24 Weeks! That’s a whole lotta shrinking!

Morning everyone 🙂

Week 24 weigh just completed, and I’m pleased to report that the shrinking continues with a further 1lb off.  I know I’ve talked a lot about the struggle to accept that losing something as seemingly insignificant as a pound is a good thing, but I think I’m actually pretty much there.  To be honest, as long as the scales are moving in the right direction over time, then I’m happy, and can just get on with life.

It’s the second week on the all-new Weight Watchers ProPoints programme, and it’s been hard work, but I lost weight again, so it’s clearly working.  I spent an interesting hour in the supermarket earlier in the week as it felt like I was starting from scratch.  Over the past months I’ve educated myself pretty well over the sort of food choices I should be making, and have tried to make sure that I can estimate the points value of pretty much everything that I buy before I buy it.  I’ve also got into the habit of buying a fair few Weight Watchers branded products on each shopping trip, along with a few supermarket own-brand products that also have points values on them on most occasions as well.  This time everything was different.  I had absolutely no way of calculating the points values of an single item of food in the shop, and every product that had a ‘points’ total on it was incorrect as it showed the old points value rather than the new one.  The odd thing was, I found it quite a fun experience.  On the one hand, I was able to punish WW for mucking me about, by choosing not to buy any of their products.  On the other hand, because I had absolutely no guidance whatsoever, I was on my own, and ended up filling my trolley with mainly unprocessed, simple food.  This has to be a good thing, but I doubt it was what was in the minds of the WW people when they introduced the new system.

I can’t help thinking that WW have really shot themselves in the foot here.  In the absence of any sensible reason from them for the wholesale changes they’ve made, the general conclusion amongst the WW community seems to be this:

  • WW’s points system had become pretty much common currency amongst dieters.  They’d become part of the everyday fabric of life for many, many people
  • Large numbers of those people weren’t giving any money to WW to attend classes, or follow the system at home.  They were just using the WW principles to manage their lives and waistlines
  • Other food manufacturers were also using WW points values on their foodstuffs, which WW didn’t receive any money from, and which competed directly with WW own-branded goods

To address these issues in one fell swoop, WW chose to introduce a system that ensured that:

  • The system changed enough to ensure that people’s previous knowledge would become useless
  • The only way people could follow the system was to pay money regularly to WW
  • By replacing points with the trademarked term ProPoints, then they could either restrict or benefit from other manufacturers using their system

The bottom line of all of this is that they’ve decided to make life considerably harder for their existing, paying customers, so that they can make sure that the people who don’t pay them any money don’t benefit from their system.  In a short-term world I can see the logic of that.  In a long-term world, it looks to me to be insane.  It’s the common currency element that seems most bizarre to me here though – they’ve reached a point where their system had become part of the very fabric of everyday life for millions of people, and they’ve deliberately decided to sabotage that.  It’s as if Coke decided to stop supermarkets selling cola off the back of their hard work by changing the name of Coke – rearrange the following words into a well-known sentence – nose spite cutting to off your face your.  (The above is all speculation of course, but in the absence of any sensible explanation, I’m fairly happy with it.)

Anyway, I promise I won’t rant too much about this.  Well not too much more anyway 😉  The database is still a fairly rubbish equivalent of what was there a couple of weeks ago – still lots of their own products missing, still lots of supermarket products missing, and if anything, they’ve managed to make the searching less effective than it was before.  I’m their customer, and they’ve not treated me well.

I’m also 44 pounds lighter.  Did I mention that?  I really wasn’t sure whether I would lose, gain or sts this week, so I’m really pleased to drop a pound.  I’ve been pointing everything as well as I can, but with the database being as poor as it is, and with all of my previous knowledge being pretty much useless, unless I’ve had the time to manually calculate things it’s been a challenge.  Eating out has been a real lottery, so I’m pleased that I’ve done it relatively well.

I weighed in at 15st 2lb this morning (96.4kg in new money) so I’m getting closer to the wonders of being a 14st something man again – that will be really exciting, and I’m set on getting there before Christmas.  If only so I can get back up to 15st something over Christmas of course 🙂  One of the strangest things this week has been that I’ve started to think of myself as a fat-bloke again.  That might seem a little odd, but it’s very easy, as the weight comes off, to start to think of yourself as being thin.  I know in comparison to the 18st 4lb fat-bloke of 24 weeks ago I am thin, but in comparison to your average guy in the street, then I’m still a fat-bloke.  But I’m a normal fat-bloke.  I’m at the stage where most men will say to themselves “blimey – getting a bit porky – need to lose some weight”.  And you know what?  That feels pretty good!  I feel a lot more normal right now, and that’s a really pleasant feeling.

I know I have a long way to go, even though I still haven’t decided on my final destination 🙂  And that’s OK.  My current target is to get to 14st 9lb, which will mean that I’ve lost 20% of my starting weight – after that I’ll reset my target to 25% and we’ll see how it goes.  I do have a figure in mind as my end goal, but right now it seems so unrealistic that I’m not going to bother with it.  As I get closer to it, then I’ll reassess.  So those are the key targets right now – 3lb to become 14st something man again, and -7lb to reach my 20% target.

All of this will happen.

Have a good week.

The Shrinking Man

4 thoughts on “24 Weeks! That’s a whole lotta shrinking!”

  1. Hey, I was really interested in your comments. I have to say that I really agree with you. The hardest change for me has been that almost all chains (and some independant restaurants) had been geared to having one option that was low in saturated fat and low in calories so that Weight Watchers could choose that option when out.

    I’ve found the calculating annoying, and look like a right tool in the shops/cafes with over-turned sandwich in hand, plugging away at my blue Pro-Points calculator – a few security guards have given me dirty looks (I guess thinking that I’m attempting to steal trade secrets???).

    But I, too, have lost 23.5 pounds on Weight Watchers where simple diet and exercise wasn’t working.

    By the way, you and I are the same weight! I’m also aiming for the next stone bracket (14 stone, 13.5 lbs) for Christmas.

    Good work, mate, keep going.

  2. Hello,

    I have been reading your web site for a couple of weeks now and must say I am impressed. Well done with the weight lose and do keep it up.
    I started 9 weeks ago at an exact 19 stone. I am now down to 17 stone 8lb and falling. Hoping to be at 16 stone something for Christmas. Hopefully I will make it at my current weight lose of 2lb a week.
    My trigger to start was when my shirts started to pop open, my choice then was to buy new shirts or diet. I chose the latter 😉

    Regarding the new points system, like you and most others at my local meeting we all have to relearn these new rules and this is not so easy, especially having just got used to the old system in the first 7 weeks of the WW system. I guess you are paying your weekly or monthly fees and therefore if you attend a local meeting you can pick up a lot of information including a new point calculator. Now, this is not as easy to use as the old sheet as it is circular based and requires 3 readings and scale setting and would certainly make a shopping experience a good half day event! But is useful for selecting lunch from a shop.

    Again, like you and others, I have to agree that the new system is working and with a weight lose of between 2lb & 4lb a week I think that says it all. Having tried other diets like Atkins, the WW Pro points scheme does seems to go the distance and is and feels a much healthier way to go.

    Good luck and keep it up – it helps me!

    Dave

  3. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, and well done with the loss so far – it’s a great feeling when it starts to come off isn’t it? I know what you mean about shirts as well – I’ve gone from an 18 to a 16inch collar so far, and that’s a great feeling too.

    I’m paying monthly fees, but for the online tools rather than the classes, so I’ve not seen the calculator you’re referring to – it sounds like it would make shopping a little easier at times, so I’ll investigate.

    Thanks again.
    TSM.

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