Weight Watchers Simple Start – Weekly Weigh In

I went back to Weight Watchers last night.  It had been a month.

I think after Jacynta quitting and going to a meeting where I wasn’t pumped with the leader, then the holidays, blah, blah, blah.  I just didn’t go.

I didn’t really know what to expect on the scale.  I figured I gained considering the amount of food I had consumed over the holidays.  Mostly candy.  Sugar is certainly my weakness!

But…I put on my big girl panties and went.  I was bound and determined to give another leader a fair chance.  This meeting is closer to my house and fits into my schedule better so that is why I chose it.  Thursday night’s at 6:00.  Would this by my new meeting time?

Walking in the door, early, there wasn’t too much of a line (not a good sign in the New Year) but…I was early (rarely happens!).  A line was quickly forming behind me as new peeps were getting signed up.

I walked over to a lady and jumped on the scale…not too shocking:

Weight Watchers Weigh In January 2, 2013

A gain.

Not a huge gain but a gain nonetheless.

Here is what December looked like:

December 2013 Weight Watchers Weight Record

Ignore the dates…I have not changed my weigh in day so it thinks I am supposed to weigh in on Monday.

Anywho…up 1.8 for the month of December.  Not bad but so ready to get back in gear.  Ready to make some changes and for the past couple days, I have done very well.  I am not sure if it is the Dietbet or my current mindset but I am saying adios to 2013 and moving the heck on.  Saw this on Instagram and loved it:

Sometimes you just have to turn around, give a little smile, throw the match and burn that bridge.

2013 is officially burned.  I am ready for a better looking weight tracker in the weeks to come!

Tonight, at the meeting, the leader talked about the new Simple Start plan.  Let me tell you about it in one sentence.  It is Simply Filling for two weeks.

That’s it.

Rocket Science…nope.  Effective…we shall see.

Weight Watchers is recommending that everyone try Simple Start for two weeks to jump start their weight loss.  I think they are feeling like too many people quit Weight Watchers in the first month because they get too overwhelmed by the program.  This is a way that people can ease into Weight Watchers and not get overwhelmed.

There is no measuring.

There is no writing down what you eat.

There is no guesswork.

There is an app.  Thank God!

Here is how it works in a nutshell:

  • Choose meals and snacks that are “approved” meaning they are Power Foods and eat them.  As much as as you want, when you want.
  • Drink beverages from the “approved” list and drink them.  As much as you want, when you want.
  • Indulge when you need to.  No more than 7 points plus a day (49 a week).  These you must track.

That’s it.  Sounds simple, right.  Hence the name.

First question, “What food is approved?”

All the power foods are on the list.  They consist of fruits, lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free dairy, seasonings/condiments, and healthy oils.  If you are already a Weight Watchers member, it is all of the power foods.

Next question, “What beverages are approved?”

Water, coffee or tea, diet soda.

Last question, “Do I have to be a member to use the app?”

Unfortunately, yes.  Not only do you have to be a member, you have to be an e-tools subscriber.  One of these days, Weight Watchers will learn that they should make these apps for everyone.  They just haven’t gotten there yet!

Thought of another question you might ask, “Do I have to do simple start if I join Weight Watchers?”

No.  They are offering this as an alternative to tracking.  You can still track if you want.  This is just a way for people to ease into the program and not get completely overwhelmed.

Sounds simple, right?

I think that is the point.

IF you decide to try Weight Watchers, you will get this handy dandy 38 page guide full of recipes, ideas, a shopping list, and all the ins and outs of the program.

Weight Watchers Simple Start

If you want to learn more before deciding, check out their site to find out more details.  You can also read Danica’s thoughts and Mel’s thoughts on the plan to get more information.

My leader said that the weight loss is typically the same if you track or do simple start.  But, you have to do one.  You can’t do like I did the last month and do the plan “Whatever the heck you want to eat, eat it” plan.  Trust me, that won’t work!  However, if you do one of the plans they are offering, you will be successful with weight loss.

I was…

Work the plan and the plan works.  Don’t work the plan and gain a bunch of weight back and end up going back to the plan to try again.

That’s what fresh starts are for!

What questions do you have about Simple Start?  Have you tried it?  Are you planning to try it?

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.