Last time I was on the Flex plan (which I am resuming now), I ate my daily points allowance each day during the week, and then had my WPA availalbe for the weekend. In particular, I like having the WPA on Sundays when we get together with extended family to go out for brunch or dinner. We take turns choosing where we're going, so I never know where we'll be eating, other than for when it's my turn to choose. I like the freedom of ordering what I want, within reason, and not worrying about the points. I don't use ALL the WPA on the weekend, but having it availalbe enables me to have more choices.
I've been dealing with illness the last few weeks, so I haven't gone out to eat and have just been eating DPA. I've been recording my food in a program that tracks the NI for each meal and provides totals for each day. I find that, using the DPA only, I'm not even reaching 1,000 calories a day. I have 19 points (on the Flex Points program, not Points Plus) at this point. So now I'm concenred about my food intake being consistently below 1,000 calories.
These factors have led me to begin the Wendie Plan, to help me distribute the points in such a way that I'm using the WPA through the week, with some low point days, some higher point days, and one super high day. The allotment I'm trying to work wtih is:
Sunday 34 (maximum allowed, doubtful I'd use all of them)
I started this last Sunday, and I'm still working out how to manage this. For some reason, I've had trouble with ending up below points and having to drink a glass or two of milk just to get in the points. So I was determined to prove I could do it, so I actually managed to consume 33 points Sunday---only because I made my family oven pancakes for dinner that night, after they had gone out for lunch earlier in the day. I'm not going to do that again.
So, I weighed in Friday and, much to my relief, I didn't gain anything; but I didnt lose anything either. As long as I don't start gaining weight, I'm going to give it a couple more weeks to see how it seems to work for me.
Does anyone have experience with the Wendie plan to share? Any helpful hints? Anything to watch out for? Does this even seem like a good idea?
I do better with structure, but I need to work a little harder to be consistent in using the points allotted for each day. On Monday, I hit the target exactly, at 19 points; On Tuesday I used 23-1/2 out of 25; on Wednesday I was 3 under, using only 16 points out of 19; Thursday I once again hit the target of 19; Today I hit my DPA of 19 but I was supposed to include some WPA and plan on using 25. So I'm thinking I should try to add 6 WPA to the 19 DPA set for tomorrow. Does that make sense?
Sorry this is so long---just trying to give a complete picture. Appreciate any input.