I was talking to a coworker yesterday about ice cream treats. She had mentioned that she used to love McDonald’s ice cream cones as they were only about 70 calories and were made of frozen yogurt. I do remember a time where a McDonald’s cone would cost you only about 3 points.
But…maybe that was very long ago during a WW plan that is now far, far away.
Just for fun we looked it up on the WW app. A McDonald’s ice cream on the Smart Points plan will now cost you 8 Smart Points. If that doesn’t make you evaluate the “is it worth it” slogan I don’t know what does. I looked it up on the McDonald’s website. The cone is now made with reduced fat ice cream, not frozen yogurt. Perhaps they changed the mix? I can’t be certain. The nutrition information is 170 calories, 4.5g total fat, 3g sat fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein, and 20g sugar.
Before Smart Points rolled out, on average one Points Plus point was the equivalent to about 40 calories. I’m not sure if that is still true for Smart Points. If you divide the 170 calories by 40 calories, on the Points Plus plan this ice cream cone would have been 4.25 points. So basically this ice cream cone suddenly doubled in points. I find that hard to believe.
This would be why I’ve been rebelling the new Smart Points program and why I have been reluctant to jump on board. It is silly, this I am aware. But it is my honest feelings. I just have a hard time believing that the foods I ate during my previous WW journey should now be double (or triple) the amount of points it used to be. Now, if I was a glowing success of maintenance and have been keeping my weight off while still eating these delicious foods…well, maybe I’d have a leg to stand on. But I don’t. I have been eating all the yummy stuff that isn’t healthy for you and that has now tripled in points. It’s no wonder I’ve gained so much weight back.
So…there you go… I’m clearly doing it wrong.
This isn’t about a McDonald’s ice cream cone. If I’m going to have ice cream, I’m having a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup shake from Arctic Circle that is probably at least worth two billion Smart Points Values instead of just one billion Points Plus Values.
I got my tracker out yesterday and dusted it off. I haven’t tracked since the week of May 3rd. I started writing down my food yesterday. I’m not yet tracking points. I’m trying to re-build that habit that helped me be successful. Good habits drive good decisions which yield good results.
I’m also headed to a meeting later this evening. I miss my connection to the WW program. The only way to get that connection back is to jump into the deep end and join the Smart Points pool party.
Here we go.