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My Weight Watchers Experience (So Far)

Fitness and Health · July 19, 2017

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Hi friends! Today I am getting pretty personal and pretty detailed about my experience so far with Weight Watchers. Please note this is in no way sponsored. I pay for my plans and I made the decision to join. No one asked me to write this aside from a few readers who wanted more details. So today I am going to tell you my Weight Watchers experience. The good, the bad, and the difficult.

My Weight Watchers Experience

Exactly 5 months ago today I joined Weight Watchers. So far I have lost 30 lbs. This has been hands down one of the hardest things I have ever done. Losing baby weight is NO JOKE. I have shared before about how I gained about 60 lbs pregnant with Liam. I put on 15 lbs before that TRYING to get pregnant. So I had 75 lbs I wanted to lose. For me I need a program. Back in 2010 I wanted to lose about 20 lbs and I used My Fitness Pal and just ate super healthy and worked out. It came off in about 3 months. No big deal right? Well I was also 26. 33 is a different ball game. Slower metabolism and all. I still have 15 lbs to lose but I have pretty much lost all of the baby weight. This is a HUGE deal for me. Losing weight has always been tough!

The Good: I love that you can eat basically anything as long as it fits with your points. Granted I wouldn’t suggest eating an entire pizza and nothing else every day or eating 10 tacos. But for the most part you can eat anything. I am including at the end of this post what my normal day of eating looks like if you are curious. I like that it keeps me accountable. I also love the swap aspect. So I get 30 points a day. I get 35 points per week of flex points. So those are my “extra” points. However, I never use them. I swap those for my Fit Points. The points I earn for working out, walking, etc. I connect my Fit Bit to my Weight Watchers app and it records my steps etc. Then I log things like barre workouts, strength training. I tend to earn about 100 plus fit points a week. I usually use about 5-10. I tend to not really need extra points. I rarely go over my 30 points aside from pizza night and only because I have 1.5 slices instead of 1.

The Bad: There is literally nothing bad about Weight Watchers per-say. The bad part is getting in the habit of eating what a normal person should eat. While I was pregnant and even before I was eating SO MUCH MORE than I should have been. Probably 2-3 times the amount of food I really needed. So the hardest part is the first week or two where your body is getting used to just eating what it really needs.

The Difficult: So when we make something like homemade pizza (every Friday) or Lasagna (rare) you have to create a recipe so you are getting the true amount of points. Guessing is not what makes someone successful doing Weight Watchers. So the first times I ate those things on Weight Watchers I added every single ingredient. I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE. I added the measurements and then divided it into how many servings (6 for example). Then I knew that one serving was X number of points. This is difficult BUT it saves into the app so you can edit it but you don’t have to add it each time. I also did this for my green smoothie. I would say that’s the most difficult part for me. It does show you how much certain foods cost you in points. For example the whole wheat flour in our pizza is what’s costing me the bulk of the points. Not the cheese. Granted you would have to do this with almost any program or you’d have to guess. DON’T GUESS ON ANYTHING! Yes these things take a little longer. Adding recipes, weighing portions etc are time consuming. But it pays off.

This is what a typical day looks like for me food wise:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, half a banana, and a Venti nonfat latte

Snack: Banana after my workout or half an RX bar.

Lunch: 4 oz of chicken breast or scrambled egg whites, a ton of apple slices and half my plate full of veggies (carrots, celery). Or I make a salad with tons of veggies and chicken breast.

Snack: Green Smoothie (blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, spinach, kale, Truvia, ice, water)

Dinner: We rotate through about 5 meals on a regular basis and most involve chicken and veggies. Fridays we always have homemade pizza. If we don’t want to cook I usually make a salad with tons of veggies, hard boiled egg whites, and chicken.

Dessert: Fruit! Usually grapes, pineapple, or frozen strawberries.

Snacks: Pretzel crisps, pretzel sticks, Smart Pop kettle corn, Annie’s cheddar bunnies. Usually 1 serving of one of those 🙂

Do you have any experience with WW or any other weight loss program?

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  • 23 thoughts on “My Weight Watchers Experience (So Far)

    1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

      Thank you for sharing your Weight Watchers experience! I always hear about this program from people in the US, but as we don’t have it here, I never really looked into it. It sounds like a really straightforward way to tackle weight loss, but a lot of hidden difficulties. I get you with guessing the points – similar to guessing calories, I guess.

      I’m not looking to lose weight, but it was interesting reading your recount. I appreciate that this isn’t sponsored too!

      Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
      http://charmainenyw.com

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    2. Caron

      I finally committed to WW in May. Down more than any other plan and still moving. Maybe commitment works as much as the plan?

      Great, honest read!

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    3. Lisa

      Congrats for all your hard work towards a healthier you. I have enjoyed using the spark people app. I find when I have to input the calories I am eating every day, I am more aware and tend to eat less resulting in weight loss. Even my husband will comment to me “you seem happier about your size when you use that sparkpeople thing.”

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    4. Kelsey Balch

      Way to go! After a slowing metabolism and trying to get preggo for a fews years it is hard to get back in shape but looks like you are doing awesome!!

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    5. Katie

      I’ve never tried WW but my Dad did it years ago and had a lot of success. Unfortunately shortly thereafter he lost his job (and they did WW through the office) and put the weight back on with stress, but he since went paleo and lost the weight and more. He absolutely loved the accountability which also made it hard to stick to after his job when he just tried to do it on his own. The program has changed a bit since those days, but I’ve heard a lot of people say good things about it and just getting used to normal portion sizes again!

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    6. cara

      Kudos to you girl for sticking to it! I would say counting up all the points when making recipes is probably the most time consuming part, but I like that it saves it for you.

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    7. Heather Johnson

      Not guessing is important for any weight loss plan and a healthy diet in general. So many people underestimate the number of calories in foods and thus consume way too much at once.

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    8. Christine

      A few of my friends from high school have had a lot of success with weight watchers! It sounds like the hard work pays off, but it’s definitely work. I feel the most difficult part of eating lifestyle changes is eating for fuel, not fun. It’s a tough transition when you like to comfort and celebrate yourself with food. Good work! Keep it up! You got this!!!

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    9. [email protected]

      Congratulations! I have heard great things about Weight Watchers but have never done it before. I definitely need to lose weight but I don’t think they have any international offices and I need the accountability. Good luck with continuing it.

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    10. Cathy Lawdanski

      I’ve done WW several times – the first time to lose baby weight 28 years ago! You are right – if you measure, don’t guess and track you can have great success. Good job!

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    11. Amy

      I once tried weight watchers and found myself becoming obsessed with the entire thing to an unhealthy degree. I LOVE that you’ve found a happy balance with it and are finding good results 🙂

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    12. Annemarie LeBlanc

      Congratulations! That was indeed a feat! Losing 30 pounds is fantastic. I wish you more success in your journey back to health and fitness!

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    13. angie

      my mother was a member many years ago. She is the reason that I have a better eating habit than others. Thanks so much for sharing and so glad you are doing well

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