Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Weight Watcher's?

OK, it is after Monday (the same Monday my daughter and I were gonna start being good again on)and I am still being bad...seems there is a reason (or excuse) not to eat right every day! And today I just feel like crap! Had to do Mom's shopping at costco, did some for us too! My tummy is rebelling against me...me thinks it is smarter than me! I talked to an RN the other day that works with our insurence company on our medical issues. She is on weight watchers herself. We talked about the Prism program and how it is great but very restrictive, not something I can live with, maybe if I could make it to maintenance I could. I was trying to eat only good carbs, whole grains, fruit etc., no white flour or sugar. I can do that, for the most part. Sometimes I feel I just need a treat tho. I may like to try the points through weight watchers but am not sure how it works exactly. Don't want to spend the money if I can't stick to it! Can any of you expain it to me? How do you know how many points something is? Do you have a basic guideline of what you are supposed to eat on a daily basis? How do the flex points work? I have not been on weight watchers since they were doing the fat thing...that did not work well for me...I lost extremely slow and maintained for almost a year and was not anywhere close to where I wanted to be. I would appreciate any info you could give me to understand it better.


Blogger Marie said...

I did Weight Watchers a few years ago, with my Christmas money. I only quit because my money ran out. I thought it was good.

Every food has a certain number of points. As I recall you enter the grams of fiber, calories, and fat and it is assigned a certain number of points.

You are allowed so many points a day.

It is not too complicated, and rewards you for eating higher fiber, lower calorie, and lower fat foods.

However if you want a piece of candy from See's (2 points!) you can have one.

The flexibility is really very appealing.

April 26, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger ...jus me said...

Marie...Thank you for explaining a little how it works. Sounds like you have the choice to be good or to give in to your craving (within reason). I think we all need that. Is it hard to keep track of your points? Did you continue on the program after you had to quit going? How much did you lose? Is it a slow loss? When I did ww the first 2 times, I lost pretty fast at first and then slowed down to a reasonable rate. Then when we did fat and fiber, it started slow and continued slow and then was just non- existant. I maintained for almost a year! Trouble was I still wanted to lose. lol.

April 26, 2006 4:18 PM  
Blogger PresentStorm said...

I was on weight watchers and loved it because you can eat anything you want to. Even snickers...lol the only thing is when you do you sacrifice points... after a few weeks though I was struggling to eat all my points .. I was full and felt like I was eating all day.. The best diet I ever went on because it is so flexible...I think you can even join online. They give youa food journal and the key is to write down every single thing you put in your mouth.

It is super easy ...it wasn;t long and my hubby could look at something and figure out the points..lol Also the frozen "smart ones" desserts are sooooo good .. I am no longer on weight watchers and I still eat them ..lol

You really should look into it.

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April 29, 2006 9:09 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I highly recommend it! I've lost 32lbs so far and it's not hard.

If you go to meetings you get a booklet which lists most foods and an estimated points value for them. You also get a "slider" which is just a cardboard slide rule thingy that you can carry with you anywhere to calculate points. All you do is look at the Nutritional Information label on any package and use the slider by finding the calories, fat grams, and fibre grams in a serving. 1.2 seconds later you have an amount of points.

How many points to get a day depends on your weight. For example, I currently weigh 258 so I get 30 points per day. When I drop under 250lbs I will also have to drop my daily points to 28. So, you can eat anything you want, you just have to stay within your points AND (this is the important part) follow the guidelines. Basically, eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day, drink six glasses of water, choose lean meats, eat fibre etc. All no-brainer stuff.

You also get 35 "flex" points per week. This means if you've reached your maximum points for the day but you're still hungry or you want to eat something else you can use your flex points. You can use all of them, some of them, or none of them. You can use them all in one day or just a couple at a time.

Okay, there's other stuff too like activity points but I won't get into that since I've already written a book.

As to how you keep track, you get a journal and you write down what you eat and add up the points. Simple. If you do it on-line, you use an on-line points calculator and you enter the food in and it keeps track of it for you.

SO....long story short, it's great, it works, it allows you to have a donut if you want one.

I hope I didn't write too much!!!

April 30, 2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger ...jus me said...

Dee... it looks too good to be true! I think I will try it! Why not, I have tried everything else! My doc reccommended ww before too...guess I am stubborn! I just need to make everything balance for my diabetes. But I know I can do that if I have my choice of foods. Thank you for explaining it so well.
Present Storm...thanks for the info. You guys have convinced me! I am gonna give it a try.

April 30, 2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I went on weight watchers a few years ago and lost some weight, but it always comes back. Then I tried South Beach and lost about 21 lbs. Then I ate one lousy piece of chocolate and fell back off the wagon again.

Now I am at 260 and feel crappy. I just started a workout club for women and have been walking the treadmill and doing weights. We'll see how well I do, but I am rooting for your guys!

You can do it!

May 01, 2006 1:34 PM  
Blogger ...jus me said...

Dana...good to hear from you, I know exercise is the key to getting it off and keeping it off! Now how do you get on the exercise bandwagon AND stay there?

May 01, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

WW works for me! Check out my blog if you are interested. There are links to many other women who are following the program. I am half way to goal so far!

May 04, 2006 7:36 PM  

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