New Year’s Weight Watchers Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions . . . whether they make you cringe or give you a burst of energy, the time for making New Year’s resolutions is here!

I have a friend who made a resolution this past year to start running and cut sugar from her life. Not only was she able to work hard, persevere, and succeed at both goals, but she reached the 1000-mile mark earlier this month.

Wow! What an inspiration. Now just how do I incorporate the kind of drive, gumption, and will power (or is it simply habits, routine, and positivity?) to make a new year’s resolution like this stick?

New Year's Weight Watchers Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping

With the new year just around the bend, have you been reflecting on the successes and challenges you’ve faced this past year? Resolutions kept and those fallen by the wayside? And what, for you and you alone, is a new year’s resolution worth keeping?

Perhaps you’ve already decided that this is the time to get serious about your health, with weight loss as your focus. If you’d like to join the Weight Watchers community to help you on your journey, save $10 when you use my referral link with Ebates here.

So many of us make New Year’s resolutions in a move toward better health. But that’s so vague; how do we keep momentum and drive when we just don’t feel like being healthy?

Here are some tried and true ideas to make and keep meaningful health goals in the New Year . . . or anytime!

Create New Habits and Routines

  • Change the way you speak about your food choices. “I’m not doing sugar right now” is much more empowering and positive than “I can’t have sugar.”
  • Create positive visual reminders of your goal. Find an inspiring quote and stick it on your mirror. Place a photo of a friend or celebrity who is pursuing health on the fridge.  Or you can even set out a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen table to remind you to grab a healthy snack. Anything personal to you that will positively support your healthy living goals!
  • Make tangible, measurable daily goals. Walking three times around the park after work, journaling one page before bed, making a healthy lunch for yourself every evening while preparing dinner. These things are easy to visualize yourself doing and plan, and thus are actually doable!

Stay Accountable with Friends

  • Tell your world through social media, email, or even starting a blog about your New Year’s resolutions.
  • Enlist a friend to call you weekly, run with you, swap homemade broth for homemade bread, or attend Weight Watchers meetings with you.
  • Buddy up to an acquaintance you know who has already succeeded in a similar goal. Ask them for specific advice about creating healthy habits, decreasing temptations, and streamlining healthy decisions.

Fun Ways to Celebrate your Resolutions’ Progress

  • Thermometer: check out this inspiring couple and their Dave Ramsey-signed debt thermometer that helped chart and celebrate progress toward paying off over $100,000!
  • Paper chain: cut out long rectangular pieces of paper from magazines, construction paper, or scrap paper. Link them together in a chain with tape and hang in a prominent place. The links could represent pounds to lose, miles to bike, or anything unique to you. Then, each time a pound or mile is achieved, snip off a link!
  • Calendar: use colorful pens or stickers to mark off each day on the calendar you stick with a particular goal.
  • Healthy Treat: indulge in three squares of dark chocolate, a dandelion coffee, a homemade fruit smoothie, or another healthy treat food of choice each week you meet your goals!
  • Gratitude Journal: keep a notebook and pen propped against your coffee pot, in your purse, or on your car’s dashboard. Throughout your day, intentionally take note of all the good things in your life. You can celebrate specific goals met, encouragement from a friend, a delicious, healthy new dish you discovered, or even the ability to rise, take in the morning sunshine, and get out for a walk.

Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick with Weight Watchers

I’ve found Weight Watchers to really fit my criteria for staying true to healthy, positive changes. Measurable goals, clear guidelines for healthy weight loss, a supportive community, accountability, flexibility with the new Freestyle program . . . the list goes on.

Whatever your personal goals this coming year, I encourage you to take action, make them bonafide New Year’s resolutions, and go for it!

Weight Watchers Freestyle Program

Happy (almost) 2018, my Weight Watchers friends! New changes are coming as I mentioned in my former blog post: the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, promised to be simpler, more beneficial, and more true to life. So what’s the Freestyle Program all about?

What is the New Weight Watchers Freestyle Program?

Freestyle is the latest incarnation of the Weight Watchers program, an ever-improving organization with nutrition and member success at its heart. Each participant is given a certain number of SmartPoints based on four factors (gender, age, height, and weight). Armed with these points, participants shop and plan their meals accordingly, budgeting their points for the day. In this way, members can expect to lose a healthy 1-2 pounds per week.

How is the Freestyle Program Different?

Here are some of Freestyle’s positive changes promoting choice, flexibility, and FREEdom (hence the Freestyle name!):

  • Expanded list of Zero Point foods
  • Many foods decreased in SmartPoints; none increased
  • Rollover Points
  • Participants’ daily points will be recalibrated and often lowered
  • Fresh encouragement and resources for getting active

Weight Watchers has kept their time-tested SmartPoints system, but now it is promised to be even easier to implement in everyday life, beginning with more Zero Point foods.

Over 200 Zero Points Foods in Weight Watchers Freestyle

All your favorite whole foods from the old list, now expanded to include a larger variety of healthy choices. And they may be foods you wouldn’t expect! Hello unlimited seafood, chicken, eggs, non-fat yogurt, beans, corn, fruits, veggies, and so much more. 

Foods on the Zero Points list form the foundation of lifelong healthy eating, so it makes sense that these get a free pass. We should all be making the shift toward choosing more vegetables, fish, chicken, and fruit, and no point counting is a terrific incentive.

Grilled salmon garnished with lemon juice and sea salt . . . an enormous egg and red bell pepper omelet . . . sautéed chicken breast with snap peas and curry . . . all these dishes and any others you create are available to you without needing to track any of them. So put away your scale and enjoy!

On the Freestyle program, the Zero Points Foods are truly free. You have the freedom to enjoy as many and as much as you like, with the goal of feeling happily satisfied.

Rollover Points for Flexibility in Your Week

Based on current nutritional science, the SmartPoints system assigns every food a value that makes it both easier and more meaningful than counting calories. With both sensible, steady weight loss as the goal and every food and drink still on the menu, it’s a win-win.

Now enter even more flexibility into the SmartPoints system with Rollover Points.

When it comes to eating, most of us have a day-to-day routine that gets happily interrupted with dates, girls’ nights out, weekend barbeques, Sunday potlucks . . . and the list goes on!

But not to fear – Rollovers give you the flexibility to use fewer SmartPoints one day and roll over up to four into your weekly budget for a day when you need them.   

So if your Daily SmartPoints Budget is 28 and you only use 24 on a particular day, you’ll be notified that evening that you have four extra SmartPoints (the maximum allotted) added to your weekly budget. Hooray! This gives you the reigns to eat leaner one day and relax a bit the next, all with the same goals and same fantastic weight loss record shared by Weight Watchers participants.

And really, this mentality best reflects real life, doesn’t it? You’ll still lose weight and have added peace of mind, much thanks to Rollover Points.

On weigh-in days, SmartPoints are reset, so it’s important to remember that rollovers last for one week only. And if you’d prefer your Weekly Bank not reflect SmartPoints rollovers, you can simply opt out in Settings.

Freestyle Activity and Physical Fitness

We all probably know that healthy eating coupled with physical activity is a winning combination to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight thereafter.

But how to start exercising? How to choose activity that really makes a difference in my weight goals and a routine that fits with my lifestyle?

If you’re not already hitting the gym or climbing mountains on the weekend, there are new resources when joining Weight Watchers that will help get you motivated to begin a routine that works for you. After all, finding meaningful, enjoyable activity and incorporating it successfully into your lifestyle is how healthy habits are formed.

And if you’re already movin’ and shakin’, Weight Watchers Freestyle will further assist you in setting measurable goals and discover new challenges to keep you motivated and making progress.

It sounds like, despite the challenges of working with fewer daily SmartPoints, overall the Weight Watchers Freestyle is full of positive change. Let’s embrace it! 

How to Get Started with the Freestyle Program

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Weight Watchers 2018 Program Changes and Review

Since it was founded in 1963, Weight Watchers has grown to be an internationally heralded weight loss solution. The program continues to be enhanced and revamped to include the most up to date nutrition research. Following are a few of the Weight Watchers 2018 program changes I’ve been able to discover so far, and a review of some of the improvements. Obviously, Weight Watchers is going to keep specifics under wraps until the big buy season, which happens right after Christmas.

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Weight Watchers 2018 Program Changes

Freestyle Program

SmartPoints are here to stay! The good news is that many foods have gone down in SmartPoints value and no foods have gone up in SmartPoints. That should bring joy to many of us who find the SmartPoints system hard to follow.

New Freestyle Zero Point Foods

Wanna know what the new zero SmartPoints foods are? Here you go!

  • Fish and shellfish
  • Skinless chicken  and turkey breast
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Non-fat plain yogurt (yay!)
  • Tofu
  • Peas, beans, lentils, and corn

Of course, veggies and fruit are still zero points (except potatoes, avocados, and olives). That should help many of us stay on track now!

SmartPoint Rollovers

You also get “rollovers now”. Rollovers allow you to have 4 SmartPoints that aren’t used in one day rolled over into your bank of weeklies. That means on those days where you don’t use them, you don’t lose them. On days where you need them the most, you get to have them. Also a great change!

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Less Daily SmartPoints

Here’s the kicker. With the new Freestyle program, the number of daily SmartPoints you get has decreased. I went from 37 to 28 SmartPoints!!!  Ugh. I suppose that forces me to eat more the zero point foods, which is probably the point.  I will embrace the change and let you know how it fares down the line.

Home Delivery

One of the biggest things that might be coming in 2018 is home delivery of food! How awesome would that be? This may have something to do with Oprah’s involvement with Weight Watchers, and now everyone’s favorite lady might be coming out with a line of healthy frozen food versions of her own (like her cauliflower/mashed potato entree that’s supposed to be delish).

Weight Watchers has filed a patent application for a “smart portions” delivery service. It might look something like what they have going on with Chef’d. The company has partnered with Weight Watchers to produce a meal plan that’s custom tailored to the program and that they approve. I’m really looking forward to learning more about this one, and to me it would be one of my favorite Weight Watchers 2018 program changes.

Food Calculations

I’ve always appreciated the fact that the brand has always been able to take complicated nutrition information and turn it into a simple number using their innovative algorithm. In the past, the plan’s algorithm was centered on broad categories that included calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Now, using their new formula, Weight Watchers looks at the kind of fat in a specified food, for example, with saturated fats being more heavily pointed. Also, sugar and carbohydrates are calculated separately. The good news is that there are no increases in point values for foods this year. Hooray! I already shared the bad news so if you skimmed this post…go back up!

Minor Tweaks and Improved Special Offers

Other than that, they’ll make minor tweaks and improve the current offers, but with the rise in subscribers and the loss of 40 pounds by Oprah, I don’t expect to see many changes to the SmartPoints program. It seems like everything Oprah associates herself with turns to gold, and she’s definitely added a boost the Weight Watchers brand. Nobody’s really expecting too many Weight Watcher 2018 changes because the program’s great where it currently stands.

Same Attractive Promotion

Weight Watcher’s will continue their “join free promotion” (lose 10 lbs. and your first two months are on us).  After all, when you come up with a promotion that works, why not stick to it? Talk about incentive! Besides ending up with the first two months for free, you’ll feel motivated to stick to the program for the long term because you’ll have proof positive that it works – the 10 pounds you lost.

I hope you’ve found these Weight Watchers 2018 program changes helpful. I’m a firm believer in the plan, and if you haven’t tried it yet, join and get ready to see real results. Click here to get the best deal.

Weight Watchers 2018 Program Changes