Oh yeah. Down 1 lb this week. *slow clap*
I'm feeling disillusioned with the program this week, but on a scale much grander than my usual "This is hard, wahhhhh" type disillusionment.
So Weight Watchers rolled out their new Points Plus program this week. The difference here is supposed to be where the old Points program assigned foods a points value based on a food's fibre, calories and fat contents, the new system also incorporates protein and carbohydrate contents into the points value. As a result some foods, such as fruits, go down in value and some go up.
I mean, in theory it makes sense, right? Sure.
Here's what irks me. In the four years I've been with this program, I have been witness to no less than four program roll-outs. I have paid enough money (not even including recipe books and guides) into the program that I could probably bank roll the education of all of Fluorine Mark's children and still had enough for a nice dinner. Myself, being the el cheapo I am, haven't bothered much with the peripherals of the program.. the measuring spoons, the fancy journals, the walking tapes, the fancy electronic points calculators.. no, aside from the initial food guides the first year I joined and 2-3 recipe books, I pretty much pay my weekly fees and that's it.
Boy sometimes I'm glad to be a tightwad.
Back to the reason for my aggravation. Basically, this new points system renders all the old books, accessories, trackers, calculators absolutely moot and irrelevant. And if there is one thing that gets my plus-sized panties in a bunch, it's planned fucking obsolescence.
So those people who did shell out for the fancy calculators, the food guides, and all that fun stuff, have got to do it again. With the old program, you could get the fancy calculator or you could use the paper sliding graph that was provided with your WW package. Now because of all the variables involved, they couldn't effectively design a paper slider, so you pretty much HAVE to buy the fancy electronic calculator. They were marked down from $15 to $5 as a promotion for the opening week. I bought one, but I was NOT happy about it.
|An early version of the paper points finder.|
|Fancy pants electronic calculator. Yes, I totally stole this pic from Amazon. That's what the little camera means.|
Let's face it, although it touts itself as a lifestyle, and a support group, it's foolish to forget that above all Weight Watchers is a giant money-making machine, a corporation. Sure it looks good on paper, in all reality, no matter what your mission statement may be, we know in the corporate world that the real mission is getting as much money out of the little guy (or the bigger gal) as humanly possible.
I've got some thinking to do.