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Why you should NEVER throw out a cookbook...

I'm annoyed... I don't let many things annoy me... most of the time I just let drama pass me by and get on with my own stuff... I've had to learn how to do that but once you get the hang of it, it's amazing how ridiculous things sound and how good you get at eye rolling! However... last week I spotted someone who is very unhappy that Weight Watchers have changed the plan... there's lot of people who don't like Smart Points and that's ok... now remember I don't work for Weight Watchers, the plan works for me, the plan still works for me... For lots of reasons medically, it's taking me longer than the average human to lose it but it works better than any other plan I've tried... Smart Points are OK in my camp, so were ProPoints but ya gotta move with the times! I was down 2lbs after Christmas, up 1lb, then down 1.5lbs last week... however... this person was angry... and very annoyed... 'WHY did they change the plan?'...'I'm going to have learn it ALL again'... 'it's all just to get our money by making us change calculators and buy new cookbooks...' 'ALL the cook books will be useless now...' This... this cookbook statement is what set me off...


OK WW is a business... a successful business... and they want to make money... that's just common sense, and the plan has to change regularly to shake up the system and to get members back in the swing of things... how many of us got complacent with ProPoints?! But without members there's no WW so it has to work or we'd all be queueing up somewhere else to weigh in! I'm pretty sure there wasn't a 5 minute meeting to say 'hey lets change the plan and they'll all have to buy new stuff.. Christmas bonus sorted!' Lots of research had to be done, lots of people tested it, tried it out, worked out formulas... before it ever hit us poor unsuspecting public... and if it's not for you then don't do it... I haven't seen anyone chained to a chair in my class and it's packed every week! Slimming world classes are full too with people who like THAT plan.. Unislim classes are full of people who like THAT programme... Gyms are packed at the moment with all kinds of people doing all kinds of plan that WORK FOR THEM! If there was a one size fits all plan then we'd all be skinny!

Beside my bed is a stack of cookbooks, I love reading them, I'll always buy a foodie mag when I travel.. especially when I'm away, I buy them in languages I can't even speak cause I eat with my eyes... but throwing a tantrum or chucking out a cookbook because it's not Smart Pointed for you... makes you lazy! Let me introduce you to the invention called the pencil! 

When I saw the changes with Smart Points I took a pencil to my fav recipes, not every recipe in every book, just the dog eared ones that I use over and over again, the ones that have post it notes with little messages only I can read... I sat on my couch watching my fav tv programmes and every ad break I went through them and Smart Pointed them... all with my trusted pencil! I'm a rebel huh?!

There's no conspiracy... no one is ganging up on anyone! And here's why... the calculator is online for free or if you want to buy one, you can get one in your meeting... The kitchen scales is at your meetings too, yes, they're very handy but honestly you don't need one, weighing your food on a normal kitchen scales and entering the values on your calculator is the exact same! You only have to do this once of twice with your favourite things and you'll know the Smart Point Values! Finally, WW HAVE Smart Pointed all the old cookbooks out there... so for those who want a quick fix I've posted them below... so now you can find your favourite, get your pencil and write it in your cookbook! *breathes*

But never... NEVER... throw out a cookbook or a baking fairy dies! You want THAT on your conscience?! 



  1. Love this! Some people are so moronic and lazy!

  2. Wow that was some article. I have been at goal for three years and am finding it hard to get used to smart points but you are so right it is a much healthier programme I think what is happening people are missing their daily treats which probably should have been once or twice a week treats. Thank you for all your hard work I absolutely love your blog as do my two daughters. x Brenda

  3. Yes! Yes! Yes! I could not agree more with this! There has been some hysterical posting about the new Smartpoints plan, especially when it comes to the cookbooks. I have cookbooks from the Points plan - remember that from about 10 years ago? And I still use it. 99% of the time the ingredients for recipes are items you already know the Smartpoints are you just have to tot them up all together. Anytime I am in a secondhand bookshop I always buy old Weightwatcher cook books because there are some gems of recipes in them. I really can't deal with all the drama some people have brought to the change in system.

  4. ha ha ha...awesome post! Agreed 100% I can't tell you how many cookbooks I have that have penciled in calories and various points (from when I was doing weight watchers....and I'm sure they will be updated when I go back to weight watchers...which has always been my long term plan).

    As for never throwing a cookbook away. When I divorced, I purged SOOOO much....books, clothes, etc etc etc. But NEVER a cookbook! I carted them all with me (to storage at the moment...but I still have each one!)

  5. Great post doll, I think it's great to have a change & not become complacent or guestimating as some of us do.Thanks for all your good work you really are brilliant ☺

  6. Take a bow. You deserve it for all the work you do to help us stay on track. THANK YOU.


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