Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. " ~ T. S. Eliot.

I want to adopt this as part of my mantra for the new year. Wishing you lots of love on this New Year’s Eve. This week got away from me, so video and proper post to come on Monday!

Happy Holidays–Part One

Happy Christmas Eve! Here’s my second annual holiday video (here is last year’s video!)

Part two will be next week where I will discuss the year that has passed, goals and looking ahead to 2011!! Next week I’ll also be blogging about my delicious dinner with Nicole and Meghan – along with an awesome recipe for Nicole’s butternut squash soup.

For my WW members, here’s where I will be/won’t be next week:

Saturday Dec 25 – Carrot Common is closed

Wednesday Dec 29 – Church of the Holy Trinity is closed
Thursday Dec 30
– Forest Hill Loblaws, meeting at 9:30
Friday Dec 31 – Church of the Redeemer, meeting at 9:00
Saturday Jan 1 – Carrot Common is closed

If you can’t make it to one of my meetings, check out the Weight Watchers site for other meetings that are open over the holidays.

I’m so excited to get away from the city and my busy busy schedule for a bit of a break. I’m also excited for all that is to come in 2011. Happy Christmas to those of you who are celebrating!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you soon!

Change is Good–My Thoughts on the New Weight Watchers PointsPlus Plan

On Monday I received this really fun email whilst having tea with a friend:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Remember That Time I used to Blog? Well, Here’s an...":

Is points plus the reason why you gained? Just curious, I'm wary to start the new program. Why fix what already works?

Great question Anonymous, thanks for asking.

I gained weight for a couple of reasons, none of which were related to PointsPlus. I gained weight because at the beginning of the year I lost a lot of weight; Even to the point of being unhealthy. I was not in a good place emotionally, and was dealing with my feelings by not eating. I had no choice but to gain some weight back, because I was not at an Ashley-friendly weight. After I got back to my Ashley-friendly weight, I was still coping with my new life, lack of consistent schedule and a whole lot of life change, which I found to be very challenging.

PointsPlus couldn’t have come at a better time for me!!

I learned about the new program at an all-staff meeting back in September along with my favourite Lindsays. SANY4570I was feeling really stuck with my weight and knew that while the Points system had worked for me in the past, something wasn’t clicking and I needed a change I had also found that my mentality towards food had changed a lot and the choices of things I was eating (vs. those I had eaten while I was losing weight back in 2006-2007) was very different.

When they rolled out the new program to us, I was actually squealing. Especially when they started talking about 0 PointsPlus values fruits and vegetables – this was a plan that was going to work for me. No longer was Weight Watchers looking solely at calories/fat/fibre as a means to make food choices, but now they were looking at total macronutrient content and conversion cost to determine PointsPlus values and recognizing that not all foods/Points are created equally.  Hallelujah! I immediately got on board with the new plan and after my initial learning curve (and a crazy couple of months) I have so far lost 4 lbs following the new plan and am absolutely loving it.

The new PointsPlus program is the biggest change that Weight Watchers has made in more than 13 years, when Points were first introduced. Members in the clinical trial, those involved in the research and the members in Europe (who have been following a similar program called ProPoints for awhile now) have had great success with this new plan and I have heard nothing but great things from other staff members anecdotally who have been following the new plan alongside me.

So anonymous, no, I didn’t gain weight as a result of the new plan; I have in fact had the opposite result.

And why change things?

Well, why not?

Are you still carrying around the same cell phone that you had 13 years ago, or using the same computer? Has your perspective of anything in the world changed in 13 years? My guess is yes, and I think the same principle applies here. Science has changed and evolved a lot over the last decade, and I’m really excited to be following and leading a plan that has grown and changed over time, and is based on the most up to date science available. Calorie counting is on its way out, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Yesterday I rolled out the new plan to 2 of my meetings, and am excited to do it 7 more times this week. This change has been an incredibly welcome one for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing the continued success of my members too!

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become” ~author unknown

Tell me about a time you were resistant to change, but it worked out for the better. AND Weight Watchers members – how do you feel about the new PointsPlus program?