Weight Watchers Chat -- Part III

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  1. dizzyr

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    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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  3. molitva

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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?
     
  4. coastgirl

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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.
     
  5. keahgirl8

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    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!
     
  6. coastgirl

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    Forgot to say, my WI yesterday was down 2.1. :cool1: 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. [​IMG]

    Isn't she adorable? :lovestruc
     
  7. bumbershoot

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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.
     
  8. coastgirl

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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!
     
  9. bumbershoot

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    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. :headache: (so I do :rolleyes1) Much better to get the program from your materials, IMO.

    Again, best of luck!
     
  10. bumbershoot

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    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.


    :scratchin


    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.
     
  11. molitva

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    Thank you all for the kind welcome!

    Survived day 1 :cheer2: 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!
     
  12. Aburns8

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    I am at a crossroads with WW right now. I think that I am going to take a break for a while. I am missing the motivation and haven't lost anything, or at least what I have gained, in months. I don't know when I am coming back, but I think that I am just going to save some money and try something else. I am beginning to think we are not a good fit right now. I enjoyed reading about everyone's WW path. I will stop in from time to time to see how everyone is doing.
     
  13. coastgirl

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    Woohoo! Way to go. I think the first week is the hardest, getting used to the new way of thinking about things. You're well on your way! Took me about a month to add exercise to my routine, I just had enough to deal with, you know? So don't be too hard on yourself, you are already making great efforts. If today's the day to add exercise, good for you. If instead you put your energy into figuring out what a serving of pasta looks like, or something equally useful, that's good too.

    I know some people like to stick to their dailies only, but I feel deprived if I stick to that only. I usually try to have 15 or 20 weeklies left at the end of the week, though. I also eat my APs (activity points) because I gotta tell you, I HATE to exercise, even when I am at my most fit. The only thing that gets me out there is knowing I have "room" for that yummy little treat as a result. I lose faster when I exercise, even if I eat the points. And the more APs I eat, the fewer weeklies I use. YMMV, but it's better to eat what keeps you from feeling deprived and grumpy than to be really strict, and quit after 3 weeks. But maybe you know that you need to see a bigger initial loss to keep going...whatever works for you.

    I'm new here Auburn, but I wanted to wish you well with your next steps. I think we do need to mix it up from time to time--I paid for my online membership for months after I stopped using it "last time" I did WW, and I resented it and felt guilty about it. Better to take action for something else. I see your next trip is almost here--have a GREAT time!
     
  14. coastgirl

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    Ok, I have to say "HOLY CRAP!" My kids got their report cards today so after school I drove them to Dairy Queen for a treat. I had a SMALL banana split blizzard because I remembered it being around 6 points. In my dreams. TWELVE points. :eek: TWELVE. Oy. Well, soup it is for supper...thankfully I have some leftover turkey soup (from the leftover Easter turkey--double leftovers, that's like eating air, right?? ;) )

    And what have we learned today class? :teacher: Always check BEFORE you order. :headache:
     
  15. dizzyr

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    Welcome! I have been on WW this time for about 6 months and I still haven't checked out everything online yet! They also recently made some changes to the app and I still get confused lol.

    I would go to a meeting and tell them that you just joined online and are considering joining the meetings too but wanted to sit in on one or two first and I bet they would be fine with that. It would give you a pretty good overview of the program (and you can buy the WW bars if you like to have low point snacks on hand).

    I have like some of the meetings and not others (depends on the leader and the group) and just recently switched my membership to online only so now I use a friend for accountability and this board for motivation :) )

    Woohoo way to go! and yes she is adorable ::yes::

    Don't let that happen again!! If I go too long without eating I start to feel dizzy and then I'm like a crazy person shoving food into my mouth!

    I think it also depends on what your point value is - the more you weigh the more points you get so I have a TON of points. I don't even always eat my dailies and I never eat the AP's. I sometimes do eat my weeklies when we go out for dinner and splurge but for the most part it's rare that I will use up more than 5-10 a week. My thinking is as I lose weight my points will go down and I don't want to have to "readjust" everything I've already adjusted because my point value is less. I try and bulk up on 0 point foods - if you don't do that and don't eat your points you will be hungry for sure. Even with not using all my daillies I'm probably still eating more points a day than most people so while it may seem like I'm not eating enough I really am. A perfect example is yesterday I had a banana and raw vegetables for "breakfast" (I don't usually eat before I leave the house and I get to work at 9:45 and 10:00 is break time for everyone else so there are always cut up veggies so I grab a bowlfull), for lunch I had a pita with meat and a ton of veggies, feta cheese and some greek dressing with a bag of baked lays, dinner was a baja salad with a few of my DH's fries. For snack in the evening I had popcorn. At the end of the day I still had 6 dailies left and I also earned 12 activity points which I didn't use. If you had eaten the same thing you would have gone over your daily point value and either had to use up some weeklies or AP so don't feel bad if you use them up and then hear that others don't - it's whatever works for you that matters.

    I hate that! Remember how I said I used to go to McDonalds on Fridays after my WI - well one day I decided I was going to still treat myself but have something healthier. There's a Joeys right next to my office so I went and ordered the chicken lettuce wraps to go - brought them back to work and patted myself on the back for a job well done and chowed down on my HEALTHY lunch! THEN I looked up the nutritional information ............................................................. 22 POINTS!! I was devestated! Thank goodness I looked them up after otherwise I wouldn't have enjoyed them as much :lmao::rotfl2:
     
  16. dizzyr

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    Oh and I just learned what the multi quote button was for - aren't y'all glad ;)
     
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    Good luck with whatever you choose to try :) I understand the frustration when it's just not working right.
     
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    I had one of those moments too. I had a cinnamon roll, expecting it to be pretty high in points and it only came out to 5. I weighed it in grams and then used "Giant cinnamon roll tray" (even though it wasn't Giant brand, figured it was comparable) to figure the points. So, a few days later, I decided to have another one, cut one the same way I did the first one, weighed the grams, and ate it. THEN I went to the tracker, input the grams :faint: 11 points! I only get 26 points, that's almost half my points in a cinnamon roll (and believe me, it was not as good or as big as a Starring Rolls cinnamon roll -- hope they still have them because I intend to get one).

    I'm not sure I remembered to check in after my Tuesday WI. Down 1 lb. .8 and I'll reach 85, my goal for the next trip to WDW, which is ten days away.
     
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    Not having a good week. Easter was a killer. I had Ihop for breakfast which was a huge amount of points and then dinner! I'm in the hole by 30 for this week. I'm also PMSing and bloated. I haven't been to the gym but one day this week either. I know I gained around a pound. I want to skip my WI this week but it feels like cheating. But I won't skip it...Accountability! I'll take the gain and move on like I have in the past.

    Congrats Keah for making goal that's awesome!

    Everyone here is doing so well! Good job everyone!
     
  20. coastgirl

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    Jules, you're still here, and that's what matters. Holidays are HARD. It's over now, and next week will be better. :hug: Go to your WI, it may be better than you expect (it usually is), and even if it's not, getting there and keeping on is way more important than a short-lived upward blip.

    Debbie and Dizzy, glad to hear I'm not the only one to be "misguided" occasionally! :rolleyes1

    Weekend's nearly here. :banana: Are we ready?? I save most of my weeklies for Friday and Saturday, which is why my WI is Wednesday!
     
  21. dizzyr

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    I'm so ready for the weekend to be here but I'm not in any way organized! This week was bad for eating out because I hadn't done a grocery run. I'm going to do that first thing tomorrow morning. I also missed my two aquafit classes this week (Easter and student led conferences on aquafit days). :(
     

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