Thursday, January 2, 2014

Starting Weight Watchers? This Post Is For You!

A lot of people make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight.  I've re-posted this post the past few years and feel it is always worthy of a re-post but I decided to update it a little for this year:

Helpful Hints to Lose Weight:

Your have to be in the correct mind set to lose weight.  If you're mind is set, everything else will follow.

CC and I opted on Weight Watchers and although I'm re-starting...here's some helpful tips & hints for the New Year's Weight Watchers: (check the right sidebar for other "diet" options)

Obviously if you're doing Weight Watchers (WW from here on) you already know about this little guy:
This is the Points Plus calculator.  He's forever in my one hand when I grocery shop.  You cannot do the program without it!  There is a download for iPhones, Android
(check here: http://www.weightwatchers.com/plan/int/planguide_eT_mobile ) 
but regardless which you use, you do need to be able to calculate the food label to determine the Points Plus value (PP from here on).

If you go to meetings or are a member online and can shop on the online store..you will want to get this:

Meeting members get the above (online subscribers have this info online obviously).  Points Plus is still around so there's no changes in how points are calculated.  The 360 Program is still around and is designed to take you full circle with diet, exercise, and your spaces.  New this year is "Simple Start" which is a two week plan of menu choices to help newbies get started.  It can be done for 2 weeks or more or not at all..and it can be used for old-timers needing to re-start or that just need a change.  It's based on the "Simply Filling" technique.

Costs a little extra, but so worthwhile:


The new kit!!  Comes with a tracker, recipe book, exercise cards, point stickers, microwave veggie steamer, book on helping you with your weight loss, coupons and a cute little bag to carry it all in!  Also look for the Food Companion and Dining Out Companion Books - they'll cost you extra but are worthwhile for the newbies!

So you've got your basics, now what?  Well you positively cannot do WW without these gadgets:
Yep, you'll need measuring cups and spoons.  As you see I have an entire basket full!  You can never have too many sets.  Keep them at home, work and on the go - you'll be glad that you did!

Another very useful diet companion is this:

The food scale!!  This particular one is the new WW one, but you don't really have to have the WW one.  Prior to this one I've used the one below purchased at Kmart:

He's worked really well and will become my back-up and tag along when needed.  Though electronic scales are more accurate, if your pocketbook just can't afford one a regular food scale will do; give it it's own special place on the kitchen counter. (And check your local dollar store, sometimes they have a very basic scale).

Okay, so you have the WW basics and you have the diet basics.  Now what?  Well here's some more helpful things to get you on your way:

WW Magazine!  Full of tips, recipes, inspiring stories and coupons - it's well worth the subscription!


All fruit is point free on the program - always have a big bowl available in your kitchen for snacking.  I plan on getting one of those fruit racks that hang from the ceiling, since my kitchen doesn't have a lot of counter space (didn't update the photo, but I DO now have a hanging fruit basket).


Hmmmm....here's something I bet you didn't think of!  Love my Sharpie's - that's what I use to write the point values on the food labels as you can see below:

See???  Now I know what the points are without recalculating.  I mark everything when I get home from the grocery store.



And *that* should get you all started!!

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