I finally figured out how to switch my weigh in day on the Weight Watchers app to Monday, which is the day I’ve been stepping on the scale for the past few weeks. (Although, apparently, this is something I’m technically still not supposed to be able to do but I found a random link in one of the WW forums that directed me to an assessment that gives the choice to change days so I think it’s more like a back door kind of thing. Specifically, I suspect it’s what brand new online members use when they first register, it’s just an open link that can be accessed.) It’s been kind of annoying because my app has been resetting on Thursdays, so I’ve been having to figure out my Weekly Points and Activity Points manually in a notebook.
Anyway, because I’m now able to officially weigh in on Mondays, I’m going to change my weekly weight update to Wednesdays instead of waiting until Fridays. So welcome to the first Weigh In Wednesday post!
So, last week was weird in that I spent Monday-Wednesday on the old plan and then Thursday logged into the app and the new plan had switched over so then I spent the weekend on the new plan and trying to figure that all out. The points were different and I was unprepared for some of the changes and then Friday was our work holiday party and I actually had two that day, one at work one later on that evening off-site, and I made horrible choices and so I am not at all shocked by the fact that my weight went up.
That said, I do like that the new Smart Points takes sugar into account, it’s just taking some adjusting to mentally switch to the fact that it means things higher in sugar will be higher in points. Which, y’know, is okay, because that’s one of those things I should cut back on anyway.
One easy way to do that is by swapping in more whole foods. Like, say, fruit for dessert.
I used to do this all the time and then fell out of the habit, but it’s an easy swap and helps me utilize my daily points more effectively because fruit is still zero points on the Beyond the Scale system.
Recently I’ve started to shy away from foods that are low in sugar and fat and/or the reduced fat, reduced sugar varieties because I know that if they are removing the fat or sugar, they are having to replace it with something else. This is especially true with low fat, often it’s given more sugar. For instance, the low-fat sour cream I bought last week has more sugar than full fat sour cream I bought this week so, yeah, I’d rather take the full fat stuff thankyouverymuch.
Fat isn’t evil, it’s why such a thing as “good fat,” exists. But “good sugar” isn’t really a thing unless it’s the natural sugar found in fruit. So limiting sugar is definitely a good thing which is why I’m glad Weight Watchers is taking that into account now. More than anything I’m glad that the new system is forcing me to really think about these things in a way I never did before and after only a couple days it’s already changing my eating habits while still leaving me feeling satisfied, which can only be a positive move.
Love from the ashes,