Finally! Members on maintenance can now set their Daily and Weekly SmartPoints!
The default had been to simply add 6 Daily SmartPoints and leave the Weekly SmartPoints untouched. And, with SmartPoints, maintenance members had been unable to modify their points online. This was a problem for some members on maintenance, particularly those who found that an extra 6 Daily SmartPoints weren’t enough for them to maintain. They found that they needed to eat even more in order to keep from losing. But, there was no way online to set a new SmartPoints target. Of course, it has always been the rule on maintenance that you would continue to add points until you were no longer losing. But, it was disconcerting to many to have to go into negative SmartPoints online.
Another issue for many was that during maintenance they would much rather have extra Weekly SmartPoints than more daily SmartPoints. I would fall within that group if I had Weight Watchers set to maintain. Since I am still wanting to lose a few pounds I have my objective set to losing weight. But, it is nice to know that if I do want to maintain I can set my own SmartPoints target. I already know that I would give myself more weekly SmartPoints.
That said, there are limitations as to how much customization is allowed.
For, Daily SmartPoints the minimum remains 30, while the maximum can be as much as 93!
For Weekly SmartPoints, alas, the range is much narrower: 14 to 42.
While I am glad to see the greater flexibility for maintenance members, it would have been nice to allow the possibility of more than 42 weekly SmartPoints.
Back in the PointsPlus day, members set to lose weight were able to vary their daily PointsPlus (not their weekly PointsPlus). That ability to choose your own SmartPoints target has not been implemented. Since I am at my Weight Watchers goal weight and could choose to set myself on maintenance, I could theoretically still plan to lose weight, but could modify my SmartPoints target (within the ranges that are given). What I don’t know is whether someone not at goal weight, could select maintenance and then customize daily and weekly SmartPoints targets.
This is a welcome change and is one of several recent changes I’ve noticed online to improve functionality of the online eTools. For example, when you go to track an item, there is now a drop down menu where you can track an item without having to select the item and then go to the tracker and then come back and do a new search. Now, you track the item right from the screen where you found the item and you can then move to a new item without having to go back to the tracker.
And, the online calculator clearly states which values are required to be input and which are optional. And, the annoying bug that required entering values of 0 twice in order to get a valid result, seems to be fixed. I am glad to see these improvements being made, although there are some things that still need to be done.
Still, it is great to now that when I do decide to maintain, I will be able to select SmartPoints daily and weekly targets that are more customized for me.