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12/14/14 7:21 A

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My sister did great on it-just be careful if you quit-the weight will come right back on!!!!!!

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11/9/14 9:56 A

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WWREFUGEE1942, I'm sorry this happened to your leader, what a shame. I have to say, most of the leaders I've had in WW have been overweight, so I'm not sure why this happened to her.

I personally can't imagine living on 1,000 calories per day and think that could be damaging to one's health and metabolism in the long run, but I'm no professional. I know for myself whenever I've gone on stringent calorie restriction, I've lost weight but gained it all back.

I have found that WW works, when you follow it to a 't", just like any other weight loss program.





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11/9/14 9:35 A

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Weight Watchers fired my favorite leader, Lori. She had lost 120# but started the inexorable climb back up because Weight Watchers does not work. You can defeat the points system. Sparkpeople saved me by getting me to count calories and I immediately stop gaining weight and started losing weight on Sparkpeople. I told Lori about Sparkpeople but I am afraid she has been so damaged by Weight Watchers that she will not find another way to lose weight. I liked her because she is a hard case, like me: short and morbidly obese.

The way they fired her was cruel. They didn't tell her until all of a sudden she was told not to come back after motivating us for almost ten years. Her weight was coming back and she was getting fact, that's true. But Weight Watchers was wrong to fire her. They should have analyzed the problem and realized that the point system does not work for all of us. Some of us are just too short, too old and too lazy to lose weight on the point system. We have to cut down more. Weight Watchers does not want to recognize the existence of the "hard" cases because they are afraid the anorexics will start dying if they cut down on their calories as much as us shorties have to.

I still go to Weight Watchers because I need the group support but I really feel badly that they had to get rid of Lori just because they didn't have the integrity to admit that some of us need special help and that we need to cut down on our calories more than others. My goal is to get my calories down to 1000 a day which is what they told us to do in the fifties. It is very hard to live on 1000 calories a day but it is harder when you get no support to do it.



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7/29/14 3:30 P

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This is why I follow the Simply Filling program; it's not the old program where you eat whatever you want; they want you to focus on whole foods (power foods) and not junk. :)



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7/29/14 3:10 P

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I did weight watchers years ago and it helped. I didn't like the meetings. I also don't like the idea of eating anything you want and just tracking calories. In other words - I would rather put an apple with peanut butter in my body rather than a weight watchers dessert with additives and such. I am currently doing the Project 10 Challenge. For every 10 pounds someone loses (or builds 10 pounds of lean muscle) we send 30 meals to kids in need - either fighting obesity or a kid who is underprivileged. That's what I love BEST about Project 10! If anyone would like to know more about Project 10 - you can message me or find me on facebook. Kim Tinsley Carver. Let me know you are from this site when you send a friend request.

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7/25/14 11:33 A

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My mom and I had to quit because of financial reasons. We are back to using only Spark People. It is good though and I highly recommend it.

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

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

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7/24/14 10:31 A

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I'm doing the Simply Filling plan, find it to be the healthiest and best, especially for a vegan like myself. The scale is finally moving again!



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6/26/14 7:32 A

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Tried it years ago, didn't like the meetings.



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6/18/14 11:04 A

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I currently do WW and am a meetings memeber. I did really great and then last year some things happened and I didn't follow the plan like I should have and gained some back. I have to say it is THE BEST plan I have ever done and I feel like it's a realistic plan and it really can (and should be) a lifestyle rather than a diet. The support and ideas you get going to meetings is priceless to me, I would recommend it to anyone!



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6/10/14 12:48 A

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6/2/14 11:00 A

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My sister did, she did great until she went off of it!!!! It does take alot of will power on any diet. She looked great but no will power.

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5/22/14 4:06 A

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5/5/14 3:54 P

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I used WW briefly and lost about 10lbs, I really enjoyed the program but I just can't afford to do it.



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4/25/14 9:34 A

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Me, too.. Can't afford the cost of WW program right now and did "OK" on the original plan from years ago, the past 2 yrs. Need to refocus however and try to stick closer to the point limitations.

Real success, is measured by all the effort put forth for the past year/months, to try to reach our goal. Making it to our goal, is just a random number we chose when we started this venture.. How we got there, all which we did, & continue to strive for,is truly, the "Success."


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4/25/14 9:33 A

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Hi,

I have been doing the old POINTS program, before the flex and points plus. A friend gave me the points guide. It took a longgggg time to get down the weight, but it did come off, and it was my first time trying. I did well to drop 54 lbs in a year (slow for sure) and gained 9 lbs back now, which is the 2nd year, however overall, I'm OK with that as in the winter, we eat more and move less. I have thought about going to meetings and updating the program from what I'm doing, however I am not working and their meetings are very expensive. Friends have gone and quit, feeling they didnt' get too much out of it and have done it on their own. However, I had a friend monitoring me and when she stopped after i was going along ok, it seems thats when I put some of teh 9 lbs on, of course I'm italian and although I watch what I eat, I'm hooked on "goodies," more than I should. Would like to work with others here on trying to get us back on track to some extent.

Real success, is measured by all the effort put forth for the past year/months, to try to reach our goal. Making it to our goal, is just a random number we chose when we started this venture.. How we got there, all which we did, & continue to strive for,is truly, the "Success."


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2/3/14 10:44 P

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I'm using Weight Watchers and it I find it is easier than Spark People. It's also working better than Spark People. I do it completely online.

I have lost 10 lbs in four weeks. With Spark I would lose 1 pound, in four weeks and that is being generous.

I don't like the message boards. I like SP for message boards.

Best $50 that was ever spent

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

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1/19/14 6:44 P

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I'm currently doing Weight Watchers now and have had more success with it than any thing else. I've managed to lose 15 pounds in three weeks.

"You were born to be real, not perfect"


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1/16/14 3:33 P

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I was on it back in 99-2000 and lost 100 lbs. I believe it was when they introduced the points system. I loved it, it really helped me. I gained it all back unfortunately. I think it was called "Winning Points" I did it a few years later, before it was called Points Plus and had success with it again. It really is a great program. I keep thinking about joining again, but cost is a factor.



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1/12/14 8:34 P

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I have done Weight Watchers before, and it was great. I lost 20 lbs on WW back in 2008, but over the years I've gained some weight back. I'm just using SparkPeople this time because I have new motivations and a good support network, so I don't feel I need WW right now. I think it's great for those who are looking for people to support them in choosing a healthier lifestyle.

Don't quit!

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1/12/14 5:40 P

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I do WW and for me I have to attend the meetings. You get great idea, motivation and support. I have the active link Brittany is speaking of it MAKES me aware of whether I am moving or a couch potato. If I haven't met my goal I get up and move. I am an active member but didn't go for 3 months. I gained 12 pounds. However, over the years I have kept off 57 lbs.
According to my doctor its the best diet out there. I also saw that on Good Morning America this past week.

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if you log on to http://www.dwlz.com she has all that information listed on her message boards in the ww old programs. hope that helps.

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8/27/13 4:35 P

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Hi, I am an old WW member and I lost my weight back when we banked points - the program prior to the Flex Points plan. I would like to go back to using the Momentum plan but I have forgotten how to figure my daily target points. Does anyone have that formula?

Thanks a bunch.

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8/19/13 10:12 A

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Watch the sodium in watch watchers..



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8/18/13 1:28 A

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I would be glad to help you with that! I am also starting to do the old WW plan I was on several years ago and could use a buddy too to help me stay on track. We could help each other, if you still need someone?



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5/24/13 2:32 A

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Yes and it helped me lose 83 pounds. Once I quit, I gained 30 back.



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3/13/13 7:29 P

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I doing instanity after work and walking during my 15 minute breaks at work.

In regards to eating, I try to eat almost all of my lunches and dinners on top of luttuce or another cruciferous veggie (cabbage, spinach, kale, etc). It makes my portion bigger without adding any points and I don't have to use salad dressing which saves on points also. You just mix the lettuce with the main dish and the lettuce takes on the delicoius flavors!

Good work joining WW!



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3/13/13 1:11 A

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I just signed up almost a week ago. I have been counting my points but feel like I am gaining already. I am on a tight budget. Any recommendations on foods that are cheap. Do you have to workout in order for this program to work. Stupid question...I know...but, thought I'd ask.

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3/9/13 12:50 A

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WW is awesome. People at meetings motivate you. You make friends. You can ask questions and learn from other people's questions. The point counting system is very healthy and easy to do. WW items are everywhere--even at certain restaurants. Each week they teach you a new skill for life. It is like AA, but for people that need help with their food issues. You laugh, learn, and struggle together. They also give you rewards and celebrate your success. Oh! And you can earn more points when you excersize. And they have this thing called an Active Link that you wear and it tracks all your movements and converts them into points! I could go on and on. You should totally join.



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3/5/13 2:07 P

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I recently joined WW again in January and am currently down 14 lbs. I did WW about 8 years ago and lost 45 lbs. but then went back to the old way of eating and gained it all back. I've tried doing it on my own and using the Sparks board but wasn't successful until I rejoined. I'm loving it! I do both the online and meeting to weigh in. It costs a little more BUT once I reach goal, I'll only have to weigh in once a month at a meeting and have free online WW tools! I highly recommend WW.

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2/26/13 2:55 P

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I've never done WW, but my friend did and had some success with it. I strongly considered joining a WW, as I feel it has more credibility and camaraderie than your popular diet programs... but there just weren't any meetings conveniently located to me, as I take public transit.
I think if you're going to pay for anything to lose weight, above the cost of a gym and healthy groceries, WW is the best way to go. It's a tried and true method, it makes sense, and it holds you accountable.

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I am not a member of WW, but I purchase smart ones, which are based off of WW. These taste great and will take the weight off.

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2/25/13 10:24 A

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I am also one that loves ww. I hadn't joined for a long time b/c I was afraid to "commit" to it. It is so much easier than I ever would have imagined! Everything is so black and white, but at the same time you still have flexibility to eat the foods that you love. I've been doing it since October and I've lost 20 pounds so far. I love SP, but I didn't have accountability to stick with it like I do with WW. So, I am also one of the people that takes advantage of the great resources of SP while still tracking and attending meetings through WW. It's great to have the best of both worlds. :) Like someone else mentioned, you will not be successful with ANY life change plan (don't say the ugly word diet) if you aren't willing to give it 100%.

I started a new ww team. Any of you already on the program might want to check it out. It is called Weight Watchers & Sparkpeople = Perfect Team.

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2/24/13 11:37 P

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Whenever I get "out of control", I join Weight Watchers. The meetings and the idea of being on a program help motivate me to take more responsibility for my eating habbits. Some people talk about how meeting with others once a week to weigh in provides them with a sense of accountability in eating right and staying active. This is true, but what really helps me is the support I feel in meeting with people who like me struggle with their food choices, want to be healthy and are actively seeking a healthy lifestyle. It can be hard to go it alone. Being a member weight watchers as well as sparkpeople makes me feel like I am actively taking control of my eating habbits. They both provide safe places to talk about something that can be a very sensitive issue. I feel comforted by having a network of people to celebrate victories with as well as recover from setbacks. Weight Watchers is not a quick fix, but a lifestyle change. The plan is easy to stick to and becomes second nature after awhile. I look up all my points online.



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Just had an idea. Are any of you interested in setting a weekly weigh in day, so that we can check in with each other--share our progress, and maybe new ideas that worked, or not, during that week? We seem to be a small enough group that I'm thinking it might just work! I know that I need to be accountable to someone and you guys seem to be the perfect people! I'm very flexible as to the day of the week, although I find that weighing in on Monday a.m. keeps me a little more aware over the weekend! Any ideas?



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It's been a couple of weeks since I posted on here, but I'm down 5#'s! I think that the basics that I learned in the original WW points system has really given me good guidelines as to what kind of foods are great "fillers" and also portion sizes. I'm glad to see so many of you that have been on WW know that what you learned and motivation to lose again are great starting points. I still feel that I need support from others, and cheering others on is one of those "feel good" things to do too--kind of like volunteering. It's a "win-win" situation. So, thanks to you all who have replied and Keep up the Good Work! I still need to learn more about using the SP pages tho. I just need to take the time to do it.



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1/29/13 7:30 A

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I'm doing WW online, and I'm actually having more success with the propoints system than I did on SP (but I love the SP community, so I'm doing both!). It all depends on you, though. For me, I hated tracking all the nutrients when I already know roughly how much protein/carbs/fat/fiber to get and how to get it. For others it's a necessary thing to have on the tracker, and WW doesn't provide that.

I don't do meetings, but I'm contemplating going to a few after hte wedding to keep up the weight loss.



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Did ww for about 3 months, only lost 7 pounds emoticon
My third attempt at sp. The hard part for me is logging calories. Im so busy sometimes and forget to open app. I have about 40lbs to lose. Wish me luck emoticon



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I'm an on and off repeat WWer. I started about 3 years ago right before I met my fiancÚ, and lost about 25 lbs in 3 months. After we started dating I stopped paying attention and gained it all back. While I like the program - I haven't had as much success since they changed the plan around. Part of it, I'm sure, is due to my level of dedication. I'm liking SP so far .... the change of pace and what I track has been a lot better for me so far. I also didn't like spending the money for it anymore - especially when I wasn't 100% dedicated!



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I went to Weight Watchers about 11 years ago and was successful in losing 45 lbs. in about 18 months. Well I have gained back those 45 lbs. and was thinking about going back, but I really don't want to spend the money when I know what I should be doing to lose weight (smaller portions!) and have decided to give Spark People a try. This seems like such a great community and if I really put my mind to it, hopefully I can take off this extra weight!



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Yes, I was on the old WW also and was very successful. I have heard numerous complaints about the new points plus, so I will be using my old books and doing it on my own. I need someone to keep me accountable tho, so I need some someone willing to help me along, and hopefully I can encourage others. I am new to this site, so anyone willing to help me out, I would love it!



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Yes, never made it to goal although I have paid for the program 5 times. If you can find a speaker that meets your needs and is supportive without judgement I would say go for it. Each meeting place is different. The first two renewals I found it to be great but the female that led the meetings changed and the meetings were never as positive after that. I have friends that do the plan online and no longer go to the meetings.
My mother is in a different state and likes the WW meetings there. I have seen many healthy changes in her.
No harm in trying, many insurance plans cover WW, which will take a bite out the payments. Just make sure you are joining an international WW and the private ones very rarely accept the discounts that you see advertised on tv and in the newspaper.



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I am a lifetime member because I need tons of support.

It's never over


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Hi, Gang! I am new to Sparkpeople after three years as a Weight Watcher. I found this forum by searching for WW - SP comparisons. Glad to know I am not alone. (congratulations to the brides, by the way!)

Like many of you, I ran into a wall with the Points Plus update after having lost 60 pounds. I had exceeded my original goal and was 5 pounds away from the recommended Lifetime Goal, and after a year of "maintaining", casual mental tracking, seeing auto-deductions from my credit card, and a slow gain of (only) 9pounds, I decided I needed to shake things up. I knew thatI would continue to take the short-cuts that had become habitual to me with WW, so here I am at the end of my first week as a "Sparker".

I like counting calories- the information is available on every label of packaged food and easy to find in the website for whole foods. I am enjoying the community. I love that I am not paying for something that I had stopped using. I haven't really lost any weight the first week, but I am an "as long as it takes" girl.

I had begun to suspect that WW had an agenda with the way the PLus Points were assigned, well-intentioned in terms of health, that didn't resonate in terms of weight - loss. Example - increasing points for alcohol, and incremental increases for multiple drinks.

I am excited to continue the self-esteem journey on a different road - and hope to be proudly reporting new losses as time goes by. I'll look forward to sharing this awesome experience of self-discovery with all of you.

If a man cannot keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Thoreau


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no. but have known those that did and were successful



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If your in a time crunch try 24 day challenge. www.nolafitchallenge.com takes you to the product page site. With order you will enter email and you will get challenge info, diet tips and recipes to help you reach your goals.

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I have been trying WW for a few months now and it's worked a little but I've only lost like 7 pounds. I feel like it's so hard to find the points for some stuff. Also, since fruits and veggies are "free" sometimes I think I was eating too many calories in fruit. I am getting really into sparkpeople now and am thinking of giving up my online WW subscription. I suppose it's worth a try because it works really well for some people.



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Hello everyone! I am currently a Weight Watcher online member. I have been on for 3 months and have lost 24 pounds. I really like it. I joined so that I could look my best for my December wedding. I heard of this site through my daughter and I really like it. I started using it for the exercise but I am very impressed with all of the tools that they have available and for FREE?? This is awesome!



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7/7/12 11:19 A

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I also think it's worth mentioning that there are free apps for your phone that allow you to track your WW points. The one I use is Weight Watchers Diary. You do not have access to the food points, of course, but it has a food calculator. So as long as you have the nutrition information, you input it once, and save it as a Favorite. There is also a section for Activity Points. It is clear & very user friendly. The man who created it I believe has a wife on WW. He makes it available for free, but there is a section where you can donate if you'd like.

I'm sure there are other free WW apps out there. I find it a little easier & quicker sometimes to use the WW Diary app than the SP, but it really depends on whatever I need during that time period to keep me excited & tracking.

A trip to the beach for my father's wedding is my new motivation. It will be great to be healthy and full of energy! Okay God, I'll look to you to help me with temptation. Happy Summer!


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7/2/12 10:10 A

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I did WW about 6 years ago and lost 17.2 pounds. I had great success with it, started at the beginning of September that year and was at my lowest by the end of January. I know I lost about 1-2 pounds a week (gained a little over the holidays), but overall it was a steady loss. I know I didn't follow the plans perfectly, but something clicked. By combining workouts with watching what I ate, that really helped.

I will say though, do your research first! I had bought the Food Companion and the Restaurant Guide months prior to starting, so I had a geberal idea of what I was doing. I re-joined for a couple months after the Points Plus plan came out, and got new books. VERY helpful!

I have a friend who has been doing WW a few months now (has lost weight), but she struggles with calculating her points still. Last week we went to Subway for lunch and she was hestitant to go because she was told that a 6" turkey sub would be like 15 points... so she'd always opt for places my McDonald's since she knew the point totals better. I advised her that most healthy subs from Subway would be less than 10, even with putting full fat mayo on it. She was also shocked to find WW items in the grocery store (which worried me, since I thought most people knew that stuff was available... Smart Ones?). I know she didn't do her research and probably still doesn't... but something is working if she's continuing to lose.

Howeverm I am here to help her with her journey and let her know that it takes time... but the time will be worth. And I agree, go to the meetings!! That was the only way I lost weight. Online is convenient, but going to a meeting keeps you accountable.

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6/26/12 4:59 P

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Started WW 1/1/08 at 233lbs, and had reached my goal weight by Oct that year (down 60lbs). I am a lifetime member, and found this web site b/c I was unable to make the new points plus program work for me. I started the old points program on Sunday, and by Monday evening I had lost 3lbs. I still go to meetings to keep my lifetime membership, and to hold me accountable. My highest weight was 289, and I am now 164. You have to find what works for you.

My issue is quantity, and the old points system gives me the restriction that I need by giving point value to fruit (which I still eat). Preparation is key; do not rely on frozen meals. I make all of my breakfasts on Sunday, and make my lunch every evening. And before I eat ANYTHING, I calculate how many points I will have left for the remainder of the day!

Because I know as soon as I allow myself a "treat", I will fall off of the wagon- so what I do is go out to dinner on Friday or Saturday, eat whatever I want and be done with it. That has worked for me for 4 years.

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3/26/12 2:29 A

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I tried weight watchers for about 4 months. Although I did see results, I found it difficult to follow because of my busy lifestyle. I was abusing my weekly points and snacking more than eating full meals. I also couldn't afford the meals after a time because they were so expensive. Even substituting lunches for smart ones on average for me and my fiancee added up to around $60 to higher for two weeks. That was just for one smart one at lunch! I really liked the plan, it just didn't work for me. I have a friend that has stayed on WW and she is close to loosing 100 lbs! It is working for her and I am hoping that SP will work for me. Spark people is a tailored program whereas WW gives you more freedom. With my personality I need this kind of structure. I wish you the best!



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3/25/12 7:09 P

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I used ww old points and lost almost 20lb. After buying the scales etc they changed to points plus and none of the old equipment is any use now! So I Joined sparkpeople and lost weight until I got pregnant... now baby is 6 weeks old and I wont pay for WW when I did as well on sparkpeople site

You can do what you want, but you should do it for yourself


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I have always had success with WW's and if I could afford it, I would be back in a minute. The whole principles behind the new 2012 are geared for success.

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