Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Old-School Weight Watchers



I just had my Week 19 weigh-in. I'm down 8.4 pounds total, and last week, I hit an all-summer low of 177.2 (I was up 0.4 this week). If I can lose 1.6 or more next week, I'll get my 10-pound star in Week 20.

That's roughly 1/2 a pound a week, which is not a bad rate, but I know that I could do better if I tracked every day.  With the online app, if I have missed logging two or three meals, it's easy to just let it go completely for the rest of the day, or worse, the rest of the week.

I decided to go Old-School: Paper and pencil using the twelve-week journal.  My goal is to be in the 160s by the end of the 12 weeks.


Instead of fooling around with the weekly points (which make me start to feel hopeless if I've used them up and I still have a few days left in the week), I'm going to track day-by-day like I did when I first started with Weight Watchers. That means that I count up from 0 instead of counting down from my target, and if I have a bad day, I just turn the page and start over.  That's how I got to goal the first time.

My first version of Weight Watchers was Winning Points, and there was a Points range for each day. You could bank points, but there were no weeklies. I remember that the high end of my range was 25 points (the old points, which were worth more food than the current ones) and I hit or exceeded it most days, plus whatever Activity Points I earned.

I'm going to do my best to stay under 33 (my target plus 1/7 of my weeklies) every day, plus whatever Activity Points I earn.  That should leave me with enough of a deficit to have a decent loss each week.  The important thing is continuing to track every day instead of giving up if I go over.

By the way, I noticed at my meeting that Weight Watchers is running a special for the rest of the month: A free Starter Kit (which includes the journal pictured above plus lots of other goodies) when you buy a monthly pass. I'm guessing that means they are getting ready to tweak the program again, but if you've been thinking about joining, it's a good time to get a lot of free, useful stuff for the current program.  Danica's Daily has a great review of the kit if you want to see what's in it.

Edited to add: This is what a day of tracking looks like.



7 comments:

  1. I didn't fully realize the weekly thing and counting down (in tracking). What you wrote (daily range/numbers, starting from 0, fresh page each day) makes a LOT OF SENSE. I realize it is all the same numbers, but I think there is a real clarity and simplification in what you wrote. It is psychologically more balanced and clear that way. (The only further simplification I can think of is counting everything if you need to at some point down the road).

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    1. So far I have lost when I've tracked every day even when I was over my points, so I haven't worried about it. I have, at most, 3 pieces of fruit per day, and the 0-point veggies have very few calories.

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    2. I do write them all down even though they are zero points.

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    3. You are smart to write them down, because then you can look for info if you need it later. I totally GET the not worrying about veggies, because there is so little difference between them and if you are eating same number of servings, it balances pretty generally over days. So really, if writing them, that is the same as tracking. (Spoken by someone who doesn't track and uses that same philosophy for everything, same rough number of servings and it just balances itself).

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    4. Yes, it's sort of like an old-style checkbook: You write what you ate and its points value. There is another system where you don't have to track Power Foods, but I don't use that one.

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  2. Great idea! I much preferred the old points system. There seemed to be more logic to it, and people seemed to lose more. I may adopt your plan of journaling.

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    1. It is great so far. It's funny, because I still use the WW app to figure my points so I'm doubling up on tracking.

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