Until this time around, I've always done Weight Watchers in the traditional way by going to meetings. I collected the little booklets, I bought the Complete Food Companions and the Restaurant Guides (I have several different editions). Each week I dutifully weighed in and if it was a bad week, tried to make up some good reason. I loved the program when I was "winning" and losing on schedule. I felt grouchy and defensive if I was having trouble sticking to the plan and knew that the weigh-in would be a bad one. More than once, I stopped going to the meetings because I didn't like the way the receptionist delivered the bad news. Or maybe it was because I really didn't want to go anymore.
It's different doing the plan online and weighing in myself. For one thing, I don't have to sit through a meeting talking about low-points snacks and listening to my stomach growl because I didn't want to weigh my breakfast. It's nice not to have to answer to anyone but myself.
It takes away some of the urgency to lose fast and furious, for one thing. I am taking a different approach this time, focusing first on tracking everything, no matter how bad the news is. I don't use artificial sweeteners (except the occasional piece of sugarfree gum) or fat-free dairy products (yuck). Weight Watchers is tough without those things. I go over my points a lot of days, but I think it's more important to be honest with myself than keep a pretty journal with a perfect "score" each week. Knowing that I will be tallying it up often makes me think twice about what I'm eating. My next goal is to really focus on those healthy habits -- the water, the vitamins, the fruits and vegetables, even the healthy oils.
I have been feeling very good since I boosted my exercise and started tracking again. I have been eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more fiber in my diet. I've cut back on junky carbs (I haven't come close to eliminating them, but I've cut back). My energy level is up and I've also been sleeping better. I also feel like my mood has brightened. I attribute a lot of this to the exercise but I know that eating healthier definitely helps. Losing three pounds and seeing my waist look more defined helps too.
I don't have anyone clapping when I lose, but I get to take my time and treat this as a process. There's not as much of a sense of feeling "OP (on program)" or off. All this and a bunch of geeky tools too. I'm really surprised I didn't try it sooner.