Diet/Excercise

Woo Hoo for Weight Watchers Pro Points!

I recently found myself trying to squeeze into my jeans. Not fun. But I’m sure many of you can relate. I was within my healthy BMI for my height so it wasn’t too much to worry about. I have a holiday booked for later this month and I wasn’t bothered about my new curves. That was until it came to trying on my holiday wardrobe. Everything pinched a bit. Not being in a position to buy myself a new wardrobe I decided to accompany a friend of mine to Weight Watchers. Initially it was more about supporting her but when I realised that the extra pounds were falling from me I was happily on board.

When I stepped on the scales at the first meeting I learned that I was one stone over my normal weight. My first thought was Aaaaaaagh! but I decided to commit to the Pro Points plan for a few weeks and get rid of it.

I made myself a graph and hung it beside my size 8 (UK)  skinnies on the wardrobe. I had crept up to a UK size 10-12. I’m petite in height which means if I put on more than 4 pounds over my usual weight (around 9 stone) I look a little dumpy, well that’s the way I feel at least. Seeing the line on the graph I made go down was extremely motivating.

So although I don’t have a weight problem I had been less active this Spring/Summer and I also let portion size creep up. Weight Watchers has corrected both of these issues and I now feel back to myself. What I mean by this is that my attitude to food and activity has returned to normal.

Before I joined the class I thought that Weight Watchers was for people who had serious weight loss goals and that it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to go along considering I was within the healthy BMI for my height. Not so. There were plenty of ladies there who were trying to loose a few pounds. The second thing I learned was that Weight Watchers is not a faddy ‘lose lost of weight fast and pile it back on’ sort of diet. Rather, it’s an approach to living.

I committed myself whole-heartedly and lost 12 pounds in one month. I wasn’t hungry, tired or unsatisfied. I had originally expected to feel all three. Best of all the weight came off about 2.5  pounds per week. I was well hydrated so no water weight. Since my attitude has been adjusted back to the way it always was I’m hopeful that I will have no issues of poundage returning. That being said, if I see a few pounds creeping on in the future I’ll just follow weight watchers for a few weeks.

I had 29 points to use per day, which turned out to be plenty. Especially since fruit and vegetables are 0 points now. I love that there are 49 extra points to use each week too. I spent these on my social life but found that I didn’t use them all every week.

I decided to pack my suitcase this morning and try everything on. I was both shocked and delighted to discover that my shorts from last summer fit comfortable. Actually, they looked great. I am over the moon!

I decided to share this with you all, despite it being a little out of the beauty realm, because I never would have imagined  that Weight Watchers would work so well for someone who needed to drop one dress size. Especially since people say that the last 10 pounds are the hardest. I still have a few more pounds to go but I’m delighted that my holiday wardrobe fits.

I would love to hear any of your weight watchers experiences.

 


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  • Irene

    Hi Amy;

    I started WW propoints (at home pack) yesterday..and i’m starving!
    I need 1 1/2 stones to loose and I will try my hardest to stick with the programme.

    Do you know where I can get the WW seriously satisfying cookbook?

    Irene x

  • http://sophias-style.blogspot.com Sophia Moir

    Hi Amy,

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I’ve been thinking of joining WW for a while now. I’ve always been a size 10 but recently I’ve slipped up to a size 12. Like you, I used to be really active, but I’ve kind of lost my motivation. The concern I have is losing TOO much weight if you know what I mean? I don’t want to become obsessed and calorie-count for the rest of my life and end up like Jennifer Hudson who seems to be wasting away on WW. What do you think? Do you feel like you want to lose more?

    Sophia

    xo

  • Sarah

    This sounds great. I’ve heard that the new WW points system is much more sophisticated, and focuses on the nutritional value of different foods and the right proportions of protein, carbs etc. as well as just the calories. I have a figure quite like yours and would never have considered WW to lose those few rogue pounds that can appear…But maybe after Christmas I will think again ;)

  • robyn

    Amy,

    My girlfriends and I started our own ‘rogue” WW group. The meetings were full of people who had been together for years & they weren’t entirely welcoming & of course-you have to pay. So what we did was join online but we have our own meetings. We have accountability, weigh ins, each person in the group has ownership of the sessions. One brings in a healthy snack & recipe, one leads discussion, one does the weigh-ins etc….its worked well. we have also added zumba or water aerobics to the mix. it has been fun to spend the time with the girls that isn’t devoted to drinking cocktails and gossiping :) and it is good to not be spending that time sitting on our bums watching TV or a film (which we still do and love ). I’m happy for you…and this gives me motivation to take my weight loss journey more seriously (i’ve been off the wagon a bit) as i do have a substancial amount to get rid of. Thanks for the inspiration! I think you are so genuine and i appreicate your honesty :)

    Robyn

  • Aly

    Absolutely swear by weight watchers, through that and exercise i went from a UK size 14 to a UK size 8, took about a year to do it but haven’t looked back since.

    Also can relate to you in that it didn’t feel like I was starving or depriving myself of anything, much better than faddy diets! It is definitely more of a lifestyle change than a diet programme which I think is a healthy way to approach losing a few pounds(or more).

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    I find the weightwatchers a bit confusing i use the unislim units and its working for me..but theres a lot of stigma about ww and unslim ,like wat you say Amy everyone assumes uve to be huge to join it but its not the case its a healthy eating plan not a diet for everyone :) x x

  • http://www.inspiredtolivelaughandrun.tumblr.com Sarah

    Hi Amy, congrats on your success with the Pro Points. I have to admit i did weight watchers a few years back and lost about a stone. Felt so much better while doing it. Since then my weight has gone up again. Ive been blogging and trying to improve my health and fitness now for a while yet ive been missing something ~ Weight Watchers! Youve inspired me to go back on it and have fun while doing it! I cant wait to get started again and hopefully lose those extra pounds that have crept back on.
    Thanks to you Amy and Lee (whos site ive checked out too!) for making me feel like i can do it again and be successful at it!

    Sarah
    xoxox

  • http://www.mwah.ie Lee – Mwah.ie

    Hi Amy,

    When I started Weight Watchers, although I had a lot more than you to loose I thought it was going to be full of old ladies. I was surprised at the mix of ages & a few men attending the meetings.

    I’m glad you find it good too. I recently reached my goal and it feels great. I’ll never be a size 8 but I’m delighted to be a size 12 and 50lbs down in 51 weeks :)

    It teaches you what choices to make for life and that helps you maintain your weight, well done!

    Lee
    xxx

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Holy moly Lee! Congratulations on 50lbs, that is phenomenal!!
      I have to agree – it has been an education. It has been really easy and feels normal rather than deprivation. I’m not a fan of deprivation :)
      Well done!
      Amy x

  • http://giddyprincess.blogspot.com GiddyPrincess

    Hi, good post – I too am battling with the weight – and previously lost 30lbs with WW. I am trying to lose around 10 lbs now and just can’t seem to shift more than like 3!

    Did you eat the full 29 points a day cos I have found that to be LOADS and so I haven’t really done it properly but feel like if I eat that many points I will gain more weight!

    Not used to this new points system at all!!!

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Hi Giddy Princess – I used my full 29 per day. I find that if I don’t eat regularly enough I tend to store fat more. If my body knows there is food coming often it seems to stop it going into famine mode. Initially I felt the same as you – surely I can’t lose weight on 29 points per day(plus the 49!) but I did. And it seems to work the same for the rest of the ladies in the meeting I attend. They’re shocked that they’ve lost each week.
      I have no experience with the old system but I would imagine that it might be difficult to get used to a whole new way of eating/counting.
      I have been making sure that I’m more active lately and I find that I don’t think or worry about food right now. I’m just going with it. I hear stress and anxiety can make it harder to shift the pounds too.
      I’m no expert but maybe you could share your concerns with a leader. They might be able to put you on the right track and put your mind at ease.
      Well done on the 30lbs!
      Amy

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