14 July 2012

Things That I'm Rubbish At - Weight Watchers Review.

Weight Watchers sent me an enormous hamper while I was laid up recovering from a blood transfusion, after which I was supposed to re-build my strength with lots of food containing iron and get plenty of rest.  The last thing that would have been good for me or my health was to start dieting.  And I'm rubbish at it anyway.

For me, the answer to losing weight has always been exercise, plus for many years I have found it preferable to eat less dairy and wheat than most people do and avoid sugar where possible (turning a blind eye to its sky high content in wine).  But I've been rubbish at that lately as well.

Middle-Age spread has well and truly set in, together with post illness lethargy and lots of cake eating for the first time in my life.  It's rather a revelation - a joy even, but is undoubtedly responsible for my clothes shrinking.

I couldn't quite get to grips with the famous Points System that Weight Watchers use.  Call me old fashioned but I'd rather be counting calories (or not) than calculating points (or not!) - although they do it all for you on a mobile app and their enormously helpful, comprehensive and resourceful website.

They offer fabulous e-mail support and products, many of which are available in supermarkets, neatly among our usual brands. 


The hamper contents. 

Their biscuits are in sealed packets of two within the main sleeve and are smaller than you'd expect, but you get the psychological kick out of having them.  Same with the crisps.  The portion sizes are all smaller than normal - but therein lies the biggest lesson.  You can even find their freshly made sandwiches and wraps in shop fridges - significantly less fattening than those next to them. Didn't like the wine but will use the lemonade in Pimms if / when the Summer comes.  The curry and mediterranean sauces were OK if cooking individually, which, aside from omelettes, is a rare occurrence in this house, but they offer plenty of ideas and more practical recipes for family meals. 

It's not for me, yet they have two million members in the UK and their programme is very successful for many.  It's not their fault I haven't been inclined for one reason or another.  I could say the timing was off, but, let's face it, the truth is, to be honest, I was really rubbish at it.

Disclosure - Weight Watchers sent complementary samples of their products and I was signed up for free.  This was initiated by Liz Jarvis' New Year New Body.

24 comments:

  1. I admire your honesty in the face of a promotional freebee. And I wish you better. xxx

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  2. Thank you - and I know you've been doing really well with your quest to lose weight so that's very generous of you X

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  3. I'm crap at dieting too. Hence why I am quite elephantine now. Is elephantine a word by the way? I think it ought to be.

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    1. Darling you're pregnant with your millionth child - you're entitled - but you're not elephantine anyway and never will be. Hugs XX

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  4. I need to lose weight but I think I will stick to my own program; no sugar, cut down on wheat and carbs and exercise!

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    1. I think you look great - but they're all healthy options anyway X

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  5. I'm in the crap at dieting club too. I think it's probably about being a bit mindful about what goes in the gob - but that's as far as I've got with that particular revelation!

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  6. I think you're right - it's so easy just to shovel it all in while working in the kitchen / on the phone ....etc!

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  7. I'm rubbish at this too! A lot of the products are things I wouldn't eat anyway, or wouldn't enjoy. I'd rather have one full on, full fat, full sugar, proper doorstep cookie than two small, thin, cardboard cookies with all the fun taken out of them. Once again, loving your honesty. Polly

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    1. I completely agree and am going to adjust that post accordingly! I am so glad my consistent honesty pays off because I really can't be any other way and I do tire of constantly going against the grain! You have made me feel better, thank you X

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  8. How honest are you?! Well done. Sounds like you know what works for you and importantly when it works too. No point trying to focus on losing weight when you're not 100% - the last thing you need. Have you heard about the Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends diet? Would love to hear your take on that! Michelle x

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    1. Thank you. I'll look that up and let you know X

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  9. This made me LAUGH OUT LOUD (over my bagel with lashings of butter and marmite this morning). I actually quite like WW - I lost a lot of baby weight on the programme after having Z but I think you hit the nail on the head when you said about timing - you have to be in the zone for any diet to work and if you're head is just not there then it doesn't matter what you try. You look fab - you do not need to be on a diet anyway xx

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    1. Glad you had a good laugh at my expense! Seems to be what my blog is about. Glad it worked for you. And thank you for the compliment you gorgeous Babe yourself you X

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  10. It's good to read an honest review and not the fluffy "everything was amazing" ones that usually pop up in my reader! I've never been on a proper diet and never been inclined to do weight watchers. But I am on a bit of a keep fit/losing weight mission and am trying really hard to cut down. It isn't going very well, but at least I'm trying, lol.

    CJ x

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    1. Thank you. I honestly find that no wheat, dairy, sugar gives me so much more energy and to lose weight - swimming works wonders, but with a dodgy knee and blood count, I'm just hanging! XXX

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  11. I lost a lot of weight on WW back in 2010, but then they went and changed their points system and I got baffled and gave up. It has given me an insight into what works for me and what doesn't and so far I have managed to keep it off, give or take a few lbs. I agree with everyone else that its good to read an honest review x

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    1. Thank you for that - was just talking about you on Grenglish's blog! Nice to see you here. Glad it worked for you. Couldn't be bothered with the Points thing. It makes me feel better not being alone with that.

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  12. Nice to read a frank review ! Recover and get well before you worry about diets! Important to be well & happy inside, before worrying about what the world sees on the outside . Great read|!

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    1. I do like to be frank, thank you and you're absolutely right X

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  13. I really agree with you on less wheat and dairy. I've never made it on weight watchers either.
    I am on day 1 of the lemonade diet to get rid of 3 tums (mum tum and middle aged spread)
    Liska x

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  14. And I already know that you had a pain au chocolat today! Best of luck x

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