I’m a WW Lifetime member, but I haven’t been at goal in a long time.
My journey is about to start again.
I originally started WW in September 2010. At that time WW was using the original point plan (often referred to these days as classic points or just points). I lost my first 20 lbs on that plan in the first 16 weeks. When WW used the motto “eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight”, this is the plan they were talking about.
After the first 16 weeks, WW changed the plan and introduced Points Plus. Point Plus (pp) took the bad carbs into account and, in hopes of pushing members to snack healthier, declared you could count fruits as 0. I lost the rest of my weight on this program and became lifetime in August 2011.
I was never able to maintain for long though, at least not within the 2 lb range that WW requires to keep a free membership, but I did stay within 6 lbs of that range for quite a while. The stress of not being able to be “free” overwhelmed me and the weight slowly came back on.
I went back to WW many times but could never really “get into it” like I did the first time. No one could offer advice to help. I would consistently lose the same 10 lbs over and over.
Then I walked into a meeting one week and saw a sign that said “The biggest change in 50 years coming to WW”. I realized that a new plan was coming and maybe that’s exactly what I needed!
Smart Points arrived…..so it really wasn’t the biggest change in 50 years, just another point plan.
Smart Points attacked sugar and all those sweet treats were so high in points that they could wipe out all your daily points. I have a love/hate relationship with Smart Points. I understand its purpose, but I don’t like being punished for wanting a treat on occasion. Needless to say, I failed….
I would stop going…I would start going…hoping my mojo would kick in…it didn’t.
Two years later the Freestyle program jumped on the scene and now we were looking at a list of 200 foods that WW said you could track as 0. As with any change there was whining and complaining.
I liked Freestyle, but I wasn’t successful.
Now WW has introduced a new plan where there is 3 plans to choose from – Green (which is the original Smart Points plan), Blue (which is Freestyle) and Purple (which is Freestyle with a bigger 0 list).
So is it the programs or me? Well I believe it’s a little of both. To lose weight, your mind really needs to be in weight loss mode, unfortunately if you wait around for that, you may never lose. That’s the issue I’ve been dealing with. The constant changing in programs can get frustrating and often leaves the old timers behind.
None-the-less, I decided I need to give it another try. My whole self isn’t well, I’m tired all the time and eating worse than I ever have. It’s time to take care of me.
Why WW again? Because it’s the one program I can make work for me. Trust me I’ve tried others and just counting calories, I never last long. So I’m back to WW digital and basically trying to stay successful! Here’s to success!