy with my now 11 year-old child. Weight Watchers invited me to come to New York City one weekend for a “Before and After“ photo shoot. However, I had to decline because I was 4 months pregnant, and Weight Watchers did not endorse their weight loss program for pregnant gals.
Back then, a point was worth about 50 calories, and I was allowed 21 Daily Points. I was also given 5 extra Points to use daily, or I could save them to use all at once. The system was easy to understand and convert. If I ate something that was 300 calories, I knew it would count as 6 points. After my daughter was born, I was about 15 pounds heavier than I was before the pregnancy. I tried to go back on Weight Watchers, put failed at using the new Points Plus system. Under the new rules, users were penalized with extra points if they chose an unhealthy item. For example, a 6-point Hershey’s With Almonds would be worth 7 or 8 points, because of the fat and sugar. I became discouraged, and craved the sugar I could no longer afford to eat.
Several years after that, I’d packed on 20 extra pounds of peri menopausal weight. I tried the program again. By this time Oprah was the ambassador, and Weight Watchers had hundreds of “free” foods (most fruits, vegetables, and eggs were zero points). However, a 600 calorie stack of IHOP pancakes cost me a full day’s points. I couldn’t stick with the plan, and gave up. I read that Weight Watchers wanted to distinguish themselves as being healthier than all the free calorie-counting apps.
Fast forward to Weight Watchers, or “WW,” in 2020. Kate Hudson is the newest ambassador. She has a fitness clothing line, and doesn’t look like a traditional Weight Watchers customer. Weight Watchers has changed their name to WW, which stands for Weight Loss and Wellness. The penalties for unhealthy choices are still part of the points system. A 600 calorie Mini M & M’s chocolate bar is counted as 31 points. I only get 30 points per day, so if I follow the plan closely and eat a BIG chocolate bar, free fruits and vegetables will be the only foods I can eat for the rest of that day. So, why am I going back, when I know I’m the girl that needs her sugar fix?
I’m going back to Weight Watchers because it’s the only program that’s ever worked for me. I’ve tried several other fitness apps. They do not have the extensive food catalog or generous fitness rewards as WW. Most importantly, I never achieved the results I wanted away from my beloved Weight Watchers. They have weight loss down to a science, and nobody does it better. I have to abandon the old way of doing things, and embrace the wellness of this new decade. I’ll have to eat more eggs, healthy dairy, fruits, and vegetables 🙄, and save my extra points for IHOP pancakes. I also love Cracker Barrel’s blackberry topping with whipped cream (a whopping 350 calories). I probably won’t be able to eat that at all, unless I decide to have a cheat day at some point.
They have several different programs to choose from, and a quiz to help you determine the right one. Naturally, I ended with the plan that gave me the least amount of free foods (100) and the most daily points. I’ve been doing the program for a few weeks now, and I’ve lost 4 pounds using their App (I’d lost 10 pounds before joining, then stopped losing). I’m happy with WW so far, and plan to carry on. I’m already feeling a lot less like a stuffed sausage than I did before. The negative 13 points on my log below is the result of eating that M & M bar. I won’t make that mistake again.
As a side note, my husband has convinced me that I need to strengthen my muscles at the gym, along with what I’m already doing (Planet Fitness is a great place to exercise because it only costs $10 per month). I love to walk, but hate the gym. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to change in that area too. Are you trying a new weight loss program? Are you an old-time Weight Watchers attendee who’s now trying the new WW? I’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences!
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