So if you actually read this blog, you might know that I used to be a Weight Watchers rat. I did (stress, did) like Weight Watchers. I was able to drop 26 pounds on them back in 2010. So why am I not a member or fan now?
- The monthly fee jumped up to $43 a month. It just seems like a lot. You think of all the members in the world and that is a whole lot of money. I wish I founded Weight Watchers. We're poor and I'm cheap so $43 a month is best spent on other things.
- I don't care what the experts say - this new plan does not work with my lifestyle. I joined back in February to drop about 10 pounds I regained and I tracked and I worked out and I was cautious with what I ate. The problem is, for whatever reason, I was hungry on the plan. I don't know why. I wasn't really that hungry on the old Points program. Something with Points Plus does not jive for me. In 8 weeks back on WW, I was only down just under 2 pounds. Not worth $88 in my mind.
- Call me a snob, but I didn't jive with the people at my meeting. Due to the kids' schedule and the husband's schedule, I was limited in which meeting I could attend. So I did - and the people were just of a different breed than me. I couldn't relate to their struggles. Like one time some lady was talking about how her husband surprised her with a cruise to the carribean and it was "soooo hard" to stay on track and she wished she had known so she could have planned for it. I feel like I win the lottery when my husband surprises me by bringing home a donut from Dunkin' Donuts whether I plan for it or not. I also didn't really like the leader. She went off once on how it's a myth that fruits are free points and they really aren't. No one gets to Weight Watchers from eating too much fruit - so telling us we're doomed if we eat 6 servings of fruit a day just makes me roll my eyes. I'm not paying to listen to this crap.
I went on My Fitness Pal and lost the last 8 pounds on my own. It was free. It was motivating. It was something different. There are a bunch of free weight loss tracking tools out there on the web and phone that pretty much give you Weight Watchers for free - Loseit.com is another one. SparkPeople.com is another.
So if you something about October and apples makes you want to get in shape - know that you can do it for cheap by skipping Weight Watchers. I did - and everything I say is perfect and accurate.