Saturday, October 16, 2010

The devil in the details

Saturday morning , and another weigh in

Me- DOWN 1.4
Nick- UP 5.4
Bob- dead even

Yes, in spite the incident with doughnuts and caramel apples last weekend I lost. Why ? Because following the Weight Watchers points system works. There is no forbidden food . You can eat anything, but just not in the same quantity you used to. Even Carmel apples, Snickers Bars and Birthday cake fir into the plan.

Fitting into the plan is the reason Nick gained . We are following the program without joining , which is as we did it before. It's not that I have anything against the meetings, but with our situation of one car, unpredictable commitments with ministry and odd work times, there is no way we could commit to a definite meeting time. Online allows you to report in and log in your food and activity, but if you know how to calculate points and can discipline yourself to record them on your own, there is little reason to formally join. Unless you like the perks that come with weight loss rewards( magnets, pins, etc.) Plus the system they are using now is called Momentum, which is different from 123 points, and if I Joined I would have to follow that system. So we work alone with 123, but I think I may have miscalculated Nick's points. According the the old formula, so many points are allowed for current weight, age, sex , activity and so forth. Following the formula , Nick comes in with needing 49 points per day ! Somewhere I thought I remembered reading that all points were capped at 44 points no matter what age, weight and so on  ( and no lower than 22 per day no matter what).  I factored in 45 points for Nick, and I am wondering if this is perhaps too much. I am going to drop him to 40 this week and see if this helps. He is sticking faithfully to the program, so it is no fault of his. At least he does not get scale anxiety when he weighs in - to him it's just what we do on Saturday morning.

As for me, I am really happy with how it is working for me . It's funny but no matter what I try, I keep coming back to Weight Watchers in some form, because it works !


Baby Stepping said...

In the long run, you just gotta do what works for you. I'm really glad this is working for you!!!


Leslie said...

You have nice steady progress going. Good job. WW is a great program, and I agree that if it's worked in the past and you recall and have the info, why spend the $ joining!