Sunday, July 29, 2018

Product Review

I don't know if it's just the product itself or if it was just needed, but yesterday I replaced our wifi router.

Yes, this post has nothing to do with weight loss but my blog isn't designed for just one topic.


We have 2 smart tv's, 2 smart phones, numerous tablets and a desktop.  We depend a lot on our wifi.  The smart tv in the bedroom often had issues streaming Hulu as it was furtherest from the smartphone was becoming difficult to do web searches on as it was always freezing.  It's frustrating!

I was housesitting at my one sister's house last week and she had gotten a new wifi router:

The Netgear AC1600 Smart WiFi Router

It had an interesting look (mine still has the antennas) and since the box was still there I started reading that this was a perfect router for a large home (which I don't have) and homes with multiple wifi devices (which I do have).  So when I was done the housesitting job, I went out and bought this same router.

Just so you know, when you have multi devices all fighting for the same wifi signal, it can slow things down; that apparently was what was happening in my house.  This router is made for just that, so it's a big help.

It took minutes to set this router up (easy peasy) and all the items now work like they should!  Gone are the days of my smartphone not web searching and Hulu not streaming correctly - everything works as it should.

Should of replaced that router a long time ago, lol!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Simply Filling

The last plan on our Weight Watchers Plan list is "Simply Filling".

What?  Weight Watchers has another plan?

Yep, they keep this one well hidden.

Simply Filling, sometimes referred to as the No Count Plan, is a more extreme version of Freestyle.

With Simply Filling the no count food list just got bigger (you do not get any daily points to use) - ALL low fat meats are included...that means low fat beef; potatoes are added to the no count vegetable list as well.  You'd be surprised what all is on the list:  whole wheat pastas (yep, you can now have pasta and not count it), light breads and fat free milk/yogurt (even the flavored ones) and much more.

And if you want something that isn't on the list?  You still have your weekly points to use.

Freestyle is a step towards Simply Filling.  I am predicting that Simply Filling will be the WW Plan within the next 5 years.  It just seems to be where it is heading.

Don't let this plan scare you.  There are some really good FB groups to help you with it and you'd be amazed of the recipes that are made with totally zero count foods.  It's definitely worth a look.

Weight Watchers keeps this well hidden on their website, so here's the direct link:

Simply Filling Information on the Weight Watchers Website

Simply Filling Brochure

***UPDATE***  As of October 2018, WW has removed Simply Filling from their website and it is no longer available as an option.  If you are still interested, check out this group:

Simply Filling My WW Plan of Choice

Simply Filling Green Dot/Power Foods

WW Simply Filling Followers

Those groups are a big help and full of information.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Beach Post

I'm at the beach this week and have that "I'm fat and look like crap" attitude going on. Nothing lets you know how much you're failing at weight loss than seeing yourself in a bathing suit.

I really hate myself over this and have been making a list of what I need to do in order to do better. I found the 4 week challenge on FB.

I don't believe I can do everything all at once, HOWEVER, I am going to aim for:  No chips or french fries, and the No cake, donuts, cookies or candy. 

I figure if I do it in steps, I won't get overwhelmed. I'll just work it with Freestyle, which will be easy because it fits perfectly.

So I have a plan.....that's a start.

Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


So we've discussed Classic Points, Points Plus and Smart Points.  Now it's time to discuss the current Weight Watcher plan - FREESTYLE.

First, anything you need to count a point for is calculated the Smart Point way; so there's not new points to learn.

Weight Watchers took a look at what everyone was eating, took note of the filling options and created FREESTYLE.

Freestyle is a step between points and their Simply Filling plan.  Freestyle is an AWESOME plan and despite my dislike of Smart Points; I can overlook that part.

Freestyle gives you a list of 200 foods that you do not have to count points for; that list consists of vegetables, fruit, beans, chicken & turkey breast, seafood and eggs with a few exceptions.  Weight Watchers says to eat these foods until you are full, not stuffed and you don't have to weigh, measure and track them.

Wait? What?
Right, you don't have to weigh, measure or track them.

Let's back up here......just because you don't have to, doesn't mean you can't.  If you don't trust yourself, by all means weigh, measure and track.  Also remember, just because you don't have to count it (or count it as 0 pts) doesn't mean the food doesn't have calories, carbs, fat, sugar, etc...
Don't confuse 0 pts as 0 calories - it doesn't work that way.

The biggest complaint I hear about FREESTYLE - is that "if I knew how to stop eating when I am full, I wouldn't need Weight Watchers".  You are just like me!  So knowing need to weigh, measure and track it.  Yes the tracker will show 0 and that's fine; but at least you'll know serving sizes.  Sometimes you have to do what you know you need to do and stop blaming the program.

Side Note:   I once saw a post where a WW member was complaining about just this.  I offered the advice above to weigh, measure and track.  They thanked me and said they'd give that a try.  A few hours later (yep, just hours) they posted again complaining that if they had to weigh, measure and track then they really aren't doing Freestyle.....why can't they have the choice to go back to Smart Points.

Yeah, I shook my head and laughed too!  You were given advice...and without even giving it a came up with another excuse of why the program won't work for you.  First the excuse was you needed more structure, then when you were told well you can do that, you came back with well that's not really doing the program is it?  Actually, yes it is!  Notice the name FREE in the program - you're free to make it your own!

Obviously this was a person who just wanted Smart Points back but was failing to realize that on Smart Points they'd be weighing, measuring and why can't they do it on Freestyle?

Don't get hung up on only eating the 0 pt foods either.  The next biggest complaint?  I am so sick of eating eggs and chicken.   Ummm.....why are you eating so much of it?  Why aren't you using those points?

If you only eat off that list, you are depriving yourself and will get bored very easily with this plan.  You need to use those points.  Plan ahead....if you want burgers or pasta one night; fill that into the tracker and then work the rest of the day around it.  The points are there to be used....use them.

This is also in line with the people who accuse WW of forcing them to only eat certain foods - "they're trying to tell me what to eat"......again, you do not only have to eat the zero foods - use the points!  And no WW isn't forcing you to eat certain foods......they are nudging you towards healthy choices.  There's a huge difference.

Still Here and Still Moving Forward

Hi there....yeah I know, I've been away for a while.

Sometimes I just don't know what to write about.

Weight wise, I'm maintaining...which is good but I know I could be so much better.
Yesterday was a bad point day.  I managed to use  (are you ready for this?) 94 POINTS!  Yikes!

You read that right, 94......I'm now 31 points in the hole for the week.  How'd that happen?
Easy actually...I started the day with Funfetti Pancake Muffins from Drizzle Me Skinny.  I then had corn on the cob and watermelon for lunch.  Later in the afternoon as I felt like I was starving....I ended up at McDonald's for a McDouble no cheese, small fry and a large Caramel Frappe.......yep.....not good.  I then ended my day at Rutter's for fried chicken wings and mozzarella sticks.


So today, I'm starting out better.  Sundays mean a big meal at my parent's house so I opted for a bigger more filling breakfast to hopefully hold off eating too much there.  This is where you get a real eye opener:

Yesterday for breakfast, as I mentioned above, I had the Funfetti Pancake Muffins (which are awesome by the way) for 5 pts.

Today I had, a 1/2 batch of the pancake muffins (3 pts) along with 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon (2 pts) and a banana.  All for the same amount of points that yesterday was!  And much more filling!

Now I just need to get some walking in to get some of those weekly points would be nice to not be in the hole at weigh-in!