Is there an app for SW?

(9 Posts)
Mydogsnores Fri 01-Jan-16 09:40:10

I'm thinking of signing up online but could anyone tell me please if there is an app I can use on my phone?

I've done WW before and liked being able to record on my phone but found the counting v difficult with a family. I've heard SW is easier for family meals - is that right?

In fact do even need to record / count with SW?

I am the biggest I've ever been, closer to 50 than 40 and feeling fat, old and frugly. I need to do something but have no idea what.

Thank you.

29PaddingtonSt Fri 01-Jan-16 09:47:45

I don't know about a SW app but there is a no count option with WW now too.

QueenofLouisiana Fri 01-Jan-16 09:58:21

Yes there is- you can check food on it. I haven't explored it much beyond that. I record what I eat straight onto the website from my phone.

I'm only on day 2, so far have only measured the honey in my (free) yoghurt and fruit breakfast and the oil I used to cook onions for my massive pot of veg chilli (all free as I use Quorn mince).

DH is currently on board as he can "eat what we wants" (that is he eats as much as usual of what I give him- 2 lots of veggies for dinner instead of a slice of bread and butter last night for instance). He also liked the Freddo frog for lunch and the toast and Philadelphia (had to weigh that) for his mid afternoon snack.

I'm doing the extra easy version at the moment as I don't think I could deal with the SP version (yet! Am hopeful I may get to that point.).

Mydogsnores Fri 01-Jan-16 10:34:42

Sounds good.

Is the extra easy eat what you want from a list? I like cooking but have lost a lot of my inspiration over the last year and we have been eating the same meals week in week out. Are there recipe books to help?

Also I have raise d cholesterol not too bad but apparently needs watching - is it a low fat diet.

I liked WW but the counting got hard - what's the no count option like?

fraggle84 Fri 01-Jan-16 12:10:01

You still need to count syns but lots of free foods that you don't have to count

There's an app but it's not great, you can search for syns in food though

I'd recommend going to a group even if it's just the first few weeks to get the books n get your head round in

In group the cook books are about £5 which is loads cheaper than Amazon etc so order a few before you stop going!!

I like it but would find it hard without the book to have to hand, I'd also join the fb group syns allowed as its a lot better than slimming world site for looking up syns

Mydogsnores Fri 01-Jan-16 12:16:25

Was considering a group but it's really not my thing - I'm worried they might make me speak in front of the group or announce my weight / weight loss (fingers crossed!). I would likely spend the whole chat worrying they were going to pick me out and not listen to anything they were saying.

Are there recipes on the website or do you need the books?

emwithme Fri 01-Jan-16 12:44:06

The app is, frankly, pants. I have it so I can check the syn value of food while I'm out, but that's about all it's useful for.

The website, on the other hand, is excellent. Lots of recipe ideas, lots of other people's inspiring stories, and places to track your food/check syn or free values etc.

I'd also advise going to group - for the first couple of weeks instead.

How it will work:

On your first week, you need to arrive at the start time that the meeting meets at, and you'll be taken to a table to be given the "new member" talk by the leader (unless you start this week - most meetings for the first week of the year run slightly differently because there's so many new members, everyone gets the "talk" so it acts as a refresher for the existing members). This will take about 1/2 an hour. During this time, the other members will arrive, pay their money and be weighed and be milling around chatting/buying their stuff from the shop/making a cuppa or whatever. In subsequent weeks, you can arrive at any time during this half hour slot.

At the end of the half hour "weighing" time, the group starts properly. The leader has a tablet that shows everyone's weight on. They start with any awards - so anyone who has reached a half or stone gets a certificate and a sticker, and anyone who's got their Club 10 (for 10% body weight loss) or reached target will get theirs too. Then the leader goes through any new products, gives you any news from head office (such as there's going to be a new hifi bar or a recipe book) and you could possibly have a bit of a talk about (for example) how to avoid pigging out at a buffet or whatever is topical.

Then the leader uses the tablet to go around the group. Everyone gets a round of applause for their weight loss. No gains are ever read out, or the actual weight that someone is, just the loss that week, and the total loss (for example, a couple of weeks ago, it was " emwithme has lost 2.5 lb this week, making a total loss of 1 stone 10lbs" but the week before it was " emwithme has had a little gain this week, but is still keeping off 1 stone 7 1/2 lbs". Then the leader will ask how you feel about that, whether there's anything troubling you about the plan, how you feel about the week ahead. Sometimes ours asks us for our favourite on plan thing we've eaten that week and possibly to share the recipe. Then they'll move on to the next member. You don't have to say much - if anything - here, in fact, we have a couple of members who don't say anything, the leader knows they don't want to talk but still want the support of the group, so she just acknowledges them, and their weight loss, and moves on. No fuss, no muss.

After everyone's been talked to, then the leader will announce who is "Slimmer of the Week". Everyone is meant to take in a piece of fruit (or other speed food) to go into the basket for SotW. This is the person who's lost the most weight that week (it can't be their first week on plan, and they have to have lost or maintained the week before). They also get a certificate and a sticker. Then it's the raffle (most places are 50p a strip) and then you go home.

On your first week, this will be when you get weighed. The only person who can see your actual weight is the leader or the person they have nominated to do the weighing (part of the "social team"). I used to be on the social team at my last group and I can honestly say that I didn't even register what people's weights were. The only person who's weight stuck in my mind was my own!

If you want to go to group, Woman Magazine has a voucher for free membership in the edition on sale now (until 4 January). This means you don't pay the £9.90 joining fee, just the £4.95 meeting fee.

Mydogsnores Fri 01-Jan-16 13:34:23

Thank you so much for such a comprehensive description - doesn't sound too bad! If I go to the group will I get access to all the online recipes etc - was wondering if I could do a combination of both? Use the group to try and keep me on track but online for recipes etc.

emwithme Fri 01-Jan-16 13:42:18

Oh yes, if you go to group, you get all the online stuff. The recipe section is excellent - lots of "normal" food rather than "diet" stuff. There's also a place to track your weight loss each week.

I know I can't do it if I don't go to group. I lost 5 stone 5 years ago, and kept 4 of it off for three years, and then another stone started creeping off once I fell off the wagon completely. I went back to group six months ago and am just over a stone and a half lighter (let's not talk about Christmas Gain!), and heading back to my lightest ever weight well, not ever, but I don't think 6 lbs 8 oz is achievable

I was REALLY scared the first time I went to group, but everyone is really friendly and the leader wants you to be happy. What I will say is that if you don't click with a leader, then move group. You can go to any group anywhere in the country - your details are stored on your chip card - so if you're away on a short break, you can still weigh in. You can find details of groups nationwide (using a postcode search) online (you don't need to go to the "members only" bit for this).

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