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#41
Minnesota
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My husband an I rejoined in August after quitting maybe 8 years ago? I love smartpoints and the new app


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#42
Minnesota
1,112 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Robjame- this is what has worked well for me . Always take the stairs. Also, try to have fruit as a snack before meals, and alternate drinks with water. And, always remember- just because it's on your plate, you don't have to finish it


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#43
Florida
1,118 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
Hi all,

I'm thinking of joining (rather rejoining) WW. I was in a few years back and lost 25lbs Got stuck in a rut and dropped out.

Now, not just for cruising but for health reasons, I need to take off some lbs and I thought I would return to WW.

I'm losing right now 5lbs but I'm thinking support is needed. Also, meeting are better for me. I tried online, that sucked for me.

Since they have a new program, I just wanted to get some feedback, thank you in advance.
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#44
New Castle, Delaware
852 Posts
Joined Jan 2014
I made lifetime several years ago then dropped out of the program. About 3 years ago I rejoined. The new program is great. You can eat so much food! I also think the meetings are of great value. They really keep you on track & you meet so many new friends.

As you may also know, WW is having a Rejuvenation at Sea cruise in May. It is for a week out of Miami. I'm thinking of it as an intervention. With all my cruises I really need the help to learn how best to manage on a cruise.
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#45
Minnesota
1,112 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Love the new program! DH and I rejoined back in August after several years away from it. We never seem to be hungry now, and it's been fairly easy to stay on program. And, love their app! I hit goal last week, so it'll be interesting to see how the cruise goes in two weeks, and how much I gain . I'm not counting points on the cruise, but I'm also not going to stuff myself on purpose


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#46
Florida
1,118 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
Originally posted by vacationlover_mn
Love the new program! DH and I rejoined back in August after several years away from it. We never seem to be hungry now, and it's been fairly easy to stay on program. And, love their app! I hit goal last week, so it'll be interesting to see how the cruise goes in two weeks, and how much I gain . I'm not counting points on the cruise, but I'm also not going to stuff myself on purpose


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your input. You make it sound sensible. I said if I'm not losing on my own by March 1, I'm joining. I'm watching my intake and exercising.

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer. I have a 5 day cruise coming up on Feb 20, so we will see how it goes. I'll remember to come back...
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#47
Staten Island
62 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by Crusin' from Fl
Hi all,

I'm thinking of joining (rather rejoining) WW. I was in a few years back and lost 25lbs Got stuck in a rut and dropped out.

Now, not just for cruising but for health reasons, I need to take off some lbs and I thought I would return to WW.

I'm losing right now 5lbs but I'm thinking support is needed. Also, meeting are better for me. I tried online, that sucked for me.

Since they have a new program, I just wanted to get some feedback, thank you in advance.
Hello

I am a lifetime member of WW at goal. I rejoined several times, but feel the new Smart Points program is better than the others even though I lost each time. I feel I am eating better and have more energy and less cravings. I am far from perfect and I need support. I go to meetings and I use the online tracker. The best part for me is their new Connect feature on the app. So much support. I have made friends all over the country inspiring and motivational.


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#48
Minnesota
1,112 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
I make lifetime next week. Yay! Even my recent cruise didn't end up setting me back . (I skipped one weigh in while on cruise, and skipped the one right after we came back). I love the smartpoint plan


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#49
Port Orange, FL
39 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Hello all....I joined WW in January and am Loving It!!! I have lot over 16 pounds, and 12 before I joined for a total of 28...woooot!!! I am cruising a short 4 nighter in May, 2017 and we are doing an Anniversary Cruise on Harmony in Oct, 2017 for a week. I am working hard to be at my goal by October cruise, and hoping the May trip does not set me back!!

This is my first time doing the WW Plan and it has been awesome. Looking forward to reading more pointers on how to survive the trip without collateral damage....Thanks!!
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#50
Edinboro,PA
2,700 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by vacationlover_mn
My husband an I rejoined in August after quitting maybe 8 years ago?
Me DW has been on WW (and it's changes) for years.
'Says she worries that I don'e eat enough.
However, she also says, " If it taste good, spit it out."

Food in the USA just tastes too good.
#51
Richmond,VA
1,674 Posts
Joined May 2010
I'm doing weight watchers. My cruise is June 4. Determined to stay on track as best as I can throughout the cruise. If anyone has any tips that would help please share.

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#52
Minnesota
1,112 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
DH and I did the following and we're pretty successful: weigh yourself every day, track your pts every day, go to meetings every week (at least until you hit lifetime), and find low point foods you love! We have lots of fruit, and have found awesome recipes for 2 pt meals, and 1-2 pt baked goods


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#53
Marietta, GA
321 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Hi everyone,

I apologize for the long post, but I'm a wordy person. I joined WW AGAIN, in June, for the 3 or 4th time. I've had decent success most of the time, when I followed fairly faithfully. Whatever program they had in 2000 or so, I did quite well, down 25or so lbs. Of course I got busy, lazy and stopped following the plan. I joined again after they changed the plan and the new plan just didn't work for me. I tried for a few months and it was very frustrating. When they went to their current program I thought I'll try once again and with this Beyond the scale plan, I really like it and am successful. I only needed to lose about 25-30 lbs and I'm at 24 loss. It averages at .5lb a week, but any loss is great. I really wanted to reach my next goal (another 4 lbs) by my June cruise, but not sure I will make it. If not, it's ok.

Tracking is most important for me and the meetings. What helps me is finding a smart substitute for what I love. I am a huge Snickers fan. As a replacement I eat the WW Chocolate Carmel bars. 3 pts vs 12 for a reg, or 8 for 4 minis, I'll go with the 3 pts. It's just enough and I don't feel guilty. It's weird but for breakfast I quite often have a Kroger brand multi-grain slim bread with turkey and lettuce or spinach. Quick, easy, protein, veg, carb for 3 pts. Or I do egg beaters with turkey pepperoni, spinach and sometimes laughing cow cheese (white cheddar, queso or pepper jack (I think that's it)). And a banana. Based on what I do is 2 or 3 pts. I do alot of the WW or Lean Cuisines for lunch but stick to the 4-5 pt ones. Sometimes I add more veggies to the meal when microwaving to pump it up. Lots of veggies too. One trick that works for me is taking enough veggies/fruit to work that I can eat on way home from work. It keeps my hunger at bay until dinner so I don't attack the food in the fridge when I get home. I was also doing lots of crystal light with caffeine as I don't like coffee, but finally gave that up and do water or unsweet tea. Try to get water in but hard at work. Ok, enough about me. Hopefully some of that info will help someone.

I'm worried too about gaining on an upcoming cruise, our longest at 11 days but 14 total vacay. I KNOW what I need to do, but follow thru is a concern. Especially with no scale to help me gauge myself. I know I'll want to have alcohol, but not a crazy amt. but I'm wondering what ways to have it without the crazy high pts tied to them. I like sweet white wine and mojitos, beer sometimes. Do they have things like skinny girl cocktails on ships? Are we allowed to bring mixers (no alcohol) on board and then buy shots of rum/vodka or whatever and mix our own? Is this a crazy idea or worth the effort?

I wish you all great success on your WW journey. Keep at it! 1 bad week is just that, a bad week. It doesn't define you. We all have those even when you're not watching the scale. Then you just don't know it. Remember the successes and learn what doesn't work and try to find a solution that will work for you. We're all different with different triggers, life situations and we should remember not to compare our weight loss path to someone else's. I'm trying to be uplifting, not lecture so please don't take it that way.
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#54
40 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
We went on a cruise 5 years ago and I was in the middle of my weight loss. I did a couple things that helped to not gain too much:
1. I never used the elevator. Took the stairs the whole time.
2. Skipped the bread at dinner so I could try the yummy desserts which I usually split with my hubby.
3. Bring your own water bottle and add the fresh lemon slices at the beverage center and/or buffet to your water. That will keep you hydrated and the lemon helps with water retention from sugar and salt.
4.Use the fitness center on the ship at least a couple of times.
4. I ate lower point meals for breakfast and lunch so that I could enjoy my dinner
5. You could probably have the bartender make a skinny drink for you. I have them make me a "margarita" with muddled lemon and lime with tequila and club soda and a Splenda. Same idea but a lot less points!
6. I didn't deny myself much because I was on a cruise for crying out loud, but I enjoyed everything I wanted in moderation. I did gain a little but once I got home, I was super disciplined and lost it that first week back!
7. Have a great time!


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#55
Marietta, GA
321 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Lennydebbie,

Thanks for the tips. We often do stairs and I try to drink water or unsweet tea on the ship, except for the occasional alcoholic drink, but most of the others I can incorporate easily enough. Hope it that will fend off too many pounds.
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#56
Pasadena California
31 Posts
Joined May 2009
Yay I'm glad there's a WW thread!! I too have just joined and want to get healthy and in shape for my cruise in May 2018!!! I'm confident that we can all reach our goals!!!


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#57
San Francisco Bay Area
602 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Hi, anyone interested in "reviving" this thread??? Seems like it starts up OK and then always poops out. A lit of people are using the WW "Connect" feature but I don't have it and would like to really get this going for cruising. I promise to post daily if you will do too. I am currently 25 lbs. down with about 25 lbs. more to go and my cruise is Feb. 2018 out of Miami Beach. Who's with me?
#58
Illinois
1,548 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Hi!
Started back on WW online only 4 weeks ago. I'm down a little over 10
But have about 30 more to go. We're on our next trip 2/2018 and I hope to get a few new smaller size outfits when they go on clearance at the end of summer. DH is WW also, and he's very careful about staying in his target range. I read about an upcoming WW cruise in November where they will have sp values listed on the menus and on some of the buffet items! I wish RC would do that. They would probably get more business if they did!
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#59
San Francisco Bay Area
602 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Hi Misty, let's get this going again! My next cruise is next Feb. too, out of Miami. Yes, I really looked at the WW cruise, oh how I would like to go on that one as well. Just not enough $$$ to go around. I would love to lose at least 20/25 more before sail away. Miami Beach is so much fun. Then 7 days on board. I love having something out there to look forward to....keep up the good work!
#60
Illinois
1,548 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Weighed in a day early since I'm not sure how over the dailies I'll go today. Was down 0.4 which is better than no change or a gain. I couldn't work out early in the week because I did something to my knee. Its better having rested it for a few days so was back at it late last week. Has anyone made the big_$$ waffle someone on connect has posted? It is so good and filling to boot. Only 3 sp. It keeps me from over doing it when I'm hungry and have only a few points left. Its very high in protein. I wish the cruise lines routinely listed the nutritional values for their foods. Sometimes its a shocker! I plan to keep to mainly lean meats and salads/vegetables. Lots of fresh food. Seafood without breading and sauces. Sugarfree for deserts in moderation. As much exercise as I can handle. That depends on how DH is doing with his arthritis. Good news is I have 8 months before our next cruise to lose more weight. Bad news is... I have 8 months before our next cruise
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