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A PointsPlus-Less Week 2 Weigh In

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I’ve been trying to start this post for days. Well, at least part of it. Now I’m jamming too much in as usual.

I think I was unconsciously procrastinating becuase I’m really not sure what I want to say. Or, rather, how I want to say it.

Let’s start with the good news. I had a RIDICULOUS week on the weight loss front. At my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday I weighed in 4.6 lbs less!

How is that even possible? I’m thinking I’m stills shedding some water weight from the baby.

Here’s the funny thing. I didn’t count points. Nope. Not one. That’s why I didn’t put any food journals on the site like I did last week.

Now don’t get me wrong I kept my food journal. I just didn’t assign any points or pointsplus values to what I was eating.

Why?

Well, it’s a combination of a few things.

For starters I’m not sold on the new pointsplus for ME. Honestly, I just don’t like them. That’s my OPINION, so no need to attack me in the comments.

I’m sure they are working for some folks and not for others just as the old points did. My problem with them is simply ease of use. Again, in my OPINION, I don’t find the new plan to be as intuitive as the old. I understand all the benefits others have mentioned (nudging more fruit intake, focusing on filling foods, more points feels like I get more, etc) but I don’t need any of that. I already eat lots of fruit. Never once did I think I was "wasting points" on a banana as I heard another member say in this weeks meeting. I already focused on filling food–anyone remember this ancient post where I talked about bulking? And as for more points, I don’t care? In my final weeks of weight loss I was down to 19 points a day and that didn’t bother me. I knew I had 35 more points to add in if and when I needed them. That is the beauty of Weight Watchers.

So for me and how I eat, the new pointsplus plan adds nothing except confusion, stress and more work.

It was this comment from Nancy on last week’s weigh in post that helped me "see the light" so to say,

It’s fruit!! It’s not like we’re downing sleeves of cookies here. Although, I’ve certainly done that more than once! :-0 I have been as confused as everyone else here about the fruit issue, but then decided. . . It’s fruit! I’m not going to put this much more thought into it anymore. So, I decided that I will eat all the fruit I want as part of a meal or a snack for 0 points. If it’s part of a recipe I throw it into the online recipe builder and it is what it is. Having said that, I do try to make sure I stick to around 4 fruits a day or less. However, if having some extra fruit at night is going to ward off mindless snacking, I have some.

In the end, we all need to do what works for us. Maybe it’s not a matter of what’s “right” but what’s “right for me.” What’s right for you, is healthy, managable, and will allow you to continue the journey to better health over the long term? Gee, who knew fruit could generate so much conversation?! :-)

Roni, congratulations on your weight loss this week. Obviously, whatever you are doing is working for you! Keep up the great work!

It is working! And my second week weigh in proves that to me.

I still love Weight Watchers–the weekly meetings, the sense of community, the accountability–but at this point in my "weight loss career" I don’t need their food advice. In a way, they taught me everything I know and now it’s time for me to move on.

I just don’t NEED them anymore.

WOW That was so freeing to say.

Hmmm I could be getting cocky.

You know what… I am!

I maintained my weight loss for 6 years. Through some pretty stressful events, might I add. And in that time, I adopted a love of fitness and a running habit. For Pete’s sake I ran a freakin’ marathon!

I’m a completely different person when it comes to how I approach eating and my body now. I should start to recognize and embrace that. Wait… I AM recognizing and embracing that.

I’m sure people will chime in with all sorts of opinions on this but I’m standing by my decision. No PointsPlus for me. If I find I actually do need the structure of a food plan I’ll go back to tracking old points as they are simply easier for me. Not to mention I have a history of success with them. Why fix what isn’t broken?

I will be continuing to go to meetings and weighing in until I reach my goal. As I stated above, I really do love the meetings. I found a new leader I like and officially weighing in weekly helps keep me honest.

So there you have it. I’m not sure what else to say on the subject except that I’m completely confident in my decision.

In other news…

Ok, I need sleep. Little Bean’s been having a VERY fussy day.



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Discussion

There are 65 comments so far.

    Teagan

    April 15, 2011

    I’ve been waiting for this post since you alluded to it earlier this week. Congrats on the big loss! And, really, if you’ve found what works, then work it! No one else is living your life, so they don’t get a vote.

    Eileen

    April 15, 2011

    You found what works for you, and you are celebrating this. No need to criticize your decision. Good work lady!

    I’m glad everything is going well for you!

    Congrats! :)

    momyshaver

    April 15, 2011

    Roni, I *knew* what you were going to post before I even read it, lol. I have been really struggling with the new plan but had awesome results with the previous WW plan. I don’t know why I cant seem to work it like it is designed but I never struggled like this on Momentum. And the hassle of the switch I have lost my momentum and gained a lot of frustration! I am glad I still have all my old material. I may just start fresh back to Momentum tomorrow. It is what worked *for me*. I love your blog!

    Keep keepin it real — and great loss last week!

    jen (@jeninRL)

    April 15, 2011

    I am so glad you and baby are doing so well. I continue to learn so much from your journey….thanks always for sharing!

    much love and big hugs!

    Julie

    April 15, 2011

    Like anything else in life, you have to do what works for you. Period. Congrats on your weight loss and a healthy little guy!

    Ana Myre

    April 15, 2011

    I think if the old points work for you and you still have all the material go for it, and just have your meetings and weigh -in every week with the old points, and just don’t tell them!!!
    Whatever works for you!!! Its your decision!!!
    congrants on the lost and for the up scale on the baby!!!

    vann palmer

    April 15, 2011

    I have been following your blog for a long time and I just want to say CONGRATS! I think it’s crazy how your readers just *know* as people eluded in above comments :) I caught on to your no-points counting earlier and thought for sure you weren’t digging the new plan… ugh the NEW PLAN. I lost 43 lbs last year and then EVER SINCE THE NEW plan started, I’ve not lost anything. Infact I have gained 3-5 lbs, depending on the day. It just isn’t the same. I dont know why it’s so hard mentally for me to accept t but it just is. I have about 30 more lbs til goal and “recommitted” this week to WW because I am still learning… but damn I want that old plan back!

    Dana

    April 15, 2011

    Glad you had a great week! I’m not sold on the PointsPlus either. I started it twice and have quit it twice. I know another person that goes to WW for the accountability but doesn’t follow WW. Makes a person wonder how many others do the same.

    Allison

    April 15, 2011

    Congrats! The breastfeeding is a big help with weight loss – burns a ton of calories. I nursed all three of my kids for 2 years each. Partly because it’s better for them and partly because it’s the only time in my life that I could eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight AND have big boobs:) It was a win-win all the way around!

    Debbie

    April 15, 2011

    great work and great post! way to go roni :o)

    carrie

    April 15, 2011

    what you just said is totally me as well. i haven’t bought in to the new points plus, only because i already know what to do to lose the weight…i was already a lifetime member after baby #1. I’m back at lifetime and even though i no longer “track” i still go to my monthly weigh-ins…mostly to keep me focused and on track each month. you can’t get off track too much if you are going to weigh in each month.

    carrie

    April 15, 2011

    and you’re right, WW taught me a lot and for that I thank them.

    Joanie

    April 15, 2011

    Congrats, Roni!
    I just recently went back to the old points. After 14 weeks of consecutive weight loss in the fall on the old plan, since the start of the new plan I have gained and lost the same 3 pounds over and over. Two weeks ago I went back to the old points, using good old paper and pencil and have lost 2 weeks in a row! I tried. I really did, but I just never found my groove with points plus.

    Nikki

    April 15, 2011

    Congrats on the great weight loss after baby! I’m new to your blog, and loving it!

    Paula

    April 15, 2011

    Validating to hear someone else say this….I don’t care for the new plan at all. It’s not user-friendly and way more complicated. Change is difficult for most people no matter what the change. I have compared the WW change to creating a new system of currency…it would stink to try to recalculate what a dollar means…that’s what the new system is to me, constantly trying to re-learn what my brain so easily knew before. I had already gone back to the old plan & will lose the 20 lbs I need to lose! Congrats on your weight loss & thanks for inspiring so many others!

    Karen

    April 15, 2011

    I think one of the kindest things you can do for yourself is to really listen to your body. Seems like you have that down and it’s great that you trust yourself like that. I know that’s a goal of mine that WW is teaching me. So it’s good to read that you feel strong about doing this YOUR way!

    tiger g

    April 15, 2011

    I couldn’t agree more. I felt apprehensive starting the new program, not trusting it, but trying anyway. Just this week I said to myself “it’s time to shed the corporation and not feel guilty.” WW helped me lose 90 lbs a couple babies ago and I’m grateful. But I shouldn’t feel compulsively loyal to making the new thing work when I learned what I really needed to learn the first time. I still plan on going to meetings for the support, but I know what I need to do and shouldn’t feel guilty that I’m doing it without the shiny new program. It’s like an awkward breakup but it’s time to move on. Congrats on the loss!! And thanks for your honesty. It’s freeing for all of us still hiding in the WW closet.

    Wanda

    April 15, 2011

    Great post…I totally agree that the NEW POINTS PLUS is not working like the OLD POINTS system worked.
    Glad too know so many people feel the same as I do.

    Nancy

    April 15, 2011

    Wow! I feel famous! ;-) I’m glad my comment was helpful. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a long time, and I think what you have written today has been obvious to your readers for a long time. Not that you weren’t counting points or anything like that, but that you have become an intuitive, healthy eater.

    Any reader of your blog can see that you eat healthy, cook healthy, and live a normal life. You don’t seem obsessed with food or over the top with trying to “be good.” You manage to have treats, eat out, and still eat an overall healthy diet. It makes sense that you wouldn’t need to follow the program. You’ve found your own balance.

    That balance is something I am still working on. I love the new Points Plus program. At this point, I need the structure of points and it’s working for me! Okay, I’m off to have some fruit now :-)

    Congrats on the loss and also for doing what’s right for you!

    I sort of feel in the same boat. Weight Watchers definitely gave me the tools to lose 40 lbs and change my lifestyle, but that experience also gave me insight on what works for me, and it doesn’t necessarily mean following WW’s rules *exactly.* For example, I never eat fat free cheese. Frankly, I don’t really consume reduced fat dairy at all these days. Plus, I never liked being “punished” for eating unsweetened dried fruit or nuts, but feeling pressure to eat processed “lite” foods because they were lower in points than their whole food counterparts. I know that right now as I try to lose a few pounds I put back on over the past 8 months that completely going back to the beginning with points isn’t going to work with where I am now. For me, I’ve realized I need to journal again to keep my mindless eating down, and everything I eat has the calories tracked, but I’m not restricting them much. I’m shooting for 1800-2000 cal/day and not beating myself up for going a little over, since I KNOW I’ve been eating more than that lately! And I’ve actually lost weight since doing that. :)

    Paige

    April 16, 2011

    I’m sad to read this post but only from a purely selfish prospective. I’d been counting down the days until you’d join “us” back with counting points and all that, and I really enjoyed the few days you did count. But you’ve found what works for you and I can’t argue with that. Good luck!

    Nadine

    April 16, 2011

    You gave it a fair shake, and that’s all anyone can ask. I’m coming up on 10 years at goal. I’ve had my fair share of trouble taking on the new program for a lot of the reasons you described.

    I wonder though, what does this do to your position as Insider?

    kelley

    April 16, 2011

    I wanted to love the new ww system. I was sooo excited to try it last fall. I truly lived the old ww program, lost alot of weight on it. BUT points plus did NOT work for me. Confusing, the calculators did NOT work. Missed the good old paper slide. I thought of all items in the old points values, couldn’t switch it in my head. You can say I am set in my ways and I am. I could not eat a banana and not count it. It really would bother me.
    I think if you had never tried ww before and this was your first experience it would work good for you. But for an long timer like me, it wasn’t a fit!

    Natalia

    April 16, 2011

    I think that’s awesome Roni, the weight loss, but more importantly your revelation about the program and your commitment to doing what is right for you! I agree with you about the new program and I’m interested to see how they tweak it this coming year. I love the meetings and the accountability, the new program, not so much!

    I think you’re doing great! :)

    Karen@WaistingTime

    April 16, 2011

    My mom has returned to the WW eating over and over for years, whenever she gains a few pounds on a trip or with meals out. She never goes to meetings or weighs in but counts her points on her own and it works great for her. And she is utterly resistant to the new plan! She cracked me up recently describing how she was trying to find yogurt with the old points still on them.

    modjaxnj

    April 16, 2011

    It is so reassuring to read this post and the comments as well. Both my sister and I rejoined WW about a month ago for a “tune up”. This is after successful weight loss and pretty good maintenance on the old plan. We both are not thrilled with the new plan and not sure if it’s because we were so used to the old plan or what. But this idea of changed habits and mentality since the last weight loss really struck a chord. This time around I KNOW what my go-to foods should be. And portion size. And I actually like exercise now and running (you inspired me!). I guess it’s just a case of the student outgrowing the teacher. Which is a great thing and means WW works. I believe if you’re s newcomer to WW, the PointsPlus system is easier to adapt to.

    WooHoo great 2nd week, You go girl, do what is right for you…glad the baby had a great check up…how much does he weigh now Roni?

    Angela

    April 16, 2011

    I’m a lifetime member trying to get back to goal. I’ve been trying to do the online program since May and it hasn’t been going well. Once they introduced the new program it really went downhill for me. It’s just too cumbersome for me. Since 2002 I’ve been counting points and have become quite comfortable with it. I also loved that I could look at a recipe or a food label and know that for every 50 calories it was going to be roughly 1 point. With this new system I couldn’t even look at NI or a label and make an educated guess. And with a very active 2 year old it was frustrating to me to take time to always refigure the pointsplus on my favorite recipes etc. As I said, online was not working for me and I knew I needed to get back to the support and accountability of the meetings, but frankly am just not interested in the new WW program. I work for a health system here in ND and I’m on my 2nd week of a 6-month weight loss program sponsored by my employer where we meet as a group once a week and work with a registered dietician. I’m back to journaling, tracking calories, and focusing on the food pyramid and exercise. It feels great!!! Do what feels right for you Roni. I know you’ll succeed.

    roni

    April 16, 2011

    Thanks so much guys!

    Maria – All Baby stats are here… http://blogs.babble.com/babys-first-year-blog/2011/04/15/little-beans-1-month-check-up/

    roni

    April 16, 2011

    Oh! and Nancy, I’m glad you saw this. I meant to email you to let you know. :)

    Dana

    April 16, 2011

    How long do you think WW will give this plan ‘a go’? It seems to me that a majority do not care for it and are not successful on this version.

    Therese

    April 16, 2011

    You lost all your weight on the old plan and I totally agree you should stick to what works for you. Would we tell a right handed person to start writing using their left hand because everyone is doing it now? Heck no. Do what works and makes sense for you and that is clearly the old plan.

    Having said that, I started Jan 18th of this year and only know the new plan. So far I have lost 42 lbs. I’m glad I’m not trying to compare the old to the new and I’m glad that fruit and most vegis are free. I don’t go crazy on these freebies but it does make me eat them more then I would if it cost me points. If I had to decide between the fruit or the cookie of equal value I know what I’d pick, the cookie. That’s how I got so big in the first place.

    Life is all about choices and no one can argue with success.

    Laura Jane

    April 16, 2011

    Here’s my two cents on the subject. Most of us already know that most weight loss plans (even when they differ in approach) will result in weight loss if you stick to them. (Of course, some are a lot healthier than others so that should be considered.) The real challenge of weight loss and the reason we read weight loss blogs is to find something that we are able to stick with. We all need something that works for us, makes sense to us, and is something that is easiest (not necessarily always easy) for us to stick with. Even if the PointsPlus system does result in weight loss when implemented faithfully, is completely backed up by lots of scientific research, and works well for lots of people, if it’s not natural and “easy” for you to follow, then it’s not for you. Many of us have different approaches to weight loss that are working for us, and I think that’s wonderful. It’s clear by your results that your method is working for you, so I don’t see any reason why you should feel compelled to try something else. I’ve seen many people who love the new WW PointsPlus and it’s working better for them. I’ve also seen many people who don’t like the new PointsPlus and the old system works better for them. If that’s the case, I don’t see anything wrong with using the old system.

    You said you weren’t posting your food journal pics because you’re not counting. Personally, I’d still love to see your food pics whether you are counting or not. (I have been looking at lot of them from your twitter account.)

    Julie

    April 16, 2011

    Roni: we emailed a few weeks ago about fruit points. I have been struggling w/the new system as well and have been trying to do a “week on, week off” system where I’m faithful to points counting for a week then try it “on my own” for a week and see if I can be an intuitive eater following WW guidelines without point counting. I think of WW sort of like a class in school or like training wheels – it taught me how to do something but I have to do the work on my own. And I agree w/the above poster – I think food and health blog readers like to see what successful healthy eaters do eat from day to day. I get a lot of ideas, mostly. Keep up the good work!

    Sabrina

    April 16, 2011

    Fussy…my weeee man oy vei!!!! Growth spurt :)

    Cathy Benjamin

    April 16, 2011

    I have known for awhile that you are now a naturally thin person. You know what to do and how to do it. You really have your own plan and thats what I love about your websites. You have grown so much. You have been such an inspiration. You have taken a diet and made it your lifestyle which is what all of us want to do. Not go to WW to lose weight for a wedding or the summer but relearn how to eat forever. I inspire to be like you ever day. One day I hope this all comes together for me.

    Melissa

    April 16, 2011

    I’ve had a feeling you didn’t care for the new plan and I just wanna say THANK YOU!!! For this post! I’m glad other people feel the same way I do about the new points plus. I’ve lost 24 pounds on the old plan then they changed it, and I’ve been struggling ever sense. I still have 15-20 more to go and thinking of doing the old program. I agree with you, if it’s not broke why fix it.

    Marisa @ Loser for Life

    April 16, 2011

    Do YOU, Roni!! Glad you know what works for you! That is more than half the battle! You’re doing great :)

    Kristi Rimkus

    April 16, 2011

    You are not the first person I’ve heard with the same opinion. I lost 40 pounds on WW 15 years ago. I’ve managed to keep the majority of it off over the years without tracking points. I admit, when the pounds start creeping back on, I go back to a food journal for a few weeks to lose them, and that seems to work for me. Cooking light and exercise have helped too.

    Anyway, my WW buddies are all complaining about the new plan too. I understand WW reasoning behind the changes, but most people don’t seem to be embracing the new plan.

    Kristi

    Agnes

    April 16, 2011

    You go girl! You’re the weight loss expert now and so doing what works for you. Isn’t that the point of a good plan anyway, to teach you how to eat right and have a positive relationship with food. You are there! So happy for you!

    Paige

    April 16, 2011

    It seems like there is a really big correlation between people who had used and liked the old WW plan and those who don’t like the new one. I’m one of those new people who loves it! Makes sense though; I never considered paying for Weight Watchers before because it just seemed like simplified calorie counting. I was happy using things like SparkPeople or the Lose It app on my iPhone for that. But I didn’t like straight calorie counting. When the new plan came out, I was so intrigued about the free fruit thing that I read about it for 2 days straight and finally decided I wanted to join. I loooove the new plan, because I’m not one of those people who’s going to choose the banana over the cookie most of the time. There’s also something that soothes the part of me that is a binge eater. I know if, at the end of the day, I am ravenous and out of points, I can always some fruit. Thing is, this rarely happens, but just knowing it’s there is a HUGE relief for me.

    Not that this matters since it sounds like most people in this thread will be sticking to the old version of WW, but:

    Angela – not sure if you’ve heard this before, but the same thing that used to be true about points being about 50 calories holds true for the new points being about 40 calories. I’m never off by more than one if I just divide the calories by 40. Something that’s 200 calories is always (ok, I’ll put in an “almost disclaimer”, but I’ve never found anything that this doesn’t apply to) 5 or 6 points, and really, truly, usually 5. It’s 6 if it’s JUST fat, like 200 calories of oil would be 6 points, but other than that it’s pretty much 5. If it’is something like 220 calories, then it can go either way; probably 6 if it’s fatty and sugary, probably 5 if it’s fibery and proteiny.

    Anyway, carry on however works best for you all!

    Wendy

    April 16, 2011

    I say do what works for you, and it seems to be working. Congrats on your loss this week. I joined the online WW (joined and lost regular meetings years ago) in Dec with 3 month plan. The new PP just didn’t seem to work for me. I lost nothing. So now I’m using myfitnesspal, your blogsite and another site with great recipes, and I’m down 4 lbs. Seems to be working for me, so I’m sticking with it.

    Jes

    April 16, 2011

    Roni, there is something called “Simply Filling” on the new plan (more or less like Core) where you eat mostly power foods and don’t track points. Isn’t that more or less what you are doing? I think WW has “room” for those who feeling counting points is unhelpful/overkill/whatever.

    To me, you’re still “doing” WW as much as the next person who tracks all points, because you’re being accountable and following the nutritional guidelines.

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    April 16, 2011

    Yeah for the weight loss Roni – that ROCKS!! I agree with the points thing. I don’t go to ww, but my sister does and so I know about the new system. I made ww lifetime with NO cap on fiber and still lost 60 pounds. I remember my friend doing the old ww who LOVED bananas but never ate them because she didn’t want to count it as 2 points. I said EAT the banana – no one ever got fat eating bananas!!

    You know what you are doing – just eating healthy and the weight will come off.

    Barbara

    April 16, 2011

    I am not sure what to say. congrats on your loss.
    I struggle with both plans. I do not know if Its meds that I am taking or just me. No matter what I am not giving up.
    congrats again.

    Samara

    April 16, 2011

    Hi Roni! Congrats on the loss….whatever “plan” works for you, works for you! I haven’t even tried the new WW…I’m such a huge fan of the old points plan that I just stick to that! Quick question: I want to follow your Baby’ First Year blog on my Google Reader….but when I cut and paste the web address, it bring up posts from everyone that posts on that site. I only want to read your posts!! Any input?? Keep up the great work! :)

    Patricia

    April 16, 2011

    I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed, but it is in someway a selfish way. I joined weight watchers about 4 weeks ago and thought I would be losing as you were losing and it would be a fun thing for me. But, it is good to know that you were on weight watchers and actually learned how to eat. so, congratulations to you.

    I have never done weight watchers before, so i have nothing to compare to. I will say that the iPhone app makes tracking very easy for me.

    I have been on WW for about 4 weeks and have lost about 5 lbs. my loss is more consistent than when trying to lose it “on my own.” I definitely am learning portion control and do turn to fruits and veg instead of chips. I really like the plan a lot.

    Rachel

    April 16, 2011

    Congrats, Roni! You know what to do, and you’re obviously doing it right! I second the comment about the nursing calories! I nursed 3 babies for a year each, and never had to worry about what I ate. I never became overweight until after I weaned the babies…then I called it “baby weight” until I face the fact that I actually lost all the pregnancy weight (within the first two months), but then gradually gained it back after weaning. Looking back, what happened was I got used to eating more than I ever had while nursing, and I didn’t consider eating less to adjust, lol. It shouldn’t have been a big surprise to me, but it was because I wasn’t an exerciser or healthy eater back then. : )You will do great when the time comes since you do have all the knowledge and healthy habits already!

    Emily

    April 16, 2011

    i understand not being sold on the new program. i am a lifetimer from back when it was winning points. i was awesome on that program and then they introduce flexpoints and all of a sudden it is a free for all and i can’t stay on program at all. so i am not interested in perusing pointsplus.

    bring back winning points, weight watchers.

    Becky

    April 16, 2011

    My favorite forums have a jaw-dropping animated .gif… I wish I could use it here -> but in a happy-for-you way! I too have been waiting for this post. Yes, you’ve done some amazing transforming in who you are and your relation to food… congratulations! IMO, you’ve “got it,” and by trying to go back to old tools, it’s like trying to use training wheels when you don’t need them. You know how to ride the bike, trying to put training wheels back on when you don’t need them doesn’t make much sense.
    I’ve got about 9 weeks before my little bean arrives and although I haven’t been Lifetime as long as you, I’ve been interested in your take of PP. Thanks so much for your honesty, congrats again on another milestone! :)

    Andrea

    April 17, 2011

    I respect your decision totally. I will chime in and say as a member who lost weight, reached goal and became a lifetime member on points that I LOVE pointsplus. I will also chime in and say as a leader now, doing 5 meetings a week there are a LOT of members who love pointsplus. Even those who had been on points. I respect your decision. But wanted to share what I believe and know from my meetIngs and that is that the majority of members love pointsplus. There are a few like you who do not/will not. I do not see WW going back or bring old plans back. I believe from all the trainings staff has done, that they wish they would of brought it out sooner. Best of luck to you and that sweet baby.

    Leah

    April 17, 2011

    Bravo! Ive been waiting for this post & Im so happy for you!

    Ami

    April 17, 2011

    I food journal but don’t count calories. Journalling makes a serious difference, but if you are s student of healthy eating and whole foods, counting points or calories is a waste of time after a while. I think you’ll do great, and there’s nothing like the chance to lose weight right after having a baby!

    roni

    April 18, 2011

    Samara – This should work….

    http://blogs.babble.com/babys-first-year-blog/author/roni/feed/

    Patty

    April 19, 2011

    Congrats on the weight loss! I say GO FOR IT! You know what you are doing…how liberating! :)

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    April 20, 2011

    Roni, it’s so nice to sit down and finally catch up on some Ronisweigh posts! I’ve been sooo busy this week, finishing my masters degree. Can’t wait!

    But anyway, I wanted to say congratulations for coming to this decision! I’ve been suspecting this since before Lil Bean was born and you said you were going to go back to counting points. I couldn’t see how you would ever need to go back to that. The meetings sure, that’s gotta be an inspiring thing to do once a week with other people who are losing… but you are way beyond points.

    You are doing GREAT! I’ve been learning lately that when we get into being perfectionists, we quickly lose sight of what we’ve already accomplished. You’re totally right, you’ve been “doing it” for 6 years now. You got it down. You eat vegetables like it’s nobody’s business, and you run marathons.

    Take a nap and feel GREAT about everything you do and have already done.

    Jamie

    April 25, 2011

    Sorry I am commenting way too late. But I am now just catching up on your blog!! By the way can I say how much I love it!!! Anyways I totally agree with you on the new WW plan. I for one am just going to stick to the old way and add more fruit and try to make better “filling choices”. Thanks again for your encouraging words! Can I say again how much I LOVE your blogs!!:)

    Jenna

    May 30, 2011

    I have really been struggling with pointsplus. I lost 35 pounds on momentuem and it worked great for me. I had been away gained 8 pounds and decided to go back (also cause my friend wanted to join and asked if I would do it with her) I lost the 8 pounds fairly easily on pointsplus (not as fast as I could have on momentuem not to mention you can’t just figure out the points in your head like the old plan) but now that I am back to that last 10 pounds I need to lose and the scale isn’t budging April I have been playing with the same 1.2 pounds and I am right on plan. I am giving pointsplus one more week to get its act together then I am am going back to momentuem….my leader suggested more dairy so I am trying that this week. If you aren’t counting points are you just eating healthy and it’s working that well? For me I have to have a structured plan if I just eat healthy I mantain I don’t lose.

    roni

    June 1, 2011

    I am.. but not really. I kind of do old points in my head. I’m that good at it now!

    That’s strange advice about the dairy. I’m actually trying to cut my consumption a bit. Although I can’t live without cheese. ;)

    I say give it a week and then go back to old points if you know that works for you.

    Laura

    June 13, 2011

    I joined WW back in Sept 10th – old plan. Loved it! Lost consistently. Then the new plan rolled out – it’s okay, but seems much more work than it needs to be. With the new plan, my weight yo-yo’s. I reached a 39 lb loss and can’t get past it; and as of last week I’m back at a 35 lb loss – one week I’m up, the next down. I’ve only 5 – 6 lbs to go to goal and I cannot get there!! This has been going on for over 6 weeks. Nothing works, no one has any advice.

    I found your post interesting because last week when I weighed in I was up 2 lbs!!!! (not cheating swear!). I came home, dug through my closet and pulled out my old plan books/calculator. I haven’t started it yet, but if I don’t have a good weigh in this week; I’m switching back! I plan on counting all fruit servings as 1 pt.

    If you read through the message boards on the WW site, you will find many many people struggling with the new plan especially the ones with very little to lose. They are trying to “tweek” the program to their specific needs….I don’t think anyone should have to keep “tweeking” something that supposedly was designed to work though I admire their need to make it work.

    I was also surprised at how many threw out there old stuff the minute the new program came in….I stored mine away, so glad I did!

    Lisa

    October 12, 2011

    Hi Roni – thanks for much for posting this. I used the old system in 2008 before I become pregnant and lost 30 lbs, and when I was ready to tackle that weight again after having my son, it was the beginning of the brand new program. On the old WW program I had 22 pts (hard, but doable), and the new one I had 29. I lost water weight quickly of course, but almost 11 months into it, I’ve only lost 5 lbs. NOT WORKING. I eat more. And I feel like if i’m ALLOWED to eat more, then I’ll eat EVEN more. So I like (weird) eating less on the old plan. It’s not easy, but losing weight never is! Thanks again for all your tools!

    joyce bozeman powell

    October 25, 2011

    I am so glad I read this! I have been given the old books and old calculator and thought it wouldn’t help. Now I am encouraged and I am going to get out the stuff and plan some meals. My hubby and I lost a good amount on the 17 day diet, but it is just too hard to continue to do that for a long time. Good recipes though! And I’ll bet some they would work with weight watchers.

    charlotte adamis

    November 11, 2011

    I have been lifetime for decades….gained a few pound with the onset of menopause this year and started back with the Points Plus. I have gained weight! I keep a food journal, exercise like crazy – don’t use most of my allowance and exercise points and still can’t lose. WW leaders have nothing to offer. I would LOVE to go back on the old program, but no longer have my tools. Do you know anyone who might want to “sell” the old material?

    roni

    November 15, 2011

    Charlotte – Have you checked ebay? I always see old WW plans on sale there.