A Week on SmartPoints: The Good, The Bad & The Weigh-In

Yesterday marked my first full week on the Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale plan, and overall I’m really digging SmartPoints (SP). I’ve written about several of the Weight Watchers plans over the years, including:

But since rumor on the street has it that a new plan will be rolling out in the next few weeks (rumors are discussed here), rather than go into the nitty gritty details, I’ll just share five things that stuck out to me from this first week.

  1. SmartPoints seems more in line with the latest nutritional research, steering us towards foods lower in sugar and higher in protein. It seems like it’s a lot harder to “cheat the system” that it has been on earlier iterations of WW.
  2. I love that there’s a focus… beyond the scale, including thinking about (& writing down!) why you’re trying to lose weight at the beginning and setting non-scale related goals for yourself in addition to weight goals as you go along.
  3. I really miss the Healthy Living Guidelines tracker. I used to love checking off each cup of water and fruit and veggie as I ate it. (Can you tell I’m Type A much??) I’m not sure why they removed this feature, perhaps to simplify the program and not overwhelm those of us who don’t like having to check boxes, but I wish it was an option because I miss it!
  4. I’m a lot less impressed with the format for the Weight Watchers Weekly. It seems like there’s a lot less information and a lot of repetition from week to week. For example, each week uses a full page to talk about reframing your thinking, and the examples they give are just… dumb. This week’s topic was “Use Your Beans” and it did include one recipe, but it seemed like the rest of it was trying to convince me that beans are a good source of protein and alternative to meat… I’m convinced, now give me something useful!
  5. I love that fruits and veggies are still no points, and that they figured out how to tweak the Recipe Builder so that when you create recipes, fruits and veggies aren’t counting against you like they did before.

So, there’s definitely more things I like about SmartPoints than I dislike, and overall my first week went really well! I get 32 SmartPoints per day and 42 per week, and this first week I ate them ALL. I am actually really enjoying tracking again and have gone to town with the scanner at the grocery store. The week itself was pretty low key and easy to be on plan since I was mostly cooking at home, but then I had a bunch of social stuff over the weekend which is always more challenging. But, I tracked everything I ate, tried to make good decisions for the most part, and felt pretty in control.

So, when I went in yesterday for my weigh in, I was feeling pretty confident that I’d lost, but wasn’t sure what to expect numbers wise. I was quite pleased when I stepped up on the scale and was down 6.8 pounds!! I am obviously SUPER happy with this result, but I know most of it is probably water weight, so my goal for next week is to just maintain the loss from this week. Onwards!

One of the things I am excited to dive into this week is Connect on the WW app! For those on WW, any tips or insights on how best to use it?

5 Comments on A Week on SmartPoints: The Good, The Bad & The Weigh-In

  1. Tori
    November 7, 2017 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

    Dangggg that’s awesome!! Almost 7 pounds! Go girl! 🙂 So glad you are enjoying it. Once the baby is here I hope to be able to get back to it. Thanks for the update!

  2. Sheri
    November 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve done WW on and off for years. This time I’m online only. Connect is awesome. So inspirational, gives you great tips and ideas. Makes me not miss meetings at all. The app overall is great- the blue dot helps challenge you to stay within a healthy amount of points.

    I’ve always enjoyed your blog and I’m happy to see you’re back! Good luck!

    • Sheri
      November 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Meant to also say that I plan on going to meetings eventually so I can finally make lifetime for the first time!

  3. sarahptracy
    November 8, 2017 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    So happy for you. Keep it up. I love going to my meetings because my leader takes what the Weekly talks about and goes beyond it. We truly support each other. Let me know if I can support you in anyway.

  4. herry
    March 24, 2018 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

    its great n helpful everyone , i am trying first time in my life.


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