Weight Watchers Chat -- Part III

Discussion in 'W.I.S.H' started by pwdebbie, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Freesia123

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    Coast girl: are you in van?


    It's funny, someone posted that they pig out on ovulation day. I just looked at my calendar and bingo! Now ill be able to psyche myself up next month and try to fix the urge up binge. I've learned do much on this thread!!
     
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  3. coastgirl

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    Other coast--Halifax. Though we lived in Victoria for ten years. (I am "bicoastal"! When I picked my username neither "eastcoastgirl" nor "westcoastgirl" were available, but "coastgirl" actually suits me better--any coast will do!)

    Yep, powerful to know what's going on with our bodies. Good to know what's going on, as you say then you can plan ahead!
     
  4. pwdebbie

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    Drinking water is a matter of discipline at first, but then over time you will find you want the water bottle with you all the time. I have one hard and fast rule -- when I go to the bathroom at home, I always follow that trip with a glass of water. Output ---> Input :) Plus I keep a glass right next to the sink in the kitchen -- Do you realize how many times you stand at the kitchen sink? Every time I'm there, I drink. My goal is to refill that glass four times a day. Plus I sit water beside me when I'm on the computer or watching TV.

    I don't know how much I actually drink in a day but I have one goal -- no yellow urine (TMI????). If it is yellow, then I know I am not drinking enough!
     
  5. pwdebbie

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    EXACTLY THAT! I have one day each week (happened to be yesterday this week) when I eat heartily. I don't have a day like this around the house. It is when dh and I go out for lunch or we are invited to something special.

    Yesterday we met my parents, my sister and her family and several others at a place called Friendly Farm in Maryland. (We all drove at least an hour to get there, coming from different directions. My parents were in town for a high school reunion.) As I said there, I didn't drive 90 minutes to eat vegetables. :) I had two crab cakes and all the other stuff they serve before and during the meal, including four (yes I counted them and tracked them) of those fried biscuits rolled in sugar like you get at a Chinese restaurant. My total points yesterday was 59. But as long as this is a once-in-a-while event and not a daily occurrence, it's ok. And I do think my body likes it.

    I've been off-track since a trip to see my parents two weeks ago, but was back on track since Wednesday (lost three of those gained 4.8) and got right back on track today. Once in a while it is good to tell our bodies we aren't in starvation mode!
     
  6. dbrn

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    Hi, all. I'd like to join your group - I can use all the support I can get. I've been doing Weight Watchers since last January, and so far I've lost 56 pounds (I have another 45.5 to go to reach goal). I've been kind of at a standstill since mid-December, though, fighting the same 2 pounds, either up or down, each week.

    I've tried increasing my activity, but that didn't make much difference. Since I started, I haven't used my 49 because I tend to gain when I do. 2 weeks ago, though, I decided to change it up by doing Simply Filling part of the week and allowing myself the 49 weeklies. I lost 2 lbs. the first week, 0.5 the second. I was sick the second week and not exercising much, so that may explain the 0.5, but regardless, I'm glad for 0.5 instead of a gain.

    I really like the Simply Filling technique. There's a lot more variety of food that you can eat on the plan than I thought, and I've been much more in tune with my hunger signals. I like that I can switch back and forth between Simply Filling and tracking, too.

    Is anyone else here doing Simply Filling? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
     
  7. pwdebbie

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    One of the ladies in my meeting has only done Simply Filling and she has done great on it. I'm keeping that in the back of my head for the future if I need to change things up a bit.
     
  8. Goofygirl17

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    Weighed in yesterday- down another lb which makes for 12 total :) It feels good to be back on track. I rejoined at the end of December but didn't really start sticking to it until April.

    I also eat my extra points (not all but some) on the weekend and stick to my dailies during the week. I weigh-in on Saturday mornings.

    Have a great week!
     
  9. bumbershoot

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    I would make the suggestion that you try to track yesterday now. It might really give you a handle on what you do on those days, and maybe what you wish you would have done. That way next month (I did read your followup post) you can have a plan? Figure out the things you TRULY loved eating yesterday, what was really worth it, and make sure to have some of those things, and have a plan for those things.

    In the last 2 weeks I've had some days (it was DS's birthday over Mem Day weekend) where I said "I'm not tracking today!" and then hours later went back and tracked, and I was pleasantly surprised about what I had actually done (vs the nightmare I thought I had done). But even if it had gone the other way, it's worth knowing. Going into the red on etools was only frightening the first time I did it. Since then...it's just a color.

    Are you doing meetings? If so, have you bought the member packet thing with the weird neoprene zippered thing and measuring tape, measuring cups, etc? If you have that, have you looked at the Success Handbook? It's actually QUITE good. I'm not usually into stuff like that (it's described on the cover as "your very own blueprint for success"), but I forced myself to open it, and it's good stuff. If you can get your hands on it, it might be worth it. :)

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    75 pounds! Woo!
     
  10. NC State

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    I have been on program for 2 yrs now and loved it. I love to journal and have no problem doing it. I love having a weekly menu so each day is planned. But I think I'm eating the same stuff all the time because it's "safe" and I know the points without guessing. Since Christmas I just want all the stuff I don't need (cakes, pies, pizza, etc) I would allow myself treats each week on WI night but it's become that I want it everyday now. I do run 3 miles 4 days a week and even that has become a "I don't want to go" today. I just feel like the honeymoon is over and I want to do something different to get me back excited.
     
  11. coastgirl

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    Dbrn, I just saw your post (you ended up at the bottom of a page--easy for me to miss!). Welcome to you! 56 lbs is fabulous! I can imagine it would be hard to keep that momentum going, but you are more than halfway there. I haven't tried simply filling, but I wish you all good things with it. I like the idea of changing it up, too. I think we do need to shake it up every now and again to keep things going in the right direction.
     
  12. rcpae

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    Hi Everyone! I would love to jump on this bandwagon. After giving birth to my first daughter in 1993, I went to WW and lost all of my weight and became a lifetime member in 1994.

    Fast forward to last night...and two additional kids. lol I went back because I need to lose about 50 pounds.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the 360 plan. My question is, How do you figure points for things you eat in which you have the nutrition info? I found a points plus calculator online, but I don't see one in my welcome info. Do they hand this out in week 2?

    Thanks so much!
     
  13. coastgirl

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    Welcome rcpae!

    As far as I know the only thing you're given is the original book that has "all" foods in it (and...it doesn't of course!). I bought a calculator for about $10. There's no slider anymore. If you have the online tools, you can get a free app for your phone. I use my phone more and more (because I am more likely to be able to find it than the calculator or the book--I can call my phone if it's MIA!). There's no included way that I know of to calculate food from the nutrition panel anymore, you either buy the calculator or subscribe to etools. Sorry!

    Welcome back. I also made lifetime and am back at it. (2006 for me, I gained 65 since then--I'm an overachiever! If it took you 20 years to gain 50, you're not doing too badly!)

    Edited to add, I like the 360 plan better than the version I did in 2005/06. I like the idea that they are talking about strategies that go beyond the kitchen (though a lot of it you've probably heard before--but they are a bit more comprehensive now). I also love the free fruit and veg. That is helping me make a real healthy change, to be building the habit of reaching for fruit and veg *first* .

    Good luck!
     
  14. bumbershoot

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    The stuff you're eating all the time because it's safe... if those are foods you buy and aren't making, go back and check the nutrition info, make SURE it's all the same. Companies just love to change ingredients and components, so make sure there aren't any errors there!

    I like switching things up; I think it keeps my body on its toes.

    You're a runner; do you do races? If not, would that keep you excited, to have something to train for?

    Treats...can you do smaller amounts on the nights when you want it? I have dessert most nights. Though recently "dessert" sometimes is 0% Fage plain yogurt with two+ servings of thawed-out cherry/berries blend from Trader Joe's. Not sure how my taste buds are calling that dessert, but I guess after 400+ days on WW your taste buds start to change, LOL.


    Since they use four factors now (fat, fiber, carbs, and protein), a slider doesn't work. You have to use the handheld calculator you can buy at a meeting, or if you have access to etools you use the calculator there.

    I personally call this plan Points Plus, since nothing points-wise has changed since they put the 360 label on it. To me, the 360 is the mental, emotional factor they have started to talk about. That probably means nothing to you since you started after the 360 was started, but I had nearly a year without 360, and all 360 added was mental/emotional stuff. Totally totally important and Im' glad they are looking at it now, but it didn't change the Points Plus. : )


    Take your time to get to know the new program. Read your materials, and read them again! It's good stuff. I thought nothing would ever top the program I first joined with in mid-2000, but I absolutely adore pointsplus. And that started once I actually read the materials. Thought the stuff they gave me was just ads...whoops! :goodvibes
     
  15. Abby Wednesday

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    Hi everyone! With my weigh-in being Monday, I got to skip a week. So, I veered a little off course Memorial Day weekend. I'm still down 2.4lbs, and I have 12 to go to get to what is considered a healthy weight for my height. Still haven't set an official goal, but I want to be somewhere in the middle of my weight range.

    I hope everyone has a good week! To NC State, my feeling on that is that I have had to get away from rewarding myself with food. Maybe if you don't look at it so much as a reward and just simply work it into your points. Like bumbershoot, I have dessert most nights.
     
  16. NC State

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    I cook all my meals. We only eat out twice a week. I cook the same meals so I'm burned out I know. Last year I ran 3 - 5K races. This year I'm planning for 5 races so it keeps me needing to go to the gym. I run 20 mins and walk 40 mins so I spend 1 hr for 4 days a week. But some days I just don't want to stop. I want a fudge brownie with ice cream....:headache:
     
  17. bumbershoot

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    Ooh, so close! Exciting. I'm 5+ away from the top mark, but I know I can take off more and be even happier, so I'm going for that. My leader (and the other person I feel is my leader, though she's not on my meeting days) doesn't let people choose the top mark for Goal and then make Lifetime even while losing; she wants you to "own" that weight and know how to maintain. So I don't get to be "free" as quickly as I want to, because I know that for me, 5+ more isn't going to let me say "yep, I'm done".


    Dang, you're doing it all so right! Making your meals, that's awesome! Oh wait, dining out twice a week? Well make sure you're estimating those correctly; I almost never go out anywhere that doesn't have a strong nutrition section on their website. I'm so boring now. :) Running races.

    mmm, fudge brownie with ice cream...aw man until I read that I was good to go with my "dessert" mentioned above!

    Did you mention that you're doing any weights? I forget if you did. Maybe you could start them? I started recently, and I was ready and willing to take a hit for a week or two weight-wise, thinking it would cause some water retention, but knowing that over time it's going to rev up my metabolism a bit. Seems to be working, and with just a few weeks of doing it (just twice a week) my arms, especially, are changing wonderfully. Might be an idea for you if you have the time and inclination.

    If you're doing meetings, can you talk to your leader? Bring in your tracker, go over it with him/her, get some nice ideas?

    I really feel for you. I've got DH here who hits roadblocks, and I know there are many people in my meetings who have had the same sort of thing happen. I hope that you can work it out sooner rather than later! :hug:


    So sorry I post such novels, by the way. :scared:
     
  18. NC State

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    Thank you for the feedback. I have WI tonight and I'll talk to her about it. It feels so much better to talk to someone about my roadblock.;)
     
  19. coastgirl

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    WI this morning...up 0.8. :headache: Sigh. I think it's my first week with a gain. (I have to check, there might have been one other.) Last week I was down 5.4 lbs, which I knew was freakish, AND my b'day was Sunday, so I was only going for "maintain". I was good though, finished the week with about 30 pts to spare. (I use APs for extras, try to keep my weeklies as much as possible, though I always use some.) The week before that I was down 1, so that's still a net loss of 4.6 over 3 weeks--still good, right?? And I've still earned my 25 lb "medal" I got last week, still down 25.6 net. Gotta focus on the big picture.
     
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    WI tonight and I'm down 1.4 lbs!! I don't know how because we were out of town for three days. I have increased my time in the gym and cut back on the fruit. Thank you Bumbershoot for your words. I even stayed for the meeting tonight, first time in 4 months!
     
  21. pwdebbie

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    Down 3 this week -- Don't applaud, that means I'm still UP 1.8 from before I went to the ocean for three whole days two weeks ago. Going in the right direction though!
     

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