Great Week With Changing My Start Day

I posted earlier about changing the start of my week to Monday even though I weigh in on Saturdays.  I wanted to report back that it ended up working out really well.  I am swapping FitPoints before Weekly SmartPoints with a goal to not eat my Weekly SmartPoints most weeks, but feeling free to eat my FitPoints that are above my baseline.

I ended the week with all of my Weekly SmartPoints and 1 FitPoint left that I could have swapped. I earned 48 FitPoints, of which 28 could be swapped for food.  I ate 27 of my FitPoints.  In a way, of course, that is the same as simply eating 27 of my 28 Weekly SmartPoints and none of my FitPoints.

But, I see it differently.  To eat those 27 FitPoints I had to earn enough FitPoints over my baseline that would allow me to swap FitPoints for food.  For me, the first 3 FitPoints I earn are my baseline and can’t be swapped for food.  There is no doubt that I was more diligent about earning FitPoints knowing I was swapping them first.   [Read more…]

Day to Start the Weight Watchers Week

I just went in and changed my Weight Watchers week to start on Monday rather than Saturday.

Weigh In Date

I also did the same thing on MyFitnessPal.  And, I set Fitbit to start on Monday, instead of Sunday (those are the only two options Fitbit gives you).  The choice of which day to start with for all of these services may seem like a choice that doesn’t matter.  But, I think it can be very important both from the mental aspect and for planning.  This change for me is a major change for me since I weigh in on Saturdays.  Before, my weigh in day aligned with the start of my week.  Now, it doesn’t.

I would guess that most Weight Watchers members start their week on their weigh in day, although I have have known members who start on other days.  For example, I have seen a number of members who start their week on the day after their weigh in.  But, for most of the time I’ve been a Weight Watchers members I’ve started my week on the day that I weighed in.  I do have some vague recollection that at one time in the last millennium I started my week on Saturday when I weighed in mid-week.

Since I went back to Weight Watchers several years ago, though, my weigh in day has been on either Friday or Saturday and I have started my week on the same day (with occasional forays to try other options).  I had a few reasons that I aligned the start of my week with my weigh in day.  First, it seemed to emotionally makes sense.  Weighing in could be seen as something that happens after the end of the week to show the result of what I did for that week.  So, if my week ended on Friday, then I would weigh in on Saturday morning and begin anew.  The lining up of ending my week and then weighing in the next day made sense.

It also made sense from a practical standpoint.  By ending my week on Friday, I would weigh in Saturday morning and then have all of my daily and weekly points available.  Like many people, I tended to eat out on the weekend and I liked having all my points available to do that.  I could eat out and use a lot of my weekly points on the weekend and then I went through the week days knowing exactly how many points I had left.  That helped me plan. [Read more…]

Weight Watchers Browser My Day Changes

I noticed yesterday that there were some changes to the front page you see when you go to My Day on Weight Watchers using a browser.  I explored this using both Chrome and Firefox browsers.  While I think some of the changes are good, there are some major bugs that still exist.

Here is a screenshot of what the new page looks like when I go to My Day:

New MyDay

Since it can be sometimes difficult to see what changes have occurred, here is a past screenshot from that page when it was in beta.  Obviously, after it was no longer in beta it didn’t have the part about opening the classic plan manager.

WW Beta Dashboard chat

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Eating Every Few Hours

I noticed something this week.  I need like to eat every few hours.  At first, I said need. But, then I changed it to like since I am not sure that this is an actual need.  Basically, I find myself getting hungry every 3 hours or so regardless of what I have eaten earlier. Even if it is a large meal, I will be hungry 3 (or maybe 4) hours later.

Last Wednesday I really ate a lot of food.  We went out of town for the day to take my mom out to lunch for her 92nd birthday.  I had a very large lunch.  The restaurant doesn’t have nutritional information, but I estimated 38 points for the meal (and I didn’t even eat all of what I was served).  Most of it was blackened chicken stuffed with pepper jack cheese and crab meat stuffing served over angel hair pasta and Asiago sauce.  And, then for dessert, I shared a flourless brownie with my husband:

Brownie

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Why I Don’t Want to Set Weight Loss Goals

I was at my Weight Watchers meeting recently and we were taking about setting goals. A member talked about having a goal to loss X number of pounds by the end of Y month.  And, I hear that from a lot of people.  I want to lose 10 pounds a month or 25 pounds in 3 months or 1 pound a week or whatever.  I have shied away from setting that kind of short-term weight loss goal.  In fact, in the first post I did on this blog (over two years ago) about goal setting, I said the following:

I am not going to set up a monthly goal to lose a certain amount of weight.  I know that works for a lot of people.  For me, it doesn’t.  I think that is because I can’t totally control whether it is achieved.  That is, I can do the things that I think would lead to a certain loss and over the long term that is realistic.  That is why I feel OK having a goal to basically lose 41 pounds this year.  But, over the short term, the body doesn’t always cooperate.  And, when it doesn’t show the loss that the numbers say should exist, it tends to throw me off track, even if the loss shows up the next week.  So, I won’t set weight loss goals for a short time period.

At the time, I thought I was being very realistic by setting a goal to lose 41 pounds in a year while not setting a short term weight loss goal.  In reality, my mistake was in making it a goal to lose 41 pounds that year. [Read more…]