I went to my first WW meeting yesterday. My weight was a pound less than my scale at home so that was an interesting data point. I had my weight creep up this winter from my goal weight of 102-106 pounds, which I had maintained for about a year. I am still in the "normal" weight range but I do not want to proceed back to obesity. So, with a free trial of Weight Watchers I thought I would try it out to shake things up a bit. My initial impressions:
I like the idea of measuring your weight in front of someone else. This minor accountability may work for me.
I am not sure that is worth $43 a month.
I was assigned the same 26 points (the minimum) as the online calculator assigned me. They gave me a 5% goal and a 10% goal. The 10% goal brings me just short of 100 pounds. Ideally, l should weigh about 95 pounds but I don't expect to get there and stay that low. I just want to maintain at roughly 104, roughly a 5% drop from where I am.
Even though I was new, came early and introduced myself nobody talked to me about points or anything other than to give me a new member packet and suggest purchasing a points calculator or using a smart phone to track.
I read up before the meeting on points and other aspects of WW and had kept track of points for a week. I also kept track of activity. For that week I ate all my assigned points and all my weekly points. I stayed the same weight. After becoming somewhat adept at counting calories the point system is awkward. But I am sure I will get better at it. But, I am not sure I see the value of a point system vs a calorie counting system. Right now I am running totals using both. I won't do that for long because it is a PITA. I question giving 49 extra "weekly" points to a person as small as me and a person who weighs two or three times as much as me. It seems like weekly points should have some variability based on your weight. Of course, I do not have to eat the weekly points, but there they are temping me.
I am sure meetings differ in different places so what might be good meeting for me in one place might not be in another. I am in a small town in the midwest right now. The meeting had about 15 women attending, no men. About half of the 15 were life time members and not overweight. I thought that was very interesting. Only a couple were obese. The leader would hand out stars when people participated or reached some goal. That was a little too kindergarten for me. What are you supposed to do with the stars? I didn't know anyone, am not from the area, so not surprisingly I felt out of place. I question whether I am going to like the meetings as I have a personal aversion to motivational speakers. Not much I can do about that. This meeting was primarily about the importance of tracking both food and activity.
Some of the meeting was spent mildly promoting the WW branded ActiveLink activity monitor. So, I read up on it after the meeting. It looks like there are some frustrations with its use as you don't get activity points unless you reach a certain baseline so the points do not correlate at all with the manual activity point system and you end up with a lot fewer points. Which is probably a good thing because I would get fat eating my activity points. WW needs to work on that. The ActiveLink may or may not be accurate, I didn't see any good data. Interesting but I am not going for yet another subscription service.
I think I will stick with it for a bit, mostly for the weigh in aspect and to try a meeting when I hit Minneapolis in about a month.