I can’t remember when I first signed up for My Fitness Pal. It’s been months – maybe even a year. I had relatively decent success with it, but there were days I’d be too lazy to enter my food or exercise. I finally gave up on it.
Years ago I had fabulous success with Weight Watchers. Long before blogging was so popular. I never made my weight loss journey very public. One day, people just realized I was thinner. If they asked what I had done to achieve this weight, I’d answer honestly. Otherwise, I just didn’t say anything. I would sneak away on Mondays during the lunch hour and attend a Weight Watchers meeting. I lost weight relatively quickly (I had so much time and I really devoted a lot of time to focusing on food and fitness.) I don’t know why I found losing weight to be an embarrassment, and why I didn’t discuss it with friends or family.
Over the holidays I plateaued at a weight that I’m not comfortable with. My metabolism has certainly changed since my early days of Weight Watchers, and especially since I had a baby 3 years ago. Their system works for me – when I follow it.
Shortly after Christmas, but before New Year’s, I bit the bullet and paid for a 3-month subscription for the Weight Watchers e-tools. I think the fact that I paid for it helped me. I’m using the app. I’m sticking to it and tracking everything. I haven’t missed a day in almost 3 weeks that I’ve been using it.
I’m down 4 pounds.
When I did MFP, I was pretty good with it, but I slacked. I think it was the lack of paying for it. I was a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers for years – never had to pay for a meeting because I was always at or below goal. I want to be back at that point. I wasn’t super concerned with tracking for the longest time because the portion control had been engrained in my head for so long.
Somewhere along the line I slipped up.
The pros to the Weight Watchers e-Tools are:
Tracking at your fingertips
Calculating your activity points and displaying so you really know how many you have left.Tracking the flex points
Setting healthy goals (such as drinking enough water, eating a certain number of fruits/vegetables)
Set the app to remind you at certain times of the day to enter your food
Easy access to WW recipes
You still have to track what you’re eating.
You have to be honest with yourself – and with the app.
Don’t over-calculate your exercise. It doesn’t help you in the long run.
It does come at a cost – for me, it was just under $20 per month. (The special was a discounted rate for 3 months.)
I’m excited to see how this works a little longer-term for me. I have the eTools for 3 months, and I’ll see where I am at that point before deciding to cancel or continue.
Have you ever used an online/app program to help with weight loss? Which one(s) do you recommend?
**This is NOT a sponsored post. I paid for my subscription and all opinions are my own. I don’t even think Weight Watchers knows who I am.