10 Takeaways from My First Month on WW Freestyle

This past weekend marked one month since starting WW Freestyle, and it’s been quite a successful month for me, both on and off the scale. I feel much more in control with my eating, already feel healthier, and have several pounds and inches, which makes me want to stick with it. Here are my weekly weigh in results from the past month:

  • Week 1: – 5.4 lbs
  • Week 2: – 1.4 lbs
  • Week 3: – 2.4 lbs
  • Week 4: – 2.0 lbs
  • Total: – 11.2 lbs

And in terms of measurements, I’ve lost 9.5 inches total, which includes measurements of my neck, bust, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves and arms. (Though I’ve found it’s pretty hard to be very accurate with measurements because I can’t remember the exact place I took the measurements, but the trend is in the right direction!) Overall, I’m really thrilled with my progress and am pretty obsessed with the WW Freestyle program in case you can’t tell.

Here are my top 10 takeaways after being back on the program for a month:

1.) I don’t have to be perfect to be successful. Over the past month, I’ve gone out to eat a bunch of times, drank wine, ate french fries, and have overdone it a few times. But, I’ve really focused on tracking almost everything, even when I’ve been “bad”, and on getting back on track right away after I’ve gone overboard. And it seems to be working!

2.) I do best when nothing is off limits. I’ve dabbled in toooooons of diets over the years, and while I know low-carb does work to shed the pounds, for me it’s just not sustainable. Whatever food it off limits seems to call my name the loudest and I always end up giving in big time. When I can have anything I want, just not everything I want, I find that I tend to have an easier time looking at treats as treats, and choosing nourishing foods because they satisfy me more, not just because they’re all I can have.

3.) Getting my eating under control is much more important for weight loss than exercise. I’ve been dabbling in exercise this past month while getting back on track with WW, but I’ve mostly focused on my eating and have been really pleased with the results. Exercise obviously has tons of benefits, including keeping my mind in check, but it’s nice to know that I can focus just on my eating for success.

4.) I really don’t have to track or measure zero point foods (for now). I have tons of zero point foods — usually 3 eggs, 2-3 servings of fruit, 3+ servings of veggies, chicken and/or fish, and nonfat greek yogurt almost every single day. Not measuring or counting these foods makes it easier to track everything else and makes the program more liveable for me. I know at some point if I run into a plateau I’ll likely have to start measuring these to make sure I’m eating a serving, but for now it’s nice to have that freedom.

5.) I do better with portion control when I leave the food scale out on my counter. For the foods I do have to track, it’s much easier for me when it doesn’t add extra steps. Bonus points that using a food scale also means less dirty dishes, but for the past month I’ve left the food scale out on my counter and use it far more often than I would if it was put away. I am super Type A so actually enjoy weighing food somewhat, but if I had to get out the scale and/or measuring cups every time I went to eat, I know that I’d do it less often.

6.) Embracing the zero point foods list helps me not feel deprived. As mentioned above, I eat a ton of zero point foods every day, and having so many foods that I like on this list makes the program very livable for me. Since I’m exclusively breastfeeding my daughter, I’m hungrier than I’ve ever been in my life. I find that knowing that there’s a lot of foods I can eat that are actually satiating even if I’m out of points for the day makes me feel like I can do this for the longterm. Though, not going to lie, I’ll miss those extra points when I’m no longer nursing!

7.) Always weigh your avocado. This one I learned a while ago, but it still rings true with WW Freestyle. You get sooo much more avocado for your points if you weigh it than if you go by portion (ie. 1/4 of a medium avocado) so if there’s one thing worth weighing, it’s this.

8.) I’m always happier when I look up food values before I eat them. I’ve made this mistake too many times, but this is especially true with WW Freestyle since “treats” are sooo many points. Even if I decide to have the 14 SP cupcake (which I had two of on SuperBowl Sunday…) it’s always better when I know I’m making that choice rather than find out after the fact how point-y it is and feeling blindsighted.

9.) The WW app is awesome and makes tracking super easy. There used to be a separate barcode app for WW several years ago and it was always so annoying to have to open it to scan things at the grocery store. Now, the barcode is built into the app and works really fast even when I don’t have the best service, and it makes it easy to use on the fly in the grocery store. I also love that there are Wellness Wins points now, which you get for tracking your meals, activities, and for going to the meetings, which you can trade in for prizes once you’ve accumulated enough. I also love WW Connect (@bethsjourneyy) for inspiration, meal ideas, and to connect with other WWers.

10.) Everyday is a new day. I love opening the WW app every day and seeing the daily point balance, especially when I’ve gone overboard the day before and dipped deep into my weekly points. It reminds me that each day is a fresh start and to try to make the best decisions I can, and not to “punish” or deprive myself even when I’ve overdone it. And, in the past, if I have tried to make up for going overboard the day before by eating too little, or trying to be perfect, it always backfires. Getting those daily points every day no matter what helps me embrace that every day is a fresh start!

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