What is the deal with Weight Watchers? I swear I have read countless entries this week about Weight Watchers. Is it post-holiday diet time? Is the plan THAT good? Sounds like a cult to me.

Hey, I like cults. So I figured what better way to get these remaining pounds (5 now! Not 8! Cardiac Hill!) off. I signed up for WW Online on Sunday and was assigned 19 points per day. And then I realized a Chipotle burrito has 27 points. And then I quit.

The End.

Looks like it’s just me and the hill. Peace.

  • Irie

    March 13, 2007 at 9:04 am

    I work with a lady who also works for Weight Watchers. She has lost about 60 pounds and has kept it off for years. Another lady I work with lost all of her baby weight plus a few more very quickly. I thought about doing the online version because I’m just too damn lazy to make weekly meetings.

  • jonniker

    March 13, 2007 at 8:50 am

    It does work, is the annoying thing. I’ve done it off and on for years, but this is my first time on Flex Points vs. the Core Plan, where you can eat unlimited amounts of whatever you want, but with a somewhat limited amount of foods.

    I started up again about a month ago after trying to diet and exercise on my own, and I realized that I *like* structure, and I need someone to tell me when to stop eating, otherwise I lie to myself. I LIE, and I keep losing and gaining the same five pounds.

    Over the course of the past month, swear to God, I’ve lost nine pounds, and I feel better. I have *cough* almost twenty more to go (TWENTY OH HOLY SHIT), but it’s nice to see the little thing dip down from the all-time high weight.

    That’s AWESOME, Jonniker! And I hear ya on the structure part.

  • Kiki

    March 13, 2007 at 8:58 am

    I could stand to lose a couple of pounds, but I would rather cart a kid up a hill and eat what I want than be given a set amount of food points per day. Argh! Life is too short to live without cheese burgers, chocolate cake and occasional night of binge drinking.

    True dat. True dat.

  • Kimmer

    March 13, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I don’t like the small amount of booze they allow.

    2 points a jigger?! JIG THIS.

  • little miss mel

    March 13, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Ya, don’t think I could give up my corona intake.
    How many points for sucking on a lime?

    Walking up a hill near the OCEAN beats a diet plan anyday.

  • Jenifer

    March 13, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I’m on it because I don’t want to be a fat bride. B and I decided to get hitched in Vegas and he’s saving for the ring, which I’ll be getting around the end of fall. So, after the OFFICIAL proposal, we’re planning on getting hitched pretty quickly. I’ve picked out the dress and I want my booty to be stunning in it. I love Flex but I have a lot more points that you do Whoorl. That’s cause I’m a bodacious big girl who wants to be a petite dainty girl.

    Also, WW worked for me. I lost 40lbs and kept it off for four years. Recently, due to medical problems, that have been resolved, I gained part of it back. Now I’m ready for that excess weight to be donated to an anorexic supermodel.

  • Olivia

    March 13, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I started in January and have lost 15 lbs so far. It’s an easy plan to follow and it makes nutritional sense unlike other fad diets. I would not bother with the cost of it if I only had 5 lbs to lose, though. In my opinion, this plan is great for people with serious weight to lose (like me). All you have is an extra 5 lbs? I’m sure cardiac hill and cutting one extra beer, or cookie, or whatever will do the trick.

    That’s what I like to hear, Olivia. You’re right about the alcohol- I’d probably lose 10 if I cut it out completely. Alas, I only need to lose 5. Pour me a glass of vino, yo.

  • LVGurl

    March 13, 2007 at 10:22 am

    HA!! Right on! I’d choose a steep incline over a burrito, definitely.

  • mimsies

    March 13, 2007 at 10:22 am

    I went online once and found that the only way to build a Chipotle burrito UNDER 700 calories would be to nix the cheese, sour cream, guac, and meat. Pretty much all the good stuff. And who wants to eat a bowl of rice, beans, and salsa? Not I.

  • Annika

    March 13, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Can Sam and I come walk Cardiac Hill with you? I have TWENTY pounds to go (and that’s just to my target weight – I’m 35 over normal).

  • BeachMama

    March 13, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Years ago (15 I think) I lost 50lbs on WW. Kept it off for many years (12). J is three, figure that one out ;). I do love WW, but have to admit that I tried the Points thing once and it did nothing for me, I didn’t lose a pound. And I could justify anything into a point. The older program (where you weigh and measure and eat only so many bread, milk, veggies….) seemed to work best for me. Alas, Cardiac hill should do it for you pretty quickly.

  • kris

    March 13, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I am a Dub Dub Goddess. Not because I’m not, but because I’ve been on it through like seven iterations. Which isn’t hot.

    If you want any advice, hit me up offline, yo. And check out http://www.dwlz.com, the real goddess of Weight Watchers points stuff.

  • JennH

    March 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I would love to be disciplined enough to do weight watchers but there is just no way in hell. I enjoy food. So, like you, I’ve chosen the no excuses time to get my butt up and exercise instead of complaining about these 6 extra pounds method.

    Oh, speaking of, I should probably be enjoying the 65 degree weather outside instead of sitting here glued to the computer screen. Excuse me while I take my 150lb puppy out for a walk…

  • don't call me ma'am

    March 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    I don’t like diet plans. I just write down everything I eat– keep track of calories if I am uber-conscientious– and then make sure I exercise away more calories than I take in if I want to lose any weight. It’s worked very well when I want to lose and when I just want to maintain.

    I could NEVER say no to a Chipotle burrito. What I can do is only eat half. They fill me up anyway. Besides, then I can still have a margarita, and that’s the most important part anyway, right? Can I get an AMEN?

  • LVGurl

    March 13, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Oops, I mean… I’d choose a steep incline over GIVING UP a burrito. My bad.

    Any why is your site telling me to slow down? I WANT to post a comment every 15 seconds! I’ve been gettng cockblocked all day, until now…

  • nabbalicious

    March 13, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    I love Weight Watchers. It’s the only plan that lets me eat what I want. *cue swirly zombie eyes* Weight Watchers is the bessst. Join us, Whoorl. Join us!

    Yeah, the only thing I hate is that most of my favorite foods are practically double my daily points allowance. This has had the unsavory side effect of making me order bols at Chipotle. I’m not proud. Also, I know Darren told you your Whoorlgaritas are 30 points a pitcher. But that’s why we have flex points, right?

    I’ve been up and down, but a couple years ago, I lost about 25 pounds on it. I’ve gained about 10 back, and am trying to lose that, plus a few more. As of this morning, I’m down about 3!

  • Angella

    March 13, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    From a former “big girl”…it’s all about balance. Eat less, move more. Have the goods one day and be healthy the next. Two other tips to lose 5 lbs:

    1. Get the Stomach Flu (ha ha) or maybe go to Mexico again? ;)
    2. Don’t eat anything for a few hours before bed

    I still have wine, etc. and can maintain my weight…Cardiac Hill sounds like a good option too :)

  • rae

    March 13, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    I joined weight watchers through work a few weeks ago. I lost 20 pounds with exercise and keeping a food journal about 3 years ago. Then this past year I gained 10 of it back.

    I exercise a fair amount (and am working with a trainer now), so I know it’s my eating habits. They started a Weight Watchers group at work a few weeks ago, so I joined to try something new. I only have 19 points as well, which if I stick to my routine is fine, but any time I stray even I little I’m over my points. Tomorrow’s my third weigh in, so hopefully I’ve lost something!

  • Amanda

    March 13, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    You make me laugh. I too have debated WW, since so many seem to find success with it. But I guess I am still holding out hope for my plan of moderation to kick in. We’ll see.

  • Joining WW Again

    March 13, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Technically, Cardiac Hill will buy you a boatload of Activity Points under WW, which could earn you most of that Chipotle burrito.

    Also, I’ve sometimes combined the WW stuff with that French Woman Diet strategy of eating half of what is placed in front of you (for foods that are higher in calories, not salads). But, again, that requires restraint, of which I have none.

    So thanks for reminding me, I need to join WW again.

  • ali

    March 13, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    if i diet doesn’t include burritos…it’s totally not worth it…that’s what i always say :)

  • sizzle

    March 13, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    ww is like aa- it works if you work it.

  • Darren McLikeshimself

    March 14, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Now, wait. I’ve made so many visits to Chipotle that my body is 63% burrito, and if I can count points, anybody can count points.

  • Rachel

    March 14, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Dude – totally a cult. Of course, I am uber-wary of anything that seems too structured. I went for a while as a support to my MIL, but over the course of twelve weeks or something I lost exactly 2 pounds and became obsessed with what I was eating or not eating. Since I was um, bulimic in high school that was not a good thing for me so I quit going, got off the scale and now I only worry about how my clothes fit and if I did any kind of activity today.

    Won’t be long now before Anders is moving around and you’ll be chasing him. Jillian is already waving her arms and legs around like she wants to crawl so I just feed her a Snickers bar and a can of Coke and let her drag me around.

  • erika

    March 14, 2007 at 10:45 am

    you’ve been tagged yo!

    hey thanks! it looked familiar to me and yep, i already did it. here are my answers, though. :)

    Seven Things

  • Bokker

    March 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I spent my WW days completely smashed. The reason? One shot of Smirnoff vodka is only half a point. In my points-obsessed brain, all notions of event-appropriate (eg quiet night in the pub) drinking went out of the window. ie “Hey, why have one glass of wine (2pts) when I can have four vodkas?” It works though. But it drains your soul.

  • OMSH

    March 14, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I am a WW quitter too.
    Let’s make shirts.

  • lini

    March 14, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Is it odd that I have lbs to lose, but eat chocoalte chip brownies while I read this?

  • angela

    March 14, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    27 points?? Say it isn’t so!

  • jege

    March 16, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Read “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Trust me.