Post # 1
Well, I’m in my 12th week of weight watchers online! I signed up for it because I had gained 70 pounds during the last couple years and I really want to get back to being a size where I feel health, comfortable, and confident again. My guy proposed to me a few weeks ago, so now I feel even more motivated to stick with weight watchers.
Anyway, I was looking at my progress and I lost 14 pounds during the first 11 weeks. I’m also trying to check my measurements at least once a month and I have lost the following inches:
Arms – 1 inch
Hips – 3.5 inches
Waist – 0.5 inches
Bust – 3.5 inches
Thighs – 3 inches
I’m still in the same dress size, which is a size 14, but my clothes are definitely a little looser. Unfortunately, I can’t quite fit comfortably fit into my size 12’s yet. I guess it’ll come in due time as long as I stay on plan and be a little patient.
This is my progress without going to the gym. It looks strange to me that I’m losing in most other areas of my body except my arms and waist. I’ve always had rather thick arms which never look slim until I’ve lost a significant amount of weight. Usually, my waist is a bit more defined as well, so I’m surprised that I haven’t lost more off my waist yet. Maybe going to the gym and doing some weight training will help those areas. I’ll give it a try.
I’d love to hear from some of you who are also doing weight watchers points plus online program. I’m pretty happy with my results so far and plan to stick with it so that I can lose this weight and hopefully hit maintenance by next fall or winter. Now I can say that I only have 56 more pounds to lose instead of the 70 pounds that I was stressing about 3 months ago!
Post # 3
Good for you! That’s already quite the accomplishment! Stick to what you’re doing, and maybe start with some light cardio (fast paced walking) a few time a week to tone things up even more. Congrats though!
Post # 4
WOW – way to go!! Your progress so far is super.
I’m doing WW, too, but not the Points Plus program, the old program. I did it a couple years ago and lost just over 20lbs and since I still have the materials and the know-how, I decided to re-start again just this past Monday (I’ve gained my weight back over this past year – whoops).
So far so good, but sorry I don’t know much about the new program! I’m part of a WW online group who posts and chats daily and a lot of women have switched over to the new program but have found it slower (eg. no loss some weeks, longer plateaus). Do you have any experience with the old program to compare?
Either way, sounds like you’re doing well – congrats again!
Post # 5
@Juliepants: I lost 20 pounds on the old program, but gained it back and then some when I started grad school. I’m on the new program now and I’m having such a hard time! I can’t seem to stick into my point values for some reason I’ve lost 5ish pounds, but it’s been like 10 weeks. Maybe I should go back to the old program…
Post # 6
I’m on Weight Watchers too (just started it about 2 weeks ago). My question is do you all use all of your weekly points plus allowance? I know you get a specific number of points per day (for me it’s 29) and then on top of that you get a weekly allowance that you can use throughout the week (for me it’s 46). However, I have trouble feeling like I can use all those extra points and still lose weight. It just seems like so many extra points! Anybody have experience with this?
Post # 7
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Congrats on your progress so far! You should be proud!
Post # 8
@MsMonkey: It might not hurt, just to shake things up! I’ve never had a week where I didn’t lose if I stayed within my points on the old program. Then again, I’ve never tried the new program. If you’re feeling stuck or that things are too slow, why not try a couple weeks with the old system! The only thing is, you’ll have to count your fruit ’cause it’s not free. 🙂
@Bichon Frise: I have a couple friends who absolutely never lose weight if they use their weekly points allowance. However, I’ve actually lost MORE weight on the weeks that I use them (usually using them all in one night, haha). Again, I’m referring to the old program, so I’m not sure if things are very different now. Honestly, if I didn’t have my WPA I would never survive WW.
Post # 9
What great progess, congrats!! It’s so great to be able to measure and see yourself losing inches as well as pounds! I wish I could get this motivation started… Keep up the good work! =]
Coming from someone who doesn’t know much (if anything) about WW, I have a question. If I’m only about 10-12 pounds overweight, would the program still work for me??
Post # 10
@Pecan Pie: Congrats on your progress! That is awesome!!
@Bichon Frise: I have usually been able to use my entire weekly points allowance and still lose weight, but not always. I think it’s different for everyone. Some people don’t lose weight UNLESS they use all of their weekly points, and some don’t lose weight if they do. You just have to figure out what’s right for you :).
@Juliepants: I’ve had good results with both the old and the new program. When it switched over last year, it took some getting used to. But once I got the hang of it I lost on average the same amount weekly that I lost on the old program. I personally like not having to track fruits & vegetables because I find myself making healthier food choices (like eating an apple rather than some kind of fat-free processed snack). HOWEVER–there have been a lot of people who switch back to the old program because they’re just not losing the same on Points Plus.
Post # 11
@LoveMySailor1018: It definitely still will work for you! It just will likely be slower than someone with 100 to lose.
@Miss Sorbet: You said it right, you just have to figure out what works for you with your WPA. Thanks for the info about the new program! I’ve considered a switch (I’m a fruit eater) but figure that the old program works for me so I might as well stick with it. Plus, I don’t want to pay to sign up again and learn the new materials, haha.
Post # 12
@LoveMySailor1018: I think the program would definitely work for you!! I highly recommend WW, I find it simple and never feel deprived. You can eat pretty much anything you want in moderation. You could probably lose 10-12 pounds fairly quickly, but you likely will not lose 5 pounds a week like someone with more to lose might.
Post # 13
Okay thanks for the help ladies! And again OP, congrats and keep up the good work!
Post # 14
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! Good luck with all of your weight loss goals!
@Juliepants: Unfortunately, I can’t compare points plus to the previous program since Tthis is my first experience ever with weight watchers. I do really like being able to eat as much fruit or veggies as I like though since they are 0 points! I’ve heard from other friends who used the previous system that fruits and veggies used to have points values. Knowing that those are 0 points, I pretty much just grab a fruit or veggie in between meals whenever I feel hungry. Also, I make sure that most of my meals have lots of veggies sides these days.
@Bichon Frise: I have 29 daily points and 49 weekly points plus. I try to save my weekly points for special occassions such as weddings or parties. Each month since starting WW, I’ve had 1 – 2 weddings, bachelorette parties, my own surprise engagement during a weekend trip to NYC, and other parties (including halloween!). I’m pretty consistently using all of my weekly points about once every 2 weeks. On the weeks when there isn’t a special occassion, I might allow myself to go into my weekly points a little by having 1 or 2 glasses of white wine, but that is just 4 – 8 points. I love that this program doesn’t make me feel like I’m really depriving myself of anything…except for living in a South Philly neighborhood surrounded by Italian bakers. I eat an apple now whenever I’m craving cannoli 😉 I know thanksgiving will be really difficult when I visit NC to have dinner with my family. Baked goods are my weakness and there will surely be plenty of pie!
Post # 15
@Pecan Pie: Wow, it sounds like you are really on track! That’s great!
I know that fruit is 0 points on the new program – on the old program, fruit is either 1 or 2 points (eg. an apple or banana is 2, grapes or strawberries is 1). However, a glass of wine is only 2 – so I like that, lol! I think the new program really makes people choose more healthy options, which is awesome. Anyway, keep going with it and keep us updated! Congrats again. 🙂
Post # 16
@Juliepants: How many points do you get a day?