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The Evolution of Weight Watchers Points

The first time I joined Weight Watchers was after my daughter was born in 2003. I write a little about my times at WW HERE.

Recently, we moved homes, and I’ve been slowly working my way through boxes and bags of stuff. Yesterday I cam across this little gem.


Just for kicks, I decided to compare a few items to see how different the points values would be between this sliding scale and the calculator on the Weight Watchers Site. (This slider is dated 9/04 on the back.)

My breakfast today was Multigrain Cheerios.

By the slider, it was 2 points. The milk was 1 point. The fruit was 0.

By today’s Weight Watchers calculator, the cereal was 4 points. The milk was 2. The fruit was 0.

So, my meal was 3 points by 2004’s scale and 6 points by 2016’s scale. That’s twice as many points!!

I started to get a little down and lament the fact that all the points are higher now, until I did some more research. Right now, I get 30 points per day (plus any I can earn during exercise or “extra points” given during the week). Then, I dug deeper. I seem to remember not having that many points available. I’m pretty sure 22 points is what I had (plus exercise and “weekly points”) back then.

I’m inclined to believe that the current Smartpoints program is more comprehensive. It takes into account calories, fiber, fat, carbs, protein and sugar. The old program was calories, fiber, and fat only.

The one thing you need in ANY weight loss program is accountability. Lately, I’ve had zero. Between eating my feelings about work and the election and Halloween candy and birthday cake for me and for my daughter, I’ve been pretty lazy. And I’ve gained FIVE pounds in a month. Five. It may not sound like much, but when it makes all your pants feel too tight, then it’s more than enough.

And of course, two days before Thanksgiving isn’t the BEST time to try to eat better. However, it’s better than never starting.

So here I go. Again. Wish me luck.


Week In Pictures – Fitness, Food, Fashion, & Art

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On a hot day of lessons, Mama cools her heels.


The big kids race each other while Mads gets her lesson.


Some art in front of a house on my morning walk. Little ants.


I am thankful for Rice Chex, I’m attempting to cut out gluten to see if it helps my thyroid issues.


Movie Night at home – Man of Steel.


Daddy-daughter snuggles


Dinner out.


My middle, trying her hand at candy making.




School shopping

IMG_9066Two weeks from today, the kids go back to school. I can’t believe how quickly this summer is flying by! Any fun ideas for the end of summer?


What Makes a Successful Halloween?

So, what makes a successful Halloween, anyway? How do you know if your Halloween was a good one?

I suppose the opinion is in the eye of the beholder (or trick-or-treater). Is it all about the candy? Is the measure of a good Halloween how much haul you come home with?

Or is it how many people recognized your costume?

Is it because you have the coolest Halloween decorations?

Or is it measured by how many trick-or-treaters you have?

Well, for us, it’s how much fun we had and how tired we are at the end of the day.

Yesterday morning started early, with everyone getting up and dressed and makeup done.

My attempt at The Corpse Bride and Little Red Riding Hood

Parties at school

After school, wigs came off.

Wig’s off – carrying her long dress so she can move unencumbered.

In the afternoon, a friend graciously offered to do my daughter’s makeup. Not only did she do her face, but her neck and arms, too.

Once we were dressed and Daddy was home, we went up to trick-or-treat.

Ready for TOT- Tony Stark, Red, and Emily. (Notice Red’s wolf glove.)

Wayne HAS to wear that Jedi robe every year.

There were HUNDREDS of people where we went trick-or-treating last night. ALL night, Gracie (my Corpse Bride) got comments. Everyone loved her costume, even if they didn’t know who she was (although several people did recognize her).

It was almost as fun to look at the decorations and other costumes as it was to get candy… Almost.

My husband picked up some takeout so we didn’t have to cook. We didn’t eat until 8pm, and still had some trick-or treaters. The kids did a GREAT job handing out candy. G took off her costume, but stayed in makeup. Even the trick-or-treaters loved her makeup.

She didn’t want to take her makeup off. She loved it!!

After dinner, our littlest trick-or-treater was done.

Dressing up? Check!

Make up and accessories? Check!

Class parties? Check!

Trick-or-Treating? Check!

Take out dinner for parents too tired to cook? Check!

Tuckered out family? Check!

And candy, too? Check!

I’d say that’s a good measure of a GREAT Halloween!!

Confession Time

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It’s 10:30am and I’m eating a chocolate covered marshmallow egg.

I went to the mall yesterday to get Easter stuff for the kids. I wasn’t too crazy about what they had at Target, so I headed to the mall to go to See’s and see if I could score some cute little toys or something.

When I got to See’s, I realized I already had quite a bit of candy. I didn’t really NEED to go there. Except, well, see… there are these amazing chocolate covered marshmallow eggs that only come out at Easter time and I just had to buy one. Or two. When I got into line and realized that my shopping trip “for the kids” left me holding two eggs intended only for me, I figured I should probably get at least something for them.

So I got some chocolate bunnies. That makes it okay, right?

Well, I found out quickly that our mall doesn’t really have a “toy” store. I looked all over for bunnies, and finally found a darling pink bunny at babygap. Hopefully my youngest won’t get that it’s a “baby” toy. I suppose the EB should cut the tag off just to make sure. One gift down, 2 to go, and I see a big SALE sign at Loft. So, naturally, my body just found itself inside the store. I’m not quite sure how I got there, but I left with a cute dress, a belt to go with the dress, cute earrings, and a big fun ring. All 40% off.

Now, I’m not that big of a shopper normally. I’m currently wearing a long sleeved tee I’ve had for 4 years and jeans I’ve had for 3. I don’t have an overabundance of shoes in my closet, or even that many clothes, really. I still felt guilty, though, when I brought home that bag full of goodies. Yet, despite this, I still found myself walking into a makeup store. In my defense, I needed to replenish what I was running out of, but I suppose buying the few extra things simply to “get a good deal” wasn’t 100% necessary. (Who needs necessary, ayway? It’s totally overrated.)

So, I went to the mall to get Easter stuff for the kids and instead came home with chocolates, clothes, accessories, and makeup for myself.

So of course I’m going back out to shop today. Let’s hope my quest for KIDS’ stuff will be more successful today than yesterday.