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!