I know quite a few people have talked about the new WeightWatchers SmartPoint system, but I’ve been following it since Christmas day and I feel like weighing in (hah!).

If you’re not familiar, I’ve been successfully maintaining a 50lb weight loss that started with WW in 2010.  Whatever combination of eating and running I have been doing over the past 5 years has worked pretty well for me.  But winter and stress and a bunch of trips to Florida were slightly eroding my happy weight cushion, so I freaked out a little and joined WW again on the spur of the moment on Christmas day.  I knew they had a new points program that wasn’t sugar-friendly and I was okay with that.  In fact, I welcomed it.

However, after a month on the program, I think it may be time for an early break-up, despite my 3-month pre-payment.

There are so good things about the program for sure:  I really like that fruits and veggies are now ‘free,’ even in recipes.  The ‘points’ vs calories mentality works for me.  There is a really lovely community and some great blogs that focus on WW-friendly food.

But for me, there are a few negatives that I can’t seem to overcome.  Mainly that the way the points are weighted, I cannot eat even close to my normal diet without going over points for the day.  And those are on days when I eat in a way I consider to be healthy and balanced.  Like today (not today, but the day I wrote this).


I mean, it’s certainly not a perfect diet, and I could use a little more fruit and veg in there, but it’s not bad for me.

However, the thing that I find untenable is that if I eat this way, I’m going over my daily points by a few, meaning there is very little wiggle room for something like a big lunch out or a margarita (or two).  And that’s not sustainable for me.

I’m also under 1000 calories for the day and while I try not to get super caught up in that, if I’m eating decently and feel full, but that’s on the low end, even for weight loss.  And I’ve tracked my points vs my calories over a few days, and it generally shakes out this way.

I’m currently down a few pounds and back into my happy zone and maintaining.  I would still like to lose a bit more, so maybe I should try to eat WW’s way, but honestly, I’m probably not going to.

So there you go, the most boring WW/calorie comparison review on the internet today.

Friday Favorites

A few things I am loving this week and in general:

The phrase ‘agonistic pucker,’ which in wolves in the horizontal contraction of the lips showing aggression. I kind of want the domain name, but eh, effort.

Brian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk SeaBrian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk Sea (spotify | amazon | itunes)
This album. Lovely ambient music, most of it being quiet and calming and good for yoga or hanging out reading or drowning out the voices of your coworkers when still need to concentrate.


Sinjimoru pocket. I hate carrying a purse. I just want to stick everything in my pocket and go. I’m not sure how I came across this (probably in my obsessive searching for the the perfect iphone case), but when I replaced my iphone last week, ordering a new one was the first thing I did when I walked in the door.  I have mine attached to my Incipio case.

Back into the groove

I started my year with 18 Days of Yoga from Brett Larkin. Though I’m not sure if I’ll make it the entire 18 days, it’s a nice focus for now. I’m going to visit mom on the 13th, and the nature of everything makes it challenging to stay on top of exercise, though she will do some light yoga with me if she feels well enough.

Day 1 kicked off with a sequence called ‘Hope’ which I really enjoyed. If you’re into home yoga-ing, you should definitely check out the series.

Running is off to a slow start this year. I am pretty fair weather runner. I need it be over 40º, under 85º, and only light precipitation before I’m willing to go out. Saturday morning was wet and 35º, so I stayed in bed (that’s a lie, I got up and re-caulked the bathroom). Since I knew it was going to be crappy out, I ran on Friday and busted out a 5k PR which was a nice start to the new year at least.

On Sunday we went up the park/trail, but instead of running we just walked around together and decided to detour into downtown for lunch; which was great.

Today it was back to work and reality. I didn’t, despite all of my best intentions, become a less dorky, less snarky, less cynical more focused and productive employee. But I’m probably no worse than I was last week. And I can use the next 52 weeks to work on that.

Second of January

We spent most of this morning working on the bathroom. We needed to recaulk the tub, which led to some serious cleaning, which led to some tossing of junk which led to laundry and the shower curtain rod falling when we tried to put the curtain back up. So, basically, a typical day in home improvement.

But then I got to go shopping for new bathroom things which was fun. $50 and 8 hours later and the master bath is in much better shape.  I’m constantly reminded to be grateful.

Today I’m grateful to have a nice cozy house and money to fix problems as they arise. 

Live like a mighty river

Happy New Year! It’s an arbitrary fresh start. And, hey, I’m all for it.

On Wednesday, after a 30 minute run dropped my phone battery from 85% to 12% my husband said we should buy me a new phone. And of course I didn’t argue. So I got the new 6s which is bigger and has taken some getting used to, but the screen size is nice when I’m playing on it

Last night we rang in the new year with drinks and pizza and a really terrible horror movie called ‘Deadly Friend’ and then we watched 80s videos into the morning, pausing for a few minutes to make sure we kissed our way into the new year.

I don’t really feel like looking back too much into 2015, it was a decent year with the glaring exception of my mom’s cancer diagnosis. That basically shaped a lot of everything in 2015. But she is currently doing pretty well and I spent a lot of time with her and have plans to spend even more in the coming year. And I’ll never stop praying for a miracle or being grateful for every day I get with her. (That was more than I even wanted to say about the whole thing, but there it is.)

I haven’t come up with any real goals for 2016. I just want to be more present and more whole. I want to connect more with people. More time with friends and family, more travel, more living with intention.

Last night, my best friend linked to Ted Hughes’ letter to his (and Sylvia Path’s) son Nicholas, which ended as follows:

And that’s how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.

And so that, my friends, is my intention for 2016. To live like a mighty river.