My First Week Of WeightWatchers + My Grocery Store Picks

So I started WeightWatchers last week…and so far have lost 3 lbs.!! I have done WeightWatchers in the past but I was just calculating points based on calculators I found online. This time I decided to join the plan in order to get recipe ideas from them as well as their handy dandy app. Plus, I only really stuck with it for 3 weeks last time.

This time, I’m determined to lose at least 15 lbs. by summer. I just have not been feeling great about myself and need to lose fat. I store fat in my midsection which is even worse (this is the worst place to store fat).

Anyway, I decided to join WW with a friend. They’ve changed their point system to account more for added sugars and protein, which I really like. For example, one of their carrot cake snacks used to be 2 pts. and now it is 4. I think it’s important for people to cut down on their sugar intake.

So like I said, I lost 3 lbs in week one! This is a combination of my diet as well as working out way more than I have in recent times. I’ve been trying to do spin in the mornings and run in the evenings, though sometimes I run before spin, or I’ll do a run, then one of Ride & Reflect‘s 30/30 classes (30 min. spin and 30 min. yoga). This may seem like a lot but I have hit a plateau and knew I needed to switch things up and do more. I think many people, such as myself in the past, grossly overestimate how much they are burning in, let’s say, a 4-5 mile run…which leads to eating more, which leads to not losing weight.

I was running consistently, but definitely overeating. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far with WW:

  • My portions were too big. The first few days I was shocked by how “little” I was eating…definitely was not supposed to be eating that much pasta :) but I always justified it with, “I just worked out, I can eat this for dinner.”
  • When I’m tracking my food, I have more motivation to say no to things. I went to Starbucks and really wanted something, but all their snacks were at least 10 points or more! I knew that would leave me with very little for the rest of the day, so I said no.
  • Drinking tea helps. I’m sure you’ve all heard this, but drinking tea can help with cravings. So now before bed I drink this detox tea I bought, or a lemon ginger tea for digestion.

I’m really liking the program so far. I needed much more accountability with nutrition, and this is helping me stay on track. For some reason, if I’m just tracking calories on my own in MyFitnessPal, I just am not as motivated. Oh, I also got a food scale which I love! It’s been eye-opening seeing the actual portion sizes of things, like chicken or beef.

One last thing: I posted a new YouTube video on my channel today! It’s just a quick video of some of my favorite picks at the grocery store. Check it out:

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  1. I am a big WW fan! Even doing just for 3 months (diligently) can help instill the portion control and really getting in tune with hunger cues. I have done it a couple times over the years and I still – for the most part measure out portions and weigh food. Even more important when ravenous and thinking you need SO MUCH FOOD. Good luck!
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  2. Nicely done! My mom is doing the new weight watchers plan as well, and I think it’s SO great that they are accounting for added sugars and making protein more important. Keep it up!
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  3. I’ve never tried WW, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. The thing that I like about WW is that they actually teach you how to eat in moderation. No shakes or meal replacement are going to do that! Great job!
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  4. That’s great Patty! I used WW long ago to lose baby weight it is a good program. Any kind of tracking makes you think twice about what you are eating best of luck on your journey to lose 15!
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  5. Healthy foods are my jam! It’s consistently exercising that I have a problem with.
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  6. Tea has so many great health benefits. I used to be a huge soda addict, and am loving how much better I feel by swapping out the soda for tea.

  7. That’s great that you have found a program that works well for you. My friend is on it and loves it. I like the idea of a 30m spin and 30m yoga class.
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  8. Don’t forget you can load up on Zero Points veggies and fruits when you are hungry! I have been a WW lifetimer for 25 years and a meeting room receptionist now for over 3 years. Love the new SmartPoints program. I wish you great success!
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  9. Even as an RD, I 100% have an easier time with consistent exercise compared to consistent healthy eating. I enjoy the exercise piece quite a bit and it’s only a small part of your day – whereas hunger/eating/social outings with food/etc tend to take up so much more of the day and involve much more mental energy & willpower.
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  10. The diet piece of the puzzle is the hardest for me. I love to workout – and I love to eat too!
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  11. I haven’t done weight watchers but I am dying to see how this goes for you!!
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  12. The exercise is easier. My relationship with food has been on the rocky side. It’s getting better and easier. One day at a time. No. Make that one meal at a time.
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  13. My friend had such great success with Weight Watchers! Good luck with the program and great video! The stair workout at the end looks awesome! :)
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  14. Glad to hear that Weight Watchers is working well for you! I used to use MyFitnessPal but fell off a long time ago, it just did not motivate me. And that’s great that you and your friend can support and encourage each other along the way.
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  15. Sounds like you’re really ramping it up! I think portions and the different make up of what I was eating (not just the calorie number) was definitely a big game changer last year when I started a nutrition program. And now that I’m doing the nutrition certification I want more and more information! Excited to see how this pans out for you.
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  16. Sounds like you’ve found a great program for you! I need to figure out what will work best for me. I’m sure just measuring my food would be useful…

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