Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Freestyle Fail

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.


  1. Interesting to hear this Andra. I have course I've never pulled the trigger but assumed and had also heard the Raves about freestyle and figured it was a no-brainer but wondered how it could be. What you're describing is exactly what I was afraid of, I don't care if I can eat a million pounds of the few things I don't like if I can't enjoy what I do like in some moderation. I'm curious what the difference is in those that love it and those that don't overall. A common denominator perhaps and maybe people's eating styles to begin with I don't know. Good for you for taking charge and switching it up when you need to!

  2. Thanks for the review. I cancelled WW in Dec after figuring out that I wasn't really working it... All the commercials made me think I was missing out... I stand by my decision. Still fat.

    1. Lynne, you may have some pudge here and there. Your before photo shows you needed to lose. Now you look "almost perfect!"

  3. Ladies, your comments prove that every single body responds differently to food. I've had similar issues. If I don't like the recommended plan, I have to rework what we eat to fit in the plan. It takes some doing, and is worthwhile, because I still eat the food I have available and enjoy, it is now better for me.

    Community is known to be a big factor for support of weight release. I get mine through a facebook group. It is amazing what you learn from the experience of others, not to mention camaraderie and encouragement. Forty down, 30 to go!

    As I am more 'seasoned' than you, fat becomes more resistant as you get older. Exercise is valuable because you build muscle which burns more energy(calories). Getting your heart rate up is a good thing for longevity. Pilates is my exercise. Keeps my back pain way, way down.

    Andra, you look AMAZING.

  4. Hey :) How's it going? Still doing WW? I'd love to hear an update!

  5. I did so well on SP and lost about 35 lbs. Then came Flex.…. I hated the program. Firstly they dropped me to 23 point, so then they messed with my food, I was at 30. Then I procced to struggle and actually gained almost 10 lbs. I was miserable. I met a gal who is part of your program and she sent me a link. Last week following the older program I lost.4.2 in one week. I am a believer of my gut, no pun intended.

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