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My Experience With Weight Watchers: The Second Time Around

Fitness and Health · June 8, 2020

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I need to preface this by saying this is in no way sponsored. I have paid for WW with my own money twice. I did it after I had Liam in 2017 and did the program for over a year. I lost 70 lbs which is what I gained during pregnancy and fertility medications. Now I am currently doing weight watchers for the second time. With Charlotte, I gained 78 lbs. So far I am down 63 lbs. I want to share a bit about why I use weight watchers and my experience with weight watchers both this time and what else I do to get back in shape.

My Experience With Weight Watchers: The Second Time Around

Why I use Weight Watchers: When I decided on WW after Liam I had read tons of posts from people I know who had used it. I found it to be very simple to follow and I liked that it wasn’t a gimmick. I didn’t want a shake, a fast, or something like whole 30 or Keto. No shade to anyone who does that it just was not what I wanted.

How it works: You probably know how it works but you get a certain amount of points a day. For the program I chose (the one where eggs, chicken, etc DO cost you points) I get 30 points a day. I calculate EVERY SINGLE THING I eat. Most fruits and veggies are 0 points. I do have my Starbucks latte most days, I do eat pizza, pasta, etc I just calculate it. I find it easiest to plan my day ahead and input all my meals at the beginning of the day so I know what I have left. Oh, and I have wine 🙂 When you work out you get fit points and I have it set to use fit points first if I go over vs using my allotted extra points.

How it was the second time so far: I signed right back up the day I came home from the hospital. I am sure I will get a ton of judgment for this but I wanted to get back into healthy eating and making good choices immediately. FYI there is a setting if you are breastfeeding that gives you more points. So far the second time has gone really well. I was worried that with two kids that I would slack more and sure I have had days where I am STARVING and just snack a bit more and go over points but I ONLY use extra points if they are fit points. The weight is coming off at about the same pace. Looking back at 6 months after I had Liam I am right around the same weight. I will say I was worried that with quarantine I would slack more but I really didn’t. I still exercised every day at home or walked the neighborhood. I still ate the same.

What else I am doing: I walk 10K steps a day NO MATTER WHAT. Always. I also do Pure Barre either at home or now back in the studio nearly every day. The days I do not do Pure Barre I do some other sort of strength. I have gone to the gym and used the elliptical a few times since they reopened. Before COVID-19 I went to the gym 4-6 days a week.

How do I feel: I feel amazing. Honestly, I have found that I feel really healthy when I do WW because I feel like it inspires me to eat more WHOLE foods. I do not eat as much “crap” and I really pay attention to what’s going into my body.

How long will I do it: Last time I did it about a year and while I did not track points after that I did eat pretty much the same. I maintained my weight another year and then I got pregnant with Charlotte. When I am pregnant my body just packs on the pounds and I try not to stress about it. But, we are done having babies now. I do expect to track until the weight is off and then maybe a few months after. I am hoping I can just maintain it without tracking.

I would be happy to answer any questions about WW since I have had experience using it twice and both times have been very successful.

Please let me know if you have any questions below!

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  • 12 thoughts on “My Experience With Weight Watchers: The Second Time Around

    1. Deborah Brooks

      I have not tried WW myself but have a few friends who have also had positive experiences with it. I think it’s fantastic that you are feeling so good and it’s working so well for you. Finding time for yourself with 2 kids is not easy!

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    2. Stephanie Gentry

      I’ve been wanting to try WW for a while now, and I just found out my insurance company will pay for it (😆). But my big thing is, how hard is it to track the points? I’ve got 3 kids, and we are really busy. Is it tricky to track the points for everything? I just do t want to go into it, and not actually use it as intended.

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      1. Ronnie

        I have done WW several times and have always been very successful. Unfortunately, my mindset is “oh, i lost the weight!! I don’t need help anymore” and I do. I need to go into maintenance mode and not just quit all together. It is wonderful because it doesn’t deprive you of anything!! It just forces you to limit the unhealthy.

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    3. Stephanie

      That’s awesome that this is working so well for you! I’m not doing WW, but I have been doing at least 30 minutes of exercise every single day for over 50 days now. I don’t do shakes and all that, either.

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    4. Joline

      I think we’re doing the fitness part really well, the healthy eating part, not so much. Is there an application process or can anybody go into a WW program?

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    5. Melanie williams

      I think after this lockdown many many people will want to get rid of a few pounds, so WW looks like it could be worth a go

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    6. aisasami

      I am glad the WW is working for you. We don’t such a program here in Japan, but I have been losing weight recently. Lots of exercising.

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    7. Trista

      I have found success in using WW too. As a matter of fact, it is the only thing that has worked for me after having kids. Tracking everything and enjoying the occasional splurges plus exercise is huge for me. Congrats!! What you’re doing is seriously hard and takes considerable discipline.

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    8. Elizabeth O

      Whatever program we join, it comes down to accountability. You are doing exercises and other things that would help anyone who is determined to drop a few pounds. I like the camaraderie one can build with weight watchers and the weigh-ins keep people focused on achieving their goals.

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    9. Stephanie Lee

      I just started WW for the first time a few weeks ago. I am currently down 8lbs. I love how it works. I have tried so many other things and they never worked for me. I’m excited to continue and see how this goes for me.

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