Two topics for this post, but they are related.
December Weigh In
First, I weighed in for December. I was down 2 pounds from November, to 144 pounds. That is 2 pounds under my goal weight of 146 pounds. I am wanting to get to a lower point for my weight as part of my quest to improve my body composition. I plan to reset my goal weight down a couple of pounds probably in January if these weight holds so I am not tempted to think it is OK to gain above 144 pounds. Hmm. Actually, I may not wait until January.
I was very happy with the weigh in. Being at or near goal, it is often hard to have a large loss. And, yes, 2 pounds in a month counts as a large loss for me. Also, the last time my weight was this low was in February. I had a great weigh in during February (141.6 pounds) where I was basically back to my post-tummy tuck weight baseline. It was wonderful. But, then I started gaining. I think mentally I didn’t think I had to worry about it since I was below my goal weight. Hence, the reason I want to slowly reset my goal weight to something closer to where I want to be.
Anyway, I last saw my current weight while I was in the middle of gaining weight in February. My next mini-goal is to weigh in at Weight Watchers at 141.6 pounds or below.
Week 2 – New Program (Flex in UK, Freestyle in U.S.)
Today is the last day of my first 2 weeks on the new program. It is called Flex in the UK, where it has been live for 2 weeks as of Sunday. It will roll out in the U.S. on December 3 and will be called Freestyle.
Actually it briefly rolled out a bit early. I looked on the WW app last night right after midnight and saw this:
And, yes, those are my new daily points – 23 instead of 30. And, at that time when I saw that I started searching for the new zero point foods and they were, in fact, zero points. And some restaurant foods that are reduced in points due to zero point foods were showing reduced points. Someone on Connect shared a link to the U.S. zero points food list. That, of course, was not a surprise given the information from the UK program.
And…then this morning it was back to the current (well, current through December 2) program.
And, as I am writing this the Weight Watchers website is down completely. On the mobile app, I can access the app and use the calculator but I can’t record anything. I suspect they may be trying to revert changes that had been prematurely made live.
Anyway — week 2 on the program. I am down 3.5 pounds since I started doing the new program. My weight loss since November is only 2 pounds, because I was up a bit when I started this program. Overall, I am eating few calories. I know this since I dual track calories on MyFitnessPal. I am not eating enough fewer calories to account for losing 3.5 pounds. I think some of that is simply fluid loss since I am eating fewer carbohydrates so my body is releasing more water.
Even so, I am eating fewer calories so I think this works better for my weight loss. I am definitely eating in a healthier manner and I am more satisfied and not as hungry. Yesterday, I ate 24 SPs on Freestyle versus 26 SPs on the current program. I had actually pretracked a late evening snack (a 2 point cheese stick). But, I just wasn’t hungry so I skipped it.
I have found that it makes life every so much easier if it at least some of what I eat out is zero point. Today, I had salmon and corn at lunch. There were some points in the salmon (light sauce). My meal would have 43 points on the current program versus 36 on the new program (there were a lot of non-zero point foods int he meal).
I had been worried both that I would eat too many zero point foods and that I would eat too few. Too many and calories are too high. Too few and the calories are low and I am starving. As it turns out, this has been a non-issue. Some days have a lot more calories than others. But, it is basically averaging out to fewer calories a day than I ate before. That works for me. I also love the roll over feature. It irks me that on 3 days I have been below 30 SPs a day on the current program and those unused points are just loss. I like that on the new program I can rollover up to 4 of those unused points. The result is that while I have less daily points on the new program, I have overall had more weekly points available because I was able to rollover unused points for the days that I didn’t go out to eat.
So, Sunday morning this will all go live in the United States. I will be attending a meeting and reporting back with what I am told at the meeting and will report on the new materials.