I’ve Joined Weight Watchers

Way back when I could run, Alison, who I ran the Gosport Golden Mile with, told me about a special offer Hampshire County Council were offering. If you have a BMI of over 30 they would give you 3 months free Weight Watchers membership.

I’ve contemplated trying Weight Watchers and Slimming World before but the membership prices have always put me off. I always think to myself “I know what to do. I can do it for free” Truth is, I can’t! So I googled Hampshire Council Weight Watchers and was sent straight to the correct page.

I filled in the information and found out my BMI. I know I’m overweight, truth be told I know I’m obese but somehow seeing my BMI was 40 was still a bit of a shock. I don’t know why though, as I don’t know what it was before! Anyway I submitted my information and expected to find something out immediately. However, you have to wait for a letter to arrive with more information on.

A couple of days later I got my letter through telling me I had qualified and that they had booked me in to a class. I was a bit panicked by this as the class wasn’t the closest to me and it was on a Wednesday at 10am, when I’m at work. I gave them a call and was told that I could actually attend any class, so that was a relief. I found a class 0.3 miles away at 7pm on a Thursday. Much more suitable!

I eagerly awaited Thursday, then had to wait a whole other week until the following Thursday as I’d forgotten there was a staff meeting after work. Grr! I got dropped off at the class and felt nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. I got there and everyone was queuing so being British, I joined the queue, not evening knowing what I was queueing for! Turns out we were queuing for the class to open. You join the queue then as you file in, you’re weighed one by one.

One of the people helping there saw me holding my letter from the Council/Weight Watchers and asked me to come forward to fill in a registration form. I was then weighed (I’m sorry I’m not brave enough to post my starting weight yet) and told how many points I was going to be allowed each day and how many extra points I got as spares to be used through the week. I’ve been given 30 points a day and 42 extra points.

I stayed for the meeting after the weigh in which actually felt really awkward. There was only 6 of us there and 3 of the 6 were first timers! The leader, Claire, asked questions and it was like pulling teeth getting answers. It did get easier though the longer we were there, people warmed up and offered more answers. She also gave tips on how to survive summer events e.g. a wedding or a BBQ with friends.

At the end, Claire asked us newbies to stay behind as she’d show us some information videos and tell us about her personal journey. The was a bit surprised by her “weight loss journey” for some reason I expected the leaders to have all being attending Weight Watchers for years and having lost at least 5 stone. Claire joined about 6 months ago and has lost nearly a stone with 5lb still to go.

So how have I been finding it? I’ve been doing it since Thursday and it seems ok so far. I need to take my own lunch to work as eating at the work “salad bar” isn’t going to cut it. Everything is covered in mayo or just not actually healthy or salad!

What I am struggling to get my head round is the point system. Not the counting points, that bit is easy thanks to the app (which is very similar to MyFitnessPal) but the way they work. I always thought overnight oats were a healthy breakfast. They’re 5 points. If I want to add yoghurt to them then that’s free so long as its fat free and flavourless. So I added a muller light fat free vanilla yoghurt which is actually less calories than the fat free plain yoghurt. That takes it up to 8 points. However, I can cook a full English and that’s only 5 points?! So what they’re telling me is sausage, eggs, bacon and beans are healthier than oats and a fat free yoghurt?! Maybe I shouldn’t question it? It’s proven with all the success stories that Weight Watchers works as long as you stick to your points. It’s just a bit baffling when I’m used to counting calories. But maybe calories isn’t what it’s all about anymore? The points in a food are calculated using calories, sugar, saturated fats and protein. Which seems to be a more holistic way of looking at food. I don’t know, but as long as it works!

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6 thoughts on “I’ve Joined Weight Watchers

  1. I don’t really understand Slimming World and Weightwatchers with the points thing. It does sound a bit odd. My dad tells me that eggs are “free” food so you can have as many as you like – how does that work!? But it must work because people do lose weight.
    Good luck with the plan and I hope it works how you want it to 🙂

  2. Sarette says:

    I reckon this’ll be a good kick-starter but then you can freestyle it a bit more. You don’t want to be counting points for the rest of your life or obsessing about whether bacon is good and yogurt is bad!

    • bigmugofteablog says:

      I agree. I think this is what I need to get the bulk off but it won’t be a forever solution. I need to learn to be more nutritionally aware. This way it’s very easy to think “I could eat 30 points of chocolate” I know I won’t, but I feel some people would.

  3. Most people at work at on slimming world and the fact they call things “sins” annoys me enough as I don’t think there should be good and bad food. Looking at the oats though, I wonder if they are looking at what keeps you feeling fuller for longer? I love porridge or muesli soaked overnight in almond milk, but depending on how you make it, it could be very high carb and little protein, whereas I suppose eggs and things may be higher in calories but also more fat and protein which would keep you feeling full for much longer and less likely to snack?
    I did manage to lose some weight using the website weight loss resources which was basically calorie counting (and it counted exercise calories for you too)- I think a bit like my fitness pal, but then I did get into a bit of a spiral where I would be wondering which ryvita to get and choosing the one with 3 less calories or something and it seemed to be a bit of an unhealthy mentality to be stuck in forever. I did give me a better idea of portion size and although I haven’t counted calories for years I still weigh out oats and muesli and things like that as they are easy to have way too much of.
    Good luck with it 🙂

    • bigmugofteablog says:

      I think you might be right. For example sweetcorn is zero points, yet popcorn isn’t. When someone questioned it, they said you’re more likely to go overboard with popcorn but not many people indulge in sweetcorn which kinda makes sense.

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