Simple Start or Dumb Move?

Random message board and meeting room chatter seems to be mixed as to whether this new introductory period “Simple Start” in the Weight Watchers program is a good idea or not. However, most of that chatter seems to me to be coming from folks who haven’t tried it yet.

I’ve been a Weight Watcher lifetime member for about 3 years now, having lost 35 pounds under the earlier Points program. I’ve transitioned to Points Plus and now giving this Simple Start a try for the recharge benefit. Each time there’s a change, negative chatter appears. But I haven’t been disappointed by Weight Watchers yet. And if the ladies in my meeting are any indication of how well this Simple Start works, I’m on board! One lady signed up two weeks ago so she received the Simple Start plan. At her second weigh in she was down 11 pounds. ~ In two weeks! I think that is one heck of a motivator.

I could stand to lose a pound or two, most of us can. But that’s not really why I’m trying it out. I like the food choices. During the month of December, I spent a lot of time surfing the net and exploring ways of eating that fall in line with my priorities: whole food, heart healthy, low sugar… I’ve spent a lot of time at My Humble Kitchen’s 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food, 100 Days of Real Food, and Whole 30. You know what I notice about the food list for Simple Start? It’s unbelievably similar. There are some differences. Weight Watchers promotes fat free dairy. And I’m a fan of raw dairy, so I’ll have to find some internal reconciliation on that. And also, the WW list allows for a small treat each day – and lets just face it, I need that. Call me weak, or a sugar addict… I don’t care I own it.

So anyway, I’ve decided to give it a shot. I’m on day 2 and haven’t chewed anyone’s head off yet. Yesterday wasn’t too shabby. But it was the first day, so of course I had a little extra enthusiasm. Day 2 didn’t kill me. I went to Krispy Kreme for a donut. And had a fantastic dinner of Sittin’ Chicken, Smashed potatoes, & green beans. Here’s the recipe if you choose to join me. Oh and here’s your disclaimer: I’m not a WW expert. I’m no longer an employee. I’m just a member that loves it. My recipes may or may not be in full accordance with their plan, but it works from me. Enjoy!

Chicken Sittin'

Sittin’ Chicken

1 Whole Roaster Chicken
Cooking Spray
Garlic Herb Seasoning from Mrs. Dash

Heat oven to 450º Stand chicken up on a Pampered Chef Fluted Pan. Spray chicken with spray. Sprinkle with seasoning. Place on bottom rack in oven. After 45 minutes turn oven temp down to 350 and continue baking until a thermometer inserted at the meaty part reads 165 or above.


Green beans – stick in the cast iron and cook until slightly browned. If needed add a bit of vegetable broth.


Smashed Potatoes

4 potatoes, peeled & diced
1 onion diced
1 T butter
1/4 c fat free milk
1/3 – 1/2 c fat free sour cream

Boil potatoes & onions. Smash with butter, milk & sour cream. Yum.

And now, I’ve sat on this post for a full week… so I can give you the results of my first week on Simple Start. I stayed the exact same. No loss. Why you ask? Probably because I mostly fell off the wagon on Wednesday. And I have a donut addiction. Yes. I bake and eat donuts almost daily. This could be seen as a positive. I bake and eat donuts everyday and don’t gain weight. See – I’m a glass half full kind of girl 😉 Anyway – I’m getting back on the Simple Start wagon. I’ll let you know how it goes.


2 thoughts on “Simple Start or Dumb Move?

  1. Good for you to get some pounds off. I should do that, but I’m not sure I’d want to join something like Weight Watchers. Maybe I’ll try an online program. With WW, I have the expectation it might become to feel you’re doing it for “the teacher” rather than for yourself, worried that she’ll tut-tut about you not having lost much weight that week, etc.

  2. Well, if you ever experience something like that in a WW room – you need to hightail it out of there!! We’re really just a fun support group. But good luck to you which ever way you choose!

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