Weight Watchers Update

change roadsign

This week I removed 3.6 pounds – that means I only have to remove 0.4 pounds more to be back on track again.

3.6 may seem like a lot but there are a couple factors:

  • Last week I wore a denim shirt and leather skirt to weigh-in while this week I stripped down to a ribbed tank and silk skirt
  • I actually tracked this past week, first time really using eTools on a daily basis in MONTHS
  • I went down to 26 PointsPlus

As I mentioned last week (and active Weight Watchers members know), PointsPlus changed to PointsPlus 2012 and one change is your number of allotted points in a day. While some stayed the same, many who were previously at 29 points in a day found that their allotment dropped (no one is below 26 points). When I logged into eTools this week, it asked me my current weight and informed me that my new number was 26.

weight watchers pocket guide
Old Pocket Guide, meet New Pocket Guide!

While some are grumpy about this change, I embrace it. With pretty much all fruits and vegetables being 0 PointsPlus, I often had a hard time using my daily allowance, and I felt that it gave me too much gray area to eat things not that good for this body. The change to 26 was the kick I needed, where I really had to think about each bite going in my mouth, again having to make smart choices.

I also got back to tracking, which was a major eye opener. I had been on auto pilot with Weight Watchers for a while, guestimating values and portion sizes. It’s easy to forget a cookie or snack-sized candy bar (or spoonful of Emerson’s mac and cheese) when not actively tracking. I used to have eTools as my homepage when I opened all my computers, but over time I switched it to iGoogle. This week I went back to my work computer opening to eTools for a constant reminder to track.

 
So on to PointsPlus 2012 – how is it different from 2011’s PointsPlus?

PowerStart Sessions
I mentioned this last week, but with PointsPlus 2012 they are really encouraging folks to stick around after the basic meeting for three weeks of PowerStart Sessions. Not only will these meetings be an introduction to Weight Watchers newbies, but give tips and life lessons to veterans on how to succeed with PointsPlus 2012.

Adjusted Daily PointsPlus Allotments
Many who were previously at 29 daily PointsPlus now are at 28, 27, or 26. They surveyed many members and found they didn’t eat all their PointsPlus value each day, and found they were more successful shedding weight with a subtle decrease in their daily allotment. In this week’s Weekly, Weight Watchers states, “…a daily target as low as 26 will also support safe weight loss with no adverse health effects, without compromising flexibility, and while satisfying the recommended intake of vitamins and other essential nutrients.” Weight Watchers feels that if you were happy at your old target of 29, you can stick with that target. The Weekly also offers tips on when to possibly bump your target up or down depending on travel, hunger levels, or to give yourself a “boot camp” or recharge. The goal is to lose ½ to 2 pounds a week, and you should choose a target that fulfils that without making you feel deprived.

Encouraged Flexibility
Based on the meeting and the new Weight Watchers materials I received this week, I feel Weight Watchers is really pushing the fact that their plan is flexible and customizable. They want to show members (and potential members) that there is no one specific diet for anyone. Every human has a different reason for being on Weight Watchers, has different unique goals during the plan, and has different unique lifestyles. Weight Watchers can be customized to your lifestyle, personal tastes, and weight loss goals. Leaders, the website, and the PointsPlus 2012 materials regularly discuss bumping up and down your target (though never below 26) to survive holidays and vacations without deprivation or to boost weight loss (again they regularly mention you shouldn’t usually be losing more than 2 pounds a week – they even asked me about my 3.6). They’re really focusing on slow, steady but long-term weight loss.

dont confuse comfort with happiness quote

My leader always ends our meeting with at least one inspirational quote; the two featured here are the ones she shared. While Winston Churchill’s quote fits perfectly with PointsPlus 2012, I loved this quote for me and fellow emotional eaters. It’s so easy when you’re feeling blue to counteract it with a piece of cake, a gallon of ice cream, a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. And while these foods will fill your belly, comfort you and possibly remind you of happy times, they aren’t a replacement for happiness. So before you dig into your favorite comfort food… stop and ask yourself WHY you are eating it. If it is to be happy, consider what will provide true happiness – a bubble bath, listening to your favorite album in its entirety, 15 minutes of meditation in a quiet room, two chapters of a novel uninterrupted, a walk in the woods, a phone call with a good friend. This is something I need to be better with – when my husband works night shifts and the baby is asleep I often go to pasta or cheese to keep me company. I find the Bravo channel or reruns of Sex and the City seem to go well with cheese quesadillas and a very large glass of red wine. Lately I am catching myself, and deciding to feel happiness by actively doing something and thinking of the long-term effects of my decision. It’s hard, but this quote helps me stay focused.

 
How was your week? Any successes? Setbacks?  Recipes or tips you’d like to share?

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10 Comments

  1. ChristinaC
    December 12, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Great job on the loss.  I just had my WW weigh in today (love Monday weigh ins) and am chugging along.  I’ve been doing WW since July ’11 and have to say it is almost like auto pilot.  You’ve done a great job of representing what you are going through on the plan and pretty much what the majority of other members go through as well.  When I found your blog a couple of months ago, I was able to go through your old posts.  Well, I wanted to let you know that you looked great before, but you are looking awesome and the WW is definitely helping.

    I too, was sad about my decrease in 26 points, but more b/c I liked having a cushion.  I normally didn’t use all my 29, but I liked having the points there, just in case.  Completely mental, but I also set my alarm clock 17 minutes fast.  I track all day, but it’s easy b/c I use the etools on my iphone.

    Keep with the plan, look at your old pics and see the changes.  I have two things I live by to keep my successful.  1.  Whenever I eat out, I drink 2 big glasses of water before the food comes.  2.  If it’s not a mealtime and I feel hungry, I have to eat a fruit or veggie, if I don’t want a fruit or veggie, that means I’m not hungry, just bored.

    Keep up the good work!!!

  2. December 12, 2011 / 5:17 pm

    For me, the meetings keep me accountable. My mom picks me up from the Metro, we ride together, we force each other to stick to it. Some people hate meetings, but I need them. But not all meetings are the same, some leaders suck, some members suck, some are fab. 🙂

  3. Teri Stan
    December 12, 2011 / 5:14 pm

    Glad to see you hop back on it!  That is inspiring since I have just done the same thing!  I don’t always comment but I do appreciate your updates on WW, I seem to have the same problem with carbs being my BFF when my husband is at work and the kids are at school.  I also signed on this morning (swearing I am going to track all day!!!) to find 26 points!  I can’t imagine not losing with that many points.  I do this program online, do you find it more beneficial to attend meetings?  Also, even though you have not been strict with it for a little while, you still look amazing!  I thought you were losing by the looks of your photos!  Very inspiring!  Keep it up! 

  4. bubu
    December 12, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    Congratulations!  I’ve been inching along at about a half pound a week loss, frustrating, but overall I figure just not gaining during the holidays is an accomplishment. I try to plan for evenings, especially all the holiday gathernigs this time of year, when  I want to indulge, and then get back on track come the next meal, i.e., try not to wait for Monday morning to get back on track.  I also like throwing mysef into a Jillian Michaels killer workout monday morning – it feels good and remind me what I’m trying to do here. I think you are right on with the emotion stuff – I realize i often want to eat for relaxation, or that feeling of relaxation I associate with indulgent food and wine (party stuff) – and I realized you can’t “rush relaxation” – that feeling has to come on naturally and it can’t be rushed along with food or alcohol… I try to remind myself when I’m aiming for the couch with the cookies or cheese- try to just aim for the couch and some downtime and see if the feeling will come anyway.

  5. December 12, 2011 / 3:14 pm

    Not as much as I should. In the morning I do 50 crunches and some sun salutations to stretch and get the blood flowing. I go for a hike of an hour or so once a week and occasionally get a 15-30 minute walk in on other days. But that’s about all I can fit in with my schedule.

  6. December 12, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    Wow Allie, way to go on the loss.  Are you exercising at all, besides walking?  I am having a hard time find time for exercise and now that the weather is turning walking isn’t so much fun.

  7. Kristin Hodnett
    December 12, 2011 / 2:08 am

    My points didn’t change, but I think it’s a great time for a refresher on the Points Plus plan with the new power sessions and new materials. Great idea to set e-tools as home page! Now that I’m used to them, I’m really liking the changes to the site.

  8. Cynthia W
    December 11, 2011 / 11:46 pm

    I, too, was taken aback and a little disconcerted when my PointsPlus allotment dropped to 26 points on the new program – then my husband reminded me that I haven’t been able to actually eat all 29 points most days anyway and had been worried about how I was going to make myself eat 35 points a day when I got to maintenance.

    It turned out to be the kick in the pants that I needed after being a bit naughty over Thanksgiving and I’m back to dropping a pound or so a week.

    I actually met my original goal a few months back, but since it was at the top of my ideal weight range, I dropped it another 10 pounds and am now 3 pounds from goal. As of this morning, I now weight less than I did when I graduated from high school by 2 pounds, so I’m pretty excite about that. Now, if it was only all nice and firm and in the same place as it was back then….

  9. Shannon
    December 11, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    Great post!  I just started back today and am thrilled to have found a great leader who “gets” where I’m coming from.  I LOVED this line in your post “I find the Bravo channel or reruns of Sex and the City seem to go well with cheese quesadillas and a very large glass of red wine.”  Keep up the good work!

  10. Eleanorjane
    December 11, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    Good points about comfort eating and being really rigorous about logging everthing! I’ve had three social events this weekend and three days being over my calorie limit, in spite of doing a fair bit of exercise to give me more calories to play with. Time to get back on the wagon, at least Monday to Friday!

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