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PT alone or PT & Weight Watchers ???????

I am trying to decide if I should join Weight Watchers. I have never done it before & know that it can really help. I have alot of knowledge about nutrition & portion size, but have been having problems being consistent with my healthy lifestyle changes. I know what to do...I just do it for a month & then fall off my plan again (repeating cycle). Has Weight Watchers helped for more consistant focus & results? I am very, very short on available time for meetings & $. Thank you!

Wed. Jan 2, 1:18pm

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I've done WW before and lost a lot of weight with the program (50lbs). But I can be quite anal and I get so involved with the counting each point and what do I do if I don't know how to count it and eventually I'd so something where I would eat way over my points for the day. If I had any sort of failure to be 'on program', I had a terrible time recovering from that if at all. So this time I chose to go on my own and I don't count anything, just try to eat healthier and watch my portion sizes. I find just writing down what I eat helps me to stay in line. Some days I eat a little more and some a little less, but I'm making steady progress. And if I blow it at one meal, well, how much I eat is not part of my 'rule' set. It has made it a lot easier to put it behind me.

I guess the point is, you have to know what kind of dieter you are. Some people thrive on structure and some people don't.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 2:35 PM

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Do you have a friend or relative you can go to the WW meetings with? Success keeps you going back, but when you hit the bumps in that road, it helps to have a partner in this.

Also, think about why you fall of the wagon after a month - are you losing weight for an event? Are you restricting your calories or treats too much? Do you hit a plateau? Are your expectations unrealistic for *you* (meaning that we all lose at different rates, so maybe 8 lbs a month works for some, but other struggle to lose even 3)? Have you given some thought to the underlying reasons why you gained the weight in the first place and made changes in those areas of your life?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 3:02 PM

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I like Weight Watchers

WW is working for me. I don't attend any meetings but did buy the at home kit on line- the kit has all the tools you'll ever need for about $125 - but the bright side is that it's a one time fee and you don't have to attend any meetings. Have you considered purchasing eTools offered on the WW site? Before purchasing the kit I did borrow booklets from my friends but it's nothing like your own. Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 8:33 PM

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PT & weight watchers!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 11:56 PM

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I did weight watchers last year with peertrainer but now that I know the weight watchers program, I don't need to pay anymore. My pt groups offer me all the support I need, but I'm glad I did ww because it taught me a lot and helped me jumpstart things. I do pt alone now, but I also do other things too, like fat smash.

Thursday, January 03, 2008, 9:51 AM

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O.P. here

Thank you very much for your input! I'm still trying to figure out what I should do. I know that there are underline issues to my weight gain. I really want to address those issues. How deep do I need to go? A journal? Weight Watchers? Therapy? I believe that I know why I went through a period of overeating...how can I lose this weight & try to really, really address the underline issues of the problem? What has helped all of you successful losers out there really address the weight gain problem?

Thursday, January 03, 2008, 3:13 PM

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If you need to feel those eyes judging you as you weigh in front of them, join WW. You will lose weight for sure...

Thursday, January 03, 2008, 8:19 PM

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PT & Weight Watchers!

Thursday, January 03, 2008, 8:26 PM

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I've lost 45 lbs on WW, although it's taken me 13 months to get there. Slow and steady weight. It teaches you to be more mindful of what you're eating, portion, etc. I really like WW.

Friday, January 04, 2008, 5:49 AM

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I'm doing both, and each are keeping me committed to the other.

Friday, January 04, 2008, 3:08 PM

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Weight Watcher No Personal Trainer

WW and going to the gym works for me (mainly doing cardio and toning); can't afford a PT - Just plain ole diet and exercise!

Friday, January 04, 2008, 8:06 PM

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I think the OP meant peertrainer, not personal trainer. Anyway, why not do both? I've done weight watchers in the past and it worked for me and when I got the hang of it, I stopped going because I didn't need to spend the money anymore. I find a lot more accountability in actually writing down what I eat and knowing people around me are doing the same thing, but no one actually sees my face and knows who I am. Weight watchers meetings didn't give me accountability, only a lot of embarrassment but I liked what I learned.

Friday, January 04, 2008, 9:29 PM

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I am going to do weight watchers without going to meetings or signing up. There are plenty of starter kits on Ebay usaully go for about 40-50 dollars. You can get recipes off of differant sites on the internet that include point values. I will let you know when I get my starter kit if it is worth it or not. Oh and there is a strong enough support system on here who needs meetings

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 1:53 PM

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Weight watchers in awesome. I tried so hard to lose just on peertrainer, and it really didn't work for me. I've been on WW for only 10 weeks and I've lost 17.4 pounds. I go to the meetings, I need the accountability. The online tools make it easy to find out point values and great recipes online. I highly recommend joining WW and go to the meetings religiously. You really learn how to eat correctly if you chose to follow the program like it's intended (some people eat soup and salad for weeks at a time and think they are "on the program"). The point of WW is to teach you how to eat, it's also a lot of support, just like peertrainer. I like peertrainer, but I never found the accountability I really needed.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 7:37 PM

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