Thursday, April 16, 2009

Weigh-in day: The Weight Watchers gods were merciful

I had a very bad Weight Watchers week last week, enough to make the previous week seem like strict dieting. Once I got into the hole, psychologically it was harder for me to stay on track. I kept seeing those negative points at the top of my tracker. I really don't like the way they have changed the Activity Points -- I like to use those on the day I earned them, just like I learned long ago. One thing about of online tracking is that you're stuck with the way WW wants you to do things -- you can't get creative. Maybe that's a good thing, actually.

Anyway, I lost 2 pounds! In "The Biggest Loser" terms, I had a 1.16% loss. I'm hoping that if I get a little more discipline this week, I could be in the 160s.

It's really hard to find a nice, simple web graphing program. Tickerfactory used to have one but they seem to have gotten rid of it. I was able to get a screenshot of the weight tracking tool in WW Online. They also have a really interesting weekly graph that lets you see where you're using your points -- morning, midday, evening, anytime. They have plenty of tools for geeks like me to play with (though I've made my own spreadsheet to get the loss percentages and track a couple of other things). The goal weight you see on this graph is actually my 5% goal, not my overall goal.

P.S. I love all the discussion on my Biggest Loser recap. In response to Allison, I do like Mike. The only reason I am not rooting for him to win is I suspect that Ron would take a lot of the credit for it (and maybe also a chunk of the prize money) thinking that his gameplay, and not Mike's hard work, made the big difference in Mike's success. Also, you can still win free yogurt -- I have revised the entry requirements to make it easier for people to win.


  1. Yay for the loss! You just never know, do you?

    I wish I had been watching the Biggest Loser but I got burned out on the last one I watched (two seasons ago? Is that possible or is it perpetually on?). I do love Tim Gunn so I'm sorry that I missed that. I can't think of anyone who can carry off skunk hair. Unless it's Pepe LePew. :-)

    Have a great day!

  2. good job on the loss! :) Keep up the GREAT work! :)

  3. Woo-hoo! Great job on the loss!!

  4. Fabulous - well done!

  5. Congrats on your weight loss. Glad things are clicking for you. I am really impressed with your training for a triathalon. Another item on my "things to do list". Will enjoy following you as you train.

  6. Congrats on the loss, especially after a difficult week. It's always hard when they change a program that worked and it takes time to figure out if the changes are good or hard. A new person coming in only knows this version of the WW plan and won't have the same issues as we do. I like the little graph :)

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  8. Congrats on the loss after a hard week! I would have felt discouraged by seeing a negative sign too. :(


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