So I took the plunge and rejoined Weight Watchers last night. After my extremely indulgent trip to New Orleans (more to come on that!), I was feeling readier than ever to commit to losing the last pounds I need to to get to my goal. I had a few friends and readers meet me at the meeting, so that was really nice – Meg, Elizabeth and Liz.
When I first got there (after sprinting there because of the blistering cold!), I weighed in and was shocked by the number. It’s even higher than the number I saw that night after the buffet, and I know that it is partially inflated due to the massive amount of fried food and sugary alcoholic drinks I had in NOLA, but it was still a bit of an eye opener. With that number in mind…
I need to lose 21.6 pounds to be at my goal.
That feels like a lot more than I was expecting it to be, but I know that I’ll lose a lot the first week if I focus on clean eating and combat the bloat that is still lingering from New Orleans.
With the new program, you get a bunch of materials at your first weigh in.
The Pocket Guide (lower right) and the PointsPlus Getting Started (top left) basically replace all the weekly books you get with the old program and have all the information you need. You also get the Weight Watchers Weekly, and they gave me the one from the first week which talks about transitioning to the new program and the main differences between the old and the new one. There’s also the PointsPlus Weight Record, which fits handily into the Pocket Guide. I also purchased the PointsPlus Calculator, which is on promotion for 5.95. I used it last night at the grocery store a few times so I’d say its worth it.
In terms of the plan itself, it seems really good to me. The basic premise behind the changed science is that our bodies process different types of calories differently, so the PointsPlus calculations look just at protein, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates, not calories (though calories are derived from the number of grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, so in a way its in there). The plan focuses on having you eat more protein and natural fiber, and I do notice a trend towards less processed foods. However, there is still a big emphasis on fat free cheese which drives me a little nuts, but hey – nobody’s perfect.
I’m not really sure what exactly I was expecting, but the plan itself hasn’t really changed that much in my opinion. I do love that fruit is zero, and a lot of the foods that I eat on a regular basis are what they refer to now as “Power Foods,” which you’re supposed to try to focus most of your diet on.
The one sad point discovery for me (to date) is that oatmeal is now 4 points for a serving! It used to be 2, and when I looked that up yesterday I was a little taken aback. That said, peanut flour is only 1 pt for 1/4 cup (which adds 16 grams of protein!!), and the banana I use on top of my oats is free – so my standard bowl of oats hasn’t changed in value at all.
After my meeting, I did my first grocery trip in too long, and managed to do really well.
- Spring Mix (last free coupon!)
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 lime
- red onion
- 3 fuji apples (on sale for 1.69/lb)
- 2 oranges (on sale for .50 each)
- bell pepper (on sale for .99)
- broccoli (on sale for $2)
- 3 bananas
- Sprinkles, Pretzels, Chocolate Chips – making a treat for an office party on Friday
- Muffin tin liners
- 2 Fage 0% greek yogurt
- light sourt cream
- Quorn Turk’y Burgers (On clearance for $2.44)
- Mayfield Snow Cream (on sale for 1.99 from 5.99!)
- 2 kinds of seltzer
- Cannellini Beans
- Tomato Paste
- 2 Packets Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning
- 2% Milk Mexican Cheese
The Mayfield Snow Cream caught my eye because of the sale for 1.99 from 5.99.
Then I looked at the nutrition facts and ingredient list, and I was sold!
I haven’t tried it yet, but those stats were impressive to me. It would have been just 2 points on the old plan, but is 3 on the new plan. Boo.
Anyways, all those groceries were only $42! I was super happy with the results, and found that I didn’t shop much different than I normally do with or without Weight Watchers. The only problems in the grocery store came when I couldn’t decide on a kind of bread to get, so I didn’t get any, and the moment I caught myself with fat free cheddar in my hands because it was on sale and its a “Power Food”. I quickly put it back after looking at the ingredient list but it scared me that I did that for a second. 🙂
What diet products skeeve you out? For me – spray butter (though I used to use it a lot), fat free cheese (same story) and fat free gravy (never!).