Weight Watchers New Program for 2018

Yes, it is that time of year right before any program changes roll out for the upcoming year.  Usually they come out the first week in December.  At the last meeting we got a booklet for a charm coming out which mentions that you should come for the meeting the week of December to get the charm “and to get some great news about your plan!”

So what do we know?  At this time of year, it often isn’t a lot.  We do know Weight Watchers trademarked WW Freestyle.  While I don’t know for sure, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that as the new program name.

But, the big news is that program changes rolled out in the United Kingdom this past Sunday.  There, the plan will be called Weight Watchers Flex.  While there is no guarantee that the United States program changes will be the same, in recent years, the changes have been the same or similar.  You can get some hints about the changes by going to the UK Weight Watchers website.  But, even better, Good Housekeeping in the UK has summarized the main changes.

The big changes talked about in the article deal with zero point foods.  In addition to the foods that were previously zero point there are some really big additions to the zero point list: “eggs, all fresh fish and seafood, skinless chicken and turkey breast, fat free plain yogurt, beans, peas, sweetcorn, lentils and tofu.”   [Read more…]

Exercise and Maintenance of Weight Loss

The hardest part about weight loss is not the actual losing of the weight.  It is keeping off the weight that is lost.  Sometimes, people think this is not something they have to think about until goal weight.  But, that isn’t true.  Weight regain can happen during the weight loss phase and can be devastating in terms of slowing down overall weight loss progress.  I ended up losing about a quarter of a pound a week from the time I went back to Weight Watchers in August 2010 until I got back to goal.  But, if you pull out all the time when I regained about 3/4 of what I had lost and had to lose it again, I would have been at an average loss of a half pound a week.  During that period of gain, if I had simply maintained my existing weight loss even if I didn’t lose anything more, I would have been so much better off.

So, yes, maintaining lost weight is hard.  I’m not saying weight loss itself isn’t hard.  But, I find it easier to lose than to maintain the weight loss.  During weight loss you get lots of positive feedback for that.  Going to meetings and getting a star for losing 5 pounds.  Seeing the number go down on the scale.  Buying a smaller size pair of jeans.  All of that is very reinforcing and fun.

Maintaining isn’t so exciting.  You aren’t changing much during maintenance.  You are just staying the same.  It can get to be a drag.  And, it can be hard to balance.  That is, it can be hard to get to a point where you neither gain nor lose.  And, people get used to you being your new weight so you don’t get that constant positive feedback.  You have to mostly rely on yourself to keep it all going.

A recent study addressed weight maintenance and what helps.  The answer is fairly simple:  increased physical activity.

 

The link above goes to the actual study itself.  A little more accessible and easier to read is this article in the New York Times that discusses the study.   [Read more…]

November Weigh In

I weighed in for November at 146 pounds, down .8 pounds from last month’s weigh in.  On the one hand, I was really happy with this as it is the first time since February that I’ve weighed in actually at my goal weight of 146 pounds.  Most of the time I’ve been free lifetime, but I was over my goal weight by a little.  So it is great to be back to goal (I’ve been a bit below it at home but I always weigh a little more at the meeting since I am weighing with clothes).

On the other hand it was a little annoying.  I basically didn’t go down at home during the last 10 days.  The reason I was annoyed was that I ate really well over that period.  I went and did my two sessions of exercise this week.  I did some treadmill.  So, it was disappointing to not really have a net loss during that period.  I think part of it was that I had a really heavy strength training session on Thursday.  Sometimes, that results in a little bit of water retention.  And, while I ate well on Friday I was very inactive because I spent a lot of the day watching Blizzcon on my computer. [Read more…]

Fit3D Scan for October

 

ThiTLast month I posted about my Fit3D scan. It is a month later so I went and was scanned again.  I can do this monthly as part of my plan at Dexafit.  I wasn’t really expecting much difference.  I was down about 2 and a half pounds from last time.  That is on my scale at home.  At Dexafit, I actually weighed over 3 pounds less today that I weighed there last time because last time I had a soft drink (cherry coke zero) on the way over there and today I didn’t. So, some of that I didn’t feel was real loss.  I also felt I had a little water retention when I did this before.

I have been exercising since then and really working on the strength training.  Still, I didn’t really expect to see much change in measurements.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

To do the Fit3D scan, you basically get down to your underwear, then stand on this pedestal that spins you around for 40 seconds taking tons of measurements.  From that, a 3D avatar is created.  This is the one from today:

I hadn’t really seen much difference in my body over the last 3 months but when I saw the detailed comparison I could see some differences. [Read more…]

Juggling Stuff and Checking In

Ok, wow.  So almost 2 weeks since I posted.  In a sense there hasn’t been much going on in regard to weight loss so there wasn’t much to post.  And, there was just a lot of stuff to juggle non-weight loss so I didn’t realize how much time had passed since I last posted.

The last couple of weeks have been a holding action in terms of weight loss.  Weekend before last, I drove back to my hometown and went to my 45th high school reunion.  It was the first one I’ve attended since graduating.  I must admit that it was easier for me to go to this one since I knew that my weight was basically fine (although I still want to lose a few pounds) and I felt happy with how I looked.

It’s funny but in the mind’s eye I still saw people as they were when we were 18 and so I was a little nervous about showing up with the current me.  I mean sort of absurd since I am in a Facebook group for our class and I’ve seen more current pictures.  But, still those pictures in my head were there.  Of course, as soon as I got there I truly did accept that everyone had aged just as I had aged.  And, really, once I was there I wasn’t concerned about my appearance or anyone else’s appearance.  It was a lot of fun to see people.  I also had an opportunity to reconnect with my dearest friend from way back when and that was very special.

Foodwise, I did OK during that trip.  I had to eat out some but planned for it.  I was planning to come back home and really exercise this past week.  But, I came home and had a scratchy throat and generally not feeling good for the whole week.  I kept thinking I was about to get a sore throat and feel awful.  That never happened, perhaps because I took it easy for the whole week in terms of activity.  But, that kept my calorie burn down.

And, then…my husband’s birthday.  Due to schedule conflicts with our kids, we have had 2 birthday celebrations and are going to have another one on Tuesday.  We went out alone to Fogo de Chao on his actual birthday.

That was what I had from their market table.  Then, they bring around a lot of different meats and you take what you want.  I mostly took a small piece of several things, mostly chicken and a little pork.  It was incredibly good.  We elected not to have dessert.

On Sunday, we went out for the second celebration with our son.  We ate at Red Robin and I skipped getting a chicken sandwich to just get the Ensanada Chicken which is a chicken breast with some added flavors and a side salad.  Having done that, I felt I could afford to eat part of this dessert:

It was incredibly yummy but was shared among 3 people.

We have one more lunch out, but that is planned for a restaurant where I can eat very lightly.  So, I think I did reasonably well, but haven’t lost any weight over the last 10 days.

I did finally get back to a little exercise.  The weather is finally cool enough here that we can walk outside so we took a walk in the neighborhood.  I like walking here because it is a little hilly so we get a better workout.  And, we plan to go back to the Y on Tuesday.