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11/23/14 7:23 P

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Yes, I agree...I didn't subscribe to the online WW... in that regard, I actually prefer and use Sparkpeople. emoticon I think SparkPeople is the best online fitness site! emoticon

Edited by: WARRIORGIRL121 at: 11/23/2014 (19:24)
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Love the ww experience but the online website is grossly overpriced.

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11/23/14 6:32 P

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I hear you, Judybug... I have to watch my fruit intake also. But I love WW... it helped me 20+ yrs ago learn how to eat for the first time and to keep that weight off for many years. Like I said, I got derailed by illness; however I love that WW teaches you how to eat real food you can buy in your local stores. I've loved many of their programs through the years with the exception of 2 earlier points plans but even then I still loved their balanced and practical approach to weight loss and fitness. I am enjoying this Points Plus program very much! Best success to you!

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11/23/14 3:44 P

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Love Weight Watchers...it's a lifestyle I can live with. I do have to be careful on zero point foods because I can overuse fruit, but it's the one program where the weight stays off. I lost more quickly and a larger amount on Atkins, but I was not a happy camper, plus I quickly put the weight back on. Any 'diet' works if you truly work the program, but it must be something that suits you personally.
And when you reach goal at WW you no longer pay anything as long as you don't go over 2 pounds up...and you only have to weigh once a month. I found the costs of the program to be less than I spent on drive thru food and drinks...I no longer drive thru anywhere, but I do eat out quite often just within points.

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11/23/14 12:31 A

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I've never used Weight Watchers!!! emoticon

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Hi, just joining in here... I just joined WW this November after scoping out the most recent program for a few weeks. I was on WW 20+ years ago - when it was food exchanges - and I really loved that old program because it taught me how to eat properly for a long time. My weight ballooned up again in the early 2000s ago after a long term illness.

Since I rejoined, I attended a few meetings and met with the leader for this program but then had to stop the meetings. Right now, I cannot afford online or continuing weekly meetings so I've got the program books and the Success Kit and I'm doing it in combination with Spark. I've lost around 5lbs in the last couple weeks. I could probably lose faster but I'm gradually cutting my portions back... I think it will help me to stick with it. Anyway, so far I like this points program much better than the 2 other times I tried points years ago.

I'd love to connect with anyone else who's currently following the points plus...I want to lose 55lbs and really get in fit shape! I'm trying to plan out strategies for myself (I tend to be an emotional overeater) and come up with new low point recipes and "replacement" recipes. :) Anyway, I wish everyone luck on their journeys! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: WARRIORGIRL121 at: 11/22/2014 (23:20)
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11/21/14 2:17 A

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11/21/14 1:19 A

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There are some foods I do not count in my SparkPeople calories like carrots, onions, celery and lettuce and some others. But Weight Watchers is just plain crazy to include potatoes and bananas in their "simply filling foods." This is where they go way off track. They will say that you should eat simply filling foods until you are "satisfied." But that is just another way to put you in the wrong if you eat too much. This is right where we started. I have to count calories which is one of the main reasons I like SparkPeople. In addition, I go to the Weight Watchers meetings for motivation and socializing.



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10/26/14 10:11 A

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I had joined WW in August of this year. I didn't like it at all and I cancelled my membership with them. It just wasn't for me. There is no need for me to keep wasting money for something that I'm not happy with. Best of luck to all of you that enjoy the program.

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10/26/14 9:57 A

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Sometimes, your heart isn't really "in it", no matter which plan you are on.....................another reason for so many different "Diets" out there in the first place. A person tags this one or that one, but would not be really happy on any of them. It's hard to stick to, no matter what is said over and over..........Real Life takes over...........

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I've found there is no such thing as "unlimited" foods, you have to monitor what you eat and if you don't your weight loss will be null or very very slow.

This is just my experience, not sure about anyone else.



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I joined online a few months ago. I was extremely disappointed. I kept thinking..why am I paying for THIS when Sparkspeople is so much better? Even if Sparkspeople charged it would still be better.

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I have lost a goodly amount of weight at least 7 times in my life, I'm almost 68 now. The longest I kept the weight off was for 9 years, BUT, that was when I was able to do 3 hrs. on an exercise bike every day!! And I mean EVERY day, birthdays, holidays, weekend, we had no kids living at home then, lived in a rural area where there wasn't much else to do, it was sort of a pastime or hobby. My husband also rides the bike. Once we moved, last year, and I help take care of our grandson, all that daily stuff went out the window, and I'm struggling now.

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There is so much involved in losing weight. You're right - did you keep it off? In my case, I can say mostly yes. Of the 85 lost with WW and paleo, I let 20 slip back on. That's why I went back.

I came here to SP to see if there were others and it appears there are.

You're right about calories. I hardly need to count them. I know them by heart! :) But I can't do it alone. The good news is that I do exercise. I don't have to add that. I need to learn to be "safe" at night and to keep protein/carbs/and calories all in check. I've got this. Glad to have found y'all.

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I am a former Weight Watchers member. I have been considering going back. I think the meetings and structure would be helpful to me.

Keep on moving....

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Gratitude--every day!

You cannot begin a new chapter until the last chapter is finished.

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For some people, point counting is a lot easier than memorizing calorie numbers. Those of us who don't mind counting calories have probably been counting them for years and years and we tend to eat the same things, so don't need to sit down with pad and paper, so to speak, any longer. The real "point" here, is, did you lose weight counting either calories or points? Whichever seems to work for you is the best way. Actually, I've had good results with any of those "counting " ways, especially Deal A Meal, but lost weight on WW and Diabetes plan also. The ISSUE is, once you lose all that darned weight, does it come back to you?? That is the "thing", the dirty secret about all of these plans, you will lose the weight, but regaining it seems to happen to 98 per cent of people, including those who have had bariactic surgery. There is MORE to losing weight and keeping it off than counting and crossing your fingers, etc. And no one really has put their finger on it. Millions of books have come out with promises, but the world is still full of extra weighted people.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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I rejoined recently too. I went to my first meeting yesterday. I lost a lot (85) and started gaining recently, so put the brakes on and back I went. I need the structure and meetings. I know me well enough to know that only online is not what works (for me; it works well for others!).

Thought I would check to see if there were other WW people out here. Looks like there are a few.

Someone mentioned WW blows. Everything blows from time to time, but we all do what we can to keep ourselves in check.

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Sounds to me like they are just hungry. Being hungry all the time does make people mean.

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I try not to use the flex points either. I typically will use up to 8 in a week. I exercise 9 points a day and never use those points! When I talked to the leader about not loosing the weight, she blamed me for not eating only the green triangle foods and said that I eat too much processed foods and yet, wanted me to eat their foods that are processed! I am sticking with the program for a while longer but I'm not sure how much longer as up coming in the next 72 days is Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. My next step is to take all this tracking to a doctor and see why I'm not loosing weight. emoticon



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I just recently re-joined Weight Watchers. I had quit after they changed the program to the Points Plus Program, and increased the daily points from 18 to 26, and the weekly points from 35 to 49. I was not losing weight on the new program. Since re-joining I have gained from .2 to .4 pounds a week, for 5 weeks! I asked the leader to decrease my daily points, and she said I HAD to eat 26 points a day. So I stopped counting fruit as a "free" food. And I cut way back on my flex points. And last week I finally lost .8 pound. I am not happy with the new program at all. I should be able to enjoy flex points, that is what differentiated Weight Watchers from other diets.



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I've now been on WW for a month and I have had nothing but bad things happen with it!!



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i can't connect it. it's just through phone and i can't add apps to my phone :(

What you eat in private will show up in public.
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emoticon Love Weight Watchers 'old' points!

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There's an app I'm using that works like WW. It's just a one time $4 fee (sometimes 1/2 price). It will calculate how many pts you can have, track, bar code scanner, does exercise points, and has an extra boost mode that will calculate points for fruits and veggies. It's called, Value Plus Diary Watchers. You should check it out!



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i love it. i wish i could do it for free.

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.)- David Viscott

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I'm leaving WW again...could not make many meetings and the cost was high so I switched to online. No support there and there are trolls on the boards! And, still pricey. Some great recipe ideas though. I find the Spark data base of foods extensive and the scanner very easy and accurate. I have a base of simply filling and will use it with Sparkpeople.



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I am thinking about joining WW. I don't know if I can afford it yet.



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Went back to Weight Watchers

One of you that has arrived. Could you please point the way to Perfection?

Eat what you like and if someone comments, eat them too

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I was glad for the time that I was at Weight Watchers. I was also glad for a food buddy that I have who was there listening to me and fussed at me when I gave Weight Watchers in my life. My food buddy had the courage to tell me to throw out a spaghetti dish when I modified it from a Weight Watchers recipe. I didn't think that I could afford to throw out food at the time.

I was glad for Weight Watchers and for the time that I was with them; they definitely helped me through some plateaus.

Sparkpeople has given me the confidence to keep the stamina and persistence.

185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
Joined weight watchers on 10/18/10 @ 188.0/after multiple 17 week passes took a break on 2/11/12
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This is one of the diet organizations that I haven't tried, however I'm giving it a try to reduce my insurance premium for next year. With my job if you do a serial of different thing to change your health it will help to reduce the cost. I'm only doing it for 3 months. I'm a total sparkie!

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I am in the process of switching everything to SP from WW. The main group on the WW message boards are not nice, and as a online only member that was disappointing. I did lose 45 pounds on WW, but I'm finding out that my diet isn't exactly balanced.

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the ability to scan food labels to track calories and or points is super helpful no matter whether you use Weight Watchers or Spark People



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I lost 70 pounds on the original points plan years ago. It was also with an at work meeting so we all kind of knew each other and it was really supportive.

I've tried it online a couple times and the support is intended to be through the message boards but there seems to always be a cliche of people on the WW boards that are horrible and incredibly mean spirited. They ridicule and put down any opinion that does adhere to the cliche. They flame any newbie that asks a "dumb" question. It's not just one or two but a massive group that will completely flame anyone posting something they don't think should be posted.

What's amazing is that I've tried it years apart and found this to be true every time. I read through some posts and am stunned at how incredibly rude an awful they are to other posters.

WW can't seem to clean up their boards and you can't really find any support b/c you are to wary of posting something that might catch the eye of the cliche.



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My mom ordered the slider and she could never figure it out. It just sat in a drawer unused. The computer points system was much easier.

We discontinued our WW membership for financial reasons and are now strictly using Spark People

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 7/24/2014 (13:55)
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I agree - the combination of WW and SP is the best! Lots of support and community here that the WW boards are lacking.

I follow the Simply Filling plan which works best for me, especially as a vegan. The scale is finally moving again! emoticon



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I like that veggies and fruits are now zero points.



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Sorry it had double posted.

Edited by: JWASH54 at: 7/21/2014 (08:34)
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The one thing I miss is the slider that the points system had where you could put in your calories, fat and fiber and it would tell you how many points you have. Now you have to go to the computer and use one of those calculators (if you don't own one) and that is time consuming. I always liked that little slider, it was handy and easy to use. Just thought I would throw my 2 cents worth in. I just joined WW again and have close to 50 pounds to lose.

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T EVER GIVE UP.


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I am a member of WW and SP and enjoy both. They are similar in that they offer a life style
as opposed to a diet, I find that I need the WW meetings for the inter action, I think I have the best of both programmes..

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@Kinga16404, you can do weight watchers completely online. That is what my mom and I do. The only close meeting is on a church night.

One of you that has arrived. Could you please point the way to Perfection?

Eat what you like and if someone comments, eat them too

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I still use the old books and recipes, still losing weight doing it the "old fashioned" way, because it's just a method of portion control. At least you don't cut out a whole selection of food. And, the Richard Simmon's Deal A Meal stuff also still works. Many can't afford the meetings or get to the meetings.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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In March 2012, a friend who has gone to ww on and off for years paid for me to join. I am so thankful. The accountability of the meetings helps me. But Spark People helps too. I get most of my recipes here, and do my talking here. I also read a lot here. Thank you!

My weight is day by day becoming more dependent upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.

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i did WW. i think it is a good thing.. of course if you eat 600 calories of fruit and regular food it won't work.... the free fruit and veggies are a tool, so you don't snack on the wrong thing.. You can't abuse it and expect it to work. the same with SP also.

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I want to go to the meetings but don't drive anymore. What is the cost now. I follow the points diet at home but I'm not getting anywhere.I can't exercise because I am in a power chair.



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My mom was told to join Weight Watchers by her doctor. So she gave me a gift membership because she wanted a buddy. I lost the first 20 pounds on Spark. I was kind of stuck. And was able to lose the last 20 on WW.

I like it a lot

One of you that has arrived. Could you please point the way to Perfection?

Eat what you like and if someone comments, eat them too

Please read my blog

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5/22/14 7:33 P

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Can't afford to go to the meetings anymore but do have the book and other info from when i joined so going to give it a try again.

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5/21/14 9:30 P

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WW ans Sp are very close in their out look I blend both since I like the meetings at WW the
inter action at the meetings are very helpful and a lot of fun...
I have to say though that the Leader is absolutely key to the success of the meetings...

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5/20/14 10:29 A

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won't pay for something I can do for free. emoticon

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5/20/14 10:25 A

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Rejoined this week, doing the points plus. So happy i found this group!

Quitters never win & winners never quit!


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JTUMBLEWEED64's Photo JTUMBLEWEED64 SparkPoints: (224)
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5/1/14 8:20 A

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I am a WW receptionist and have slipped. Am still just under my goal weight but have slipped from the weight I got down to. Emotional stress in my home has lead me away and I AM BACK! ! !



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9/10/13 7:39 P

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i have just rejoined WW again i need to lose 3 st i joined with my daughters who have lost 5lb and 4.5lb this week its a lot harder to loose weight at 55 but im going to give it my best shot, (again)



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8/25/13 9:15 A

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what is the difference between WW and WW plus?



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8/24/13 11:02 A

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I love it., much better. I am a lifetime member,I weighed this morning 169,!0 pds under goal weight in 2005.On.Sparkpeople , I love all the articles and different group and all the caring support you get on SP. emoticon


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8/24/13 6:26 A

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is the points plus very different to how it was before?



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8/20/13 6:29 P

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I just joined WW this past week and I'm really excited about it. I think it would be easy to 'overdo' fruit, so I will have to be mindful to eat vegetables more often. So far I'm one week in and down five pounds, so my opinion is very positive.



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8/20/13 1:22 P

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I stayed the same this week. I try to be careful with what I eat.



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8/20/13 10:56 A

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How do you manage to have a loss every week!!?



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