Posted By Kristabella on March 19, 2012
I’ve always been a supporter of Weight Watchers. It’s an excellent plan that teaches you how to eat healthy and eat the right amount and make good decisions. I lost a lot of weight on the program back in 2003. And I kept it off for a good 3 years.
Since that time, they’ve tweaked the program. The most recent change was a good one. It made the focus on healthy choices, as opposed to processed foods. Fruits and veggies were zero points! Yay!
I did OK on this new program. I lost about 12 pounds in like four months. Not too shabby. I realized that my metabolism had slowed down and I needed to be much better about working out.
When I got back on the healthy eating/exercising more train this year, I went back to Weight Watchers. It was my stand by. It worked before, it would work again.
But it wasn’t. I mean, I was losing some weight here and there, but nothing big. This was fine because my clothes were looser and I knew I was losing inches. And I know it can take a while for the scale to just start being your BFF.
That’s when you’re being vigilant. And I don’t think I can on WW anymore. I can easily cheat and I’ll guesstimate with measuring. And I never counted fruits or vegetables. And you know what? Those things, especially fruits, have a boatload of calories.
Then I got my Fitbit. And it works with some calorie tracking apps, FREE calorie tracking apps. And it all syncs together so nicely, the calorie tracking website talks to the Fitbit website and it’s just so smooth.
So last week I decided to quit WW and its monthly fee. I feel like the calorie counting thing makes sense. Especially when my activity and calories burned for the day are automatically synched with the food tracking site. Easy peasy!
I feel like there’s less room for me to fudge with calorie counting. There are no 49 flex points each week. Nothing is free. There is no being able to literally binge one day and not worry about it. This is making me more accountable for everything I eat because I know there isn’t a pile of points sitting there, begging for me to drink a whole bottle of wine.
(Also, my bank account likes being fatter with the extra $15 a month it has now.)
And on the other hand, you can have extra food/drinks when you’re tracking calories. But you have to earn them. You have to exercise and burn calories to be able to treat yourself to a few glasses of wine or a slice of pizza. That’s how the WW of old was, you banked those points from working out. It gave you an incentive to work out and earn those extra points to be able to have fun on the weekends!
Regardless of how I’m tracking, I’m moving more and eating less. The Fitbit makes me want to be more active. I HAVE to get to my goal of 10,000 steps each day. So if that means I pace the house while I brush my teeth, or I get off a stop earlier on the train, so be it.
Eating less and moving more – what they’ve been preaching since the dawn of time. Probably because it works. Imagine that!