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As I removed my trainers and stepped onto the scales this morning at my weekly weigh in I knew it would be a loss but I wasn’t expecting 4.5lbs loss, in fact at first I misheard my leader thinking she had said 1.5 lbs.

I have pointed every last bit of food entering my mouth over the last 7 days and I have run more than 20miles in my marathon training, half of which into a headwind.

And this week (unlike many others) all that hard work has been reflected in my weightloss.

Despite this fantastic result though I have decided today that I have had enough of Weightwatchers. I have cancelled my monthly subscription and am going to go it alone for a while.

It’s been a good spell, losing over 40lbs since about this time last year, but the past 3 months have been frustrating as I danced around with the same 2-3 lbs. I suppose I have just kinda lost belief in the programme.

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that Weightwatchers is a valuable tool for many women, and certain aspects of its programme make a lot of sense. Their healthy and filling system for example, measuring portion sizes and the concept of being more active. But for me, where I am with my training and weight right now I need something more.

My leader Georgina has been great, and has helped a number of the group to reach their goal weight. She works incredibly hard too, for what I gather is not a lot in terms of financial reward.

But my biggest bug bear is the amount of weightwatchers products popping up all over the place. I have noticed in the last few years that there is a disproportionate amount of product placement in their printed weekly advice and on the whole for what I like to call “non foods” or foods that are pretending to be food…all with the weightwatchers branding and all at a marked up price.

I plan to lose a further 40lbs in the next year and I intend on doing that through eating a balanced diet based on whole foods and good protein, and cutting out processed food as much as possible.

In addition to my marathon training I am also focussing on strength training and conditioning with a weekly circuits class and Kettlebell sessions.

I will continue to track what I am doing but via myfitnesspal a free web based service which has a handy app, and I am also trialling the Fitbug Orb, a snazzy bit of technology that measures activity levels, sleep quality and nutrition (via myfitnesspal)

I know that having a structure and being accountable in some way works for me in terms of weightloss and having fitness related goals on the horizon will keep me motivated.

So…it is with regret…but my green card is no longer required, and my twenty odd quid is going to go towards a gym and swim membership at the soon to open Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park

I am surprisingly excited about going it alone.

Anyone else stepped out of a programme like this to go it alone? Did it work out in the end?

  1. February 28, 2014

    Well done in the 40lb. I’ve never been to WW but I am a member of Weightlossresources an online weight loss support group. Most of my weight was lost through calorie counting and exercise logging, doing the balancing act, oh and a couple of Moonwalks and lots of walking. I stopped logging calories about 18 months ago and did well until I got made redundant again. A little bit has gone on since then through comfort eating but I know the best way to lose weight and be healthy (which is what it’s all about) is eating fresh food, portion control and exercise. WLR taught me that and it works. I avoid ‘diet foods’ like the plague because, when you look at them, they’re not very healthy, full of additives and often sugar too. I want to be healthy and the right weight for me by eating real food in a normal way. Good luck to you because I know the path you’ve chosen is the only one that really works long term.

  2. February 27, 2014

    Julie, living your blog… Love the post about ww when I worked for them the product placement of non foods was an issue for me too but as a leader I was able to coach my members within a framework that worked for them rather than what worked for company sales…. With my own weight I manage mostly to ignore the voices in my head but don’t always win and struggle when I set my own rules… You seem focused and determined in your approach and are applying all the tools and resources you need for your healthy diet in your fitness activity it’s just applying it to food instead.. Look forward to hearing how you get on ; )

  3. February 27, 2014

    Golly ladies, what button did WW press for you all? Maybe WW was a good tool, showing you all the route out of bad food, onto better things. I read this and was stunned. Maybe if we were all taught to love ourselves a bit more, and not think to try to be slim a bit less …. and I am just as guilty by the way, of the weight thing. I just can’t help thinking that we, as ladies, don’t love ourselves enough and don’t teach our daughters to love themselves as they are, we all strive to be something we are not. So strive to love yourself as you are, feed yourself good food, not overdoing it, and strive to teach other young ladies to love themselves. I just heard on Radio 4 a man who sells cosmetic surgery for a living – I was driving and I nearly crashed the car I was so mad at him.

  4. February 27, 2014

    Ww can be good tool. It is not as good, though, as just eating real food. For ww products, read chemical shitstorm! Try Zoe Zoe Harcombe. This is just about eating real foods. No nasties, no added sugars, just good, honest, real food. Not all calories are the same!

  5. February 27, 2014

    I was a fan of WW for a long time paying my £20 a month and spending even more on their branded goods but about 18 months I too said enough was enough, fed up of losing the same couple of pounds yo-yoing and packed it in. I carried on tracking with My Fitness Pal but it wasn’t until last summer after a visit to my doctors that I actually changed my eating habits. I was eating too many carbs for me and also too much processed food. I came back off hols mid August and started 5:2 and have lost nearly 2stone in that time, my running has improved both distance and time. I am continuing with 5:2 and intend losing another stone by the summer and hope to improve on my running too. Good luck with your WW free journey, but know you can do it.

  6. I did WW for a brief period as well, but decided I needed to figure out how to go it alone. I just don’t want to be in a program forever. Everything you have said sounds like a solid plan and if you are like me as long as you have the accountability you will still rock it.

  7. February 27, 2014

    I lost 80 pounds with WW. I maintained easily the first year, the second year brought finishing my PhD, a move to a new state, and a brand new job. I put on about 13 pounds, and going back to points was not working.

    I’ve started counting calories instead of counting points, and focused on my macronutrients (fats, carbs, proteins). I’m training for my first half-marathon, so I decided that I probably wasn’t losing with WW because I just wasn’t eating enough. I’m already down about 10 pounds, and confident that I’m fueling my body properly now!

    My feelings are that WW was great for me for my initial weight loss.But I’m not confident that it made me a healthy eater – I learned to eat foods that were low in points, but not necessarily to eat foods that were super healthy for me. I feel super confident grabbing the peanut butter now, because I need the fats and the proteins. Who cares if it would be 5 points for 2 tablespoons?

  8. February 26, 2014

    WW helped me lose 40 lbs over 4 years ago. I think I got burnt out or just outgrew it and eventually discovered running and lost a bit more. It wasn’t a linear process and I backslid along the way, but I know what I need to do when I get off track. WW is good for the basics, but expanding on that can be very exciting and rewarding. You can do it!

  9. Cheers to you for going alone! I think it’s brilliant to take the lessons you’ve learned from the program and integrate it into your everyday!

    • February 26, 2014

      That’s surely what it’s about. I feel after you have been on any program for about a year you should be able to implement the best bits of it yourself

  10. February 26, 2014

    I started my journey with Weight Watchers – after quitting smoking and putting on another couple of stone from replacing the fags with chocolate, beer, chips etc. I signed up on a whim and ended up losing nearly 2 stone. It was the thing that kickstarted my whole transformation from lazy slob to fitness freak (who still likes treats) and I’ve got a lot to thank it for.

    It taught me discipline, self control and flexibility within myself – but it also taught me to over obsess and get upset if I didn’t see what I wanted on the scales. I loved the group, the communal support and chats we had, and I *LOVED* it when I did lose weight, but after the first year of losing I basically maintained for a whole next year, up 1lb, down 2lb, up 3lb, down 1lb, sts, up 2lb, down .5lb. It was frustrating and I could never stick to my daily points as I was doing a lot of training and was always hungry.

    I gave it up and saw a nutritionist who taught me how to eat a balanced, fresh diet (I was eating next to no protein and masses of sugar previously – no wonder I wasn’t losing weight!) and I’ve never looked back.

    I think WW has its place as a great stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle but it’s not maintainable for me and I got far too obsessed with it. I think you’ve done the right thing – it’s worked up to a point but let’s see what you can do on your own.

    Good luck! (And sorry for the essay!) x

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