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I’m tired of feeling out of control. Too many old habits are sneaking back in. The photo food journaling has been helping, a little, but I want more structure and accountability.

To help I’m returning to old Weight Watcher points. Don’t try to convince me to hop on the PointsPlus bandwagon. I lost my weight on the old plan. It works for me and I’m not about to fix something that isn’t broken. Yes, I’m a bitter old woman who refuses to change. ;)

That being said, I’ve created my own Weekly Tracker.

You can click here and see the entire document. Click here to download a copy.

Here it is in pictures. Minus the orange and yogurt. :)

I’m still not setting any unrealistic weigh loss goals during the holiday season. It will be what it will be. My goal is to take it one day at a time and be conscious of my choices. That how it worked the first time.

  • Tonyne

    I made the same decision recently. Old WW points worked the best for me and I have lost control. I know it will help to reel me back in.

  • Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life

    Hey I’m with you! I’m all about trying new things but when something works don’t try to mess with it! when I need a little more structure and cleaner eating I convert back to the old Weight Watchers Core Plan. I tried the flex but core just always seems to work and make it me feel comfortable about staying on track. btw I am totally jealous that you can get brown rice sushi!! I have yet to find a place around here that is offering that option!

  • Vi

    I’m with you I have no interest in PP and was thinking about starting Momentum again.

    Your spread sheet looks great. I hope you find a way to share it. I haven’t been able to find anything good to use as a tracker out there.

    Good luck with your new efforts :)

  • Paige

    You may inspire me to get back on. I lost 30 lbs in 2006 and have gained that plus another 20 since.

  • Amanda

    Hey girl. Like your idea of going back old school with what help you the first go around!

  • Brenda

    Good for you for being honest with yourself and being able to do what’s best for you. I recently rejoined ww, because doing it on my own was not working for me. Just in time for wwpp 2012 and I’m happy to say the changes and adjustments that they made are working for me. Yesterday was my 3rd weigh in an I’m down 5.6, which I’m happy with, the way the plan was before I only maintained, but ww listened to people and made good changes

  • Jill

    I am glad you are going back to tracking! If you are anything like me- I think the control of tracking will feel good to you and help keep you focused! Also planning for the “treats” will help you eat them and enjoy them without the guilt. I look forward to hearing how it goes!!!

  • The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    I think that’s a wonderful idea. I track everything even that little lick from a spoon people try to sneak. Do whatever plan no matter how “old” that works for you. You’ll rock this!

  • Nicole

    I totally undrstand how you feel. I don’t have the old program but pp is working for me so it’s time I just stick with it permanatly and stop letting myself skip days and feel out of control.

  • Carol

    I’m a committed tracker. I truly believe it is the one aspect of weight loss that has been the most helpful in getting to goal and maintaining my weight. My WW leader doesn’t track anymore and used the Simply Filling Technique, but even after 4 years on program, I don’t think I’m ready for that. I lost my weight on the old points system, and have had trouble adjusting to Points Plus, but like a previous poster mentioned, the changes they’ve made to the program this year are good ones. But, if the old program was supported online, I’d be back on it in a heartbeat.

  • Mander

    Good for you! I’ve had success with the Points Plus plan (down 53 pounds, 12 more until goal), but I think regardless of which plan you follow, whatever works best for you is the best way to go. =)

    And chiming in agreement, love that you’re able to order brown rice sushi!

  • LisaM

    I did make the jump to PP, but it took a while to figure out how to make it work for me. I think the most important thing is the actual counting of points, however you want to do that. I know we are supposed to be learning how to eat only from hunger cues, but let’s face it, that’s the thing we all have problems with. When you are counting points, your brain can tell you that you’re hungry, and you can politely point out to your brain that your points total tells you that your body has had enough nourishment for the day, so shut up already. I’m up a few pounds (only about 3, so not freaking out yet), and will be starting up my points counting again early in January. I’m getting to the point where I kind of look forward to it every year!

  • Melanie

    I have enjoyed your site for some time. I agree that tracking is possibly the key to successful weight loss. And drinking water (which I never seem to be able to do well in the Fall & Winter). I lost 65 pounds on the “old” points system, but in the last 3 years have gained 15 of them back. Have tried the PP system but cannot embrace it the way I did the old system. I flip-flop b/w trying/wanting to use WW and just counting calories. I need to regain the enthusiasm I had when I first started WW and was able to lose those 65 pounds! Maybe that’s my biggest struggle. Thanks for sharing your story (and ideas) with all of us and for your continuing to be an inspiration!

  • Valerie

    I recently put back on roughly 4 pounds. I was freaked out. I started watching everything I eat. I may start tracking again too. I do well when I track but the meetings stress me out. I like the accountability. When I don’t track, I don’t pay attention to portion size as much. That’s my downfall. i refuse to go back to where I was before. It’s taken me a 2 years to lose 30 pounds and I am keeping them off.

  • Jennifer

    I’m counting points from the old Weight Watcher’s plan too. It worked for me a few years ago. I’m glad I kept all the literature from way back also. I’ve lost 17 since starting back. Thanks for your daily posts; they encourage me to stay on plan.

  • Linda

    Good for you Roni!! I just want to urge you to “try” PointsPlus, I hated it when they first intro’d it and I must say, I drank the cool-aid and I am now a believer, plus I lost 13 lbs that had creeped up on me and I wasn’t able to lose it on the old plan. I can’t say enough about the Power Foods except they are magic!! And the zero point fruit?? I haven’t eaten a bar of any kind in over 6 months because I always snack on fruit and greek yogurt. I have also become quite creative in turning boring fruit into dessert too. I would be happy to give you more pointers if you wish but other than some items (mainly carbs) being higher in points by about 1-2, the changes are so much better and healthier!!! Just think where you would be if you didn’t accept the changes that have been made in the techno-world?? Can you see yourself using that huge cell phone still today that was the first on the market???? Nutrition is a revolving science and they are always making new discoveries. WW says that this is the healthiest way to eat based on the science of today, give it a shot. If it doesn’t work you can always blame me :)

  • roni

    I have no doubt it’s a good plan but I don’t have problems eatings bars or avoiding fruit. All I want is portion control accountability and that’s what flex gives me. Frankly, I don’t have time to relearn a point formula, I don’t want to be dependent on their tools (never needed anything but a slider my first go around) I can estimate points like a champ and that’s what I want: A plan that fits seamlessly into my life without a lot of overhead.

    All that being said, I gave it a shot a few months back. Just not a fan plus I can’t find a leader I like in my area anyway. That makes a huge difference.

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness

    I’m right there with you! I’ve been loosely tracking the past few weeks, but it has to change!! I’m paying all of this money to weight watchers, I need to get my $’s worth!

  • Tami @Nutmeg Notebook

    If it ain’t broke don’t “fix” it! Everyone needs to do what works best for them – go for it!

  • Kim W

    I totally understand. I lost 50 lbs on the old system. I have gained 20 back so broken hearted over that. I have just lost my focus. My daughter has been really sick so I guess with everything I just lost my desire on me. My goal is after the holiday’s is to start back tracking. I have been considering doing the old system again because it makes me more accounatable then the PP. Roni you are an inspiration to all of us. I plan on kicking butt the new year..I figured I need to be realistic and not setup for failure with the Holidays so waiting for the new year.

  • Melissa

    I’m with you Roni! I’m tracking as of right now!! What is it with the holidays! I cant get away from the junk food, its all over in the backroom at work. I was waiting till the week of Christmas to decorate cookies with the kids thinking then it’ll only be in my house for a week. Then my Husbands boss sends home a big tray of cookies and fudge and all the things I try to avoid this time of the year. No more mindless munching! It stops now!

    I too am a bitter old woman when it comes to the new WWPP. I’m sure it works just fine but the old plan worked great for me and I already know it inside and out. Who has the time and energy to learn a new plan when the old plan works great? Not me:)

  • Dana

    I’m totally with you on this “All that being said, I gave it a shot a few months back. Just not a fan plus I can’t find a leader I like in my area anyway. That makes a huge difference.”

    When there are two strikes against then I could no longer justify paying the $ to go so I stopped.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Holidays to you!

  • Cara

    Did you make homemade miso soup and ginger dressing? If it’s store brand, which one do you recommend? Thanks!

  • roni

    Sorry it was at a restaurant.

  • Amy

    I Love your site but love it more now that you returned to the old ww system.That is what works for me but have been doubting it with all the programs out there and have been undecided on what diet to follow. Now Im excited to see your progress , it reinforces that the plan works if follwed properly and will motivate me to get back on track watching and reading your progress.Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky F

    Thank you for sharing your spreadsheet! I am an Excel junkie at heart and find it a great template.

  • Laura

    I lost the first part of my weight on the old plan and the rest on the new one. Since they made some changes on pp I’m going to give it another try. I’m lifetime, but have been very bad the past few months, so 5 lbs. have come back on…need to get back on track as well. Nice to know there are others trying to get there regardless of which plan they choose.

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