Friday, February 25, 2011

Coming Over to the Dark Side

I did something I swore I would never do.

I joined Weight Watchers.

Now hear me out before you get all "I told you so" on me. Prior to WW changing their points system, they focused on calories rather than the nutritional value of food, and while I know I am not the poster child of nutrition (I really love butter), I do eat 80% whole foods. I even attended a WW meeting with my friend Beth last year just to see what the fuss was about and was irritated by all the unhealthy, processed food they peddle at their meetings. Unfortunately, they still do that. However, the focus of the plan now is more on the fiber content of foods, and fruits and most vegetables have 0 points, thus encouraging people to eat more of them.

The catalyst for this decision was my weekly weigh in. After eating my way through the weekend, it was clear that I have a tendency to go overboard and that gluttony has caused me to gain more than I would care to admit. I am still a ways from my heaviest weight ever, but still too close for comfort.

What led me to Weight Watchers was actually a friend of mine who was also looking for a change to her habits, so we decided to do it together. Coupled with my friend Beth who is already a loyal WW member, I have a support system in place to succeed on this plan. I will keep you guys apprised of my progress. My weigh in/meeting day is Wednesday, so expect to see recaps and updates every Thursday going forward. I know this plan has been successful for Beth's Journey, so I hope it will be successful for me also.

I have started out strong so far, with yesterday being the optimal day of food. Breakfast was a yogurt bowl (Chobani Plain 0% yogurt, a whole banana, granola, and honey).

Lunch was leftover turkey chili with a goat cheese medallion mixed in. I was psyched to finally find these at Trader Joe's after seeing everyone in the blog world with them...they are just as fantastic as I imagined they would be. And an awesome addition to my chili.

Dinner was chicken terriyaki stir fry.

I can't wait for this weekend, if the weather is nice, I will be heading outdoors on Sunday for at least 4 miles and I'm EXCITED. Hope you all have a good weekend, I have some fun exciting things planned this weekend to recap for you on Monday!

And now for my shameless plug...I'm sure you all have heard by now that Women's Health Magazine (one of my absolute favs btw) is having a blog contest.

Even though I know I would probably never make the final cut, I figured I would throw my hat in the ring just in case! You never know if you don't take the chance, right? So vote for me here. I don't really know what I would categorize myself as, mostly food with a dash of "other" thrown in ;) I appreciate you guys so much :)

Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? Any good plans for the weekend? What are your favorite blogs? (I need some new ones for my reader).


  1. I heard the new Points Plus is actually a really good program!! Good luck :)

  2. Congrats on the start of your WW journey. They were definitely a huge catalyst in my weight loss a few years ago and got me past some road blocks I never thought I would get over. I would love to hear from you more about the new plan, I've been wondering how things have changed in the last three years. Best of luck, you'll be great!!

  3. Congrats! I am a big fan of WW. It helped me like 10+ pounds before my wedding a few years ago. Of course, I have now gained all of that back...might be time to rejoin...

    good luck!

  4. I just found your blog today. Just wanted to say that I have been using Weight Watchers since October and have lost almost 35lbs on it. I really do think the new PointPlus is a great change to the program.

    BTW, I am super jealous of you single serving goat cheese. I wish there was a Trader Joes around me.

  5. Ive never tried Weight Watchers...but I too, love butter!

  6. I think Weight Watchers is a great program. It helps people with portion sizes and teaches them about moderation. I think the people who use their points to eat junk all day and processed foods give it a bad name. I think you'll do great! Good luck!

  7. My husband did weight watchers for about 6 months and lost almost 40 pounds. He had great things to say about it. It made him realize that his portion sizes were way too large.

  8. I lost 50 lbs on weight watchers! I took a few months off, but I rejoined when they started their new program and I really like it. I eat so much more fruit these days! The best part of WW and the reason I think it works for me is that I can eat anything I want. I can't follow a weight loss plan that doesn't allow certain foods. Where do you go to meetings?

  9. just came across your blog! it's fabulous! you have some great insight on your posts!

  10. I am also doing WW right now. I haven't lost any weight though because I keep going over my allotted points! I'm just doing the internet version although maybe it would help to go to meetings.

  11. I know a few friends who were very successful with Weight Watchers, so good luck!!

    Oh and I love those goat cheese medallions from TJs :)