My First Week on WW Freestyle

Last Wednesday, I went back to a WW meeting and rejoined at just a few days shy of 3 months postpartum. I’d been toying with the idea of rejoining for a few weeks and after all the traveling around the holidays (and then a cold and stomach bug – ugh!) I finally did it. My weight was… more than I wanted it to be. Roughly 24 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 14 or so above my goal weight, so I’m looking at losing about 40 pounds to be in a place where I’m comfortable.

I’d done WW Freestyle for a few weeks towards the end of 2017, but I didn’t dive in that deep before getting pulled in other directions. This time though, I’m one week in and fully committed to getting to a place where I feel good. I am super proud of myself because I tracked every single day this week, including Saturday when I went wayyy overboard and had 75 SmartPoints at a friends house for dinner. I also found myself planning more and makng much better decisions while out to eat which is always something I struggle with.

5 Takeaways from My First Week

Being on WW really helps me reign in my eating. I love having the structure of the SmartPoints budget, while also having nothing off limits, because I tend to go straight towards anything I “can’t have”. I’ve planned more, made better choices while eating out, and have eaten lighter/lower SmartPoints to balance out times when I know I’ll be having more and love the flexibility the program gives me.

It works really well for me as a nursing mom. I am hungrier than I’ve ever been while nursing (even more so than when I was pregnant!) and get 16 (!) extra SmartPoints every day while exclusively breastfeeding. On top of those, there are so many zero point foods that are actually satiating, so I can definitely eat enough to fuel myself and my milk production and stay on the plan.

SmartPoints definitely steers me towards eating healthier and having more protein in my diet. I absolutely love that lean chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, and nonfat greek yogurt have been added to the Zero points food list, on top of fruits and veggies like before. That means when I’m running low on SmartPoints I can have a whole meal that’s actually satisfying for next to nothing, like scrambled eggs with veggies or white bean chicken chili.

I’ve eaten more fish this week. I looooove that salmon and fish have been added to the Zero points list! I ate salmon twice this week and would normally steer clear of it even though it’s healthy because it was so many Points in previous versions of WW.

I love that WW has focused more on whole foods. They’ve removed all artificial sweeteners and colors from their products, and all the recipes on the weekly cards are full of real foods and things I can feel good about eating. Previous versions of WW included recipes with lots of artificial ingredients and fat-free cheese, which I never feel great while eating.

Weigh In Results

So in all honesty, I was really proud of myself even before stepping on the scale this week. I felt great about the decisions I made this week, while not feeling deprived, and ate in a way that feels sustainable. I also cut back significantly on sugar and tracked every single day, even when I went way over my daily SmartPoints. But obviously, I was hoping the scale reflected my hard work, and I was ecstatic to see I was down 5.4 pounds! I know a lot of that is water weight, and that I can’t expect to lose like that every week, but I walked away feeling really proud of myself and excited about week two on the program.

12 Comments on My First Week on WW Freestyle

  1. Margaret
    January 9, 2019 at 3:56 pm (3 months ago)

    I am doing WW postpartum as well!

    My experience so far has been pretty similar to yours but my weight loss has been pretty slow. I too am nursing but I have been going WAYYY over my dailies/weeklies on a regular basis so my pace is not surprising.

    I feel like I never truly got on board with the whole 0 point food concept (except eggs!! Loving those). I know if I start to base more meals on chicken, fish, beans, it will free up some more points for me.

    As a breastfeeding mom with a toddler to look after, too, I am really relying on convenience foods like granola bars and crackers that I can eat with one hand. Those points are really adding up for me.

    Your post is inspiring me to really focus as much on the 0-pointers as I can! Thx!

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    • Beth
      January 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Margaret! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I really think the zero point food list is the saving grace of the program for me, especially as a nursing mom. Even with those extra 16 daily points, they go quick! I think mentally too it makes me feel… safe? I don’t know if that’s the right word… but knowing that I can still eat nourishing food even if I’m out of points for the day. Good luck to you — stay in touch!

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      • Margaret
        January 10, 2019 at 8:58 am (3 months ago)

        Forgot to say – congrats on your loss!

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        • Beth
          January 10, 2019 at 9:51 am (3 months ago)

          Thanks!! 🙂

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  2. Jeannie Shedlock
    January 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm (3 months ago)

    This is a great review and very encouraging to me!

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    • Beth
      January 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Jeannie! I really love the program and am so happy its aligning more and more with whole foods / healthy eating rather than diet-focused like it used to be more of.

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  3. Tracey
    January 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm (3 months ago)

    Congrats on your loss! It sounds like you are working the program. You listed many of the reasons that I love WW. I know there are many that have not been happy with the recent changes, but they are working for me.

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    • Beth
      January 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Tracey! I think people always have a hard time with change… especially if they’ve been doing the program and it’s been working for them so far. But, I think this iteration of WW is the best one yet, by far. At first I was a little offput by healthy fats being so many SPs, but then I realized those really should be eaten in moderation, even if they are good for me. Plus, with salmon being zero, it balances it out. Glad to hear you’re a fan of the program too!

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  4. Terry
    January 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm (3 months ago)

    Good job Beth,. And as you know the first step to getting back on track is logging everything. Summer is around the corner,.. you’ll be where you want to be in no time. Hugs and enjoy that sweet baby.
    Terry

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    • Beth
      January 10, 2019 at 9:52 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks, Terry! Hard to believe summer is already around the corner. I need time to SLOW DOWN with this new baby in tow!

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  5. Kristina D
    January 9, 2019 at 11:32 pm (3 months ago)

    I always love reading your blog posts, and I especially love this one because I’m doing WW too! I love seeing those “wellness wins” points add up in the app as I track. Meal planning and prepping has really helped me. I have been making turkey tacos, turkey meatloaf, turkey chili (clearly I’m on a bit of a turkey kick!) and I have been loving getting recipes from TheSkinnishDish. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Beth
      January 10, 2019 at 9:54 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Kristina! I also love that feature — I have to look through the rewards to find something I want because then I’m sure it’ll be even more rewarding. I get 50 points just for going to a meeting and then all the points for tracking, and that’s certainly motivating to log my food since you get 5 points for each meal/snack. Definitely speaks to the Type A-er in me haha. I actually just bought ground turkey from Trader Joe’s yesterday and have been trying to decide what to do with it. Those are good ideas – and I totally agree, meal prep is KEY! Good luck!!

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