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I follow the Wendie Plan. Here is some basic Information that you will need to follow this plan also. It works really well.

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The Wendie Plan:

This is the original Wendie Plan description copied from the EZ board....

"The Wendie Plan" in a nutshell...

What is the 'Wendie Plan'?
First of all, let it be known that the Wendie Plan is NOT something different than good old Weight Watchers. Most of the people who regularly visit here are following the WW plan. However, this does not mean that the Wendie Plan can not be easily adapted for people who are using Richard Simmons, and/or counting calories. I suppose even people following a plan such as Atkins could adapt this to their program, however I do not recommend it. The reason is simple. I do not recommend the Atkins program or any other low/no-carb program like that. Why? Because it is not (or SHOULD not) be a lifestyle change, and because it is very dangerous to your health. I cannot advocate any program that would put your health at risk.

The Wendie Plan is very simple. You follow a simple plan of eating. You eat your regular foods that you have on WW. You work within your point range. You drink the water, get some exercise, etc., etc., etc. What is different? You alternate the amount of points you use each day. What could be more simple?

Let us assume for a moment that your point range falls between 22-29 points per day. (This is based on the original 123 plan, not the "Winning Points" plan) WW says that you can eat up to 29 points every day, and still lose weight. Do you? Maybe. Maybe not. Ever notice that on some days you aren't very hungry and on other days you feel you could eat all the points in the universe? After doing extensive research, I have discovered several things that don't always ring true. At this point, if you are someone who has been doing the program and losing a steady 2+ pounds per week, you don't have to read on any further. Your body is doing what it needs to for you to lose weight. If you are struggling to drop a pound, and no matter how hard you have tried the pounds won't shake loose? Read on...this is for you.

First of all, just because you eat within the points you have been assigned, drink all of your water, exercise at least 20 minutes every day, journal till the cows come home... does not mean that you will lose weight. I don't mean to depress you, but it is the truth. We have countless people here, myself included, who can attest to this. They try really hard, but week after week they are struggling to even lose part of a pound. I see it all the time. So... what are they doing wrong?

Oddly enough, they are doing one tiny little thing wrong. It is one tiny, insignificant thing, but it is keeping them from losing weight faster and at a steady rate. The secret to The Wendie Plan is simple. Alternate your points daily. At the start of your week, alternate the number of points you eat daily. Your rhythm of your week should look like this: low/high/low/very high/very low/high/med. high.

For example. If your range allows you to eat between 22-29 points per day:
Day 1 - 22 points
Day 2 - 28 points
Day 3 - 23 points
Day 4 - 36-39 points
Day 5 - 22 points
Day 6 - 29 points
Day 7 - 27 points

On the WW plan, 22-29 points per day, you will eat between 154 points (low end) 203 points (high end) during the course of the week. On the Wendie Plan, you will eat 190 points during the course of the week. Which falls towards the high end of the range, but not the highest. (Adjust the points to fit your current range).

We have already seen some amazing results using the Wendie Plan. I developed this plan out of sheer frustration. After being on WW for 17 months, and having lost no weight in the last 9 months of program, but being too stubborn to actually quit, I found myself pouring over 17 months of anally kept journals, trying to find the one key which would unlock my door to success. In the first 8 months I was successful. I lost 40 pounds. What happened then to impede my progress? I was still following the program in every way. I was doing everything right, but experiencing no weight loss. Why?

Why, indeed? The most interesting aspect of my journey came at the end of May, 2000. I weighed in on WW and had reached a 40 pound loss. I decided I was close enough to a 50 pound loss and I wanted to reach it by the 4th of July. That was a reachable goal. So I worked even harder. I dropped my points down to 25 per day, and began exercising more. Everyday I was outside walking through parks or in the fitness center hitting the treadmill. At the end of 5 weeks, I had a net gain of 1.2 pounds! Muscle? To some degree, yes. But, as I never began to look like Arnold Schwarztenager, I realized that something had gone terribly wrong. I had "shrunk" a bit, which was to be expected, but still, at the end of 5 weeks, I was heavier. I continued. I worked out everyday, and kept my points down. This has got to work, right? Not necessarily. At the end of the next 5 weeks, I was down exactly 1.2 pounds. So my net loss for the 10 weeks after Memorial Day was zero! I continued to work very hard, and by September, I had played around with the same 3 pounds all summer. Up, down, up, down but never gone for good. In October, I celebrated 1 year of WW, by maintaining my 40 pound loss for four months! What was up with this? I stopped attending WW meetings in October, because first, I was making no headway, and I became so depressed at Monday's weigh-ins that it took until Tuesday afternoon to snap back out of it; and second, I did not get the support I needed through WW. They simply had no answers as to why I was not losing weight even though I was working the program very conscientiously. At the last couple of weigh-ins, when I was going up a pound each week, I got the general impression that my leader felt that I was not really working the program. At that point, I walked out for good.

I tried several things between Halloween and Christmas to shake some pounds loose, but to no avail. I then went back to WW the day after Christmas. It is interesting to note what happened. First, I didn't start the program that first week. I weighed in on Tuesday, and then rather half-heartedly began the program on Friday. When I weighed in on Tuesday, I was down 3.5 pounds! I buckled down and worked very hard on program the next week. I measured everything, exercised, drank my water, and journaled every bite. The following Monday I weighed in and I had GAINED 2 pounds! What is up with that?

It didn't take very long for me to see that going to WW was not going to help me. My body was being incredibly stubborn and was not going to let me lose this weight. Do you see a pattern forming here?

In addition to having 17 months of journals, I also have kept a spreadsheet of my weight losses. I began pouring over my journals and comparing what I did on certain weeks to the amount of weight I lost at the end of that particular week. I made an astonishing discovery.

I have always been a moderate loser. Meaning, I usually lost about a pound a week. Other people may lose 3 pounds a week, but I usually lost a pound, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. But I was very consistent in losing. There were some weeks, however, when I did lose more than a pound per week. Interestingly, the weeks I had my biggest losses were weeks when I overate! The weeks were Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Christmas Day I ate 43 points! I lost 4.75 pounds that week! Upon further studies, I discovered something else. Every week that I overate one day, I had larger than average losses! How can that be?

It has long been thought that you have use 3500 calories less than you need in order to lose one pound. I simply don't believe it. I know it is mathematical, and mathematics was never my strongest subject, but science has always been an area in which I have excelled. I believe that our bodies are far more complicated than a simple mathematical formula can describe. The body is like a fireplace. If you build a fire, at first it takes awhile to warm up. You add more fuel and it burns more efficiently. The more fuel you add to it, the hotter it burns. Add less fuel, and it begins to cool down.

Our bodies were built for survival. If you go on a "diet" the body can become uncomfortable. This is especially true if you take so much food away from it that it feels as if it is going to starve. There is a lot of talk about not eating too little. Your body will go into "starvation mode" and you won't lose any weight. Well, to a point, this is true. Your body will lose weight if you starve it, but it won't want to, and it will take the weight from places you don't necessarily want to lose it from. That is why some people who lose a lot of weight look "gaunt", and is far more likely to hear comments like "have you been sick"? as opposed to "You look good!"

Why does "The Wendie Plan" work?

Your body has this wonderful little thermostat inside of it. It regulates everything you do. If you feed it lots of food, it turns the thermostat up and burns it as efficiently as possible. This is why you have been able to eat as much fast food before WW and didn't gain the amount of weight that you should have. Your body became more efficient and was able to burn off much of the excess amount of calories. Otherwise, with the amount of food we porked in pre-WW, we should have been gaining 2-3 pounds per day!

When you go on a "diet" where you dramatically decrease the amount of calories that you consume, your body thinks "Oh-oh, we're going to starve to death here" and immediately turns the thermostat down to conserve energy. After all, your body will do whatever it has to do to ensure that you stay alive. It doesn't know that you don't want to carry those extra pounds around. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to convince my body that I really do want to shed those extra pounds through talking to it.

That is where The Wendie Plan comes in. If I can't get my body to shed the extra pounds by talking to it, then I have to trick it in to letting them go! The Wendie Plan is the trick.

If you are on WW, or even just counting calories, and you stick with a set amount of calories per day, such as 1400 or say, 27 points per day, your body will adjust to that. It will become extremely efficient at using just the amount of calories (energy) that you are giving it. You may lose fairly well at first, but after the first week or so, you will find that your losses may slow ... way... down, and even stop. Isn't it nice to have such an energy efficient body? However, the body isn't extremely fast. If you give it the same amount of food every day, it will adjust itself. But if you change the amount of food it gets every day, it doesn't have time to adjust itself! Which means on that day that you eat 10 points over your highest, it tries to adjust by turning up your thermostat, but it is unable to turn it down for the low points the next day. What you are doing, in essence, is keeping your body guessing. It doesn't have time to adjust the thermostat down, before it needs to turn it back up. What eventually happens is your body will never again feel as though it is going to starve to death, and it will never again try to shut down the thermostat, so you will continue to lose at a more rapid loss. This also means fewer plateaus.

Some people are aghast at the thought of actually eating 10 points over their maximum. I know, its the hardest part for me, too. Again, I just have to plan higher point meals for those days and make sure I actually follow through. If the huge point day isn't done, then the body will not turn the thermostat up high enough. It is all a formula which has to be adhered to high points, as well as low point days. What about exercise points? What about them? I never use them. I just know that I don't plan any big exercise on my low points days. If I am going on an 8 mile hike, I will probably do it on my high or super-high day, so that I can take advantage of the extra fuel to get me through the exercise. I think WW was using the activity points as a carrot to get people to exercise. More activity, more food. I don't believe in that. Eat what your body needs. Exercise plays a good role in this plan, because exercising increases your metabolic rate. (Which turns up the thermostat even more!) So does increased muscle. Arrange your high point days on the days that you exercise. Or better yet, arrange your exercise around your high point days. My high point days usually fall mid-week. But why? It makes more sense to me to have my highest point day fall on Saturday. That is the most likely day that I will be doing an 8 mile hike. Fit this plan into your lifestyle.

My WW leader told us that it isn't what you do for one meal that causes you to gain or lose, it's what you do for 21 meals that makes a difference. What this is telling me is that I have 7 days, 21 meals, and 217 points to use. How I choose to use them over the course of a week is totally up to me. If I choose to have 42 points on Sunday and 24 points on Monday... I am still on program. Even better, I will probably lose some weight. Do not be afraid to have that one high point day. Just as you shouldn't be afraid to have the low point ones. At the end of the week, you will have lost weight.

CheerS! Wendie

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Wendie Plan - Beginner's Tips:
The advice listed here was copied from Runner-girl's post on the WW's board

"Plateaus and A Few To Lose"

1. The low-days: You need to really prepare for the low-days-if not you will find yourself hungry. Have low-point food that you LIKE in the house, and a menu in mind. These are great days to also try new, low-point foods and recipes-if you need some ideas, post here or visit community swap, etc. Also, if you are one that needs a snack at night make sure to save a point or two for it-there is nothing worse than being so hungry at 9:00 and nary a point to eat with.

2. The Super High Day (SHD): Yes, its scary, I'll admit it. But I'll say this -you will get used to it, and after a few low days look forward to it. And yes, you really do need to try to eat all those points, to get your metabolism swinging (the whole premise of Wendi). You can approach the SHD 2 main ways:

A. Leave the bulk of your points for a meal out, or old favorite meal, special occasion, etc. But watch out-its still allotted points--some times they will add up quick

B. Add a few extra point to each snack/meal, and focus on healthy, higher-point food that you normally don't want to spend the points on: nuts, cheese, wine (OK, sort of healthy!), peanut butter, fruit smoothies, extra protein...you get the idea. You CAN do an SHD "healthy"-and if all that seems bulky, "drinking points" (OJ, etc) won't be as filling... I will say that the SHD does grow on you after a few weeks. You will either love it or hate it, but it is an essential component of Wendi. I would urge you to sort of plan it out as well.

3.WATER: Drink it-LOTS of it! Water, water, water.

4. Changing Days/How close do I have to stay with this ... The girls that have been able to follow Wendi as close as possible seem to be the ones that have the best loss. Having said that, I know that most of us end up with a "modifed Wendi' despite our best efforts-an extra point here, etc. Try to follow as close as you can, but life happens-do your best. Its best to get a schedule of when the SHD works best for you, and stick with it. However, things come up, and you have to switch. With the switch thing, keep this in mind (and Erin and the others are much better when it comes to this!):

A. Your SHD will be reflected on the scale for a day or two, depending on salt content, etc. It will go down (yes, it will go down!), but because of this you don't want that close to WI. Alot of us have our WI the early am of our SHD, that might work for you as well.

B. You need to keep a very low day the day before and the day after the SHD. If it was an "unexpected SHD", then try to keep it low for maybe two days afterwards, or get in some extra exercise, etc. Switching days are tough so if you need help, just post.

5. APs/Exercise: You have already probably seen much on the board about this-we are still experimenting with this, but we urge you to err on the "eating an extra point side". Right now our current recommendation is: eat all AP's on the low days, half your APs on the high days if you earn 4 or more, and "up to you, a point at a time" on the SHD. We strongly encourage you to save your harder workouts for your higher days, and to rest/ease up on your low days. Just like with Wendi, going "hi-low" should benefit you with exercise as well (something I have to remind myself!).

6. Post I know not all of you get a chance to post, but please feel free to ask questions, vent, get advice, etc. Also, please spread the word! I never get time to venture to the other boards, so if you see someone stuck, refer them here. For some Wendi is a real life-saver! If we don't get to your post, post again! We try and all the girls can answer questions and are the best, not just Wendigirl and I. We are not experts, we're just trying to help!! :)

Lastly, Wendi is not for everyone, and not everyone on the board does not do it (though it can seem like it!). We want to support you, Wendi or not. Also, Wendi isn't going to make you drop 10 pounds tomorrow-it's weight loss, and sometimes despite our best efforts we see no loss, or even a tiny gain. But I can say that most girls finally get off their plauteau, etc. Well! If this did not answer your questions, again, post back. I wish you the best!

Welcome to Wendi!!!!!! Runner-girl

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Find your normal Weight Watcher POINTS TARGET and then view below it the modified Wendie Plan POINTS RANGE: You should schedule your SHD as FAR away from your weigh in day as possible, due to the fact that you may notice a slight gain the day after your SHD (which WILL go away)

POINTS TARGET - 20 (Weigh Less than 150 lbs)
Day 1 - 20 points
Day 2 - 25 points
Day 3 - 21 points
Day 4 - 35 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 20 points
Day 6 - 24 points
Day 7 - 22 points


POINTS TARGET - 22 (Weigh 150 -174 lbs)
Day 1 - 22 points
Day 2 - 27 points
Day 3 - 23 points
Day 4 - 37 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 22 points
Day 6 - 26 points
Day 7 - 24 points


POINTS TARGET - 24 (Weigh 175 - 199 lbs)
Day 1 - 24 points
Day 2 - 29 points
Day 3 - 25 points
Day 4 - 39 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 24 points
Day 6 - 28 points
Day 7 - 26 points


POINTS TARGET - 26 (Weigh 200 - 224 lbs)
Day 1 - 26 points
Day 2 - 31 points
Day 3 - 27 points
Day 4 - 41 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 26 points
Day 6 - 30 points
Day 7 - 28 points


POINTS TARGET - 28 (Weigh 225 - 249 lbs)
Day 1 - 28 points
Day 2 - 33 points
Day 3 - 29 points
Day 4 - 43 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 28 points
Day 6 - 32 points
Day 7 - 30 points


POINTS TARGET - 30 (Weigh 250 - 274 lbs)
Day 1 - 30 points
Day 2 - 35 points
Day 3 - 31 points
Day 4 - 45 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 30 points
Day 6 - 34 points
Day 7 - 32 points


POINTS TARGET - 31 (Weigh 275 - 299 lbs)
Day 1 - 31 points
Day 2 - 36 points
Day 3 - 32 points
Day 4 - 46 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 31 points
Day 6 - 35 points
Day 7 - 33 points


POINTS TARGET - 32 (Weigh 300 - 324 lbs)
Day 1 - 32 points
Day 2 - 37 points
Day 3 - 33 points
Day 4 - 47 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 32 points
Day 6 - 36 points
Day 7 - 34 points


POINTS TARGET - 33 (Weigh 325 - 349 lbs)
Day 1 - 33 points
Day 2 - 38 points
Day 3 - 34 points
Day 4 - 48 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 33 points
Day 6 - 37 points
Day 7 - 35 points


POINTS TARGET - 34 (Weigh more than 350 lbs)
Day 1 - 34 points
Day 2 - 39 points
Day 3 - 35 points
Day 4 - 49 points Super High Day (SHD)
Day 5 - 34 points
Day 6 - 38 points
Day 7 - 36 points


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Wendie Plan & Activity Points

The advice and suggestions written here were authored by Wendigirl

There have been a lot of questions about whether to eat Activity Points earned while doing the Wendie Plan. While we are not experts on this subject and all of us are struggling together to come up with the right mix of Activity Points earned and Activity Points eaten this is the recommendation we are making to people at this time: Low Days:

Eat ALL Activity Points earned on Low Days.

Example: 18 Point Day 5 Activity Points Earned 23 Total Points - Should Be Eaten

High Days:

If you earn 4 or more Activity Points a day, you should be eating 1/2 of your Activity Points.

Example: 23 Point day 5 Activity Points Earned *3 Activity Points Eaten 26 Total Points - Should Be Eaten

* Round Activity Points up to the next whole number

Super High Day:

Unless you are feeling hungry, you should not eat the Activity Points on your Super High Day. This day is high enough without eating the Activity Points. If you are feeling hungry, go ahead and eat 1/2 of your Activity Points. On this day - Let Your Body Be Your Guide.

Example: 33 Point Day 6 Activty Points Earned 3 Activity Points Eaten 36 Total Points Eaten - Only If Hungry

The whole point is to keep your body out of starvation mode. This past week we put a challenge out to anybody doing the Wendie Plan. We asked the ladies to eat some or all of their Activity Points for 1 week. The results that have been coming in show that people are losing weight when they eat some or all of their Activity Points.

We know that everybody is different and that there isn't one sure formula for everyone, so this is the best formula we have come up with at this time.

We hope this will help everyone continue to be successful on the Wendie Plan and on their weight loss journey with Weight Watchers.

Thank you,

Wendigirl

Wendiegirl and I Wendy H are not the same person. I say this to discourage any confusion. I follow the Wendie plan after finding the information on a few website and reading about it in a womans magazine. I do not remember the name of the book but I was intregued and decided to do some research on it.

Thankyou Wendie for coming up with such an innovational plan variation. I love it.