Obviously I love Weight Watchers and I've been a believer since day one. I've been very successful losing over 100 pounds with Points and then PointsPlus and prior to that whenever I joined WW I was always successful.
Counting points is simple and easy and all of the technology makes it even easier! Not to mention I can eat real food. There's no fake food, no shakes, no pills, no supplements...I go to the grocery store and I buy my food and then I count the protein, carbs, fat and fiber because food is MORE than just calories and not calories are created equal.
BUT...SmartPoints has changed the way points are calculated and first I was a little nervous but Weight Watchers has ALWAYS WORKED FOR ME. I trust the program, I trust the company, I trust that whatever they tell me to do is going to help me be successful. Now points are calculated by calories, saturated fat and sugar and I'm even MORE excited about the program!
I feel like the new way of calculating the points is pushing me to make better choices and pick more FOOD and less CHEMICALS. I didn't eat a lot of fake crap before but I've only been on the new program for 2 days and I've already realized how some of the choices I was making weren't so great. For example, my "light" salad dressing was low fat, low carb and therefore I thought it was a good choice but the sugar was sky high...I didn't know that because before SmartPoints I never cared to look. Now that I'm actually paying attention to the sugar content in foods I realize that the reason my "light" salad dressing tastes good is because there is a ton of sugar in it. They took out the fat and all the things that make it taste good but they needed to sell the product so they added a ton of sugar to make it taste good and on the old points it was only 2 PointsPlus so I thought it was a good choice...but now that I'm doing SmartPoints and I'm actually paying attention to the labels I'm realizing it's NOT a good choice and it's now 4 points to boot!!
4 points for salad dressing!? For LIGHT salad dressing!? No way!!!! It is no longer my go-to salad dressing choice; I'm going to look for salad dressing recipes so I can make my own without a bunch of added crap so I feel good about the choices I'm making. It's only been 2 days and I've already made this huge discovery, I can only imagine what will happen with the other foods I've been eating. I thought I was a good eater and I thought I was making great choices 99% of the time but I'm starting to think I was a little disillusioned and maybe I've been making great choices 80% of the time...
That being said, I think the thing I'm MOST excited about as far as the new WW program goes is the huge focus on things OFF the scale. THANK YOU WEIGHT WATCHERS FOR RECOGNIZING THAT BEING HEALTHY DOESN'T MEAN LOSING WEIGHT!!! It's MORE than that! I am loving the fact that the new program is measuring our success with MORE than just a number. I'm a person who gets hyper focused on the scale even though I know that the scale is only one teeny tiny factor but I feel like "why am I doing this if the number isn't moving!?" and now I can say "I'm doing this because I feel better. It's good for me. It makes me happy. I'm worth it" and there are so many other reasons.
I also feel like Weight Watchers encouraging new habits like working out and taking "me time" is so important for us. A lot of us emotionally eat because we're stressed, bored, tired etc. But having coping skills other than eating will help us immensely in the long run and will really help with the scale obsession.
Getting healthy and learning to live a healthy lifestyle is about more than a number on the scale and I'm SO proud of Weight Watchers for helping us all realize that and for helping us choose whole foods, learn how to pick the healthiest option-not the lowest point or lowest calorie option. I love that they're helping us pick a banana instead of a 100 calorie pack of cookies because even though they might have the same amount of calories they don't have the same amount of macronutrients and the banana is REAL food it's not a factory created edible item...
Ah, I'm just so excited! I love WW and I am SO excited that they are now focusing on WHOLE HEALTH. This makes me SO happy and even MORE determined to work for them! LOL it's been my lifelong (ok, maybe not life long but 4 year long) dream to work for this amazing company and pay-it-forward. My life has changed tremendously because of this amazing program and I hope someday I can have a part in changing someones life the way my leader has changed mine...
Ok, I gotta go. I've got work to do but after the New Year I'll have more time to focus on my blog. Still staying focused on WW and my journey even if I'm not blogging! Hope you are all enjoying the new program too...:)