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SparkPeople VS Weight Watchers Online

Friday, March 22, 2013

I've recently decided to take another approach to my weight loss journey, I joined Weight Watchers Online (WWO). So now I am going to compare the two and let you all decide which is better:

1) CALORIES VS POINTS: with WWO you count points, not calories. Which means you could actually eat more food. Most fruits and veggies are "free foods" and don't cost you any points (note: I did find out that with fruits, it's only the fresh fruits that are 0 points, not canned, even if they are packed in 100% juice, they still cost points). With SP you count calories, which means every banana you eat is costing you approx 110 calories, which would make me least likely to eat the banana and go for a jolly rancher or something unhealthy for far less calories. So, for me, WWO wins this one.

2) THE WEBSITE: While both websites look nice, SP is easier to navigate. I get very frustrated with WWO's website. And I am very computer savvy (I own a website design company). So, to be quite frank, WWO's website sucks! If all you want to do is track your points, then it is pretty simple. But to search for recipes, look up workouts, etc, is practically impossible and my frustration wins every time and I just give up. SP wins this one!

3) WORKOUTS: Every single person knows that in order to lose weight and even maintain your weight and just stay healthy, you must workout. That's common knowledge. So a company that is dedicated to helping people lose weight should make workouts a main part of their existence. I have yet to be able to find any workouts on WWO's website. When I got to track my activity, I see all kinds of workouts listed. Not just exercises (ie: crunches, squats, push-ups, etc) but actual workouts (ie: Express Lunch Workout). But it only lets me track the workout, and doesn't tell me how to do it. How can I track it if I don't know how to do it? I've searched all over the website and can't find it anywhere! SP's website has tons of workouts with tutorials and videos! Now that is how it is supposed to be! SP wins again!

4) FOOD DATABASE: They both have pretty decent databases. My main problem with WWO is they don't have their own foods listed. Weight Watches has a selection of their own foods, shake mixes, snack cakes, crackers, etc. I find it very strange that their own foods are not listed in their database. You have to manually enter these. So, for that, SP wins with me.

5) THE APPS: This one isn't going to be a totally fair comparison. I have used SP's app when I first started using SP, but I only used it a few times and don't remember much about it. I recently got a new phone and just tried to download the SP app and now you have to pay for it. So I don't know if I will be using it. I do have the WWO app, which is free, and it is ok. The barcode scanner is totally useless as far as I can tell. Most of the foods I eat are pretty common. So I'm sure they are the same foods that billions of other people eat. So they should be in their database by now. But of the 100 or so items I have scanned, only a very very small amount have been in the database. This is very disappointing. I am going to declare WWO the winner of this category, just because of the price.

6) COST: SP is free!! WWO costs $18.95/mo with a $29.95 sign up fee. This is a no-brainer. SP totally wins! free is almost always better.

So, my conclusion is that SparkPeople wins. Weight Watchers Online is just not worth the money, in my opinion. This is all my personal opinions. And I would love to hear your opinions. And if I am navigating the WWO website all wrong, please let me know. I really do like the point system over counting calories.

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WIDGET65 8/14/2013 9:13AM

  I have signed up for weight watchers a few times. Twice was online. I am enjoying sparks the best.

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SMWARNEKE 3/22/2013 1:10PM

    I tried doing WW Online too. One of the things I always found frustrating was the huge emphasis that was on eating a range of servings of everything, everyday. When people would post on the boards that they, were struggling almost every time a minor detail in their eating habits was nitpicked - even something like not getting enough healthy oils every day. I feel like they put too much emphasis on following the plan to a t, and that you should only make exceptions if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Even with the options the newest (unless its changed again) version of WW gave, there were still things that I knew were healthy, but I wouldn't eat because it would cost me too many points - oatmeal for instance. I was in the lowest weight bracket for WW, so I had the minimum points allowed and something like a bowl of oatmeal with nothing else with it would take close to a 1/4 of my daily points.

I disagreed with assigning points to what you do for exercise. People on the boards would continually talk about how they would get 15 exercise points a day, and I just never saw how that could be possible. The focus should be on simply tracking what you're doing and for how long.

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AKATHLEEN54 3/22/2013 11:19AM

    I was previously a WW on line member before I discovered Spark. For me Spark wins hands down!! #1 FREE!!! What else can I say about that #2 I was able to track my food, but other than that I didn't find that I got the support like I get at Spark (no motivation or encouragement to keep going) #3 WW came up with the Free fruit thing after I no longer was a WW member, but I can't for the life of me understand how that could possible work. I understand their concept: they obviously want people to include more fruit in their diet. But if I didn't count the calories in fruit that I consume (especially in the warmer summer months) that would add up to an awful lot of calories. Calories in vs. calories out........ it just doesn't add up (well that's actually exactly what it does) I find calorie counting to be the ONLY and most efficient way for me to keep track. If you were not a WW member and didn't have all their "tools" at times it was difficult to determine what the point value was of some of the foods you were eating. With calorie counting you can get that information almost anywhere. I'm sure there are a number of people who will disagree with me but long story short my vote is for SPARK! emoticon

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the “Get the **** over it” rule

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

An old friend of mine sent this to me just a few minutes ago on Facebook and I thought it was so great that I knew I just had to share this on SparkPeople immediately! So here it is:

Here is the best advice I've EVER read. I got this from (a freakin awesome website that you should go check out right after you read this)

Yes, it is a bit long, but it's worth it. If you need encouragement, take the time to read it all. You won't regret it.

(quoted from

Have you ever told yourself:
“I’m an idiot. I ate like total crap today.”
“Why am I so lazy? Why did I skip my workout this morning?”
“I have no willpower, because I couldn't stop myself from eating those M&M’s.”

Every day, people trying to get healthy have tiny moments of weakness, and absolutely berate themselves for being “bad.” Then, they allow that one fleeting moment to absolutely derail any success they've had by making additional bad decisions because “it’s too late at this point.”
I’m going to teach you a little trick today to instantly stop this behavior and allow you to continue down your path towards a leveled up life.

It’s called the “Get the **** over it” rule, and it’s sweeping the nation.
Get the **** over it

If you are working to improve your life, you WILL hit speed bumps along the way.

We are all works in progress, which means that we will all make mistakes. Want to know the path to progress? Setting priorities, learning from our failures, and taking action…not self-sabotage, guilt-trips, and getting down on ourselves.

So let’s put the “get the **** over it” plan into action! Let’s take a look at those previous examples:

•“I’m an idiot. I ate like total crap today.” Get the **** over it! Eat f***ing phenomenally tomorrow. Deal? Deal.

•“Why am I so lazy? Why did I skip my workout this morning?” Get the **** over it! Go outside right now, run a mile and then do 30 push ups. Like, right now.

•“I have no willpower, because I couldn't stop myself from eating those M&M’s.” Get **** over it! Throw the M&M’s away so you’re not tempted anymore, and move on.

Here’s the truth: One bad meal, one missed workout, or one day of overeating cannot undo weeks of hard work. It’s physically impossible – your stomach would explode before you got to that point. However, that one bad meal or one missed workout can mentally undo weeks of hard work, if you LET IT.

When you eat poorly for a day or two (probably loading up with carbs and sodium), you can step on the scale MUCH heavier than before…but it’s temporary. You might see a number on that scale that can absolutely demolish you if you let it. However, if follow up that one meal with a few days of clean eating, you can get right back on track.

It isn’t this mistake that matters…It’s the next one.

When you skip one workout, the next workout quickly becomes the most important workout of your life. One missed day becomes two days, which can become a week, which can VERY easily become a month. So never miss a workout two days in a row. No excuses. You have enough time – make it a priority.

Here’s another gem for the day…

Just fix it

I’m going to guess that you probably didn’t win the genetic lottery, which means you have to work hard to be healthy and look good.

You’re going to struggle with it. You’ll have days when all you can think about is eating candy. You’ll have mornings where “poking my eyes out” would come before “any sort of exercise” on your list of preferred activities.

When you screw up, skip a workout, eat bad foods, or sleep in, it doesn't make you a bad person.

It makes you human.
Welcome to the club.
There’s like seven billion of us.

You’re going to have moments where you screw up or slow down. You’ll spend a week exercising properly and the scale doesn't move. And you’ll see other people effortlessly losing weight and talking about their success while you’re still struggling to lose that first five pounds. You have two options at this point:

1) Most people choose to complain very loudly: They’ll tell anybody that will listen how bad their genetics are. And how busy they are. And how eating healthy doesn't work for them. And how they just can’t seem to lose weight. Sure, it doesn't produce any results, but it makes them feel better about not being honest with themselves.

2) choose to do a few key things:
•Stop comparing yourselves to other people – you only see their results, without seeing their years of hard work and struggle.

•Stop complaining about how unfortunate your situation is, and understand that everybody is dealing with their own personal baggage. Play the hand you’re dealt, or in nerd terms…play the character you've rolled.

•Stop complaining about how you eat healthy and can’t seem to lose weight, and instead spend a few days actively figuring out if you really ARE eating healthy. Are you stuffing your face with “heart healthy whole grains,” sneaking M&M’s, and counting corn (a grain) as your only vegetable for the day? Be honest with yourself, listen to your body and find out what works best for you.

If you are not happy with how you look or feel, fix it. Do your research. Track your calories. Cook your own meals. Go to bed earlier and exercise more. Make small changes, but MAKE CHANGES.

The game of life is tough, amigo – nobody gets out alive.

So when you have a bad day, get over it. When you feel like complaining, instead, make changes.

The silver lining
Amidst the tough love, there is a silver lining to all of this.
You are an amazingly advanced piece of machinery.
Yes, you. You are capable of greatness. You can seriously become whatever you want if you’re willing to work for it.

What you did five minutes ago is done and cannot be changed. What you do five minutes from now, however, is completely up to you.

You are NOT your past.

You ARE your future.

Your destiny isn't set in stone, so feel free to create your own.

Stop berating yourself for mistakes. Stop playing the “woe is me” card. Stop comparing yourself to those around you.

Smile and be thankful that you woke up today!

Quietly and consistently work towards building a better you.

Stop worrying about where you've been and put your focus on where you’re going.
Go. Start. Now.


This really gave me the boost I needed, I sure hope it helps some of you too! emoticon

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    You're all very welcome! And I am so thankful that my friend sent this to me. This will be my new motto. "Get the **** over it, Susan!!!" So I wasn't perfect today, OH WELL! Move on!! Strive to have a better day tomorrow and everything will be alright!

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4TAI4REX4ME 3/6/2013 3:17PM

    emoticon Freakin' amazing! I totally posted a blog about my screw up, eating cupcakes and a brownie today, and I have my monthly "demon" which is keeping me sedentary due to cramps--so I cannot exercise. I am going to eat a salad tonight, after going to the park and walking the path with my hubby and our son. I am going to get the freak over what happened today, and get up in the am before the cramps hit hard, and get on the freaking elliptical. Hell, at least I'm doing 100 times better than this time last year and 1,000 times better than this time 2 years ago! I love this, and thanks so much for sharing this!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MARYJANE1312 3/6/2013 2:09PM

    This is awesome! And so true!

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LESLEYANNE11 3/6/2013 1:48PM

    emoticon Thanks so much for posting.It's great advice.I'm a strong woman and I can do it!. emoticon

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Welcome 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well a new year has officially begun. Many people are making new years resolutions and the number one resolution is weight loss. Well I'm not making that my resolution. It's shouldn't be a New Year's Resolution, it should be a New Life Resolution. I mean, let's face it, 99% of people's resolutions are null and void by April. But as of today, I am changing my life. I will not focus on weight loss this year. It has been proven that the harder I try to lose weight, the more I gain. I lost the most weight when I wasn't even really trying. I just didn't think about it. And guess what?? I lost 30 lbs!! Now that was a few years ago. I have, unfortunately, gained it back and a little more. I am going to get back to that mindset though. It's just depressing to always think about your weight. There are so many other great things happening in my life that I would rather think about, so that's what I'm gonna do. I am going to continue to workout more and eat healthy, but my life is not going to revolve around that. I am almost 30 years old and I want to have some fun and enjoy life. I spent most of my 20's wishing I was a thinner and that was all I could really think about. My 30's are going to be different. I would rather be slightly overweight and happy and be having fun than be skinny and miserable.

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MPETERSON2311 1/2/2013 3:21PM

    great outlook.

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well...I fell of the wagon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I didn't just fall, I hit the ground and rolled several times. But the only thing to do is get up, shake it off, and get back on again. I refuse to let myself give up again. I will start this ride all over again and learn from my mistakes. I am determined to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. This was my same goal 2 months ago and it should have been a breeze, but I didn't try hard enough and didn't take it seriously enough and now I've wasted 2 months. I should already be half way there. But I still believe this is a realistic goal, but it is gonna be tougher and I am going to have to be determined and diligent.

I will not fail! I will not fail! I will not fail!

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EMOJUNKS 10/15/2012 1:21PM

    emoticon I fell off the wagon this weekend. We almost have the same goal, I want to lose 10lbs then I'm finished with my weight loss journey. But, 10lbs seems so easy that I have slacked off a little. Now, I too will get back up, dust my hands and knees, and start over. We can do this.....

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BOBOBOBBI 10/14/2012 5:13PM

    Good Luck!!!

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How did that happen??

Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it did! I just don't know how. What am I talking about, you ask? Well I will tell you. I lost another pound last week. As I said, it's great that it happened. But I did't do anything. Literally. I was sedentary for about 70% of the week. There were a few days in there that I didn't even make it to 3000 steps! And my diet wasn't as good as other weeks. I ate Burger King, Krystal's, AND KFC all in one week! And still lost a pound! I fully expected to see an extra pound or two when I weighed this morning, but I didn't!

This usually happens for me. And this is where I usually totally screw up. See, at this very moment . I have 2 arguments going on in my head. The first one is: imagine what I would have lost if I had actually tried! I mean, it could have been 2 or 3 pounds! Then argument #2 comes up and says: But you lost a pound and didn't have to do any extra work! So why bother with trying extra hard when you're seeing results by not doing anything?

Usually, in the past, I have always listened to the latter argument. But that doesn't last long and before I know it I've gained another 10 pounds. So this time, I'm gonna follow the first one and see what happens. I'll just consider it a fluke, but a very good one! I'm not going to stop working hard, who knows, maybe next week it will be a 2 pound loss!

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DIBANANA 9/24/2012 11:24AM

  The body knows you have been good in the past several weeks and finally gave up the pound! You can do this. Don't listent to #2!

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