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Old 03-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Weight watchers at the world

Just wondering do you guys count points while on vacation? Do you gain while there?
I'm already looking up the food I want to eat
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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My trip in April will be my 1st when on WW (I've done WW once before), but I've always struggled with my weight until I started running 2 years ago. Even now, I have to be careful what I eat. I started WW again a few weeks ago to help me get over the hump where I seemed to have been stuck for 18 months.

Having said all that, I tend to just go off the diet(s) when I'm there; however I do try to be conscious of the portions and types of foods I'm eating. I'm not counting points, but I'm also not obsessing over it. I still run and obviously I'm walking alot while there so you're getting good exercise. Don't overthink it, but don't overdo it would be my philosophy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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I hit my WW one-year anniversary while at the parks this Feb. After doing it this long (and I do the "eat ALL points coming to me" plan) I found that my stomach has changed and my appetite has changed. So I will tell you that I ate ALL I wanted on our vacation. But the caveat is that what I wanted is vastly different than what I wanted two years ago.

We didn't have as busy a park schedule this time, because of our plans and because DH was injured and moving slow. We had a 3 night cruise at the start. I worked out once, doing the Castaway Cay 5K. We were gone for 2 weeks. Again, I ate all I wanted to eat, what I wanted to eat, when I wanted to eat. We had Kringla bakery treats (mmm, schoolbread) 3 times during our trip. I had souffle on our cruise. The one day I ate to the point of discomfort was at Tusker House but that was planned, I just LOVE their food and wasn't content to stop when full...I purposely went beyond it. (I'm not a believer in "the first bite is the best"...it's just not true for me) We did the Tea Room twice and had treats both times. etc.

I lost .4 lbs when I returned.

My appetite has changed, and by following that appetite (except for the day at Tusker House when I KNEW I would eat to the point of physical discomfort (I'm so glad I don't live in Orlando or I would be in trouble with that restaurant)), I found I did well.



On the other hand, DH gained a few lbs. But again he was moving slow. And he didn't do the 5K, he slept one day when we went to Epcot, and he was taking ibuprofen through the trip which can cause swelling (and it does with him).


I think an important part of vacation is to remember that IF you gain on vacation, most of the gain isn't a true gain; we don't put on 5 lbs of fat in a week or two. The body doesn't even MAKE fat all that quickly. It's mostly going to be water weight from salty foods, not enough water, and being on our feet ALL day long. Add flying to the mix and it's a water-weight extravaganza! And it can also be the simple bulk of the food that's taking a bit longer to be digested. Most of a gain will be gone in a week or two, and if there's any left, well, we know exactly what to do about it, right?


Have a GREAT trip!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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Hello!

I DID count my points at WDW. I count them everywhere. I have been on and off WW for several years, sometimes counting and sometimes not. I think tracking is better for me than not.

That being said, If I want something, I am going to eat it. If I go over my points, I go over. Although I don't tend to overeat as much anymore as I did even last year when I was at WDW.

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I hit my WW one-year anniversary while at the parks this Feb. After doing it this long (and I do the "eat ALL points coming to me" plan) I found that my stomach has changed and my appetite has changed. So I will tell you that I ate ALL I wanted on our vacation. But the caveat is that what I wanted is vastly different than what I wanted two years ago.

I think that my tracking is more important than the points I consume during a trip to WDW. I am getting a lot more activity there than I do at home so in a weird way, it works out.

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Bumbershoot what you said about your change in the way you eat makes sense. I already realized that some of my habits have changed. In August last year I was on Weight watchers for a few weeks when I went on a cruise and let's just say I returned to weight watchers in feb. 10 lbs heavier then when I started the first time
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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I haven't been on WW at WDW, but I have been on it at DL. I tracked everything the best I could, and tried to find the healthiest options possible. That being said, I did allow myself a treat every day, so I didn't feel deprived. This is the thing about WW...if you truly change your lifestyle, it becomes the way you eat. If I have the choice between a really good salad and a plate of fried food, I will choose the salad out in the real world. In DL, I eat the same way 99.99% of the time, because that is how I eat now. I enjoy my vacations, but don't feel overstuffed, sluggish, or uncomfortable....which is now I used to feel on vacation when I over ate the time.
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I haven't been on WW at WDW, but I have been on it at DL. I tracked everything the best I could, and tried to find the healthiest options possible. That being said, I did allow myself a treat every day, so I didn't feel deprived. This is the thing about WW...if you truly change your lifestyle, it becomes the way you eat. If I have the choice between a really good salad and a plate of fried food, I will choose the salad out in the real world. In DL, I eat the same way 99.99% of the time, because that is how I eat now. I enjoy my vacations, but don't feel overstuffed, sluggish, or uncomfortable....which is now I used to feel on vacation when I over ate the time.
This sounds great! A think I can handle a treat everyday. I'm so impressed with your weight loss ticker way to go
I'm feeling a little down tonight because I was reading a lot of negative info about the plan
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I've always had a bit of a struggle to maintain my weight and I have to be conscious about what I'm eating and excercise to stay on track. I've never gained weight at WDW. I gained 4 lbs two weeks ago on a cruise but never at Disney. We tour fairly commando so even with all the treats I still maintained my weight.

When I was there in December I tried to get a healthy hearty breakfast in before we went to the parks. For lunch and dinner (tried to go with healthy options) I ate until I was full no more, and then I enjoyed a treat or 2 each day between meals. It worked for me and I didn't feel like I was depriving myself. I also think keeping some healthy foods in my diet made the trip much more enjoyable. I don't drink any soda at home and only have 1 cheat meal a week I would have felt awful if I ate like crap all week!
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This sounds great! A think I can handle a treat everyday. I'm so impressed with your weight loss ticker way to go
I'm feeling a little down tonight because I was reading a lot of negative info about the plan
Thanks! If I can do it, anyone can. I'm not sure what you're reading, but don't let it discourage you. Everyone has to do what is best for them. It may not work for some people, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you!
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I'm feeling a little down tonight because I was reading a lot of negative info about the plan
What were you reading? The 360 plan is the same plan that it's been for awhile, with just more sort of emotional, or real life, support.

This plan is working for me more than the plan did in '00-/'01 (which worked really well except that I chose to deprive myself BIG time, and then met my future husband, and I gave up because I was tired of "dieting" on dates), better than when I rejoined in '03 (when we did things like eat cookies instead of fruit b/c you had to count points for fruit), and when I re-rejoined in '04 (which actually worked quite well except again I was depriving myself, not following the good health guidelines, and finally decided that I hit a year-long plateau and it wasn't worth paying for...totally ignoring the fact that I was eating chocolate cake every other day and not counting it).

This plan has been awesome for me. I don't know how other people are following it or why it's not working for them, but it's been great for me.

And what's cool is that I believe Keah and I started around the same time, she's doing it online and I do meetings, I eat ALL points (daily, weekly, activity), she only rarely eats Activity points, and yet we're both doing great! We're following it in the way that works for us, and it's working. I don't know how old Keahgirl is, but I'm 43 and I'm just loving this plan.
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What were you reading? The 360 plan is the same plan that it's been for awhile, with just more sort of emotional, or real life, support.

This plan is working for me more than the plan did in '00-/'01 (which worked really well except that I chose to deprive myself BIG time, and then met my future husband, and I gave up because I was tired of "dieting" on dates), better than when I rejoined in '03 (when we did things like eat cookies instead of fruit b/c you had to count points for fruit), and when I re-rejoined in '04 (which actually worked quite well except again I was depriving myself, not following the good health guidelines, and finally decided that I hit a year-long plateau and it wasn't worth paying for...totally ignoring the fact that I was eating chocolate cake every other day and not counting it).

This plan has been awesome for me. I don't know how other people are following it or why it's not working for them, but it's been great for me.

And what's cool is that I believe Keah and I started around the same time, she's doing it online and I do meetings, I eat ALL points (daily, weekly, activity), she only rarely eats Activity points, and yet we're both doing great! We're following it in the way that works for us, and it's working. I don't know how old Keahgirl is, but I'm 43 and I'm just loving this plan.
When did you start? I started January 23, 2012. Yes, I know the exact date! I am 31.

You are exactly right. You have to make the plan work for you! Sometimes you have to do some trial and error to figure it out, but it will happen!
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When did you start? I started January 23, 2012. Yes, I know the exact date! I am 31.

You are exactly right. You have to make the plan work for you! Sometimes you have to do some trial and error to figure it out, but it will happen!
Just about a month later. I think my first meeting was Feb 18 2012.

Sorry to talk about your experience, by the way; I realized a minute ago I probably shouldn't have done that, but it came out because I just think that it's SO cool that we're doing it differently but still having great results. And we're doing it differently from each other because we have different needs; you do not feel the need for the "extra" points all the time, while I do, and both of us get to do just what we want! I just love that.

And you're the one that introduced me to the ticker from lilyslim.com.
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I was basically just reading critics of the plan saying in the long run it won't work. I get very discouraged when I read articles on healthy living because I still eat white flour and some high calorie foods even if they are within my points I still feel bad. I glad to hear it working for you guys! I'm 31 also and lost 13 lbs. it's my first month.
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Just about a month later. I think my first meeting was Feb 18 2012.

Sorry to talk about your experience, by the way; I realized a minute ago I probably shouldn't have done that, but it came out because I just think that it's SO cool that we're doing it differently but still having great results. And we're doing it differently from each other because we have different needs; you do not feel the need for the "extra" points all the time, while I do, and both of us get to do just what we want! I just love that.

And you're the one that introduced me to the ticker from lilyslim.com.
I don't mind at all! I like to help people with my experience! It is really cool that we are using the plan in totally different ways, but it is working for both of us.


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I was basically just reading critics of the plan saying in the long run it won't work. I get very discouraged when I read articles on healthy living because I still eat white flour and some high calorie foods even if they are within my points I still feel bad. I glad to hear it working for you guys! I'm 31 also and lost 13 lbs. it's my first month.
I think it teaches you how to eat and use portion control, without depriving yourself. You learn how to make changes you can do for life.

99.9% of the time, I do not eat anything white. I make one exception, which is jasmine rice. Once every week or two, I eat it and it hasn't hurt me. The high calorie foods are okay every once in a while. You just have to be careful, because if you are using tons of points on those, you may not have enough left for lean proteins and whole grains you need.

Congrats on your weight loss! That is a great first month. Don't get discouraged. You can do this!
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Diets as a general rule do not work long term; however I personally do not view WW as a diet any more. I used to when I did it before but it was because I was not very active. Now, that I'm a runner and have tried to develop better eating habits, I realize that's what WW is really all about. Now that I'm on it for the 2nd time in my life (1st time I lost 30lbs. only to gain it back because I didn't change my outlook and got burned out), I realize you can still enjoy things you want, but in moderation and not every single day!

You have to make the decision that there will be days when you're hungry. The choices will be what will a pick to fill that hunger? With WW, you're more likely to choose the low point or no point alternative to junk food. That's a good choice all people should make. Sure, you may want oreos real bad one night, but that doesn't mean you need oreos every night.

As a youth pastor, I'm constantly preaching to my kids about choices in life and how one choice sets off a chain of future events and a different choice could have completely altered the way things turned out. It's the same way with our diet (not to be confused with dieting). We have to retrain our mind and bodies to crave those things that are good for us and reshape our stomachs which have become accustomed to overeating.
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