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Do you need the structure of a plan?

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Weekly QuestionTonight I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I polished off a bag of chocolate chips. That’s right the WHOLE bag. In my defense it was about half empty but still. The point is I felt that out-of-control-need-to-comfort-myself-with-food feeling. This has been happening to me a lot lately. From shoving cheese slices in my face when making lunch to downing bags of Doritos while watching TV at night. I’m out of control.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not beating myself up about this. I don’t even feel guilty. It simply is what it is. I’m nursing a newborn, planning a conference, trying to get my taxes done, helping a kindergartner with his homework, all while attempting to keep a household running on little to no sleep. It’s no wonder I feel out of control.

The bottom line is I’m eating becuase it’s there. I’m eating becuase it helps me stay awake. I’m eating becuase it’s comforting.

I’m feeling out of control and It has to stop. I want it stop.

This is when the structure of a plan helps me. It helped me 6 years ago when I originally lost the 70 lbs. Going to Weight Watcher meetings and tracking my progress here on the site gave me an outlet. Something just for me during a time I felt like I was working for everyone else.

That may sound cheesy but it’s true. In a weird way it’s like a hobby. I don’t need the structure of the plan forever but in these first few months it helps me get back on track.

This is my long, roundabout way of telling you I’m returning to Weight Watchers. I’m not going to lie. I’m nervous. If you remember my initial response, I didn’t have the warm and fuzzies about the new plan but I’m ready to give it a shot. I found a meeting on Thursday’s that fits my schedule and I’ll be weighing in which in and of itself scared the CRAP out of me. I haven’t gotten on the scale since my last pregnancy appointment.

I’ll also be updating all my old progress pages, including my Weight Progress, Yearly Goals and new Progression Pics. I do well with the structure of the plan while using the blog to track my progress. Hey, it worked the first time, right? Why not give it another go.

This brings me to the question of the week. Do you need the structure of a plan like I do? Or are you better on your own? What works for you?



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    7 weeks until I'm "Dr. G"

    March 29, 2011

    i definitely need the structure. food is both my refuge & reward and that’s a deadly place to remain long term. i found that maintenance (after making lifetime with WW) was much harder than losing as i am now back at it with 15 lbs to lose. the new system has been confusing and frustrating for me, but i won’t give up on it. i’m committed to making my goal again, but it’s hard to return with weight to lose when i thought i was done once & for all when I made lifetime member almost 2 years ago!

    Brittany

    March 29, 2011

    I definitely need the structure, or i’ll eat anything and everything. Tracking everything helps cut down on my emotional and binge eating. It requires me to measure out when i’m eating, like hummus with baked chips for instance. I really do like the new Weight Watchers plan, and i hope you will too!

    Jeannie

    March 29, 2011

    Iinteresting that you bring this up today Roni since I have been gaining back some weight recently due to emotional eating from stress and lack of sleep. I did weight watchers online 10 yrs ago and also lost over 70 pounds. During that time, I learned what foods and portion sizes worked for me and was able to keep the weight off for a few years. However, after 3 more pregnancies, food issues with my little ones, stress, poor sleep, and just used to eating more from nursing, I am now gaining back a bit. I too feel like I need a plan and structure again as my downfall has been munching and not paying attention to portions liked I used to. I don’t have a weekly plan like I used to so I am more apt to go looking for something instead of having stuff available and ready to go that is nutritious and filling. So, I have been thinking about joining weight watchers online. Good luck to you and I look forward to your updates, especially on the little one. :)

    Daphne

    March 29, 2011

    I like the structure of Weight Watchers – but I don’t like the social aspect.

    I do best when I have clearly defined goals – and a plan. I started with Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet and from that created a calorie controlled /exercise program for myself. This week I am adding a new trainer to my routine because I am ready to begin the long road back to being tone and flexible.

    I really enjoyed reading your original journey posts and progression pics! I am really looking forward to following this phase of your journey. Yay you!!

    Lexy

    March 29, 2011

    I definitely like the structure of WW. I just got started again about a month ago with the new plan and have lost 6 lbs! I love the accountability. To me… it’s like a numbers game and I enjoy it.
    I’ve been following your blog for many years… and I’m super happy for you and the new addition!
    I’m excited for your WW comeback! You’ll do great! :)

    Ana Myre

    March 30, 2011

    I need Structure, once I stop food journaling and counting I think I´m doing good, I step in to the scale and it shows something different, sometime I think if I just keep record in my ming I will be fine, but At the end of the day I go over more points that I thought!!! I’m doing the old program since I´m not in the US and the country where I live in does not have WW but I will love to be able to have it down here.
    You will do just fine, you know better now!!! You already saw the problem and you are taking solutions for it!! Go for it!!! we are begin you!!!

    Robyn

    March 30, 2011

    You sound exactly like me (minus the pregnancy/baby). With structure I do so well and am able to focus and keep up a healthy diet and lifestyle. But lately I’ve been so busy, the last two weeks have thrown me a curve ball. I plan on getting back on track within the next few days and I could not be more excited. I’m sure you will do well Roni! You’re always so motivated and positive! Good luck :)

    nic

    March 30, 2011

    I’m a lot like you with this!
    A few month ago I decided that I want to loose the last few pounds as slowly as I can without restricting to much and still enjoying my chocolate and so on! So I decided to restart tracking my IN and OUT calories on livestrong (dailyplate) again.
    Like you mentioned… It feels a little like a hobby! Laying out my calories – building meals! I LOVE IT! :) I know I need to keep in mind, that sooner or later I WANT to be able to maintain without livestrong!! So I decided to loosely count and look what my weight does! I eat fairly big meals and am still loosing in a slow but steady rate! YAY!
    Thanks for sharing this with us! Glad to know I’m not the only one who likes structure once in a while! :)

    Lori

    March 30, 2011

    I like to think I can do it on my own in my head but the reality is I let too much slip that way. I am working on that behavior. I know I am only cheating myself that way. I do WW but I am not able to WI every week nor stay for meetings all the time. I like to stay but I have 2 little ones and schedules are crazy so I “do what I can when I can”. I have thought of walking away from WW completely and saving the money but I do realize structure is needed in order for me to get where I want to be.

    laine

    March 30, 2011

    I need the plan and am doing the new WW P+. I’m down about 15 pounds so far. It’s slow going, but I’m also tracking inches lost, yoga poses gained and pants that have fallen down and I’m rocking it on those 3 fronts.

    Good luck! Can’t wait to read your posts. And just remember to go in as though this is your first time ever at WW. If you get caught up in comparing new and old plans, or judging weight loss on Momentum v. P+ you will just make yourself miserable and crazy.

    Deb Cadovius

    March 30, 2011

    I definitely need the structure. I lost 70 lbs right about the same time you lost all of your weight. I got cocky and thought I could go at it alone. Not so. I started back on WW 5 weeks ago and I’m down 10 lbs. I just have 15 to go to get back to that 70 lbs weight loss. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to tag along with you during this. :-)

    Kim Fearn

    March 30, 2011

    I need a controlled environment where food is locked up, detox from carbs and sugars, and an island where I am forced to wear a bathing suit 24/7.

    Then and only then will I stick to any program for any decent amount of time…

    Food addiction sucks – finding what works sucks – trigger foods suck – crash diets suck – and the “crazy” in the head sucks too!

    Laure

    March 30, 2011

    First of all, you just had a baby so everything is still out of whack whether you realize it or not.
    However, kudos to you for getting on the right track so quickly.

    Here’s my confession…I am looking forward to your following the WW program. I hope you show your points like you used to. I am a competitive weight loser (LOL). You will be an inspiration to me to get back on track!!!!! And I am sure you will be very successful again so I am hoping it rubs off :) Now go give that baby a kiss!

    Melanie

    March 30, 2011

    It would be nice to say…oh no..I can do all of this on my own but it took me 10 years to finally learn that NO…YOU can’t!! I first lost weight on WW Online, but never got to goal…just more comfortable. About 15 months ago I rejoined…lost 35 lbs pretty quick (5 months)…could have said I was at goal…but no ..I got greedy for 5 more lbs. Never got it…because I got careless with the program but NEVER QUIT the meetings!! I’m on my way back toward goal…just 6 lbs to go!! I LOVE MY MEETINGS!! I LOVE MY LEADER!! WW rocks just like you Roni!! (if you find the right leader and group!) Can’t wait to follow your progress…I bet it will make the rest of your life easier! Take care!

    deb

    March 30, 2011

    There’s a terrific book you should check out ” mindless eating” by
    B. Wasnick. Returning to WW may (or may not) be the answer
    to your problems. I do like the website myfitnesspal, as it counts
    calories and has a HUGE, and I mean HUGE database of foods/exercises/cardio. I’ ve lost 43 lbs. after joining WW in September 2009, still on the Plan, and have kept the weight off, but that doesn’t mean that it’s something I want to do the rest of my life. In my experience, you do need to be accountable for
    your own eating habits (good or bad). The discipline must start
    from within. best of luck!

    Sam

    March 30, 2011

    I definitely need some kind of structure or I find it to easy to “cheat” … I have done WW several times but I did not like the new plan at all – way to confusing for me. I decided to count calories and I am loving it. I still eat whatever I want I just count the calories – its still kind of like having points, I have 1400 points (calories) for the day and when they are all gone I stop eating. I track them online and I can even enter in recipes and serving sizes and it will give me the amount of calories per serving … so this is my current “plan” and I am down 11 lbs in 5 weeks. Its kind of slow but its healthy … I think structure is the key to proper weight loss.

    Daniela

    March 30, 2011

    I DEFINITELY need the structure. I lost 60 pounds on weight watchers many years ago. The minute I thought I could do it on my own I gained all my weight back plus 20 pounds. For me, being accountable to other people seems to work.

    Hila

    March 30, 2011

    I need a plan. I have been on and off weight watchers for years and this time it for keeps. I have been at my goal weight for about 7 months, and I still go weekly and I still weigh and track everything, its the first time I have been able to maintain my weight loss. I love it.

    Tamela

    March 30, 2011

    I also NEED structure. The only issue for me? Having said structure and NOT losing. I joined WW again in mid-January, followed religiously for 2 months and was up & down the same 3 lbs. For me, it’s very, very hard to keep focus with little to no result. Maybe I’ll start back up with you.

    Lori

    March 30, 2011

    Definitely need the structure of a plan to get me going, but I’m not a big fan of the meetings unless I’m going with friends & I have a great leader. In all the meetings I’ve been to I only had one leader that kept me going strong. Unfortunately she moved out of state. I’ve found doing it online works better for me – also having the online support of blogs like your’s.

    Sarah

    March 30, 2011

    Structure is a must for me as well. I can not justify paying for WW right now (although I would LOVE to) I am using myfitnesspal for the iphone/ipad and lost 7lbs so I think it’s working for me. I am so devoted about plugging in my food – i can’t sleep at night unless it’s up to date :)

    Tara

    March 30, 2011

    I need the structure of the plan! But I tend to like the scheduling and planning more than the actual doing! I can rewrite my calendar about 30 times! :)

    Kim

    March 30, 2011

    Roni…I am soooo feeling you right now. I started WW in April of 2009 and lost 85 pounds in about 10 months. I still weigh in once a month. I need that. For some reason I really need to weigh in at a meeting at least once a month. Why? I have no idea. My husband thinks its ridiculous, but is totally supportive. He lost 130 pounds by counting calories. For the most part we have kept it off. I am still under goal, but have gained a few pounds over the last 4 months and have really been beating myself up about it. I feel a little out of control. I cook really healthy foods and I make really good food choices. The problem is I have been getting a little extra portion here and a few nibbles of stuff there. Totally mindless eating. I know that’s what got me fat to begin with and it scares me. I haven’t journaled for a long time, but am thinking about going back to that for a while because I feel like I need the structure and accountability. Thanks for sharing…it helps to know I’m not alone.

    Dani

    March 30, 2011

    Even though I’m doing it on my own, I’m trying very hard to create structure. I have a calorie allowance I do my best to stay within. I food journal religiously. I have fitness and blogging goals each day. Even though I weigh daily, I record it weekly. I was successful in the past with a program called Vtrim, but it’s extremely expensive so I’m trying it on my own this time. I have lost 9 pounds since 1/1 so I would say it’s working!

    emily

    March 30, 2011

    I agree completely, Roni. I LOVE the structure of a plan, and do best when I set goal dates or time frames and that kind of thing. I was very successful on the old WW plan and, like you, initially balked at the new system. I have to say, though, I’m 10 lbs down (15 from goal!) now since starting the new plan in January and I’ve actually found it to be a much more satisfying and well-rounded system. It fits well with my strong preference for whole foods, too. Finally, a banana is fewer points (0!) than a lite snack cake! That just makes so much more sense!

    Best of luck on this new journey. I have found your writing so inspiring, and I’ll be thinking of you as you take these next steps!

    Kathy

    March 30, 2011

    BEING FAT IS HARD, LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD, MAINTENANCE IS HARD…….CHOOSE YOUR HARD! YOU ARE SO WORTH ALL THE TIME AND EFFORT IT TAKES TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER! EATING HEALTHY AND EXERCISE IS A HABIT THAT WE NEED TO MAKE FOR OURSELVES!

    erin

    March 30, 2011

    YES, YES, YES! I neeeeed structure. I neeeed accountibility – even if it’s just between my ww online journal & me. With out it, I flounder. I haven’t been accountable for a long time & now we are expecting a baby in late fall & I am freaking out. I don’t want to weigh 248 pounds while pregnant again. I would never jeopordize the health of our baby, but the weight gain is scaring me. Of course, like you, it doesn’t help that I, too, polished off a bag of chocolate chips the other night (relieving to know you did that, btw) or ate out all weekend on salty food. But, I need to get back on track, taking in account of this little person depending on me for nutrition. I won’t be back on the wagon, but I will be following it closely behind. :)

    Christine

    March 30, 2011

    Yes, I need the structure. I think you will love the new plan. There were a lot of people who were worried about it the first week it came out. In our meeting there was never a complaint after the first week.

    I ate a lot after my girls were born too, that is actually when I gained my weight. Not during the pregnancy, after! I just got so exhausted and food helped me keep going and was a way to treat myself since I didn’t have any time to myself.

    You will do great!!!

    Bethlin

    March 30, 2011

    I love having a plan when I have a specific goal. I think the hardest part for me is transitioning between super-planning-tracking mode to every-day-living mode. I have been hovering in my goal range for a while now without doing too much tracking or planning, then my life got hectic and I moved a few pounds out of my goal weight range (and I felt flabby. I think that bothered me more. I love crossing my arms and feeling muscle and when that went, I FELT bad, even if the scale didn’t move too much.) So now I’m back on my plan – I threw a temper tantrum about it last week and didn’t really stick to the plan, but this week it actually feels good to say “no, that’s not on my plan for the day. ” weird.

    Susan

    March 30, 2011

    I sure do need the structure Roni. After losing weight on the old WW plan, I maintained it for 4 yrs, then thought I could do it on my own and got off WW, resulting in a 4Ib weight gain in 6 months-although one may argue that 4 Ibs is nothing, what scared me more was that I felt out of control. So I’ve joined WW again and I love the new PP system, and although the weight loss is slower, I LOVE the structure and having to hold myself accountable -it keeps me in check and feeling in control-which to me is the most important part of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. Fix the mind first, then the body/ weight loss will fall in place- is what this journey has taught me. You have inspired me so much, and I know you will continue to do so.

    Maria_NJ

    March 30, 2011

    Roni like I said on my blog, i have done WW so many times I can run my own meetings…you are a pro at this. I just did not want to spend the money this time. Times are tough and I knew I had to be accountable to the person that matters the most…ME! I am doing on my own…8.6 lost in 4 weeks…I am hoping by CHRISTmas to be back into my clothes. I am doing it on my own and it feels right…Can’t wait to go to fitBloggin, I am so psyched!!

    Della

    March 30, 2011

    Structure is good. I joined WW a few weeks ago. It’s the only way for me. Accountability keeps me on track and I’m no exception! You have a lot going on in your life. Don’t try to tackle too many things before you give your body a chance to recover from birthing that precious perfect angel.

    Abby

    March 30, 2011

    Roni-
    If Weight Watchers doesn’t work out for you this time around I have a suggestion…
    I did weight watchers a while back and lost some weight, but now I’m seeing a personal trainer who helps me with my nutrition. I think I’m eating a LOT healthier with his guidance than I was on weight watchers. I use a website called www.fitday.com to track my food and macronutrient levels.
    I’m loving using the fitday, and it fits better into my busy schedual than planned meetings. This way- I go to the gym and get my guidance and work out at the same time!
    Think about it :)
    (and I’m at 24 Hour Fitness- where I buy 25 minute training sessions and go 2 times a week and the third day my trainer gives me “homework”- this way it is more affordable)

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    March 30, 2011

    Hey Roni! Yes, of course we need structure! The reason so many of us stick around here is because we’re a lot like you, and we need structure like CRAZY. Don’t be afraid about being heavier now… goodness knows you have an awesome reason to be, and you know that losing weight is the fun part! Really, you’ll remember that as you start doing it. I’ve been so terrified of “maintenance” that I’ve slacked off losing weight for like a year now, finally just now getting back into it for real. But the losing phase… that’s easy, and you’ve been there. You know how exciting it is, and once you start it back up you’ll get hooked again. Have a GREAT time at the meeting, and I’m looking forward to being a part of your weightloss journey, since I missed it the first go-round. :)

    Agnes

    March 30, 2011

    Very timely post, Roni. For years I have desperately tried to make myself believe that I did not need structure. Coincidently (NOT!) for years my weight has not budged! I have joined WW in person and online about 20 times and only lost the 1st time and the 3rd time (both times while attending meetings). Looking back I can honestly say that the other 18 times my heart just wasn’t in it and I wasn’t successful due to my own attitude. Having said all that at this time in my life I can not afford to join WW officially. So I am doing it on my own. Tracking my points (using the previous version of the plan) and just being aware of what I’m eating. It’s so easy for me just to not think about it and eat whatever the heck I want. But the structure helps to keep me on the right path and helps me stay accountable. I am looking forward to hearing how your journey back with WW goes. Good luck!

    Tina

    March 30, 2011

    YAY! Roni, I started following AFTER you had reached your goal. So having you share this experience all over again is even more exciting since I’m on the new WW path (and am still wary of it) and it will be fun to follow your progress and not feel ‘alone’ doing this. Your charts totally helped me and I’ve made my own and love filling them out week after week. I bet once you have a fridge full of already cut veggies and fruit it will be easier to stay away from the more tempting treats. You’ll do GREAT!

    Patty

    March 30, 2011

    I need the structure of a plan because I’m my own I am DANGEROUS! I’ll have that “i’ll start tomorrow” mentality and tomorrow never comes.

    Last night I felt out of control…I ate like 4 cheese sticks…yes…4! I love cheese and it tasted so good. I guess it could have been a bag of chips but I refrained myself. then at 1130p i ate popcorn…not really sure why. The show I was watching was boring and I needed something to do I guess. Behavior like that happens less and less but its still annoying when it does.

    I’m excited for you when you start going to WW, having read all your archives it will be a treat for me to go through the process with you. Good luck Roni!

    Emily

    March 30, 2011

    Roni,
    I rejoined WW back in the fall, when they introduced the new plan. I’m a real enthusiast for Points Plus! It REALLY DOES WORK. Honestly. I never thought I’d love WW as much as I do now. I’m down 17 lbs with PP and it has been a much more steady weight loss then with regular old Points. I eat 3 FREE bananas a day and always have a ton of veggies as a side with dinner.
    Structure is my friend. My BEST friend. If I didn’t have it, I’d lose my mind. I say, give Points Plus a try. If you don’t like it and find that it’s not for you, that’s okay!

    Danielle S

    March 30, 2011

    Roni –

    I need structure – after my dauighter was born I lost 75lbs on my own following the WW plan and now after having my son 2 years ago I am back to needing the structure of m eetings and the accountabuility of stepping on the scale!

    I re-joined 4 weeks ago and am loving thenew program and am down 15.2 lbs

    I wish you nothing but the best and cant wauit to tag along on your journey!

    Danielle

    tj

    March 30, 2011

    Oh I need Weight Watchers! I love it! :)

    Great job getting back Roni, you can do it! :)

    Julie

    March 30, 2011

    My husband lost 96 lbs with WW last year. I lost 30 lbs. with him , but didn’t stick with it and most of it has creeped back. I do definitely need the structure and have decided to restart my program with you. Thanks, Roni, for once again being there to prod me a long. :)

    Alyssa

    March 30, 2011

    I feel just like you!!! I have a 10 month baby who I am still nursing and I have been on and off WW since July.
    I fell off the wagon in Dec, but restarted at the beginning of the month on the new program and I have lost 9 pounds! You can do it! I love the ability to eat “free” fruit.
    I was so hesitant at first, but have grown to love the new plan.
    Good luck to you! You can do it!

    gretchen

    March 30, 2011

    Hi,

    I totally feel your pain. I recently found out I was pregnant. I had been on the new weight watchers plan successfully for about 2 months. Believe me, I loved it!!! Really, I’ll bet you will too. My problem is now, I don’t know how to eat! I have a 4-year old daughter, and was not overweight during my pregnancy with her. I joined weight watchers recently because I had gotten up to almost 180 lbs, so I needed that structure. My question to you is, how do I “stay on track” during my pregnancy. I know I cannot officially do weight watchers, and I don’t want to lose weight. I just don’t want to allow myself to slip and gain 50 lbs. I would love to track my “points” somehow, because I need some sort of structure. But, I don’t know how to go about this. Any advice? I am a long follower of yours and I feel very similar to your situation.
    Thanks,
    Gretchen

    PJ

    March 30, 2011

    Roni, I’ve said this before, I LOVE THE NEW WW PLAN! I was a little upset at the beginning and felt like I didn’t know how or what eat but now 14 or so weeks down I’m 15 lbs lighter and for once feel like this is a lifestyle and not a diet. Since you are a really clean eater anyway, I think the plan will not be a huge adjustment for you. Best wishes!

    Jen C

    March 30, 2011

    YES! I totally need the structure of a plan, namely WW! I also find that I do best attending meetings because then I feel as though I am accountable to someONE other than myself. I have an online etools account, too, but I prefer and excel with the human interaction at meetings :o)

    I have just recently started reading/following your blog(s) since becoming pregnant and continuing to run while I could. An online friend recommended your blog because you were a pregnant runner, too!

    Can’t wait to join you this time around on your weight loss journey and follow your progress and insight on the new plan. I’m due in 6 weeks, so it won’t be long before I can join you!

    Best of luck to you on the new plan!

    Lisa

    March 30, 2011

    I don’t need the structure of a plan but my fitness workouts are part of my SCHEDULE. It’s just part of what I do each day now. I don’t even think about it most of the time.

    Kathy

    March 30, 2011

    I totally need a structured plan! I did awesome on WW then the cost was adding up when I hit a huge plateau. I tried counting calories, but really miss WW and the meetings. Even though I am doing the plan on my own, I have support from friends that still go to the meetings and that totally helps! I understand how you feel!

    Gail @ Shrinking Sisters

    March 30, 2011

    Wow, popular topic! I wrote something about this topic on Monday — I have a problem with rule bending (and breaking), so I’ve come to the conclusion that the only rules I can follow are my rules. So that’s what I’m working on now — taking bits and pieces of plans and making them my own. I’m a rebel without a diet.

    laurie

    March 30, 2011

    My own experience of maintaining a healthy weight and fit body has shown me that it takes a plan. People assume because I am thin, I’m just naturally that way and I don’t work at it. Nothing could be further from the truth. My “plan” is counting calories, keeping a food journal, exercising every day and that is the only way I can be fit and feel good. So, even though my “plan” isn’t structured, like WW, I still have to do those things to be fit. So, I think you should do whatever plan you feel will help you achieve your goals. If WW helps you get going, then go for it! You know what you need to do, Roni, and that’s we all love to read your blog. You motivate and inspire us all!

    Christina

    March 30, 2011

    Awesome for you that you are starting right away after the baby. I always waited several months and I wish I had done it sooner.

    I just rejoined WW too. I initially didn’t like the plan either. It feels harder to calculate points (esp. for someone like my mom who isn’t very computer savvy). BUT….it’s good. I find myself eating more F+V and whole foods than I did on the old plan. Good luck!

    Tiger G

    March 30, 2011

    I’ve been struggling with this. I lost over 90 lbs with WW after the birth of my first son, but I’ve had 2 more babies in a year and a half, the youngest being 3 months. The new plan has me scared, I’ve gone to the meetings but I was turned off when the people were all saying how much they hate brown rice and would “rather eat the extra points and calories with white rice” which is ridiculous because we all know there isn’t a calorie difference. It’s just discouraging when you don’t feel your leaders are competent. But I can’t do it alone, as much as I want to! So, hopefully I can try a new meeting. I have about 80 lbs to lose and it’s affecting my ability to get out of bed in the morning. I’m a musician and haven’t booked any shows because it was ok when I was pregnant, now I’m just fat. Sigh. I’m about to go to WW meetings every day, it will be like AA for me. I want to get back into the habit of setting myself up for success. Nursing a baby and taking care of 2 other little kids under 5 is exhausting, but it doesn’t make it any better when I sit down with a box of TastyKakes (yes, a whole box.) Hope you find success at your meetings!

    KC

    March 30, 2011

    I recently rejoined WWafter many years of taking a break, and doing it on my own. Yeah, that didn’t go so well. But I’m back as WW and it’s working! I think that the new plan is really great. It seems to be something that caters to people like you. People who know what healthy food is, people who make good choices (generally), whereas the old plan I felt like I ate a lot more crap, because it was low points. I started so many healthy routines the first time(s) I did WW, and this plan forces you to have even healthier routines.

    The bright side is, if you continue nursing you get way more PointsPlus!!

    Tiger G

    March 30, 2011

    Oh Em GEE! I can’t believe how profound this is:

    Kathy { 03.30.11 at 9:17 am }
    BEING FAT IS HARD, LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD, MAINTENANCE IS HARD…….CHOOSE YOUR HARD!

    Susan

    March 30, 2011

    I have learned that I need the structure too. CAN I do it on my own? Yes … BUT the structure makes it easier and straightforward, no guesswork. I still feel like I have a lot of freedom to choose what I want to eat, but having a plan takes the stress out of it for me. I know what you mean … it is kind of like a hobby. I am an online member and use etools, so it is even easier for me now. I do find that I like the new plan, especially with etools.

    Dana

    March 30, 2011

    I will be interested to know if you like the new plan. I’m sure I will get slammed for this…but I do not like the new plan. I think fruits have too many various nutrients (carbs, calories, etc.) to be ‘free’.

    I need the structure of my plan! So, yes, I guess I need it!!

    Della

    March 30, 2011

    See I knew I wasn’t the only one who needed structure!

    Megan

    March 30, 2011

    I have had five knee surgeries within the last year and a half. I used to be a big time runner and can now never run again. I’m also trying to balance college. When I was running, I weighed about 115 pounds. After my surgeries, I dropped to about 97 pounds. I thought once I started getting active again, I could maintain my weight around 105 which would be a good weight for my height: 5’3.” However, I’ve gained back all the weight I had lost and it’s very frustrating. I think my lack of a schedule is a main contributor. I would like to weigh 105 so that means about a ten pound weight loss. What do you feel is the main way to get back on a schedule in such a crazy hectic life? I know you’re schedule is as crazy if not crazier than mine with a newborn!

    andenise

    March 30, 2011

    I need structure. I am following ww online. I am on the SFT method. I am doing online because it is cheaper, but if I feel that I am slipping and need the accountability or help with the SFT plan, I will pay for monthly meeting + online plan. I think it is about $39.00 per month. I also ordered Chalean’s Turbo fire. I just got it in the mail yesterday. I will start this week. I have to read and adjust me schedule for it.

    Rachel

    March 30, 2011

    Roni, I recently read on a nutritionist’s blog that getting the munchies is a sign of protein deficiency. It read that the most important times for our bodies to get protein are first thing in the morning and after a workout. ( I had the after-workout routine of some protein, but not first thing in the morning.) This nutritionist said to aim for 10 grams first thing. After eating exactly the same thing for breakfast (1/4 c oatmeal w/ 1 T pb, which is healthy but only a measley 4 grams!) for 6 months (and getting hungry/shaky 3 hours later) I thought it would be a good experiment. I started eating one cup of plain yogurt mixed with the same 1 T pb and right away I noticed lasting 4 hours before feeling hungry. The biggest difference, though was I had/have no afternoon munchies to stave off and it seems like I’m satisfied, in general, on about 300 calories less per day. (Maybe I will take off those last 5 pounds after all, lol!)
    I’m obviously not recommending that you cut calories…rather, I’m wondering if , with nursing, your protein demands might be higher…??? It’s just food for thought. : )

    jessey

    March 30, 2011

    I absolutely need the structure of the plan – I’d like to say I only need it for a while, but so far that is not true – once I stop being more strict (I’ve never been real strict) I tend to start to gain (or at a minimum maintain) – Stepping on the scale every day is what helps me not gain too much.

    With both my kids I tried to start the program right away and was not successful – but then again I am someone who stops tracking when I go over my points which should not be the case. I definitely needed a ton of protein not to be hungry all the time. But even with more cheese and chicken I did eat a ton – but I really wish I had tracked that “ton” – I gave up when the 10 extra points (on the old system) wasn’t enough.

    But I did allow myself a ton of the lactation cookies – yummy oatmeal/chocolate (and they helped!) so i didn’t feel as guilty :)

    But I agree with all the other posters that tons of protein is key not to be famished and keeps your supply up. Crap is just going to make you feel more sleep deprived than you are.

    Julie

    March 30, 2011

    Roni,
    You are only 2 weeks postpartum! You must not worry! Your hormones are just resetting. Seriously! Wait a little for the meetings…your top priority is sleep and healing now….please take care of yourself. Sending hugs.

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    March 30, 2011

    First let me say that you are doing so well with all that has happened in the past couple weeks! When we are sleep deprived our brains send out a message to eat carbs. I myself am guilty of feeding my “tired” instead of giving me what I really need which is sleep. Of course you don’t have control over that right now but I think it helps to know that craving carbs is a normal body response to the lack of sleep.

    Now to your question. I definitely do better with a structured plan that I can tweak to fit my personal needs. WW has always worked well for me for just this reason. I have a framework within to work and enough room to customize the plan to fit my personal needs.

    Wishing you much success Roni – I have no doubt that you will soon be back where you want to be!

    Amy

    March 30, 2011

    I’m a new mom, although he is almost 3 months and I am amazed that you are taking/finding the time to do this. Good for you! I’m still struggling with the lack of sleep and trying to manage everything in the household…and I don’t have a 5 year old. Be kind to yourself as you get back into your groove. A daily reminder of taking it easy on yourself isn’t a bad thing. You had a baby TWO weeks ago.

    Angie All The Way

    March 30, 2011

    I do sort of need the structure of a plan, but committing to it at the wrong time can also be a bad idea. I know you, and you WILL rock the weight off and there’s no doubt about that, but please give yourself the time you need to recover from birth and get your bearings. It sounds like you have so much to deal with right now.

    With that said, I can understand that maybe this could be something to take some of the load “off” knowing that you’re back in action doing that you need to do in that respect.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    March 30, 2011

    For what it’s worth, I love the new WW plan. I’m not hungry like I was with my measly 19 points on the old plan. I think it you give it a shot, it’ll work for you, but you need to get the old plan out of your head. Wipe it clean. You can’t mix the two or it won’t work.

    Amanda

    March 30, 2011

    I am actually struggling with this decision right now. I was on WW for about 2 years, then pretending to do it for about one year. I decided I had to cut the ties and stop pretending and thought I might be able to go the intuitive route – eating whole foods, only when hungry, etc. But so many things have been happening of late, including a recently diagnosed herniated disk, that I’m thinking I do need to go back to the structure of the plan. I hadn’t really gotten too far into the new plan when I stopped pretending but I think I could make it work….such a timely post, thanks Roni (and the divine intervention that had you post it now :))

    Jes

    March 30, 2011

    Roni – in light of the # of comments received, do you have any interest in doing a WW challenge on your blog where we could join you. I’m personally just re-joining WW with about 80 lbs to lose – not that familiar with PointsPlus. Might be fun to get a group going here. Not to hijack your site or anything. In any event, congratulations on the little one and GL with WW.

    Laurie

    March 30, 2011

    If I knew what worked for me, I wouldn’t look and feel as poorly as I do.
    I am glad to hear your honesty. Good luck, I hope that your effort will help to motivate me.

    Lizzie

    March 30, 2011

    I need structure too just like you said for a couple of months to get back on track. I had my first child October 2010 and though I walked out of the hospital 20lbs lighter, I had 25 more to go, so when he was a month old and a week before my 30th birthday and 2 weeks before Christmas, I went back to WW after losing 60lbs and keeping it off 9 years ago, it was hard to go back, but it helped me a lot and I personally fell in love with the new plan I find it so easy to follow, so hopefully you will feel the same. I am happy to say that my son is 5 1/2 months old and I am 2lbs away from what I was when I got pregnant, it has come off at a good pace . While I still have a long way to go with toning, going back to weight watchers was the best decision I made, no matter how many people told me to relax I had just had a baby, but I was feeling heavy and I did not like that feeling again. Good luck you did amazing while you were pregnant and before you will have no problems I am sure. Congrats on the new addition, he is adorable! Can’t wait to read your progress!

    Liz

    March 30, 2011

    I rejoined WW in January. I followed the plan as written, but the weight loss was at a glacial pace. Finally, I threw my hands up in frustration and began to eat intuitively. My weight loss notably increased. What I learned from the experiences is that we need to find what works for ourselves – for some that will be WW, for others, it will be something different. We are all unique and different, so for each of us the definition of structure should be unique.

    It’s crazy that you wrote this today, because I’m going through something so similar. I had a baby 5 months ago, and I’m also feeling completely out of control. I’ve got a house full of 3 kids all under 5, I run a business out of my home, and I’m just pulled in so many directions right now.

    I started out with WW online, but I see that I need the structure of the meetings. So, I’m planning to go on Saturday, and hoping that having that accountability will help me get back on track.

    Mylene

    March 30, 2011

    I used to hate everything about planning and structuring every single thing that I eat, and used only guidelines to help me lose weight. But since it never really worked, I now know that I need more structures. That’s what I’m trying right now, and your success makes me reconsidering going to WW.
    As of your feeling out of control, I totally relate to this. It was the same for me while I was nursing my son. I had a super easy son and wasn’t that tired, but somehow, I just kept eating, like you said, sometimes just because it was there or just needed something else to do beside taking care of my baby and keeping the house clean.
    I think I gained more weight the months after I gave birth than during my pregnancy. At some point, I thought I was having some kind of hormonal imbalanced, but maybe, like you, I just needed to get back on track with routine and structure.
    Good luck, you’re a real inspiration and I know you’ll do good again!

    Ashleigh

    March 31, 2011

    YES! YES! YES! I do need the structure of a plan!!!!! I function best with a plan, with regimen, with recipes, calendars, routine and schedules. It has taken me 35 years and an amazing son to recognize that aspect of my personality but thank GOD I finally have! No wonder I get my knickers in a knot when toddler and I are “off schedule”. No wonder I am so inspired by you RONI and your weight loss/life journey with the help of the weight watchers plan! I am only hoping that when my baby number two arrives sometime during the next four weeks I can jump on the WW online bandwagon and get on with living my life in a conscience, healthy, active way. The most out of control, out of whack thing about me is the way I eat. I have to ‘fess up to the interweb and greater universe that I am a closet binge eater with a mad, mad sweet/junk food tooth. I recently have found myself praying to the Easter Bunny to get on with its rounds so that I can stop buying the bags of cadberry mini crack eggs every time I’m at the grocery store. But alas, I know I’ll just be on to the next temptation once the eggs are gone. Sure, part of this out of control eating is in part due to pregnancy cravings but I have to be real about it. I am definitely giving in to the self defeating thoughts like “oh well, F*** it, I might as well wash down that bag of chocolate eggs with a couple coca-colas, what difference does it make now I’ve already sabotaged myself?” OR “I’ll stop and get things under control as soon as I’m not pregnant” etc.
    Truth is, I’ve never been quite as “bad” about my eating and activity level as I have been these past 36 weeks, and it scares me to death.
    Knowing that I am a PLAN type of person and after finding heaven sent hope and inspiration through Roni’s Weigh, I am investing a lot of confidence in WW online being the key for me and how I want to change the way I am currently living my life. HOWEVER, I live in a really rural area, the closest WW meetings are 90 miles from my town. Being a full time “homemaker” Mom with a new baby on the way, impending sleep deprivation, a 21 month old busy boy, a sweet tooth/ junk food junkie skinny husband and a crippling habit of eating for comfort, eating out of boredom, eating because guilty food is my drug of choice, I am just plain scared that I am putting too much stock in an online weight loss plan. I am scared there won’t be enough accountability for me not to give in to the temptations and “guilty pleasures” all around me. I need accountability and plans and structure. Otherwise I don’t know if WW or anything else will work for me. HELP!

    Traci S.

    March 31, 2011

    I have to have the structure. I even tried online only for 3 months and did nothing for 3 months. The meetings are almost like therapy for me (weird huh?). I felt myself going on track over the past month or so & gave myself a “get-it-together” talk. I told myself if I didn’t track this week and get control… I would have to stay for the “new members” part of the meeting. :) It’s working so far — back on track. Also, I discovered – 5 meals in one hour which has been a lifesaver this week… I’ve been able to modify the meals to WW friendly and it has taken the stress out of dinner time. As a full-time wife, mom, student and employee — I NEED THAT!

    Hortencia

    April 1, 2011

    I need the structure too. I was acting just like you mention and then made the decision to get my act together and then, boom, I got sick with the stomach flu and there went my structure. It’s been over a month and I just have not been able to start back up. You and others are inspiring me to just start but I’m struggling to push myself right now. I’ll get there…