Tuesday, August 07, 2012

i quit

So I quit. Yep, it's true. I quit Weight Watchers. Since they've switched to the Points Plus program I have been really struggling with it. Personally I've felt like a lot of the point values were unreasonably high when you factor in the amount of points I had to work with in a day. If I was lucky I wouldn't go over my points once I'd had dinner, but that was very rarely the case and rarely did I feel satisfied with what I'd had in a day. Weight watchers and I had run our course.

For a couple of weeks now I have been using my fitness pal. It's a free app and it tracks calories. I cannot tell you how much I am loving this app. To start I entered in all the required information like weight, height, level of activity and what my goal was and it told me how many calories per day I should be eating to meet that goal. The app comes with a scanner so you can easily scan a barcode and track your calories that way. I love this feature. Even more impressive, I have yet to scan an item that hasn't shown up in the food list. My experience with the WW's app was the exact opposite. Many times the upc was not in the system and I would be forced to figure out the points using the calculator.

I love just dealing with the calories instead of converting those calories to points. Now with just a quick look at the nutrition information I can decide whether the item is something I'm willing to indulge in. The app also tracks how much sugar, sodium, fat, carbs and protein you're getting. That's been a really eye-opening experience. Prior to this I would argue that my diet is fairly low in sodium and that I eat a lot of carbs and I would have been wrong on both counts. It's been a really eye opening experience in what I am eating in a way that WW never was.

Another feature I love... well two features.....  first, that what I do on my phone syncs with my online account so I can easily track on my phone or online. Which ever is easiest on that day.. And second, when I press the button to complete my day the app tells me..... if every day was like today you would weigh xxxlbs in five weeks. That is a huge motivator! Love it!

So it's been good, I'm happy I made the switch.

 As of this week I am down 25lbs and half way to my goal of 50lbs.


Most of my pants are too big, including these, which were my smallest pants. It's a good issue to have, kinda. If only I had my own Mr. Grey to replenish the ole wardrobe. Also in real life that shirt makes my rack look very impressive... just thought you should know.



Kaci said...

I agree, WW was so many points. I quit last month and I hated the ap. It was a major bummer for me to have to add everything in. I'm using the Lose It ap and I lurve it so much better. So far everything I've scanned in has been in their little system. Major score!

zaczmom said...

What app are you using?

Mis(s)Mannered Mom said...

You're doing great!!! Love that the smallest pants are getting too big! WOOT! Ive been on MFP for awhile now and LOVE it. It's a big factor in my weight loss thus far. Add me if you'd like-Redhead9 :)

Leah said...

Love that you've got the app that's working for you. It's hard to track all that stuff if you're having to fight with it as you go! Congrats on the 25lbs lost!

Goofball said...

scanning barcodes? that seems a very practical app

Shan said...

Kaci - Exactly!

zaczmom - myfitnesspal.

MMM- Added you! Thanks!!

Leah - Yep, that's pretty much how I felt about it. Thank you.

Goofball - It is very much so!

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