Sunday, October 7, 2018

WW Changes

So let's look at what we actually know of the WW changes:

The name change from Weight Watchers to WW has occurred.  Using WW as their brand but not telling us how we're to refer to it (double you, double you?) just to get the word "weight" out of everything is rather unprofessional.

Other name changes; where to even begin....

WW locations are now referred to as "studios".  This makes sense for an actual WW store front location....but not for those of us whose meetings take place in rented rooms (mine is a room in a church).  "Studio" makes me think of a place I can walk into at anytime, weigh-in, purchase products and attend a meeting during the store hours....that isn't so for the rented rooms.

Meetings are now referred to as "workshops".  I don't know about you...but a workshop seems to me to be a little hands-on or creating something.  Yes, I know that can refer to weight loss but I seriously doubt they'll be much changing to the meeting process.  Also "workshop" topics will change between wellness, exercise and such.  WW - I do not need anymore meetings discussing exercise....my group would rather discuss the highs and lows of the past week.....but because now "weight loss" isn't the focus...where does that leave us?

The receptionist are now "guides" - yeah, I don't understand that either.  Where are they guiding us too.  Your leader is now a "coach" - and depending on the leader that term could be true or not.  These name changes are rather cheesy.


The app has semi-updated.  iPhone users seemed to have no problem with this update...it either updated automatically or they went to their app store and had an update option.  Android users on the other hand...I've seen no post that anyone's app updated automatically; as a matter of fact there wasn't an update option at the app store either.  After lunch, I did have an option to update...but WW was telling android users that it could take days.......  yeah, that has gone over well.  HELLO WW- don't advertise a big update with the date if you don't have it ready to come out; really?  How hard is that?

The app update itself:  I actually like the new blue/white look, it's really crisp looking.  The website updated to that as well.  There have been a few with some vision issues that say the new look is hard on their eyes, understandable and WW should work on an option for that.  Simply Filling is still an option on the app/website but I'm still hearing that will disappear at some point.  Now you can earn "wins" for tracking breakfast, lunch, dinner, workouts and attending a meeting.  These "wins" add up and you can trade them in for prizes (I really see no prize on the list I'm truly interested in).

Let's discuss "wins" - You need at least 1500 wins to get to the first level of prizes.  That will take a few weeks.  As long as you're tracking on the app.....you'll be alright; but if you're a paper tracker, "wins" aren't available to you.  The website?  Not available there either.  They could easily have paper trackers bring their tracking to meetings and have the receptionists input something into the system and there is positively no reason the website isn't set up for this.  As I mentioned above there's not much on the prize list I'm interested in, HOWEVER, the whole system is set up for honesty...Did you really eat breakfast?  Or did you just add something in there to get the "wins"?  I got 5 "wins" this morning for my coffee....that's all I had for breakfast.

Under the food settings of the app/website you are no longer "losing" or "maintaining"...you're actually "weight loss & healthy habits" or just "healthy habits".  No one seems to know where lifetime members fall in these categories but according to Gary Foster the Chief Scientific Officer of WW indicates that Lifetime memberships are a relic of older programs.   I'm guessing that will be going away at some point at least for new members.

So weight loss isn't the focus....wellness is - in body, mind and spirit.  What makes a WW Coach qualified to do this?  We shall see....but I'm thinking WW may have just started their own funeral.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Soooo.....

Not hearing anymore on the WW front so I'm guessing my meeting won't have new stuff until the 3rd or more likely the 10th, although I think the app will update on the 4th.

I have been tracking very well on the WW app and also on the LoseIt app....I'm rather surprised how easily I run out of points (I'm currently in the weekly hole) but have many calories left over on LoseIt.  Am I not eating enough calories?  I'm not sure, what I am sure is that Freestyle, just like Smart Points isn't working for me.

I'm seriously thinking of leaving WW and just use itrackbites to do Points Plus - it's the program that worked for me. Or totally walk away from points all together and just do calories.

I'm at a loss.....

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Double You - Double You

Well I'm sure you've heard the news...Weight Watchers has changed their name to just WW.  I'm not real sure if we're to say "Double You-Double You" or just not pronounce it at all....but they want it associated with the phrase "Wellness That Works".

The CEO was on The Today Show to make this announcement, she rambled something about moving away from "weight" and instilling healthy habits for a lifetime.  She also avoided answering any questions related to the point program...she just skipped around them.

I don't think the point program is changing drastically.  As I've said before, according to the UK, Simply Filling is being done away with.  I think Freestyle is staying but the zero food list will increase and eventually Freestyle and Simply Filling will be merged as one.  I'm hearing that fat free products will be discouraged (good thing) and the WW products will be more wholesome (yeah, it will still be junk food but with better ingredients).

I keep hearing that weigh-ins will be optional; that would make sense since you may have people only interested in healthy habits and may not need to lose weight.....but our leader last night assured us that weigh-ins will remain, the price won't increase, there's a rewards program and she avoided all questions in regards to the point program.

I'm not sure how I feel about all this or when my group will get the official information....this is all to take place on October 4th, my next meeting is the 3rd so I may have to wait to the 10th which sucks! But I'm sure all the info will be on the internet as soon as it's released.  I was told some of the UK members have the information on pinterest, but I haven't found it yet.

So we shall see.....I'm not wanting any touchy, feely, meditation crap.  I'll have to drop meetings if that happens.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Where Weight Watchers Has Failed

I'm in a rut and "Laura" is getting very hard to find.

I still have a lot of congestion from the flu and am totally drained because of it.  It makes me not want to do anything.

I was looking at blogs and websites and came across this post:

The Number One Reason You're Not Losing Weight on WW Freestyle

It was a VERY good read and of course, her first piece of advice is the advice I always give:

Zero Point Foods DO NOT Equal Zero Calories

You would think that would be obvious, but you'd be surprised the people that just don't get it...AND WW really doesn't address this.

Along with that advice, she mentioned that people are learning how to take those zero point foods and make high calorie foods that are low in points.  Is that even possible?  Yes it is!  Her example is this cheesecake recipe:


The main ingredients in this cheesecake is Eggs & Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt - two things that are zero points on Freestyle.  This recipe serves 4 at 1 pt per serving....really need the treat?  You can eat the ENTIRE thing for 4 pts!  Wow!  And yep, it's a favorite recipe out there.

Want to know the problem?  If you eat the entire thing for those 4 pts - you just consumed EIGHT HUNDRED (800) CALORIES!  Even just a 1 pt slice comes out to 200 calories.

How is that even possible?  Because you don't have to count the points for the eggs and yogurt in the recipe...perfect example that zero point foods does not equal zero calories.

Eye opening isn't it?  Even though I know this...it was still a big revelation to me!  Please read the above post, there's other helpful tips in it.

Her other post is:


This one may not work for everyone because everyone is different; she added real butter, coconut oil, avocados and grass fed beef back into her diet and does not count points for it.  Why?  She explains that in the post....WW does not take into account Healthy Fats.  Want to know why Keto is so popular right now?  Because people are learning that you can have fat and lose weight!  

I really don't know why this person wasn't having beef and counting it - I do; but I know that butter, avocados and oils can eat up points pretty fast.  I don't think anyone needs told that the fake butters out there, though low in points, aren't very healthy.  Why are healthy things being penalized in WW?

I'm not dishing on WW....but I am starting to take a long hard look at my future with them.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Finding Me

My reason for starting this blog was to find "me" as indicated on the sidebar.  I know finding "me" isn't just about weight....obviously my life is more than a number on the scale.

I've been trying to think of the things I always liked to do but somewhat has taken a backseat to the everyday things going on; things I could start doing again that gave me pleasure at one time.

One is taking pictures.  I'm no photographer but I can take a pretty darn good photo.  I'm not looking to make any profit or anything; I just like taking photos.  I think that I will dig out my camera and do some nature walks.  Fall is in the air and that's always a good time to take photos with all the colors and such.

I use to read a lot.  Now I only ever seem to read a book while on vacation.  I want to start reading again.

At the beginning of every year I join the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge and I do it - then I stop after the challenge.  I want to continue with 1 mile a day; an actual 1 mile walk not just the steps all adding up to that in the day.

I always like learning something new.  I don't have the funds for classes (online or regular) but I do know there is free online learning.

So I've decided to combine likes together.  While walking I can take my photos and my reading and online learning can be about photography.  I just feel like I need to do more than text and Netflix in my free time.

I think this along with weight loss will help me "Find My Laura".

Simply Filling and The Flu

This week I've been house sitting for my one sister.  During this I also caught a bad flu which was a combo of a cold/sore throat flu and a stomach one.....not good.  Fortunately the stomach one only lasted the first day and by tomorrow I'll be back at work...and Saturday, I'll be home.  I really miss my doggies and being sick didn't give me the chance to make a home stop after work.

It always seems to be something.

Our Weight Watchers U.K. counterparts (UKWW) were met at the beginning of the month with no Simply Filling Option on their WW apps.  Obviously for Freestyle people this wasn't an issue but for the Simply Filling people it was, they're paying just like everyone else and this happened with no warning.  Eventually they received an email from WW stating that Simply Filling is being eliminated and will be gone worldwide by the end of the year.  A few were able to get some WW leaders in the U.S. to confirm this.

I think what is happening is they are moving forward, just as I have predicted, to get everyone on Simply Filling.

I think an update we'll get at the end of the year will be more foods added to the "zero" food list.  I think each year they'll add more and within 3-4 years - everyone will be doing Simply Filling but they'll be calling it Freestyle or some new name.

The UKWW normally will get any changes before us, so despite our leaders being quiet and not allowed to tell; social media will let us in on it!

Oh - and check out the groups on FB for Simply Filling - the admins are really grabbing as much information as possible.

For me?  Well being sick I missed weigh-in - so no update this time.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

This & That

We had a bad fight the other night.....between our two dogs Toby and Dexter.  Toby was the aggressor and it got ugly!  It wasn't the first time this has happened; but it's been the worst.

Toby was unscathed but Dexter had a leg bite which swelled and he was limping so it was off to the vet's this morning.  Fortunately it's not infected and just seems to be sore and bruised; he'll be on an anti-inflammatory for the next few days.

Toby on the other hand.......Toby's old; he doesn't see or hear well and the vet advised it was just probably one of those things.  None-the-less; he'll go to the vet's for blood work and such when I'm back from my house sitting job next week.  Sigh.......

On the diet front, I've done very well.  Tonight's dinner out was more points than I would of liked to use, HOWEVER, I am proud to say I stopped eating when I felt "pleasantly full" and not "stuffed".  When I can walk away from the food, that has to be a good step!  But other than that, I've been doing very well.