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Life Just Got a Little Easier

Life for those of us who shop and try our best to stick to our points just got a little easier.  Weight Watchers just released a new app for Android and iPhone that is a real-time saver at the grocery store!

The new Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner app scans the UPC barcode on packages and then automatically calculates the PointsPlus value.  On top of that greatness alone it will allow you to track right from the app so you don’t have to get out of it and open the other app or use the mobile site.  It also keeps a history of items you scanned (helpful if you use certain products on a regular basis).  And if for some reason it can’t find the UPC barcode in the database it offers to bring up the calculator so you can figure it out manually.

Not only all of these great features but it also allows you to add it to a shopping list!  I really love this because I’ve been playing with several apps lately that keep your grocery list on your phone via an app.  I’ve really liked ZipList as it also puts the items in order by whatever store you are shopping.  It also has a list of recipes sites (not the official Weight Watchers site but one that uses the PointPlus program) and you can click on a link that will add the ingredients from the recipe into the shopping list.  But with ZipList if I came across a new items at the store that I didn’t know the points value for I had to exit the app and then go over to the Weight Watchers app to use the calculator.  Now with the new barcode scanner app from WW I can have both my shopping list, scanner and calculator all in one place.

The is the best early Christmas present WW could have given a person like me.  Thank you!

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Holiday Ideas For The WW On Your List

Do you have a friend or family member working the Weight Watchers program or just trying to make healthy choices in their lives?  Stumped as to what to get them for the holidays?  Here some suggestions that will hopefully help make your gift giving a bit easier.

For Everyone

For Workouts

  • Work-out clothes (tops, pants, shorts, socks, shoes)
  • Gift certificate for their favorite gym (for classes or personal trainer)
  • Small hand weights (if they are a walker and want to ramp up their workout)
  • Kettlebells
  • New gym bag
  • Toiletry bag for shampoo, soap, razor, etc.
  • Bottle to carry water during workouts
  • DVDs of Zumba, Kettlebells or Yoga workouts
  • Pedometer

For Cooks

But the most important gift you can give them is your support.  How about a jar full of hand written coupons like “Good for one walk around the track with you” or “Good for 2 hours to yourself – I’ll take care of the kids” or “Good for one vacuuming of the whole house”  or “Good for one fixing of dinner (promise to follow WW recipes)“.   Anything you can do to show support will always be greatly appreciated by anyone but especially someone on a weight loss/maintenance journey.

Wishing all of you very Happy Holidays!