I know. This title is probably shocking to all of you. I’m saying farewell to Weight Watchers Freestyle? It’s true, and while part of me is a little sad about it, I’m not actually abandoning Weight Watchers, but just the current plan. Allow me to explain.
I love everything about Freestyle except one little detail: I’m not really losing weight! As an experiment, I took the season of Lent as an opportunity to step away from the scale and to focus on what I’m putting into my body more than the number on the scale. Healthy living is not always about the number, and I needed to regain sight of that. So for 47 days, I didn’t weigh myself. Instead, I focused on eating the right foods and staying on track. I had a few indulgences and a few days where I consumed a little bit more than I would have liked, but I tracked everything and in those 7 weeks I didn’t go over my weekly Smart Points allowance once. Not a single time! This means I stayed on track and balanced throughout the entire Lenten season. I was really proud of this, and I was certain the scale would reflect my almost 7 weeks of effort and focus. Then I stepped on the scale on Easter morning…
I had lost 2.7 lbs. In almost 7 weeks of being on plan on Weight Watchers Freestyle, I had not even lost 3 lbs. That averages out to less than half a pound every week. 😩
I know that on a weight loss journey that you want to have lasting results, slow and steady losses win the race, but this isn’t a slow loss. This is a slower than a snail’s pace loss. So, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up.
For the month of April, I am abandoning Weight Watchers Freestyle and am switching back to 2 plans ago and tracking Points Plus. When I hit goal the first time, I was able to lose almost 60 lbs in a year and a half using Points Plus. Mathematically, that 18 month period of time where I had ups and downs and weeks of overindulgence still averages out to more weight lost each week than my 7 perfect weeks on Freestyle.
One thing I know for sure is that I had a much easier time staying on track with the Points Plus plan because the Points were tracked in such a way that I could have a little indulgence every day and still remain within my daily Points Plus target. I had my treats down to a science, and there were plenty of options that ranged between 2-5 PP which allowed me to feel satisfied and not deprived. I credit my success of losing 57 lbs to the ability to enjoy a little something sweet every day.
Once Smart Points happened and they cracked down on sugar, my peaceful and successful Weight Watchers world was turned upside down. Suddenly every little treat that fit perfectly into my plan practically (and some even literally) doubled in points values under Smart Points. All of the sudden every trick I had used to stay on track and lose weight was no longer valid. This instantly made things harder. I understand the health benefits of buckling down on sugar intake, but for those of us with a sweet tooth, it comes at the cost of a few other things.
In order to find products that help satisfy our sweet tooth under Smart Points we not only have to pay a lot more in terms of actual dollars, because for whatever reason it’s okay to charge $6 for a pint of healthier ice cream and half that for a half gallon of healthier, but still using sugar ice cream. We also pay in terms of using artificial sweeteners a lot more than we should just to help us enjoy a little something sweet. While sugar is not good for you, I don’t think artificial sweeteners are any better.
Don’t get me wrong, after 2 years with Smart Points I had managed to get things working again and had lost about 10lbs. 10 lbs in 2 years is still rough given my losing 57lbs in less time than that with Points Plus, but still, it was something. However, since Freestyle, I’ve literally been going up and down the same 5 lbs since December. Something is just not working.
Yesterday was my first day on Points Plus, and I feel so great about it. I was able to enjoy a Reeses Egg for only 5 PP instead of 8 SP. I got to have a nice balance of healthy 0 PP produce while “paying” for some lean meats and enjoyed a sweet treat or two without tanking my entire day. I was instantly reminded why I was successful on Points Plus, and I can’t wait to see what my results are.
So here’s the plan:
For the month of April, I will be following the Points Plus plan using the iTrackBites app. My Points Plus target is 26 daily Points and 49 weeklies to mess with as I see fit (versus 23 sp daily and 35 weeklies). I will also be tracking what I eat in the Weight Watchers app under Smart Points and the Freestyle plan so I can see what being on track on Points Plus actually means for Smart Points. I’m one day in, and already the results are fascinating.
Points Plus: 26/26. Perfect day on plan.
WW Freestyle: 35/23. Over by 12 sp. 12!! For the exact same foods that kept me on track on PP. Interesting? I think so!
I’ll be keeping you up to date on my YouTube channel with daily vlogs, so head over there and subscribe so you can watch me on this experimental journey. My hypothesis is this: Weight Watchers Freestyle is an amazing plan to establish a lifelong healthy eating lifestyle, which is perfect for weight maintenance. However, in order to lose weight (at least for my body), I need Points Plus back in my life and I can’t lose on Freestyle. Will my hypothesis prove to be correct? Only time will tell.
How are you feeling about your results on Weight Watchers Freestyle?