This week has presented some challenges and some victories. I am not sure what to expect on the scale in the morning though. I stayed within my daily points, didn’t use any weekly points and I earned 49 FitPoints this week. Everyone has commented how easy it is to earn FitPoints and I found my FitPoints to be almost equal to what they were on the PointsPlus Program with only one exception. My daily walking seems to be about the same points wise. I manually enter my fitness data into the website I do not use a fitness monitor at this time. I know those with fitness monitors are reporting very high FitPoint numbers.
My week started off with my Sunday morning breakfast having to change due to the increased amount of points of the Special K Chocolate infused cereals. I can see maybe mixing the Special K with Cheerios or Rice Krispies to extend the bulk and spread the points out a bit better.
Monday was fairly routine with my weekly stop at Chick Fil A. My chicken biscuit on a regular non toasted non buttered bun had gone down one point YAY! I was surprised to see that my normal 2 hard-boiled eggs which had been 4pp were mysteriously now 5sp BUT yet 2 eggs were 4sp. I think that is a mistake and was advised to use the 4sp for two eggs.
Tuesday was the first morning to fix my oatmeal and I already knew I was going to have to stop putting the one ounce of raisins in my oatmeal. I have used frozen cherries and mixed berries and that has been very good. I had a lunch at a local Greek restaurant with coworkers. I chose chicken kabob and roasted vegetables, very tasty! I also had a piece of their bread with some Tzatziki sauce and a wedge of lavash bread. I took half of my food home.
Wednesday was routine and nothing surprising other than I noticed my FitPoints were mirroring my old Activity Points and didn’t seem to be inflated as others. I started wondering if the difference was manual entry vs fitness monitor and that seems to be the case. It would appear the fitness monitors are not as accurate as many believe.
Thursday was fairly routine as well. I ate the other half of my leftover Tuesday lunch for Wednesday dinner. I earned 15 FitPoints yay me!
Today was the last Friday at work before Christmas and the office was invited to our Dean’s house for lunch for homemade Cuban food. I planned out my strategy for lunch and pre-tracked what I thought I was going to have and in what serving sizes. Yes I would use most of my daily points but it was going to be worth it. I reviewed my tracker when I got back to the office and found I had over-estimated several items on portion size and had points left for the evening! Yay!
Week Ending Thought
I would say I would get a 95 on a scale of 100 for following the plan this week but I am not sure what I will see on the scale as this with the week that my hormones reap havoc with my body and the scale. I know it kept me reaching for candy earlier this week!
SATURDAY POST WEIGH IN
I was up one pound today. I wasn’t shocked with the week of birthday celebration with cake, Greek Food, Cuban Food just yesterday, monthly hormones, lack of water and my earlier in the week wrestling with the hard candy jar. In fact, I am thrilled I was up ONLY one pound!
MY PLAN FOR NEXT WEEK:
1. Drink more water, every day all day! (I am a purist about this one. I know Weight Watchers let you count other beverages toward your liquid consumption but having had kidney issues growing up, I know about the proper functioning of the kidneys and what makes them work more efficiently, water just plain old water, not coffee, not tea, not soda, not anything but water with a slice of lemon for zest!)
2. Be more active. Push for two walks a day and the gym 3 times this week. Try a new “Sunday” breakfast instead of dry cereal.
3. Try a new recipe (I made salmon patties for the first time in ages today for dinner. They were good but I know I can “tweak” the recipe a little to make the more tasty! 4 patties were 8 SmartPoints, not bad at all!
4. Enjoy Christmas Dinner within reason and drink lots of water since my next weigh in is the very next day! I will be eating ham which I love and we know is high in sodium. I will have a reasonable portion! Yes I will! (programming my head for success! LOL)
5. Faithful tracking and measuring my portions.
FIRST WEEK WRAP-UP
Do I wish I had a loss this past week? Yes I do! BUT I have learned with your body and weight loss you don’t always get what you expect and sometimes for me, the work I do this week might not show for 2-3 weeks. The old phrase “stay the course” is the best plan of action! One poor choice or one bad eating day is no reason to toss in the towel and give up nor is not getting what you expect any reason to give up as well. Your body might fight you but you have to persevere and know that sooner or later (often later) your efforts will pay off.
I am half way through my first week on the new program and I am still feeling very positive about the changes to the program. Things are starting to settle in as I have only had to make minor changes to my normal eating.
Today I fixed my oatmeal breakfast for the first time since the plan changed. I forgot to add my frozen fruit that I have in the freezer but enjoyed my oatmeal with almonds and cinnamon. I keep forgetting to add my frozen fruit! I did remember yesterday and added dark sweet cherries to my oatmeal and it was delicious! Breakfast isn’t going to be a big deal to modify IF I can stop forgetting to add my frozen fruit to it!
My 5th day in and I had my first eating out challenge. I reviewed the menu the day before online which helped a great deal. I was invited to lunch at a local Greek Restaurant and chose chicken kabob with roasted vegetables. It was great and from what I can figure very Smart Points friendly too! Large chunks of roasted chicken with large chunks of green pepper, onions and tomatoes. Very tasty! I only ate half and took the rest home to have for another meal.
One of the “targeted” items on the SmartPoints plan is sugar and I battled with some hard candies earlier this week. I suspect those candies will most likely affect my weigh in results this first week of SmartPoints. To make it even more complicated my sugar cravings were tag teamed with the female monthly hormone cycle. We are so quick to dismiss the affect hormones have on our eating and cravings but they are directly related. One friend online said there is no way that hormones would affect her weight loss because she no longer has a monthly cycle. In humorous style, I said “Just because that ship has sailed it doesn’t mean the wind can’t flutter your sails!” Why there might not be typical physical signs of the cycle, the hormones do continue to cycle every month. Even post menopausal women continue to feel “bloated” “puffy” etc. long after that time has passed each month but don’t often connect that to their hormone cycle. I can safely say the monthly hormone cycle was most likely the basis of me keeping my hand in the candy jar for a couple of days this week. I am trying to avoid them the rest of this week! This time of year we are bombarded with sugared everything being pushed at us! But, I know how to say “no, thank you” and move on.
BEYOND THE SCALE- FITPOINTS
This past summer the Weight Watchers meetings were focused on being happy and how to be happy. Research has shown that happy people make better food choices which is one of the concepts behind the new name “Beyond the Scale.” There is more involved to losing weight than the number on the scale. Which brings me to FitPoints. We are no longer encouraged to exchange our FitPoints for food. Many have been very disappointed with this new approach as they have been used to exercising more to eat more. Weight Watchers is taking the stance that we should be exercising to feel better not just to eat more. I couldn’t agree more since it appears those with activity monitors can rack up FitPoints for almost nothing! I still enter my activity manually as I do not use an activity monitor and my points are about the same as they were before the program switch which doesn’t seem fair but since I am not using them, it really doesn’t matter in the big picture as I am one who has always held the belief that I am exercising to be healthy so I am not sure if it is even necessary for me to count them anymore. I hope Weight Watchers will come up with a good compromise such as for every ten FitPoints you earn, you will have one additional SmartPoints to use in your daily points total. Or something like that. I think it isn’t an even exchange with the increased points being earned by those with fitness monitors and maybe that kind of formula could work. Just my two cents.
Something you know something but yet you refuse to acknowledge it which I choose to call it conditional amnesia better known as denial. I KNOW Weight Watchers works BUT I keep second guessing myself and keep wondering how I am supposed to be able to lose with having more daily points. I KNOW to trust the program and not to panic but I keep having waves of second guessing myself and Weight Watchers on their approach. I still hear my two-year old toddler self trying to playing with my head.
My weekly Weight Watchers weigh in is on Saturday morning and I am hoping for a “down” no matter how small. My results will be in my summary/wrap up post I will post on Sunday or Monday.
Don’t forget yourself this holiday season! Be your own Santa and give yourself a break! You have been good this year, haven’t you? We often get so busy this time of year that we forget we need a little down time to recharge, refresh and recreate! Here are some suggestions that I gathered for those of us who have been especially busy trying to shed some extra pounds this year. Small rewards do not need to be costly monetarily but should make you feel good and/or give your mind a break from routine or rushing.
These are the types of things for getting through some rough spots, extra busy times, not sitting on the horn and yelling at the car in front of you or small rewards for reaching a weight loss milestone.
These are more involved and can be more costly for reaching a bigger goal or milestone or a bigger break or a bigger indulgence! Did the relatives come at Thanksgiving and not leave until after the new year? Then, this list might be for you!
Did you reach a goal? Did you accomplish a task that you never thought you could accomplish? Did you get a promotion? retire? Then this list might be for you! These are more costly in both time and money but oh so wonderful!
I am now on day 3 of the new SmartPoints plan and all has gone fairly smoothly. I did all my normal cooking/prep work for food this week yesterday. I boiled 14 eggs, washed and bagged carrots, grapes, cucumbers, apples and bananas and made two huge pots of pasta e fagioli soup. I re-worked the points for a few of my recipes to make sure they are SmartPoints compliant and read the new program materials again.
On a normal work week, I have my banana, apples, cucumbers, carrots and grapes for my daily snacks along with two hard-boiled eggs. I entered my normal two hard-boiled eggs and found out they had gone from four points for two eggs to five points for two eggs. I can live with that one point increase. I will be having my bowl (1.5 cups) of pasta e fagioli soup for lunch for four points. It went up one point, again, I can live with that unlike its inspiration the Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli is now SIX points per bowl! OUCH! Last week I made a double batch of corn chili pepper muffins and I will have one double muffin (maybe) with my soup for an additional four points or I might opt for a bagel thin since they stayed the same points wise.
It is interesting how my perspective has changed about the new program in the last week. I was very apprehensive and fearful this time last week and now I am like this is no big deal and not that big of a change for me food wise. The e-tools and phone app are still having issues and I am missing data but I was told today they are still in the process of moving my account and to give them a bit more time.
Many of my online Weight Watchers friends have refused to move to the new program. They have to do what they feel is right for them but I do hope they will take a deep breath, read more about it and give it a try for a month or so to see how it works. I know there are a few people who have zero interest in changing how they are eating but yet want to lose weight. I hope that in time they will realize that perhaps some of their current food choices are holding the back from reaching their weight loss goals or returning to their goal weight.
We are creatures of habit and if there is a disruption of routine it can throw us off-balance. The new program is a huge disruption of routine for many and a minor hiccup for some of us. I urge everyone to keep an open mind about the new changes. I suspect people will have more weight loss success following the new program. Why do I say that? I feel the new approach is what I have been doing myself for a while. I feel I have been very successful with the program (lost a total of 136 pounds) and this approach will work if you work it honestly! I didn’t begin making low point choices, but I slowly migrated to more and more healthy choices and gravitated away from foods high in fats and sugar. Those types of foods are the exact foods Weight Watchers are hoping that we will more closely examine and decided if they are worthy of being included in our daily food choices. There are no “forbidden or off-limit” foods but the higher point values should help you to be more mindful before making that choice! Smart move Weight Watchers! Bravo and kudos!
I saw the meme online and feel it really sums up the changes to the program very nicely! The two approaches are hand and glove. You have to control not only how much you eat but what you chose to eat as well. But in all fairness I learned what to eat on PointsPlus and that is why I am not having many issues with the new program.
I was in the advantageous position of being in the last group for the week (my weigh in is on Saturday) that converted to the new Beyond the Scale program with the newly named SmartPoints and FitPoints. That gave me an interesting perspective and lots of time to vent, explore and ask tons of questions to my Weight Watcher online friends.
I felt I was prepared before going to the introduction meeting, I knew what to expect, and had read about most of the changes and my fears had been transformed into excitement to begin the new program. I had realized that I wasn’t going to need to make major changes but more like a few “tweaks” to my eating plan to adapt to the new plan.
FACT AND FICTION
MY ADVICE: Study point values before going grocery shopping or going out to eat. Make a list of new things to add to your plan with fewer points. PLAN and stick to your PLAN = SUCCESS!
I felt successful on my first day on SmartPoints and I still feel very positive about the program and what I am understanding about it.
“The biggest change in 50 years” that is what the advertising says and while that is very exciting to those just beginning the Weight Watchers Lifestyle it spreads panic and mass hysteria among the already existing long-term members. The questions/reactions were “Why do I need to change? It has been working so far!” “I have been losing weight why do I need to change?” “I don’t like the new program!” (said before it even launched!) “I do not think this new program will work for me, I am going to keep doing the old program!” (said too before they have really lived the program even 7 days) “This new program isn’t going to work for me!” (also said before they had even tried the program) All of these reactions/statements were based on rumors mostly and very little fact.
The rumors that have been spreading online are scary and members reactions to the rumors are even worse than scary! To see adults who have been successful with the Weight Watchers Program become screaming toddlers who renounce every change possible has been both sad and amusing at the same time. I was the first one to scream like a banshee when the online e-tools and phone ap when awry in the migration from the old program to the new. I did not like the technology suddenly not working, I felt: hurt, betrayed, deserted, scared and left behind. I was very vocal to Weight Watchers via Facebook and online feedback forms about them “breaking” e-tools. I probably sounded like a two-year old who needed a nap but I needed the e-tools to work!
I had to put myself in check (aka an attitude adjustment) by returning back to the “basics and roots” I had learned years ago. I resorted to the “ancient” but effective method of tracking via pencil and paper. Good thing I had purchased two 3 month tracking journals! Nice though in hindsight that I can still track on paper and it works! In fact, that week I lost 2.6 pounds tracking on paper! A good reminder that you do not need technology to lose weight! We forget that sometimes, often, okay–a lot.
Listening to the rumors and other members posting on-line I am steeled for my regular Saturday morning meeting to be not the most positive environment and to hear lots of venting and protesting the new changes. We dislike, umm ok HATE would be the better description for the new meeting room chair arrangement but have reduced our banter down to joking every time we come in and see a new chair arrangement. We crack lots of jokes about Oprah having a huge studio and how that arrangement works better in a large area but our meeting center isn’t that large. We joke ok what is Oprah wanting us to do this week? I feel pretty sure that Oprah had nothing to do with our new seat arrangements but it makes for giggles at 8am on a Saturday morning when everyone there would have loved to have slept in but are choosing to be there instead. BRAVO for us, even though we do complain sometimes, ok a lot, but we do have fun and enjoyable meetings. We are a very interactive group, sometimes way too interactive for our own good. We like each other , have a good time and share our struggles and victories. That is what it is all about right, sharing and caring? We had the camaraderie/bonding part of Weight Watchers down pat a long time before they wanted us too— in my opinion.
I am excited about the new program though I know I am going to be forced to make a few tweaks to my eating plan I suspect. One “rumor” that I believe is based in fact is that my daily points allowance and my weekly points allowances will change. One will go up and one will go down most likely. Food point values will change. I have heard that about 50% of the food points stayed the same with the other 50% either going up or going down, some by a little and some by a lot. I need to shake my eating and exercise up and this is just the ticket to start a new year doing things a little differently.
I will try to keep track of all my thoughts/changes I feel myself going through each step of the way. I want to blog here each day about my challenges and the changes I encounter. I keep telling myself we all can use more change! (giggle)