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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  • http://www.thedailymel.com/ Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    Thanks for the shout-out, Jennifer! I went off the rails a bit the last week or so of December, too. Like you, I’ll be putting on my big girl panties and facing the music on Sunday. I’m expecting a gain of at least a pound or two. I’m so glad the holidays are finally behind us and I can get back on track with no excuses or distractions. Happy New Year!

  • Sarah Richards

    I hope the new meeting is to your liking. I’m back to weight watchers meetings next Wednesday. Post xmas gain is always scary but you did well considering you were off track just shows that you have learnt something whilst you have been losing weight. Good luck for 2014.

  • http://lessofabetterme.com/ Kitty

    I am not doing Simple Start but I did do Simply Filling for a week during December. It was successful in some ways. I lost weight and it was easy to do. But – I eat a lot foods that aren’t power foods, but are still not junk food. My main snack is nuts each day (I count the points for it). Also, I eat some lowfat cheese rather than nonfat such as the WW cheese sticks. Those aren’t power foods. I found that at the end of the week I had eaten my 49 weekly points plus 4 of my activity points (which I never eat). I did keep track of what I ate so I figured the points plus on it and had I eaten the same foods that week I would have eaten my 26 daily points plus about 10 of my weekly points and would have had the rest left. I didn’t see a benefit for me in continuing it, particularly since I track what I eat on My Fitness Pal as well as at WW so the tracking doesn’t bother me. I could some people really liking it though.

  • Rachelle Parks

    Thank you so much for explaining the new simple start. I actually opened my mail on this new program tonight just to see what it’s all about. You answered more questions for me. I’m thinking of getting back on WW.

  • Nita Dances

    I found a WW meeting in my new town. :) I was the same as you…gained 1.8 in December. I am feeling pleased about that…navigating all that shortbread and eggnog and staying within a reasonable gain. Now it,s January and I am right back on plan. I am scared to try the Simple Start, though. When WW switched to points plus it threw me right off. I ended up quitting and gaining back 20 pounds. Now that I am back at it, I don’t want to jepordize what is already working for me. I think I will keep on tracking.

  • Pamela

    1) I love your phrase “put my big girl panties on”. It makes me laugh, and yet sums up the situation perfectly! So many times we don’t want to face facts (like a little kid) but it is really important we face up to things, like an adult 2) Love your fresh attitude for the new year. Things happen, and put it into perspective – if the only bad thing that happened was you gained weight, that’s really not so bad. Think about it – a loved one could have passed away, a bad car accident could have happened, someone could have been diagnosed with cancer. A few extra pounds can be dealt with, and you can do it. Love the blog – keep up the good work!

  • http://betterthandoinglaundry.blogspot.com/ Erin Branham

    I love the idea of Simple Start. When I was a new member, I think this would have helped me tremendously. I love the emphasis on whole, clean foods. However, as an “old” member, I know that tracking is what does it for me…I just have to do it. Definitely using the recipes for inspiration, but tracking is where it’s at. Gained 2.8 over the holidays, so I’m gonna track that fat off ;-)

  • mmartin72

    They tried to explain the Simple Start at my meeting but we had a newbie leader leading her first meeting and it was to say the least painful. Anyways I like the idea of it and I remember all the ladies who lost on the old program of core. I have to track and I have to measure out so I probably won’t do SS. I do have to ask, in your weekly pamphlet there was talk of a new keychain for people who stay the next 4 weeks out of 5. The pic they used was the 10% keychain and our normal leader said that people were freaking out about it as I was this morning when it caught my eye at the meeting. Anyways she said that people are dropping out after 4 weeks because they are confused and don’t understand but they wanted to give extra incentive to stick it out.

  • Jessica S

    It is funny to me that this is essentially Simply Filling with a new name. Whatever works for people :)

  • wahoowa

    Congrats on your decision to move back in the right direction. If you really like not tracking, you might try paleo. You don’t track anything ever. I have done weight watchers in the past and lost 50 pounds. I quickly put it all back on. I was always hungry. With paleo, you are never hunger because if you are, you eat. Very simple program that I have been able to do for 3 years and have maintained a 100 lb loss. Basically, no sugar, grain, legumes or vegetable oils. Full fat dairy if you can tolerate it. No restrictions on fat. Worried about your health? I got off meds and avoided diabetes meds eating this way. Just food for thought. Pardon the pun. :)

    • Jennifer Swafford

      I actually did Paleo for a while. While it was easy because there was no tracking involved, I didn’t lose much weight. I think I got leaner but the scale didn’t budge. Might try that again! Thanks!

  • Tracy Green-Smith

    THIS IS MY FIRST WEEK ON SS. i LOVE FRESH RAW VEGETABLES BUT I AM KIND OF A SALT ADDICT. IT’S KILLING ME NOT USING SALT… ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Have you tried a salt alternative that acts like salt but really isn’t? I forget the name of it…

      • Brianna Beck

        Lite Salt is a sodium/potassium blend if you have to have. There’s also No Salt which is sodium free. These product substitute one electrolyte salt with another but because sodium is more easily processed by the body, take care in not using large amounts of substitute. I like the Lite Salt best as we are usually potassium deficient anyways.

  • Alicia

    I am planning on doing the simple start plan because counting the points at this time just isn’t working for me . I am an online member so I am hoping they have a lost of food etc I can eat I have the app too which gives tons of great recipes I am ready to start this.

  • Catherine Speers

    I totally understand how you feel about your leader quitting. I had the same leader for a year and a half. I liked her very much. I looked forward to going to meetings. She knew my back story and how far I had come. She had an old injury that required surgery and won’t be returning to my meeting center. Now we have had a series of replacement leaders who all happen to be men. They all happen to be gay men. Before anyone says anything about me pointing out they are gay- I have no problem with that. I just don’t “relate” to them. A mans weight loss journey is much different than a woman’s. They don’t talk about real life situations. I find the meeting dry and by the book. They only go by the meeting topic and ww charts. I can’t blame my weight gain on them, I am responsible for what I put in my mouth, but I’m not motivated to go to meetings anymore. Today was my weigh in day and I didn’t go. I did do my 4 mile walk video, I haven’t given up. I just need a different meeting option and haven’t found one. I won’t give up. It’s like I lost my weight loss partner.

  • Maree Fields

    I recently, last week, joined WW Online again after being off of it for around a year. This time I e decided to do the “2-Week Simple Start” and I’m just wondering do you still do your weekly weigh-in? I’m sure you do, but can’t seem to find the answer googling it. Can anyone tell me???

    • Jennifer Swafford

      I still do weekly weigh in’s but not with Weight Watchers. I recently began using My Fitness Pal and have been counting calories. Hope that helps!