Yeah I know, my title. Cheap shot at getting your attention haha, but it’s the truth! I have been thinking about this post for weeks and I hope I can organize my thoughts because I am so passionate about this.
I started using the Weight Watchers (WW) point system May 6th, 2013. A friend of mine told me that her and others I knew from church were doing WW. At the time, my youngest was around 10 months old and I liked the idea of shedding a few pounds. Let me stop here and tell you that I never officially joined Weight Watchers, but looking back I would have joined officially. (I will explain that later.) I found an App for my iPhone to help me track my points and another App to help me with points at fast food restaurants. So with my phone in hand, I was ready to start!
For those not familiar with WW, its a very basic system based on points. It’s just basic math and that’s why I love it! Certain foods are assigned certain points. Based on your current weight, goal weight, and other factors, you will be given your points for each day. All I do is eat what I want, but stay within my point range. So let me go back to my Sonic Corn Dogs. If I find myself out and about and in need of lunch, a favorite stop of mine is Sonic. A Sonic corn dog is 6 WW Points Plus. That is very doable for me because I allot 8 points per meal. See, easy! I even have 2 points left over! This is what I LOVE about the WW’s program. You pretty much can eat what you want, as long as it stays within your points. It’s all about portion control! I enjoy salads, fresh fruit and veggies, but then I can also eat me some tater tots too. I would like to say I am a strict healthy eater, but I am not. I do like eating good foods, but I also like my indulgences too. Again, that is why I love WW. It totally works for me and my lifestyle.
I am a busy mom to four kids and my husband is a full time student. I hardly have any time or budget to go to a gym to work out. And let me publicly admit this right here and now, I hate working out and the idea of it. Should I for the health of my heart and body? Absolutely. I just haven’t made that a part of my lifestyle yet. Every pound I have lost has been all attributed to eating less and healthier foods. But, another great thing about WW, is the more you work out, the more points you earn. So, feel like you want to splurge tonight for dinner? Go for a good walk and earn some points so you can. Yep, get rewarded for exercise. That’s a good thing.
So have I gotten you all excited yet? I have a few tips I will share if you decide to start this journey for yourself!
- If you can, join Weight Watchers. Even though I was not using their system and had success, in the beginning it would have been nice to have a sponsor and someone I could ask questions because I had tons of questions. Luckily, I had a friend who had found her own success and she was generous with her time. Weight Watchers is always running specials and they have a jump start program they just introduced called “Simple Start.” They also have several resources available to members. One of those I wish I had now is a recipe calculator. You plug in your ingredients and it will tell you the points per serving. I feel it would be worth every penny!
- Do it with a friend. It’s easier to set a goal with a friend and someone who can support you and you them.
- Join a WW forum or start your own! For the people I knew at church doing WW, I created us a private group on Facebook so we could report our progress, our failures, new recipes, etc.
- Stay positive! It’s a day by day process.
Here are the Apps I use on my phone to help me keep track of my points.
- Pro Tracker - I no longer need my tracker, unless I want to calculate points. I just use the calculator on my phone now to keep up with my points. But, could not have done it without using it. It has it’s flaws, but I made it work for me.
- Fast Food Nutrition Points - Did I mention I like to eat fast food? I really do. I use this daily and find it invaluable when eating out. It’s not just for fast food. Restaurants like Olive Garden, Lonestar Steak House, Applebee’s etc. are also included.
Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change. I have met my goal. I met my goal several months ago, but I still live it day by day. I guess I will be 80 years old and counting my points. Maybe. I hope so!
There is so much more I could share, but that would be the longest post in history. I plan on sharing more tips and favorite foods in future posts so come back if you are interested in sharing this journey with me!