After making the decision to start weight watchers, I started to think about the tips and tools that would help with my journey.
I’ve made mistakes in the past where go out and buy all the fancy recipe books and cereal bars etc. and to be fair those recipe books remain unopened. I didn’t want to fall into that trap again and i’d hate for anyone to do the same. So i’m going to share my must-haves, the things I use daily or at least weekly.
Weight Watchers App
I use this app daily (look for the blue box with 2 x ‘W’ on top of each other in your app/play store). Here I log the foods I have eaten and keep an eye on how many points I have left for the day.
The search bar and the scan the item option are great when out and about if you want to know the points of something – in fact I did an online food shop recently and had this app open throughout. I really fancied some syrup sponge cake and custard and wanted to find the lowest point version/brand of this.
The app has so many other features too such as logging your weight weekly to see your weight loss (and sometimes gain, but that’s ok…it’s going to happen), an option to connect with other WW’s and lots of meal ideas. There are a few more features of the app too but theses are the ones that personally I find the most used.
I have had the most terrible habit all my life of not drinking enough. Not just water, but drinks in general. As a child I would get dehydrated a lot, and as an adult that still happens. I honestly just forget to drink.
I’m trying to make healthier choices and so forgetting to drink can’t be an option.
My lovely wife bought me a water bottle. Nothing fancy or over-priced, it cost £1.99. I have used water bottles in the past, filled them up and again, forgot to drink. The difference with this bottle is the straw spout. I don’t know what it is about drinking from a straw but I honestly drink so much more!
It’s my birthday soon and I have asked one of my sisters for another bottle, so I can keep one at work and carry the other around with me. The bottle I have chosen is a little pricey, and I wouldn’t get it if not for a gift, but I love that there are time reminders on the side, telling you how much you should drink each hour. I have chosen the teal 600ml bottle from hydrate m8 and i believe it costs £11.99.
Water is obviously the most healthy drink, and I am getting better at drinking this. My other go-to drinks are:
- Tea (milk no sugar if you’re offering?)
- Pepsi max (I love a fizzy drink but to be zero points it has to be sugar free – I don’t like the taste of diet coke, but love Pepsi max)
- Sugar free/no added sugar squash (again zero points).
We use 2 types of scales in our house. Just scales we already had and haven’t had to purchase anything fancy.
The first scale we use daily, and that’s a food weighing scale. Most of our foods don’t need weighing and that’s why I love weight watchers (because i’m too lazy to weigh everything). To be fair my wife does ALL the cooking (i’m spoilt I know) because I overcook everything for fear of undercooking. Apparently the wife does not enjoy chicken breasts that have been cooked for an hour and a half. She’s so fussy 🙂
The main foods we weigh are potatoes, rice and pasta. If we make an apple crumble then of course we weigh the flour, sugar and butter but other than that most of our food doesn’t need weighing.
The second type of scale we use is the weighing scale to measure our progress. We have a digital set of scales and you can use stones and pounds or kg’s depending on your preference. We prefer to weigh in stones and pounds and our scales also break down the pound even further, for example 100 st 8lbs and a quater. (100st 8.25lbs).
I know i’m lucky that I get to go through this journey with my wife. If there is the opportunity for you to join weight watchers along side a loved one or friend then I would highly recommend this. The moral support is incredible especially on those days where you just don’t want to make healthy choices, or us ladies have star week (we all want to eat more during or just before our period right?).
If you are doing this journey alone, the ‘connect’ part of the app would be great. You won’t feel alone and you can share tips and successes as well as non-successes.
Social Media & Search Engines
I have joined some weight watchers groups on Facebook and Instagram, to basically get inspiration from others. I find these groups, and google, so useful when looking for the point value of foods I hadn’t even thought about (just remember the points may not always be accurate so use your app to double check) and also for new meal ideas (so much cheaper than a recipe book, especially if you’re a fussy eater and would only enjoy a handful of recipe book meals).
As I don’t tend to do the cooking, I use the internet to research low point snacks, crisps, chocolate etc. We have a sweet tooth in this house and after our evening meal we love to pop on the TV with a brew and some chocolate. Look out for my low point blog coming soon – if someone can take the effort of researching away, then let them. I don’t see the point in reinventing the wheel. Use each other for support and knowledge … after all we have chosen this particular route for ease!
We don’t tend to exercise in our home. Like, ever. I would go as far as to say I hate exercising. I am lazy and I just don’t want to do it. I also don’t want to miss time with my family or wife. So, to combat this, we go swimming together. My 2 sisters and my wife. Once a week we head down to our local pool and swim for an hour. Well, I mainly chat but the plan is to swim. The only thing we are finding difficult is the cost. It’s £3.70 each which I feel is pretty pricey. There is an option to purchase a 9 swim ticket and get 10 swims (1 swim free) so we may do that but we are also going to look and see if there is a cheaper option.
Some leisure centre’s do £1 swimming at certain points in the day but because of work, swimming in the evening suits us best.
And so these are the main things I find useful on a weekly basis. If there is something different you do, i would love to hear from you. Sharing is caring as they say.
I look forward to catching up with you again on my next blog – low pointed snacks! Have a great week everyone and remember… we are not just dieting, we are changing our lifestyle. xxx