Monday, December 6, 2010
Weight Watchers PointsPlus+
Last week Weight Watchers launched it's new PointsPlus+ system. I told you a while back, in a flashback, that change can be very challenging for me. I was nervous to have Weight Watchers change, especially because I have had so much success with the points system. In my mind, I was telling myself that if I did not like this new plan I would just go back to the old points system that I am comfortable with.
However, something changed last Monday night, the night before my weigh in, I began to think about how much I LOVE Weight Watchers. I have trusted them this far and they have not let me down. So, why would I stop trusting them now? I was reminded that it was not just Weight Watchers that made my weight loss journey a success, but the Lord and He never changes!!
Much to my surprise, I have decided to jump head first into the new program! This is it...no turning back.
For starters I have had to shake the old program out of my brain and begin to think and replace it with the new program. This has been very hard. I still call everything points and when I see a food the points pop up in my head. However, I am confident that as I use PointsPlus+ more and more I will be able to make the switch smoothly.
One of the greatest strengths in the new program is that fruit is 0 PointsPlus+!! This is awesome because I eat a lot of fruit. Fruit is filling and was low in points. Now on the PointsPlus+ system Weight Watchers is encouraging members to get in their daily servings of fruits and veggies by making them zero PointsPlus+. It feels like I get to eat more everyday, because fruit has such a low PointsPlus+ value.
I am completely annoyed that I have to recalculate everything to PointsPlus+, but I'm almost positive that it will be worth it. At my house I have everything labeled with the points value, this trick helps me to be successful. Now I have to go through and recalculate everything. It is hard, because some of my go to foods have a higher PointsPlus+ value.
Foods may have a higher PointsPlus+ values, which is okay. On maintanence I was eating 24 points, now I have 35 PointsPlus+ on the new program! It has been a challenge for me to eat all my food in one day.
The PointsPlus+ system is also bringing me back to the basics. I was comfortable with points and I was getting lazy. I would weigh and measure foods sometimes, because I knew what the points would be. I had gotten so comfortable with the old program that I knew how to manipulate it. I knew just how many cookies and treats I could get away with and still be fine. This is not the case on the new plan. I have been measuring everything this week, carefully making sure that I eat the proper portion.
I do not want to try and manipulate this new program. I want to eat healthier foods and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. I think that the new PointsPlus+ system will help me do that.
I cannot say I love the new program yet, but I do not think that matters. I am following the plan. Over the next several weeks I will have a better understanding of the program and how my body is responding to it.
Are you switching to the new PointsPlus+ system? I would love to know what you think about the new program.