Weight Watchers 2012 Updated PointsPlus Values

by DanicasDaily on December 10, 2011

Happy Saturday all! I had to start off today saying you all took your “Dipping and Dunking” to a whole new level!  I always thought it was ONLY tomato soup and grilled cheese ~ who knew you all LOVED dipping pb&j in your chili and chicken noodle ~ I LOVE that….I wouldn’t do it, but, I LOVE you all the same LOL.  It’s good to know I am not alone too…..

Several of you have asked if any of the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values changed with the 2012 Updates.  I have to take back what I said on my initial post ~ My thoughts were since the formula didn’t change, the pointsplus values of foods shouldn’t have changed.

What I didn’t count on was the USDA Updating their nutritional information for foods such as Wine, Steak, etc. 

In fact, several of you may notice some changes in the new Pocket Guide as well as the Complete Food Companion where they give “average values” for foods.



“Average” values are based on the USDA guidelines ~ when you see a 4 oz glass of wine, it is based on an average ~ some wines are more and some wines are less, but, when, they are averaged, you come up with a pointsplus value in the middle.

Last year the USDA considered a 4 oz Glass of wine ~ 4 points+


This year, the average is now ~ 3 points+

I know all you wine drinkers out there are doing a Happy Dance!


For all those wondering what else changed ~ I’ve Hooked You UP!!!  Thanks to one of my FANTASTIC READERS (who is almost at goal after losing 50 lbs!) ~ she shared a PDF file that her leader gave her of all the changes in PointsPlus Values for 2012 in the Pocket Guide.


Keep in mind this is ONLY for the Pocket Guide and not the Complete Food Companion which may have more foods listed that changed.  If you track ONLINE, then, this doesn’t impact you since e-tools has been updated ~ it’s more of an FYI for you. 

My BEST advice is to ALWAYS calculate the food based on that products nutritional information  when available, as it will be the MOST accurate.

Speaking of NEW products ~ breakfast involved this Cinnabon Cinnamon Bread that I ALWAYS eye in the store.


I usually pass it up because it’s 3 points+ a slice, but, I finally decided for a “weekend” breakfast it might be worth it.


Especially when you get 2 slices of Double Cinnamon French Toast topped with ICBINB Spray and 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (7 points+)


Plus 2 slices of “Maple” Turkey Bacon for protein staying power! (2 points+)


After breakfast we busted out our decorations and put up our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree….I don’t know what it is, but, our little tree ALWAYS makes me smile whenever I walk in the door Open-mouthed smile


Today we were tackling all our errands (Laundry, Costco, Trader Joe’s, oil change, etc.) and Christmas Shopping for all our families.

Afterall ~ all day shopping = power shopping = activity points in my book Winking smile

Mid Shopping Fuel ~ Grande Dirty Latte ~ how I have missed these!!!

Fat Free Decaf Latte with 1 Pump Mocha (4 points+)


I am actually pretty proud of The Husband ~ I think I shopped him til he dropped, but, I am proud to say we managed to get about 90% of our presents bought today!

Lunch was at Panera ~ I got the half salad and soup!

1/2 BBQ Chicken Salad

" “All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips & BBQ ranch dressing, drizzled with BBQ sauce”


French Onion Soup


Plus an apple as my side…..over chips or BREAD!


The REALLY cool thing about Panera aside from being absolutely delicious, fresh and good for you….you can plug in your meal in their online nutritional calculator to determine the nutrition to calc the points+.  My entire meal was 12 points+.


Dinner tonight was fast, easy and totally worked for The Husband’s teeth.

Ling Ling Potstickers (I LOVE these when you don’t have homemade!) (7 points+)


Spicy Asian Slaw (2 points+)


Plus 3 Aidel’s Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs (3 points+)


  • Total Daily Points+: 38
  • Total Activity Points: eh ~ shopping, decorating, and being on our feet for 10+ hours nonstop I am sure counts for something!

Speaking of Quick Meals when you don’t want to cook ~ Enter my Satisfying Giveaway Here!

Tomorrow is my first weigh in after being back on track.  I feel like I’ve had a good week and I hope the scale shows that.

Catch up with you all tomorrow with my Weekly Menu!


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