Freestyle is fired. I gave it my best shot, but I could never get over seeing that 23 points per day and feeling like I was already behind the 8-ball before I even put a morsel in my mouth. I've been gaining on this program because of the blow back. It's restrictive. IT FEELS LIKE A DIET. And if it feels like a diet, I'm sure as heck not going to stick to it.
The reason I've enjoyed Weight Watchers up until the change was that it didn't feel like a diet. It was flexible, and freeing. It helped with my biggest issues; portion control and over eating. I began to realize that I never ate 7SP worth of the zero points foods on a daily basis and I felt forced to eat them because there wasn't enough points for what I really wanted. YIKES! If I see another chicken breast I'm going to scream.
So, what's a girl to do? I'm going back on SmartPoints. It's no longer supported by the WW app, or the WW organization but there are apps out there that do. I downloaded iTrackBites and have been slowly moving all my information into it, transferring my recipes and favorite foods. It seems like a solid app. Seeing that 30SP when I woke up this morning made me feel so happy and relaxed.
I'm going to be sticking with my meetings because I find the face to face support and the social element valuable. I also like the accountability of the weigh-ins. But when it stops being valuable, I will cancel. I wasn't thrilled that I had to shell out extra money for a different app when I already pay a hefty monthly fee to WW.
I started to feel a bit like I was crazy. All the hype surrounding Freestyle and all the huge losses people were bragging all over the Facebook groups made me feel like a failure. Then I found a group of over 2500 people who have returned to SmartPoints: Beyond the Scale, who like me, found it to be the superior program. There are also lots of posts showing up on Connect, the social area of the WW app with the hastags #freestylefail and #backto30 which made me feel like I wasn't so crazy after all.