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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #1996
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It's weigh-in day! I lost 1.2 pounds, 116.6 overall, and officially exceeded my goal!
I am so excited for you! Give yourself a big pat on the back and then do something to celebrate. (Notice I said "do" and not "eat." I'm still wanting to celebrate with food but I'm trying to learn other ways.)
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #1998
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I was so happy to get on the WII (and not have it yell at me) I over did it!!! I Hoola-Hooped for way too long, and then tried to do the step aerobics-- was I was not qualified to do. But I still did it. I couldn't walk at all the next day. But the thrill of being able to actually use the Fitness board was exciting!!!
Cool for you! I have to try again with the wii. I was using it last fall and my weight was all over the place--then I read it isn't accurate on carpet. I was so ticked off I turned it off and haven't turned it on since. (Except to watch netflix!)

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I am so excited for you! Give yourself a big pat on the back and then do something to celebrate. (Notice I said "do" and not "eat." I'm still wanting to celebrate with food but I'm trying to learn other ways.)
That is reeeeeally hard for me, too Debbie, and hard for me not to love my kids with food. Not there yet--let me know any good ideas you have on that!

So, anyone mess with WI days? Mine is Wednesday but I have a meeting Wed morning so I am considering going early, tomorrow instead. I could go weigh in late Wed but I'd miss "my" meeting, so if I do it tomorrow I can WI and get to a meeting, albeit a different one. A couple of weeks ago I went a day late, because of a storm day (kids home on Wed, and couldn't get out of the driveway). Going early seems like a horse of different colour, though.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #1999
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So, anyone mess with WI days? Mine is Wednesday but I have a meeting Wed morning so I am considering going early, tomorrow instead. I could go weigh in late Wed but I'd miss "my" meeting, so if I do it tomorrow I can WI and get to a meeting, albeit a different one. A couple of weeks ago I went a day late, because of a storm day (kids home on Wed, and couldn't get out of the driveway). Going early seems like a horse of different colour, though.
I originally had the monthly membership that included meetings and there were two that I could make it to. One on Fridays near my work and one on Tuesdays or Saturdays near my house. It seemed that I could never make it to the same one more than twice in a row and it was messing it all up because half my WI would be at one place on one day and the other half at another place on another day. I finally just bought a good digital scale and changed my membership to online only. I do miss the meetings a bit but I wasn't going enough to justify the extra cost and aggravation.

Now I weigh in on Friday mornings but I don't record it until Saturdays. I do this because when I joined WW the first time a LONG time ago I used to WI on Fridays at lunch and then I would treat myself to lunch at McDonalds (I just love their fries!) and we'd always either get take out or go for dinner Friday night so I would stop counting points on Friday once I weighed in and then Saturday morning I would get up, go to the pool and start my week. I loved that and had alot of success. It was easier not to cheat during the week when I knew I had Friday to look forward to.

On the Iphone app if I pick Friday as my WI day then the points reset on Friday and I want them to reset on Saturday but I still wanna have my no counting points Friday afternoon (kinda like my cake and eat it too LOL!) so I WI on Friday and record that weight on Sat and start my new week off on Sat morning. I *know* that it shouldn't really matter when I weigh in but ............I do it that way anyway LOL!
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Thanks dizzyr...that seems to be where I am at right now, stuck between Tues and Wed. I wanted Tues but found the meeting hard to get to. I don't love the leader on Wednesdays but it does feel like my "home". I went this morning, same place different leader. I liked this leader better I think (and her meeting was significantly busier--which tells you something). There's an online membership in Canada now that includes unlimited meetings plus all the online resources, so that's what I do. I need someone else to weigh me!
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #2001
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There's an online membership in Canada now that includes unlimited meetings plus all the online resources, so that's what I do. I need someone else to weigh me!
That's the one I originally had. I like the meetings but when I knew I was going to miss one it was as if I had been given a free pass and the tracking would fall by the wayside. Now I force myself to wi every Friday.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:49 AM   #2002
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I just started weight watchers online last night. I'm hoping I can do without the meetings because of money right now. I've never tried Weight Watchers but I really need something to motivate me right now.

It's given me 31 points to eat and 10lbs for my first goal. I feel like that's a reasonable amount of points.

I've spent some time this morning trying to navigate the app and the online tools. It's a little bit overwhelming.

I know my weakness is lunch. I have co-workers that like to eat out and lunch with co-workers is about the extent of my socialization. It's hard to pass it up. So, the goal is to try to find healthier choices when I do go out.

I really want this to work this time. DBF has lost 90lbs in the past year on his own and I must admit that I'm feeling pangs of jealousy. We started at the same time and I stalled out after losing 20lbs. His dedication to eating right and exercising every day ran circles around mine.

Any suggestions or tips? Anyone doing online only? Does anyone feel strongly that meetings are the best way to go?
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #2003
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Welcome molitva! I think many women find it tough to diet with men because their metabolisms tend to make it easier for them to loose. That said, 20 lbs was a FABULOUS result for you last time. I'm sure you can continue it with the support of the plan.

I always check the restaurant's website before I eat out, and use the points calculator to work out a few choices. Maybe there are two things that look good but one is 15 point and one is 30 points. (Seriously. Restaurant food can be evil.) I find that if you plan ahead and make informed choices you are much better off. If it's a local place and you don't have nutrition info you can usually find a "generic" that's close enough in the food database.

Meetings--I don't love or hate them but they keep me accountable. I usually learn something, and when I first joined I learned A LOT. So I might consider it for a month or two if the budget allows, or if you find you aren't getting the results you hoped for. Do they still charge registration fees? I wasn't charged but the online+meetings package I have allowed me to skip that. They have always had "sales" that waive the registration fee.

Again, welcome, and good luck to you. Ask away, there's a great bunch of people here to help you out.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:34 AM   #2004
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I just started weight watchers online last night. I'm hoping I can do without the meetings because of money right now. I've never tried Weight Watchers but I really need something to motivate me right now.

It's given me 31 points to eat and 10lbs for my first goal. I feel like that's a reasonable amount of points.

I've spent some time this morning trying to navigate the app and the online tools. It's a little bit overwhelming.

I know my weakness is lunch. I have co-workers that like to eat out and lunch with co-workers is about the extent of my socialization. It's hard to pass it up. So, the goal is to try to find healthier choices when I do go out.

I really want this to work this time. DBF has lost 90lbs in the past year on his own and I must admit that I'm feeling pangs of jealousy. We started at the same time and I stalled out after losing 20lbs. His dedication to eating right and exercising every day ran circles around mine.

Any suggestions or tips? Anyone doing online only? Does anyone feel strongly that meetings are the best way to go?
I am an online member. I have been on WW for just over a year and I am now maintaining. It can be done this way, but I also know some people that swear by the meetings!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #2005
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Forgot to say, my WI yesterday was down 2.1. That's 12.8 over 8 weeks, or about 1.5 lbs/wk. I'll take it. Best supporting actress award goes to my pup, for making me walk.

Isn't she adorable?
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:22 PM   #2006
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For those of you working out, be careful as you increase them!

I've been jogging on the treadmill, trying to get my cardio and lungs up to speed before i start running outside, and I've been increasing my speed and my stamina. I eat my activity points, and have been carrying a serving of dry cereal with me, to eat some of 10 minutes before I run, and then after my workout. Keeps the brain working with the carbs, and gives me some carby-sugar until I get home and have dinner.

Yesterday I had a chocolate covered biscotti around 2pm, and then decided I'd "nourished" myself enough before the run, and didn't bring my cereal. Being Points-foolish.

Had a GREAT workout on the treadmill, fabulous jog, and as DS and I walked to the car got woozy. It passed quickly, though. Got home, asked DH if he would cook a simple dinner, went to shower. I was stretching out my back under the water, got woozy, and the next thing I remember is someone saying OW and then DH coming in to find me sitting in the tub with a painful head, wondering what had happened. I seem to have hit my head on the faucet; it could have been horrible.


So be CAREFUL! If you're increasing those workouts, be sure you have your food planned out and try to not let that happen.
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Yikes, Molly that's scary! I'm glad you are ok! I will get what I describe as "low blood sugar-y" if I don't eat or drink enough, especially before exercise. That's all bad enough, but it usually makes me feel icky enough that I fix it. Sorry that happened to you!
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I just started weight watchers online last night. I'm hoping I can do without the meetings because of money right now. I've never tried Weight Watchers but I really need something to motivate me right now.

It's given me 31 points to eat and 10lbs for my first goal. I feel like that's a reasonable amount of points.

I've spent some time this morning trying to navigate the app and the online tools. It's a little bit overwhelming.

I know my weakness is lunch. I have co-workers that like to eat out and lunch with co-workers is about the extent of my socialization. It's hard to pass it up. So, the goal is to try to find healthier choices when I do go out.

I really want this to work this time. DBF has lost 90lbs in the past year on his own and I must admit that I'm feeling pangs of jealousy. We started at the same time and I stalled out after losing 20lbs. His dedication to eating right and exercising every day ran circles around mine.

Any suggestions or tips? Anyone doing online only? Does anyone feel strongly that meetings are the best way to go?

Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Your body is different from everyone else's, and in general the difference between male and female bodies makes it really impossible to compare weight loss between the two. Even within a same-sex couple it can be hard; my BIL decided one day that he was going to change, he lost a bunch, started getting strong, and he looks AMAZING. He never looked back, and he has kept it off for something like 8 years now. His ex-partner started at the same time and barely lost anything. He went back to old eating habits, too, especially after they broke up. BIL's new partner tries to lose as well, but it just doesn't click for him the way it clicked for BIL. (my husband and I are the exact opposite of the norm, where I've lost 67 and he's at 39 despite both of us following the program...and I know from "this" side there's no judgment at all, just a knowledge that bodies are different...and from talking with him I know that from "his" side he gets sad for himself while at the same time being so happy for me)

Anyway, stop comparing yourself.

Read through the materials! I know it's hard to figure out WHAT the plan is when you're online-only, but read through your home page and anything that seems to tell you what the plan is. Find out what the Good Health Guidelines are, the things that you should be eating (and in what minimum quantities) every day.

One big suggestion I have is to use the actual nutrition information for the exact thing you are eating, rather than using the generic tracker. My husband keeps using the generic item, and often it's far more, and sometimes far fewer, pointsplus than what he is actually consuming.

Another big suggestion is a food scale! I personally shelled out for the OXO scale that has a higher weight limit, because we have big Fiestaware plates that are heavy. On our old scale, by the time I put that on there and put my huge salad onto it, it had errored out and I couldn't weigh my salad dressing out. The scale also has a pull out reader with a backlight button, so if I can't see it under my big plate I just pull it out and look. I weigh everything that can be weighed. I go to the gram with my salad dressing (even on splurge nights when I have 1.5 or 2 servings of dressing). I weigh out my cashews. I almost always put extra cashews back if I go over the grams. If it's not weighable, I measure it. The scale and my willingness to use it has been a huge key to my success.

Remember that the *average* loss is in the .5-2 pound range per week. An average means there will be outliers, but those are still part of how they make the average. So you might lose .2 per week and that is totally OK. If you're following the program, getting in your GHGs, etc, it's OK. .2 per week still adds up!

Also, gains will happen. When you hit lifetime and start maintaining, they will still happen. My brother and his wife, who have always kept their weight under control, still have gains. When they happen, they take care of it immediately; and that's what we'll do. If we're following the program and have a gain...just keep following the program. Maybe it's hormonal. Maybe we've just realized that the canned veggies we eat like they are going out of style have 250 grams of sodium per serving (that was me, last week, Friday night before weighin). Maybe the universe just made gravity stronger, LOL. Just follow the program.

Know that there's a lot of leeway in HOW you follow the program, points-wise. Some here eat only the Daily points unless there's a special occasion. Some eat it all. I'm in the second group; from early on I ate all of my Weekly points and then added in all (carefully calculated) Activity Points. And there are those in between. You get to figure out how you can eat within the program and lose and be happy.


Best of luck! For me, I love the meetings. I like the friendships and camaraderie we have there. But it's not like it's the meetings teaching me everything. Honestly, it was the tidbits about the program from the WW message boards that taught me a lot about the program, along with reading my materials (which I didn't do for a month or two), more than the meetings. I love my leader, but she tends towards being a "yes man", so if someone says something that is simply NOT correct she doesn't tend to correct them. (so I do ) Much better to get the program from your materials, IMO.

Again, best of luck!
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Yikes, Molly that's scary! I'm glad you are ok! I will get what I describe as "low blood sugar-y" if I don't eat or drink enough, especially before exercise. That's all bad enough, but it usually makes me feel icky enough that I fix it. Sorry that happened to you!
Thank you. I don't want it to happen to anyone else. If you're woozy just leaving the gym, turn back around and see if there's something to eat. I mean, we have a Subway IN the gym...I could have shared a cookie with DS or gotten a kid's sandwich or something. Even sharing a chocolate milk with DS.

I wondered if it was dehydration, and it's possible, but I was drinking water all day, plus sips while jogging. Since I'm working towards doing a race, I don't want to drink all through my runs, and give myself a sip at each half mile. Then I drank more after the jog. The one thing that makes me question my "I wasn't dehydrated" stance is that my post-run weight was pretty drastically different from when I woke up yesterday. And that was while I wore sweaty clothes before I showered.





Just realized I drank 4 servings of coffee yesterday; my morning cups of coffee, then later a 2-shot latte with that biscotti. I could TOTALLY have had dehydration as a factor, along with not having my normal cereal. UGH.
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Thank you all for the kind welcome!

Survived day 1 It's a start!

I ate all my points. I ate out for lunch at a non-chain resturant, so I had to guestimate what the salad dressing was. I didn't exercise, which was one of my hopes for yesterday.

coastgirl-you have a cute doggie! The registration fees are being waived right now (which is why I signed up when I saw the commercial Tuesday night). I'm going to try the online version for 3 months (which is what I signed up for) and then evaluate.

bumbershoot-thanks for the encouragment and I know I shouldn't compare. I've used myfitnesspal in the past so I'm trying to get used to the WW app. It's not as smooth to use, in my opinion. I haven't had much luck with the scanner app either.

I think I'll end up using some of my weekly points, but maybe not all of them all of the time. But we'll see.

Here's to day 2!
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