Post # 1
So I desperately need to do something about my weight…at the VERY least I need to not gain anymore weight, but I do need to lose quite a bit.
I’m considering doing weight watchers online. I’m nervous that it’s going to be really hard for me to stick to, but I need to make a change because the direction I’m going is not good. I feel frumpy and don’t have the kind of energy that I should. I’m looking for this to be a lifestyle change not just a diet. I’m not going to lie…it feels daunting.
I’ve talked with my husband and he’s really supportive. He’s okay with trying the recipes with me and things like keeping temptation food/drinks out of the house, so at least I’ve got that support.
So do you have experience with it (particularly the online version)? Do you like it? Do you feel full? Do you do an exercise plan with it? Have you found a program that works better for you? Etc. I guess I’m just looking for some advice and first hand experiences.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
There’s a pretty active WW board on here! Lots of Bees love it!
Post # 4
Thanks! Do you have a link? I tried looking it up in the search before I made this post, but most of the threads were pretty old (which was weird because I know I see WW threads pop up all the time on here).
Post # 5
just go onto the fitness board on here and it’s a few threads down. i’ve tried several other diet methods and now i do weight watchers online (i only went to 1 meeting to see what it was like). i’ve found it to be very easy to follow and it absolutely is a lifestyle change, not a diet. imagine when you were growing up, your parents gave you a budget of $30 a day to spend and you had to figure out how was the best way to spend it to maximize what you got for your money – that’s a lot like how weight watchers works. they give you a certain number of points, and you’ve gotta figure out what fits within that points budget that will keep you feeling full and feeling good. it really does force you to learn what you’re putting into your body and how to listen to your body.
you can also do activity/exercise to build up extra points 🙂
Post # 6
@mg1363: I LOVE WW online. I have the app and there’s a scanner app, too, which makes things super easy. It’s kind of a game to me, to see what kinds of bad foods I can get away with while staying within my allotted points. I’ve lost about 33lbs on WW since August (I went from 155 to 122), so I’d totally recommend it.
Post # 7
The WW Suport Thread is here. Lots of us over there 🙂
But to answer your questions, I’ve been doing WW online since mid Feb, and have dropped almost 20 pounds, we’ll see if I get there today when I track my weight! (stay tuned to the other thread haha!) I love it and it’s not as daunting as you probably think so give it a try! I almost feel like I eat more–and I might be but am filling up on good stuff instead of junk. And it’s definitely a lifestyle change and not just a diet! I know in the first week or so I was given a real eye opener about what I was eating!
I’ve got the app and scanner on my phone too and it’s come in handy!
Post # 8
I used WW online. It was actually pretty easy 🙂 I lost 21lbs. I used it for about 4 or 5 months. It got too expensive for me, and I basically was sticking to eating the same stuff so for me there was no reason to try and count the points anymore. I would recommend at least trying it anyone who wants to lose weight!
Post # 9
I’ve been doing WW Online since mid February and have lost over 15 lbs so far. I find it very easy to stick to and I don’t even really feel like I’m dieting. I love that there is nothing that is off limits; you just have to make more better choices while still being able to have that brownie or ice cream or pasta or whatever.
Post # 10
I have done the online WW in the past with great success. I lost about 20 lbs doing light cardio a couple times per week and some at home free weight toning. However, when it came to needing to lose the last 15 – I plateaued for a long time – months on WW. It came down to needing more calories at that point and more intense workouts.
You will do well, if you follow the plan and have a support system. I was happy with it. And I almost never used the online site, I did almost everything from my smart phone. I felt very full most of the time. I planned meals on Sunday and then grocery shopped and prepared my lunches and snacks for the week. It helps to have fewer reasons to cheat – like no time to pack a lunch early in the morning. Be cautious, you can eat whatever you like on WW – but you have to be honest and measure portions or it will not work.
That said, it’s reasonable and pretty easy if you are already open to eating fruits and veggies as fillers. And I’m vegetarian and that was also not an issue.
Try it! Good luck!
Post # 11
I have always struggled with my weight. I joined WW in may of 2009 because I was tired of being the fat girl. I went from 170 at my highest to 130 and have maintained within 5 or 10 lbs of that. If you follow the plan, it works! Best thing I ever did. Feel free to message me!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for the replies…I decided to go for it right after posting this.
So far I think it’s a really cool program. I made the mistake of starting this right before a crazy wedding weekend so I didn’t adhere to it quite as well as I did earlier in the week (wayyy too much temptation…open bar anyone?), but now that it’s over I think that it will actually be something I can stick to.
@bummbledbee: Great analogy!
@PrincessBride27: I definitely feel like I’m playing a game with the points…it’s crazy to see how many points everything is worth
@MercyK: It’s opened my eyes on how much I was eating. Not going to lie, I’m a little hungry but I’m hoping that my body will adjust to the changes.
@sdnathe: I can definitely see that after getting used to the program you’d probably be able to estimate points without actually being on the program. I think as long as it continues to work for me I’ll continue to renew to keep myself accountable.
@Mrs.KMM: I’m so glad that I still get to eat things I love…it would be too hard to cut out some of my favorite foods.
@beeble2121: I haven’t added exercise just yet, but I’m thinking I’ll start the 30 day shred pretty soon.
@NEbride2Be: I used to be the “skinny” girl and over the last 7 years or so I have gotten to the point where I’m now on the heavier side. I’m hoping that I can get back to a happier weight somewhere in between the two.
Post # 13
i have been doing ww online for almost a month now and i too felt the same way you did before i started. it is such a great program because i get to choose what i want to eat (w/in my points of course) and i don’t feel pressured to go to weekly meetings. its super flexible especially when i am going out with my friends or family. my FI has been supportive as well and is kinda following it with me (he uses myfitnesspal most of the time) and so far i’ve lost 7 lbs. doesn’t sound like much but when i go from doing nothing to making changes, it’s really a great feeling. as for exercise, FI and i try to walk at least 5 times a week and we walk for about an hour. please feel free to PM me if you need a ww buddy! 🙂
ETA: just realized your location is san antonio too! awesome!
Post # 14
I have been doing WW for 4 weeks and have lost 12.5 lbs! WOOT!