Keep Calm and Smart Points On!

Finally the big day is here. I can reveal the top secret project that myself and several bloggers, social media gurus, and Weight Watchers lovers have been a part of. For the past three weeks, we have been testing out their new Smart Points program. Say hello to Smart Points!

As part of this special group, we received early access to the new program. I was not paid in anyway for my effort or time. We got to test out the Beta app and then we had full access to the new app and Smart Points as they work with the new Beyond the Scale program. Here’s what the new program brings you:

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So what does this mean? Here’s what it’s meant for me the last three weeks. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. The first week I was in sheer and utter FREAK OUT mode.

No really, I was. Lean proteins went down in points….win! Some of my favorite go to snacks went up in points (almost double)….say what? All I could think was “How could this be?” “What am I going to do?” I even thought, “There is no way I’m doing Smart Points.” So if YOU are thinking the same thing, take a deep breath. We’ve been exactly where you are right now.

After the first week on Smart Points, I came to terms with my go-to snacks jumping up in points. They did because quite honestly, they should have. Smart points is about getting you to make smart food choices. Giving you credit now where you deserve it for those good food choices and not giving you props for those unhealthy choices. If you’ve been good at finding ways to cheat the system, then yes you’re going to be in for a shock at some of the increase in points. Remember: this is about choosing the foods that are good for you and your body. Sure you can still enjoy the things that make us love the Weight Watchers program, but if your treat has doubled in points now you’ll really think about if that treat is worth it.

By week three, all was well with the world. I am pretty adjusted to the Smart Points change. I feel used to the increase in points and I’ve already found ways to trade out items that increased in points or I still enjoy them if I find them to be worth it. The good news is some of my staples like beer (Corona Light) stayed the same…winning! And my favorite pumpkin english muffins only went up by a point. Thank goodness!

As for the scale, I’ve only weighed in once right now and I’m down 0.8 pounds. I’m in maintenance mode, so my goal each week is to maintain my weight. I was so afraid the scale would just start going up with the increase in points for most foods, but it hasn’t and that’s a good thing. For most people in our group, the scale is going down and they’re having great success too!

The Beyond the Scale program also incorporates fitness with an activity dashboard and FitPoints. So get up and get moving so you can earn those FitPoints and meet your goal! But remember, it’s not about eating your fit points away.

To get started, you’ll take a quick self-assessment and a plan will be designed for you. Weight Watchers is moving in the right direction to really tailor needs to a plan that will be effective for all.

So now it’s your turn! It took our group three weeks to try out Smart Points and give it a chance. I am a creature of habit and I don’t like change. Most of us are this way and if this describes you then you’re probably going to have a hard time with this new change and that’s okay.

But remember, change is good. So give Smart Points a chance…you’ll be glad you did!

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