Weight Watchers Roundup

I know I’m not alone is setting New Years Resolutions for 2012, and I’ve been getting tons of questions about Weight Watchers because I know this month is a big one for people to join! Some get annoyed that so many people start the year with high hopes of losing weight/changing their lives and hate the lines at the gym or the lines to weigh in, but I totally embrace people who start fresh in January. I was one of them!

Three years ago in January 2009, I set my resolution to “get healthy”. I had no idea where it would lead or exactly what it would entail, but I know that my life hasn’t been the same since. That January, I joined a gym and started working out, and then two months later joined Weight Watchers on March 3, 2009 and haven’t looked back.

With my niece Claire during the 2008 holidays:

with my niece claire

With my nephew Harper on New Years Day 2012:

2011 holidays

Well, that’s not exactly true, because I actually quit Weight Watchers for a while there, but with the roll out of PointsPlus and finding the scale creeping back up once again, I rejoined in December 2010, got to my goal weight in May 2011, became Lifetime in June 2011, and have been struggling to maintain ever since.

I thought it might be useful to do a post with links to past posts of Weight Watchers resources, but please don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you’re just joining Weight Watchers, are thinking about it, are a WW veteran and have a question, are thinking about wanting to work for them at some point, or just want to know anything about the program in general!

Weight Watchers General Info

Weight Watchers Meal Ideas

Working for Weight Watchers

Do you have any motivation quotes that you love and care to share?

I shared mine yesterday: If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

15 Comments on Weight Watchers Roundup

  1. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    January 4, 2012 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    Great resources for those choosing to do WW!

    Mine is the one you hear all the time: “It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been” by George Eliot. Very true.

  2. Diandra
    January 4, 2012 at 8:41 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite quote applies not only to weightloss, but to life in general: “Make today better than yesterday.” Yeah, it sounds pathetic, and it is on of many quotes on the little paper thingies attached to my favorite tea bags, but still… whenever I read this special quote, I relax and smile.

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    January 4, 2012 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    You are looking so great, Beth! Even if you’ve been struggling, you’ve come such a long way!

    I really love the hair style on you, btw. If I haven’t already said that…

  4. Leanne @ The Skinny Architect
    January 4, 2012 at 9:43 am (9 years ago)

    You look fantastic! Yesterday I recommitted to WWers after a 1 year hiatus. I did maintain my weight loss, but I want to finish what I started.
    My motivational quote:
    Change will come only when the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same.

    Love your blog, congrats on all of your successes, you rock, lady!!

  5. NancyO
    January 4, 2012 at 10:16 am (9 years ago)

    Hi, Beth — I live in CO, am 27 y/o and also a weight watchers. I’m looking for advice on a younger WW leader perspective who is also an athlete or at least enjoys fitness.

    I’m 5’6″ .. I started WW at 195, I hit my 25 lbs mark and no joke .. for 4 months I have been at a platue. I use to be an athlete but I wasn’t working out. So, with the advice of my leader – she told me to get back into a fitness routine. I run 3-4/week, I strength train 2/week, I row 2/week. On the weekends, I ski hard for 5 hours straight and do hot yoga once a week. My workouts are different every week though. My point is .. I am doing A LOT of moving. I am eating nutriously and I’m still not loosing weight.

    I have been committed to WW but my leaders are advising me to “eat more” because I’m moving so much. So, I’ll eat things like tofu or 2 slices of turkey bacon after a workout, have a protein shake, etc .. and I’m still not loosing.

    I’m 5’6″, 165 lbs and am stuck. I would love some advice from a young, athletic and “new” WW leader. I feel like a lot of the leaders in my area are old school and count things like “gardening” as an exercise & hown in the idea that you can “eat whatever you want on WW” … but there’s not true. you need to exercise more and stay in the GHG.

    There are days I want to stop WW because I feel like my bodycan’t get there because I don’t ever remember being under 160 .. ever. And, because I’m fustrated my WW leaders don’t understand. I really would love some advice. Can you message me? Or, do a post on this?


    • Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
      January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am (9 years ago)

      Hey Nancy- I echo a lot of your frustrations. No one can seem to understand why I can’t lose weight- it’s like the normal rules just don’t apply to me. Know that you are not alone!!

      • NancyO
        January 4, 2012 at 11:53 am (9 years ago)

        Hi Lauren — I just added your blog to my google reader. I’ve been tested for thyroid problems but to no avail .. it’ll just be an uphill battle from here.

    • Leanne @ The Skinny Architect
      January 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm (9 years ago)

      Nancy- I feel you, I’m a 26 year old WWer and I found that the more I exercise, the slower I lose. I think, for me, it’s because I am either eating too much or too little (it varies per day). I found it much easier to lose the weight when I wasn’t exercising, but I really don’t want to go back to that way of life because I feel so much better when I exercise. I know this isn’t really advice, but I completely understand your situation. Congrats on losing 25lbs, that’s awesome!

      • Hilary
        January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm (9 years ago)

        Ladies…THANK YOU for sharing…I totally feel the same way! I’m a big exerciser, and don’t want to stop, but I just can’t seem to lose any weight! After regaining about 12 lbs after hitting lifetime, I rejoined WW(online) this time, and other than a 5 lb loss my first week, have been steadily gaining/maintaining ever since….I don’t know what gives! I too, was tested for thyroid and found nothing…aarrgh!

  6. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    January 4, 2012 at 11:17 am (9 years ago)

    I really appreciate you posting all of these re-caps. I missed several of those posts and will be reading each and every one of them! I quickly clicked on the one where you highlight Whole Food snack ideas- and that is my downfall. I’m usually so hungry when I get home, that I “snack” while making a snack!
    It’s so easy to be ‘good’ all day at my job, because there are really no options for snacking (unless I want to get something from the school cafeteria- no thanks!) but at home, when I’m surrounded by all of the wonderful food in my pantry and fridge, it’s easy to grab anything.
    The thing that helps me and keeps me from overdoing it just being very aware of what and why I’m eating, and thinking about how I’ll feel afterwards. If I know that eating something will leave me feeling negative in any way, I do my best to stay away from it.

  7. Hilary
    January 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Great tips/links Beth! Thanks for motivation as the new year begins. I can’t think of a specific motivational quote at the moment, but in general, I just like looking around the blog world for inspiration and motivation when it comes to healthy living.

  8. Allison
    January 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m not a weight watcher member, but I think their message and focus on getting the right nutrition and finding a balance that fits your life [rather than a focus solely on losing weight] it great!

  9. Lisa @ experiencelifewithme
    January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite motivational quote is “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” It helped me on my Weight Watchers journey. It helps me constantly on my running journey. I wear it every day on a ring on my finger.

  10. Kimberley
    January 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks for all of the WW resources. I have been doing WW and joined last year as part of my new year’s resolution and was fairly successful. I have recently re-joined due to post-wedding weight gain, and am finding the new site less user-friendly. Are they hearing anything else like that (in fact, I’ll go check some of the message boards), but I’m finding that the search functionality isn’t as great as it used to be and it’s just harder to find recipes. Still love the program though!

  11. Dione
    January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

    Seen you on the Attune Foods website!! You are everywhere now! Congrats!


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