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.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Okay, so yeah I lied......

I decided to stick with Freestyle instead of going the Simply Filling route.

Why?  I just don't trust myself enough yet; plus it helps when CC and I are on the same plan, less confusing.

However, I am trying to stay as close to the SF food list as possible.  It will make the eventual transfer to the plan a little easier.

Today of course is only day one of my new start and it is going well.  Food wise, I've got today and tomorrow planned out and I'm drinking my water.  Hubby bought me a new water bottle - it's stainless and really keeps the water cold for a very extended amount of time - LOVE IT!!  And it was on sell at CVS for 50% off!!

So I'm starting off right - Saturday out and about with Chris will be the true test!


Monday, September 3, 2018

The End of Summer

My staycation is over.....my family reunion is over....summer is over.....

And it is now time for Weight Loss season!

In my original WW journey I started in September and I'm hoping that will help me this time, lol! 
Actually the original time my head was totally in the right place to lose weight.  I don't how I got it there or even why.....but I do know that really really helped in the journey.

I've waiting for that to happen again and it never has.  I finally realize that this time around I really am going to have to make myself do it or it just isn't going to get done.

I think this time I'm going to give Simply Filling a try.  I've dabbled in it before but would go off the minute I needed "points" for something I shouldn't be having.  I know I have to at least give it a good try for 4 weigh ins; then I can decide whether to continue with it or not.

Why Simply Filling?

Well as I've said in previously posts, I believe SF is the way WW is heading so I might as well try now.  The "no count" food list for SF is so much bigger than with Freestyle and SF seems to be the healthier option of the two.  There are some things I don't agree with on SF, for instance FF dairy is the no count options....though I can do FF milk, sour cream, yogurt and such.....it's the cheese slices that in my opinion are not healthier at all - what is in that stuff anyway?  None-the-less, I eat very little cheese and will do reduced fat or full fat cheese when I do want it....I'll take the points from my weeklies, but I may just not count them at all (though that totally isn't the official way to do it; sometimes you have to make your own tweeks as I don't want to count points forever).

So I have a plan....let's get to it!