Weight Watchers Simple Start Plan- Showing Some Self-Love! #lovehealthyme


I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own.


When was the last time you showed yourself some love? Last week on Valentine’s Day I displayed a bit of self-love in kicking off a commitment to myself for happiness and health by trying out the Simple Start plan!  Haven’t heard of it?  The Simple Start app is a starter plan for Weight Watchers and is a great way for you to get on track to eating healthy through making small changes to your diet.  The two week starter plan gives a selection of easy to prepare meals, snacks, and daily indulgences that make eating healthy, filling foods a no-brainer.  The Simple Start recipe ideas are built from the Weight Watchers Power Foods and trying out the app (downloadable from Google Play Store or iTunes) is a smart way to introduce you to the program.

The Struggle

Being a mom is rewarding, but exhausting at the same time.  I have all the greatest intentions in the world to eat healthy and staying on a good diet plan when I awake in the morning.  I even eat a very good breakfast to fuel my day.   But as the day progresses and my steps turn into running for my children, I lose sight of myself and put eating healthy on the back burner.  This is my main struggle for trying to shed any pounds and staying on a weight loss program.  In fact, I usually skip lunch and overindulge during dinner, because I am famished from not consuming the correct amount of meals per day.  In return, I have slowed my metabolism down and have put on weight over the years.  Not to mention, all the yo-yo dieting has been a big downer and I have made food somehow the enemy in my mind.

Refocusing and Enjoying Food

The Simple Start plan has actually taught me to refocus my thinking and enjoy food without all the worries of having to prepare difficult meals. The recipes are simple and only take a few minutes to make, which is extremely important with my demanding schedule.  There is very minimal counting, no weighing food or worrying about portion sizes to begin with.  And the best part is you don’t feel like you are depriving yourself and on some bunny eating diet, because the plan allows for indulgences (7 PointPlus values per day)  like 1 oz of chocolate, 5 oz of wine, and  2 oz of Angel food cake.  Basically, if you are looking for a diet where you can eat your cake and still see and feel results—this might be your solution.  I love how Simple Start doesn’t make you feel like a fatty and while everyone else is enjoying their ice cream you can also have something sweet without the guilt of going off the plan.


What I found extremely handy is I was able to take my smartphone into the grocery store and use the Simple Start app as a guide to what foods I needed to purchase for the week.  I powered up the app and used the Simple Start Food List as my source to buying the items needed for the recipes.  Everything is very convenient and there is no excuse for not knowing what you should be consuming to stay within the program.

Taking Time Out for Myself


A significant thing I learned this week while being on the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan is to take time out for myself and actually enjoy eating lunch again.  My daughter was off school this week for winter break and I used the plan to reconnect with her and share the joy of just sitting down and having a good satisfying meal together.  I made Weight Watchers Tuna Sandwiches with Side Salads, which were absolutely delicious!   We talked about her future plans for college, wanting to study abroad, and of course boys! The whole experience was truly wonderful.


Simple Start Grilled Cheese and Vegetable Soup


One of my favorite lunch recipes on the Simple Start is the Grilled Cheese and Vegetable Soup.  When was the last time you heard about eating grilled cheese on a diet, right?  The recipe uses light English muffins topped with fresh tomatoes and fat-free cheese as an alternative to the regular high calorie version.  It tastes incredibly good and clean compared to the greasy grilled cheese you normally would make.  And the soup…absolutely yummy!  Homemade soup is so comforting and satisfying!  This is a perfect lunch for those cold afternoons when you need a little warm-up inspiration to get you through until dinner.

A Simple Filling Dinner


Beans and Rice—you can’t get any simpler than that! The recipe is a cinch to prepare and it comes out tasting sooooo good!  Not to mention, it really fills you up and you won’t be looking to go for a second helping.  I love this recipe and will be making this weekly.

Rewarding Myself


I decided to reward myself in a fun way for making it through week 1 of the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan!  As moms I think we forget how important it is to take a minute to enjoy some of the things we love as individuals.  SO, I bought my favorite movie on 3D, popped some corn, and shut myself in a quiet room without the kids and took time out for myself.  It was AWESOME and inspiring!  I will be doing it again and again and again!

Small Changes = Big Ones

This whole week has taught me I am as important to myself as I am to my family.  Does that make sense?  I guess as a mom I forget if I don’t take good care of me than I won’t be able to take good care of my family.  Not everything has to be a HUGE change to make a difference.  The truth is that small changes lead to big ones and the Simple Start plan is a very good beginning!

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  1. Andrea Kruse says

    Yum! Now I am hungry. Yes, the job of being a Mom really can take over. It was nice this past week to put myself in the priority list, too.

  2. Kristen Jeffery says

    This is awesome! I have loved focusing some time on myself this past week as well!

  3. LyndaS says

    Girl – I am on Weight Watchers and want to come to your house to eat! Your meals look incredible.

  4. Nicole Elliott says

    I so love that WW allows for easy to prepare meals that taste good, and even little indulgences! Keep up the awesome work–I definitely need to look into that app!

  5. Aly Mashrah says

    Moms always put their children first and forget that they need to take care of themselves too! I’ve fallen victim to that lifestyle and have put my own health on the back burner. I’m glad you’re able to take a simple start and make small changes that have felt rewarding to your health. It feels great, doesn’t it? (:

  6. Starla B says

    I have been interested in this program for a while now. I agree with you 100% on actually taking the time to sit and enjoy your food while you eat! That is important, instead of swallowing everything whole!

  7. Barb W. says

    Beans & Rice, yum! True, totally simple, but so good. Loved reading about your journey so far. Way to go!

  8. saminder gumer says

    i have used weight watchers in the past and it worked for me. i may need to revisit it soon because i would like to lose some weight. thanks for the blog.

  9. latanya says

    Your ideas are really inspiring and show just how much you can do with simple food items.

  10. Raine says

    Everything looks delicious, I still think of Weight Watchers from back in the day with the prepared and not so tasty meals. Having an app to shop with is wonderful. I’m glad you found enjoyment beyond the food, good luck as you continue!

  11. Belinda says

    That grilled cheese looks delicious! I’ve been thinking about doing weight watchers. A friend of mine did the program and loved it. I also like how you said small changes equal big ones. We have to start somewhere!

  12. Cynthia R says

    I totally agree with the small changes equal big ones, eating better and getting more exercise is my number #1 goal this year for my family.

  13. Julie Wood says

    I have been interested in this program for a while now. I agree with you 100% on actually taking the time to sit and enjoy your food while you eat. I make sure that we all go to the kitchen table and turn off all devices and have a healthy meal while not watching the TV.

  14. Ronald O. says

    All the food posted here looks, and I bet tastes great! Simplicity at it’s finest, while being healthy! …now I’m hungry! :)

  15. saminder gumer says

    went to the weight watchers site and saw some other recipes that were delicious as well. thanks for the help.

  16. shelly peterson says

    This sounds like a great program to try. Your food looks delicious. That’s great you took time for yourself, we all deserve that. keep up the good work.

  17. Janet W. says

    Those meals all look delicious! It really is the small changes that count because they all add up to bigger changes!

  18. Ari T. says

    The grilled cheese on the English muffin and the beans and rice dish both sound and look delicious! I’m glad the WW plan is working out for you! In fact, I like that WW incorporates not only the dietary help, but also self-care practices.

  19. Janet W. says

    I definitely agree that even the smallest changes can lead to big changes down the road. That is so smart to start with yourself and you will be a positive influence on your family.

  20. Karen Glatt says

    This program sounds very healthy and a good program to be on to lose weight. It is all about portion control and I like that Weight Watchers can help me reach my goals with the Simple Start program. I would love to be able to participate in this program

  21. Tammy S says

    I like how the program teaches you to enjoy food without all the worries. I think it comes down to knowing what you are putting into your body and controlling your portion sizes. Your lunch looks fantastic!

  22. Rita Spratlen says

    This sounds easy and good too. I don’t like the idea of dieting but this sounds like you are making special meals for yourself which is great and special too!! Thanks for the great ideas. I have heard that Weight watchers is great!

  23. Nancy Loring says

    I have gone to weight watchers before and if you follow the program it really works.

  24. Alyshia says

    If I don’t take care of myself I won’t be able to take care of them if something I hear from my mother in law weekly at least I know I am not alone. I hope to use since if these tips very soon.

  25. Sandy Cain says

    Everything looks so delicious – it’s hard to believe that these are “diet” foods. But I guess a lot of it is portion control, so many of us have a problem with that. I love your tips – especially the one about refocusing and enjoying food. I know I have a tendency to read, watch TV, etc, while I eat. The best thing to do is just concentrate on the meal. I like this program!

  26. nicole dz says

    The beans and rice & Simple Start is the Grilled Cheese and Vegetable Soup look really good. Love weight watchers program!

  27. Bias says

    Sounds like a great plan – to end it with a reward in time for yourself! How did you do? How much weight have you lost? Have you maintained well?