I decided to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription, effective at the end of my current monthly pass. I'm still a paid member through the 29th, so I could go to another meeting or two if I wanted. But I'm not sure why I would do that if I have decided to quit.
Why did I decide to quit? I still think Weight Watchers is a really great plan, especially for someone new to dieting. You can learn a lot about good nutrition and portion sizes from the program. I feel like I have learned a lot of good things that I will be carrying forward with me. But I felt like I wasn't getting anything new out of my meetings, and I already have all the program materials that I'm going to get until they revamp the program again. The iPhone tracking app is neat but since I can't track Good Health Guidelines on it, I wasn't finding it as useful as it could be. And try as I might, I just could not stay under my daily points, so I found myself either not tracking or not caring how far over my points total I went.
The way that Weight Watchers points work, high fat foods "cost" more than they should for their calories. Since some of my favorite foods are nuts and nut butters, I am wondering if I could do better with straight calorie counting. I don't trust some of the processed foods that are Weight Watcher staples. Those Arnold Sandwich Thins for 1 point, for example. I bought a package of them almost a month ago and they are still not stale or moldy. That's just plain scary. Obviously plenty of people manage to eat real, healthy food and stay within their points. For some reason, I am just not able to do it, and I'm feeling frustrated. It's time to try something new.
What am I doing instead? I'm going back to the "LoseIt" app for my iPhone. For the Jillian Michaels podcast fans, I Googled "BMR calculator" and then multiplied that number by 1.1 to get my target calories (which were fairly close to what "LoseIt" had calculated for me. LoseIt allows me to do some pretty cool "Weekly Summary" reports, which I plan to post on my blog on Sundays to give a sense of the kinds of workouts I did and my calorie intake. Obviously, from the screenshot below, you can see that my calorie intake for the last couple of days was a little high. I have been feeling a little down without my beloved running, so I made sure to get a swim in today and am feeling more focused.
I really think, as I hinted in my post yesterday, that part of the problem for me is not that I don't have the right tools for success, but I just have been getting in my own way. Until I get my head on straight, I don't see the purpose of paying $39.95 each month to not follow Weight Watchers. Plus, if I get to goal weight and to maintenance, I wouldn't be able to use Weight Watchers eTools to continue to track without paying for it, so why not lose with a tool that will be available for me as I maintain?
If any of you are using LoseIt, I would love for you to friend me there. The things that are shared with friends are, according to the developer:
1) The amount of weight (in lbs) that you've lost to date.
2) Your goal amount of weight to lose (in lbs)
3) Your weekly calorie budget and each day's calories relative to that budget.
4) Your exercises, times, and calories burned (excluding sexual activity)
5) Recent activities such as weighing in with weight change.
We do not display your actual weight nor the specific foods that you are eating.
Number 4 made me laugh. I don't track my sexual activity as exercise (!) but I suppose some people want to count every calorie. I am hoping the developers will add a public profile option that would allow users to share these things the way that FitDay does.
Input welcome! I know some readers will think I'm crazy for hopping back and forth, but it just makes sense to me right now. If I really miss Weight Watchers, it is always possible to rejoin.