Friday, May 15, 2009

The problem with Weekly Allowance Points

Weight Watchers is always changing their program to keep it fresh. The Weekly Points Allowance is something that was added a few years ago, sometime between when I made Lifetime and now. The idea was to build into the program something a lot of people were already doing on their own -- setting up a way to vary points widely from one day to the next. There were a couple of variations on this, most famously the "Wendie Plan." People would eat under their target number one day and then have a big high-points day once a week. This was considered WW heresy for a while, and then eventually incorporated into the program as WPA -- you got less points each day and then you had a bank of points you could use any way you want.

For me, the issue is purely psychological. The old plan was a daily thing -- there was nothing to keep track of weekly, other than your weekly weigh-in. On the bad days, when I had gone way over my points, I would just turn the page in my journal and start fresh. It's not as easy to do that when you're keeping track on a weekly basis. It's Friday. Thursday is my weigh-in day. I didn't track well yesterday, so I already have this sense that I "messed up" the week. I can go back and try to fill in yesterday, but since I'm doing it a day late, I'm pretty certain I'll miss something. I'm doing it anyway but it bothers me.

Yes, this is all silly. I could track the "old" way, on paper or online ignoring the WPA. I know the perfectionism is a self-defeating habit of the mind but I struggle with it. I thought I'd share the craziness in my head just in case there are others out there who feel the same way.

Maybe I need to invent some weird tracking plan to deal with my issue, call it the "Jen Plan" and talk it up on the WW Message Boards until they decide to roll it into the plan.


  1. This is why I had to stop doing WW. The points really brought out the crazy obsessive in me! Just wanted to say, I get what you mean. Been there, done that.

    Just do what feels right to you. Add the WPAs into your daily allowance and just do like you used to. Start fresh everyday. That's the one thing I did like about WW - each day was a blank slate!

    Good luck!

  2. I felt exactly the same way when I did WW online last summer. I think there are major flaws with the design--who among us dieters isn't a perfectionist?! Aren't we all & isn't that part of why we are in the places we are? We blow it one day & it throws the whole week off. So you have to look at the "negative" weekly points value & feel bad for several days. Or you just throw in the towel b/c you've already blown it & figure you'll start over next week. Yeah, bad plan.

    I like your idea of making it your own. Weight loss IS psycological. No denying it. Gotta make it work for you.

    Have a great weekend!


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