Why I Joined Weight Watchers (Again)

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Hello friends!

Four weeks ago I took the plunge of signing up to Weight Watchers again. As you know, I have had great success with them before, but unfortunately, due to both my own failings to maintain my weight but also due to a series of events, I put the weight back on and then some. When I weighed in a month ago I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been, 84.6kg. On a small frame like mine, 1.58m, that weight put my BMI at 33.9 – in the obese category. That is so unhealthy, and I am so upset that I let myself get to that point, but I am proud that I am finally being proactive about it.

I have tried to be healthy before this point. I have tried to exercise, I have tried to eat well, I have tried, but it hasn’t worked for me. I need accountability, I need support, I need structure, but I also need flexibility. That is why I chose Weight Watchers again, because it provides me with all those elements that I need for a successful weight loss journey. I joined the full program with the meetings and access to online tools. There is a new program from when I followed it a few years ago, and I thought I’d just discuss this to give you a bit of insight, perhaps if you are looking for a weight loss program or you’re just straight up nosey (I’m not judging).

Weight Watchers has shifted to the SmartPoints program that focuses on a holistic approach to weight loss by dedicating it’s program to three pillars of health – FOOD, FIT, FEEL.


 

FOOD

Every member is given an individual daily budget of SmartPoints (SPs) to use every day, and a weekly budget of extra SPs to use if needed or wanted (extra hungry one day, have a special occasion, want to eat that chocolate bar because OMG PERIOD I NEED CHOCOLATE…) there is incorporated flexibility. Weight Watchers is all about REAL food – no diet shakes, no meals, normal people food. So, what are SmartPoints? Why are they different to say, just counting calories? This is the part where I just fall in love with Weight Watchers, because they are focusing on the bigger picture of nutrition. SmartPoints are calculated based on calorific value, carbohydrates, protein, fibre and sugar. The higher in protein a food is the lower the SP value, the higher in sugar, the higher the value, the higher the nutritional benefit, the lower the SP value, and so on. This is SO different to the last time I did the program, and I am so happy about it, as it steers you in the direction of making smart choices, but allows for flexibility. For example, on the old program, a chocolate brownie would be about 10 ProPoints – something you could probably fit into your daily budget without too much stress. Now a chocolate brownie is about 21SPs, and for someone with a daily budget of 30SPs, that’s almost all of my daily budget gone! Of course, if I wanted to have it, I could use my weekly budget of 35SPs to treat myself to it, but the system does make you really think about what you are eating.

Also part of the FOOD part of WW’s philosophy is planning and tracking. By planning out your meals and snacks you are more likely to succeed (Although, I don’t plan at all). You are also only going to lose weight if you track what you eat and how many points you use – you can do this manually in a diary or with their AMAZING app. Like, SO good. Thank you tech Gods of the universe!

{There is also a NoCount approach for people who don’t like tracking, where you can eat whatever you want from a list of healthy, filling foods, but you use your weekly points for anything not on the list}

FIT

Every member is given an individual FitPoint goal for the week based on a personal assessment. Basically, the program encourages you to be active every day by doing exercise that you love in order to meet a set goal – which you can adjust manually or it adjusts with you as you increase your activity. These FitPoints are to help you track your activity, you don’t eat these points (although you can if you’re training for a marathon or are so active that you need some extra food in your day). Again, you track these in the app or manually.

FEEL

The final aspect of Weight Watchers is the FEEL component. This part is new, and I love it. Weight Watchers has always had inbuilt support with their meetings, but this new aspect of weight loss is all about caring for yourself and your mind. It is up to each individual member how they approach this area, but they suggest scheduling in “me” time, doing things you love, relaxing, exercising, meditating and connecting with others on the same journey for support. On the app there is a little social media platform that allows you to post and share and connect with others on their own journeys. I use this every day as it motivates me through the week between meetings. As someone who is coming to the end of a yearlong journey through mental illness, this particular area of Weight Watchers really speaks to me – healthy mind = healthy body.


 

I joined again because I firmly believe in the new program and the holistic approach to weight loss. I love the flexibility of the program, but I also love how it now guides you to making better food decisions. I am so happy they’ve seriously incorporated the FEEL aspect. It makes so much sense to me.

I also joined because my Mum encouraged me to come along and check it out one week, at which the weigh in made me realise I needed to join. I didn’t have a, “Oh CRAP, I need to shift this weight!!!” moment until that point, even when I was unable to squeeze into a size 14 dress one day while shopping – warning bells should have gone off seeing as I was totally convinced I was still a size 10.  I knew I needed to lose weight, but I wasn’t doing anything proactive about it. Mum, like the time before this one, lightly suggested that maybe I should come along with her. Go supportive family members! Also, the meetings are really fun and educational. They make my Saturday mornings worth getting up early for.

So, there you have it. My interpretation of the program and why I joined. I hope that this helps anyone who has decided they want to lose weight in making a decision on what path to take. And hopefully this can be a guide to my friends who look like I’m slightly insane when I blurt out the points in a beer…

XO

PS In case you’re wondering, I’ve lost 2.5kg in 4 weeks and I am so excited about this journey.

 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. lexilife says:

    Congratulations on your progress so far, in only 4 weeks! x

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  2. Well done! I’m looking at signing up again, but not to sure about the whole Smarts Point system, seems very restricting :/ I’m thinking about just sticking and doing the Pro Points system and just skipping the meetings. Would you recommend the Smarts Points over the Pro Points? Well done again, keep it up! 🙂 xo

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    1. mynameinbold says:

      I actually prefer smartpoints over ProPoints, because I feel like I was able to cheat the system a little with ProPoints and didn’t quite learn how to be healthy. I feel like I’m making healthier choices and I’m never hungry. It is still flexible enough that you can have a treat once or twice a week 🙂 It still feels like I’m not on a diet! The main thing I’m loving is the online community though. The meetings are always wonderful, but the community on the app is amazing!! Maybe you could just try it for a month online? 🙂

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      1. That’s good to hear! Thanks for the idea 🙂 x

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  3. Nancy Kavanaugh says:

    I’m rooting for you Anne. I rejoined last week. I’ve been about 10lbs over my goal weight for two years. I refused to buy new pants and have been wearing the same three (snug)pairs. Whoever created Smart Points did a good job. It’s steering me away from prosessed foods.
    A one bite WW brownie is 4 SP now whereas for 5 SP I can have a whole light English Muffin with whipped peanut butter.

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