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Hello, WW family!
At WW, we all know that wellness isn’t one-size-fits-all. That’s why our program is about to get way more personal. That’s right, we’re rolling out our most innovative and individualized program to date—starting tomorrow, November 8!
As a passionate WW member myself, I couldn’t be more excited—and I know you’ll love it too! Watch my video below to learn more.
My October Newsletter
Happy fall, friends! The foliage is in full-on-gorgeous mode here in New York, so I’m excited to do some leaf-peeping on my walk today—I find the colors so calming. But before I do, I thought I’d check in and share what else is making me smile these days.
What I’m making…This spooky snack board makes healthier Halloween eating seriously fun! (Grab the recipes here.) I can’t wait to put one together with my granddaughters. If you have any creative ways to make fruit and vegetables more entertaining for kids, please share them with me on Connect! Of course, I’m not going to turn down Halloween candy. But to balance it all, I’m adding veggies galore to my meals. I just made “meatballs” from eggplant (who knew that was a thing?!). Care to join me? Check out these delicious ideas for adding seasonal produce to your dishes.
What I’m thankful for...I was lucky to join the (COVID-safe) 100th birthday celebrations for Iris Apfel, a forever friend, inspiration, and style icon. Beyond motivating me to stay well so I, too, can reach that milestone, the party reminded me of the power of intergenerational connections. I have friends in seven different decades of life, and I am constantly learning so much from all of them. As it happens, their unique wisdom may help keep me young—research shows that learning as we age can actually rewind the clock cognitively. How do your friends influence your wellness journey? Tell me on Connect!
What I’m supporting…Ten years ago, my dear friend and longtime hairstylist, Martino Cartier, created Wigs & Wishes. The nonprofit supports those with cancer by providing free wigs and, for children, granting wishes. It’s been a true privilege to watch it grow over the years. Now, it’s sprouting something new: a petting zoo, which provides a nurturing environment for kids and raises funds to keep the good work going. I had such fun visiting! At WW, we also make it our mission to help people live their fullest, healthiest lives. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve put together a guide to help people living with breast cancer, survivors, and those who want to reduce their risk.
How I’m earning FitPoints®...I have a lot in common with my granddaughter Emma, including an inability to sit still. When I told her I was having trouble meditating, she showed me a rather inventive approach: somersaulting into a crossed-legged seated meditation position. We spent the next 10 minutes practicing—both laughing and smiling ear to ear. It did not make me a better meditator, but it did give me some FitPoints—and a moment I’ll cherish forever. What could be better than that?
OK, time to head out for that walk. (Reminder to get in your steps too! I’ll be cheering you on.) I’ll check in again soon. Until then, have a very happy Halloween!
My September Newsletter
Anyone else ready for a reset? This time of year always feels like a palate cleanser for me. There’s just something in the air—like a charge that sparks a sense of renewal. Why not harness it? No matter where you are on your WW journey, I’d like to invite you to start fresh, starting today. If you need a little motivation, our Refocus Guide has some fantastic ideas (use the free one-month ClassPass trial to shake up your workout routine). Something that’s helping me? WW’s new in-app challenges. They push me to keep on tracking and rack up badges. Here’s what else I’m up to.
What I’m celebrating... I’m not into yoga, but I do a good tree pose. I snapped this photo next to a Banyan tree during a trip to Florida for my birthday earlier this month. The Banyan is considered a symbol of longevity in Eastern religions and, as I celebrated another trip around the sun, it was a powerful reminder that wellness has nothing to do with age and everything to do with attitude. While I’m getting older, I’m also getting better! I feel healthier than ever—mind and body—thanks to WW. What’s something that seems to get better with age for you?
What I’m cooking... When it comes to meal planning, the world is your oyster (or taco). But since international travel isn’t on the itinerary for many of us right now, I’ve found myself taking more trips in the kitchen. In my experience, cooking with a global perspective deepens our understanding and appreciation of other cultures. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WW is highlighting some of our favorite dishes from the regions. Mine? These fresh and flavorful fish tacos with a Mexican chipotle sauce that’ll transport your taste buds.
What I’m reading... I’m always looking for book recommendations! Reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind, and research shows it lowers stress levels and blood pressure—bringing new meaning to the term well read. After a summer devouring some serious nonfiction, I’m ready to lighten up: My daughter, Lizzy, lent me Conviction by Denise Mina, a dark, comedic thriller that I’m about to crack open. Next on my list: The Shift: 7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss by WW’s own Chief Scientific Officer, Gary Foster, PhD. Preorder your copy and read along with me!
Now that it’s officially fall, I’m gearing up for everything Halloween (in our house, we go big!). I’ll check back in soon with more updates. Until then, be well and remember to take time to refocus on you.
My August Newsletter
The healthiest Italian recipes.
What moves you? For me, it’s always been family— and in more ways than one. This month marks our 34th wedding anniversary, and one of the most thoughtful gifts that my husband, Neil, has given me is a Spotify playlist. Now, every morning on my walk, I get to listen to the soundtrack of our lives. The music—and the meaning behind it—helps keep me going. Some of my favorite songs are “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, and “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran. What are yours? Tell me on Connect or Twitter. Here’s what else is bringing a smile to my face right now.
- As we always say, everything is on the menu at WW, and that includes the best Italian this side of the Atlantic. If anyone is proof that you don’t need to “diet” to take better care of your body, it’s Frank. The co-owner of Il Cantinori, one of my favorite restaurants in New York City, lost 82 pounds on WW—all without passing on the bread basket. You can find Frank-approved recipes for Italian dishes that are healthful and flavorful here.
- Strawberries, peaches, cherries—the season is ripe for the picking. (And it’s a seriously fun activity for little ones!) My garden is my happy place, especially in summer, and its bounty has never been better—lettuces, kale, peaches, tomatoes, and much more that nourish my family and community through donations to local food banks. My favorite garden-grown dish? Grilled tomatoes with Burrata and drizzled balsamic. Dig into more mouthwatering ideas for cooking with August’s best produce here.
- When was the last time you pressed pause? I recently took some time off and did something radical—nothing! I had no agenda, which wasn’t exactly comfortable for me at first. I’m so used to being busy that I forgot what it was like to just be. So whether it’s a week, a day, or the minute after you read this email, I encourage you to ditch your phone and your to-do list and take a time-out. After all, mindfulness could be the boost you need to reach your goals. Hone your practice with Headspace meditations, free to WW members on the app.
- There’s been so much to celebrate this summer. A highlight for me? Our sweet Hannah turned 2! We got to have a little Bluey-themed party (anyone else’s kids or grandkids obsessed?). It made me think—we should really do this more often. No, not throw my granddaughter a birthday party more often (although, actually I would love that). I mean take a moment to recognize that every day there is something worth celebrating. So, whether you got all your steps in, made a tasty new recipe, or just…made it ‘til the end of the day, I’m cheering for you—and hope you’re cheering for you too!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
My June Newsletter
My secret to getting more steps in!
After a year of social distancing, masking up, and sanitizing everything, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel—and it feels great! I’m saying hello to the change with open arms, and am excited for what the summer has in store. At WW, we’re here to help everyone say goodbye to what no longer serves them and say hello to writing a new chapter. You can find what I’m saying goodbye/hello to below.
- Hello, friends and fun! Before the pandemic, I took for granted how often I got to see my friends. Not anymore! With the warm weather finally here, I am thrilled to say goodbye to the isolation and cold and a huge hello to a friend-filled, festive summer. I recently met up with a group of friends I hadn’t seen in over a year and was so grateful for every moment we spent grilling and eating together. I forgot how amazing it is to share a great meal, drinks, and conversation with loved ones.
- My grilling pro-tip: Don’t turn the barbeque off after you’ve cooked your meat—grill your dessert too! I love to toss fruit on the grates. It adds a smokiness that perfectly complements the sweetness of the produce. A couple of favorite recipes: Grilled Peaches and Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Mint. Hungry for other ideas? I recommend grabbing WW’s new Year-Round Grilling cookbook. You’ll be amazed at what you can make on the grill. (Lasagna! Apple pie!)
- Hello, empty nesting (take 2!). My daughter, Lizzy, and her husband and daughters moved in with Neil and me this past year, and it was such a blessing. I never expected to be able to spend so much precious time with my two granddaughters. But we had to say goodbye (for now) to Lizzy, Cody, Emma, and Hannah when they headed back to their home in Florida. Neil and I are once again empty-nesters, and wow—it’s quiet here! I miss everyone already but I can’t wait to visit them in the Sunshine State. We are definitely having to re-adjust, especially to cooking for two again!
- Hello, fresh new workouts. Now that the sun’s out, I’m saying goodbye to my indoor workout routine and hello to moving more outdoors. During my recent visit to Florida, Neil and I spent a day exploring nature. That’s me with an incredible Banyan tree! By the end of the day I could barely believe the number of steps I had taken—definitely a benefit to moving your body in ways you enjoy! I’ve also been enjoying my daily walks back home in upstate New York. Walking may not seem strenuous but trust me, you can make it intense! I love the new WW x New Balance Get Walking Kit. Now that I have my sneakers, water bottle, snacks, and more, I’m good to go!
- Hello, in-person Workshops. Virtual Workshops got many of us—myself included—through the past year. They’ll be sticking around post-pandemic, and I’m so excited that I don’t have to say goodbye to them. But I recently got to visit a few in-person Workshops and loved seeing so many of you again! I’m thankful to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19—I can enjoy my Workshop without a mask and see everyone’s smiling faces! What are you saying hello and goodbye to? Let me know on Connect!
- One last note: June is a month full of celebrations and recognition. Between Pride Month and Juneteenth, I hope you all have time to reflect, celebrate, and give back. Reminder: Giving back is easier than ever now that you can donate your Wins to organizations directly in the WW app. I’m also thrilled to celebrate the five U.S. winners of our first-ever WW Wellness Impact Award! Each of these organizations is dedicated to the advancement of wellness in communities of color to help address systemic inequities. Check out the winners here.
Speaking of celebrations, the WW Team recently had some summer games of our own with virtual, live WW Jeopardy. As a Jeopardy fanatic myself, it was a blast to play host for the day and test our employees’ knowledge. We like to infuse fun into everything we do at WW, so there was quite a bit of dancing too (I even earned some unexpected FitPoints®!).
I hope everyone’s summer is off to a wonderful start. I’ll be back in touch soon!
My April Newsletter
My Mother's Day brunch menu
You know the saying “April showers bring May flowers?” This year, I’ll happily take all that rain if it means spring is here! I recognize that for most of us, this winter was especially difficult. We were cooped up, trying to stay both safe and warm, which made activities extremely limited. But we made it! Here, in New York, it’s getting more beautiful each day, and I am truly ready to be back in the garden and on the walking trail and to embrace the new season! Read on for a few of my spring highlights.
- Making family memories I am grateful that our family celebrates both Easter and Passover, and I loved being able to teach my granddaughters, Emma and Hannah, about both holidays this year. We had Passover Seder, and it was wonderful to see Emma who is 4 begin to understand the meaning behind the holiday. We also had a fun Easter brunch with creative pancake decorating (check out this fun video of Lizzy’s creativity) and a backyard Easter egg hunt! Hello, FitPoints®! Turns out that chasing a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old around is great exercise. I even donned some bunny ears myself—definitely my newest accessory!
- Celebrating James Corden If you haven’t already seen it, WW Partner James Corden shared his first big WW win. Not only has he lost 20 pounds (amazing!) but he’s also loving the program. The first time I watched the video, I laughed at how funny James is and was in awe of how relatable he is. My favorite moment: when he stares longingly at the pizza while it cooks. We’ve all been there, right?
- Taking it outside I am all about being outdoors now that it is getting warmer, so I’m taking my indoor winter activities outside, too. I was already going for strolls in between Zoom meetings each day, but now I’m also alternating my indoor Peloton bike rides with more intense outdoor walks, yoga in my backyard, and playing games with my granddaughters—hopscotch is exhausting! I’m grateful that I’ve been able to stay active throughout the winter, but there is definitely nothing quite like an outdoor workout under the sun!
- Recognizing mothers Mother’s Day is May 9, and if the past year has taught us anything, it’s that mothers really do run the world. I have been blown away by the moms in my life, from my daughter, Lizzy, who takes care of two little ones while running a social media platform (@lizzysirgey on Instagram) and working as a WW Coach, to all my friends who were thrust into pandemic life with zero balance between work and home.
As with most holidays in my household, we want to maximize the celebration, so we are making it a weekend-long event. We’ll start Saturday by tuning into Oprah’s “Your Life in Focus: Spring Forward Stronger” virtual event, which will feature some of my absolute favorites like Drew Barrymore. The last event, in February, filled me with so much hope and joy, and I know this one will, too—I hope you’ll join!
Sunday will be the big eating day, and while we’re still finalizing the brunch menu, a few recipes we're eyeing include tomato feta salad, fennel pot pie, and berries and phyllo. (Get the recipes here!) I can’t wait to spend the day celebrating Lizzy and all the mothers out there who keep us afloat. And my heart goes out to all of those who lost a mother or mother figure over the past year. Sending love to all.
Well, if you’ve learned anything from this, it’s that I love being outside these days, so that’s where I’m going!
My March Newsletter
The quarantine habit I'm not giving up!
One year later and all our lives have changed far more than we could have imagined. We faced intense challenges, but we stopped, listened, learned, and figured out how to move forward. We struggled at times and cried, but we also celebrated an unexpected chance to slow down. Many of our wellness journeys shifted, and we had to rethink our goals and how we were going to achieve them. Inspired by this one-year milestone, here’s what I’m reflecting on this month—and what I hope to continue in my post-quarantine life.
- Priceless time with family I’ve had the opportunity to watch my two incredible granddaughters grow. I celebrated Emma’s fourth birthday and even saw Hannah take her first steps, a moment I never expected to be a part of but now can’t imagine having missed. I got to see Lizzy, my daughter, flourish in a completely new light and begin to inspire more people with her journey, most recently with her deeply authentic and moving Instagram Live about her mental health during her first pregnancy. And thank goodness for Cody, Lizzy’s husband, who served as all of our fitness motivation! My husband, Neil, and I spent more time together this past year than we have during our 33 years of marriage. It’s funny how much more we’ve learned about each other, and while I am certainly grateful for that, I think others who have been quarantined with their spouse would agree: It’s time for some space!
- Learning to be more mindful I was able to escape busy New York City life to a quieter, calmer area upstate. Each day, I got to appreciate nature, watching my garden grow in spring and summer and then get covered by snow throughout the winter. I used to try to take a daily walk in the city to clear my head and get my steps in, but that often proved difficult with a packed schedule and bustling city streets. My daily walks upstate have not only been longer (hello, FitPoints®!) but also allowed me to listen to our 5-Minute Audio Coaching sessions and re-center my mind in between Zoom meetings. It’s a habit I’ll definitely continue post-quarantine!
- My new cooking skills My life prior to the pandemic involved restaurants and takeout and not a lot of time to flex my passion in the kitchen, so I never thought I’d be writing this: This year, I whipped up 300 meals—yes, 300! I tried so many new recipes (some good, some great, and some “never make that again!”) and plan to keep on cooking after quarantine ends. Some of my go-tos have been scallops with corn and grilled chicken breast with arugula salad with lemon dressing and Parmesan on top. I found myself grateful for the flexibility of WW this year, especially during the baking-bread phase of quarantine. Thank goodness for weeklies!
- Our new way of working Technology has allowed us to stay close with friends and family, and WW’s Virtual Workshops have given me the chance to “travel” around the world and meet so many of you! And without the constant real traveling I used to do, my sleep schedule has benefited greatly. (Now I understand just how much sleep impacts my daily mindset and outlook!) It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the world shut down. On one hand, it feels like just yesterday we closed our Studios and announced Virtual Workshops, but it also seems like we’ve been doing this forever.
The future is still uncertain, so it's perfectly reasonable that many of us are experiencing anxiety this month. And I would be remiss not to acknowledge that we sadly lost so many this year. My heart goes out to anyone who is suffering with that pain.
While I’m certainly not immune to these feelings, I am trying to focus on hope right now—hope that we will emerge from this kinder, stronger, more resilient, creative, and connected than ever. It won’t be easy, but I truly believe that together, it can be possible. I thank each and every one of you for being a part of the WW family. I cannot express how much you mean to me—and can’t wait until we can be back together in person!
My February Newsletter
My five-ingredient go-to dinner!
February is the month for celebrating romance and showering others with love, but at WW, we are all about self-love! I know so many of us put everything and everyone before ourselves (guilty!), but right now I’m focused on putting myself first and practicing self-care. I encourage you to do the same! Here’s what else I’m excited about this month.
- The opportunity for a fresh start We often beat ourselves up in February if the start of the year does not go according to plan, but this year I’m all about Fresh Start February! Starting fresh was certainly made easier thanks to the recent WW Presents "Oprah’s Your Life in Focus: Be the Love You Need Live Virtual Experience." Talk about a motivating and feel-good event! Oprah connected, inspired, and helped her virtual audience recommit to their goals. I was in awe of our partner James Corden’s ability to share his wellness story so authentically and loved hearing from other special guests like Jennifer Garner, Ciara, Kym Whitley, and Dr. Shefali.
- Showing my heart extra love Each February we celebrate American Heart Month with one of WW’s partners, the American Heart Association. As many of you know, this cause is particularly meaningful to me given my family’s history of heart disease. The theme this year is One Is Too Many, highlighting the fact that 1 in 3 women will lose their life to cardiovascular disease. Losing even one is too many. On February 5, National Wear Red Day, I donned a scarlet blazer to raise awareness—even though only my family saw me in person!
- Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my family The holiday is so much more fun with kids, and this year I had a blast making a big event of it with my two granddaughters. We spent the day baking heart-shaped treats and talking about how much we not only love one another but also ourselves. Teaching young kids to love themselves early on is so important! Lizzy also whipped up a delicious and special Valentine’s risotto dinner, which was the perfect end to the day. All of the Valentine’s treats were delicious, and I love that on WW I can enjoy a heart-shaped frosted sugar cookie without worrying if it will throw me off track. That said, my latest food obsession is a big, hearty, and low-SmartPoints® frittata. The best thing about a frittata? You can switch up your fillings and—voilà!—you’ve got a whole new meal!
- Celebrating Black History Month Wellness looks different for everybody—and that’s powerful! To celebrate Black History Month, WW is highlighting Black leaders who have helped shape the wellness world into a more inclusive and accessible space for all, and showing gratitude for those who have come before as well as those leading the way today. I’m so proud that WW is celebrating Black History Month as we further our commitment to support how all communities define wellness.
Wow, what a month it has been, and it’s not over yet! February may be the shortest month of the year but it certainly packs in the excitement—along with a lot of snow here on the East Coast. I am crossing my fingers that next time you hear from me, it will be just a bit warmer here in upstate New York. Until then, stay well and remember to give yourself the love you need and deserve this month and beyond!
My January Newsletter
Goodbye, 2020—hello, 2021!
I can’t believe we are already a month into 2021! I’m sure many of you were eager to welcome in the new year. We certainly were! My daughter, Lizzy, made a phenomenal New Year’s Eve dumpling bar that made us all forget we weren’t out at a real restaurant.
As I mentioned in my December newsletter, for me, 2021 is all about new beginnings—not resolutions. I have found that while my resolutions are sometimes short-lived, focusing on what’s truly important for me and my family makes life so much more fulfilling. And because the journey is always #bettertogether, Lizzy and I began the year with a “Living Healthy Lives Together” live conversation on her Instagram. Take a watch on Lizzy’s IGTV.
And in case you haven’t seen, it has been quite a busy start to the year for WW. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
- Two new ways to live myWW+
- Digital 360 I was thrilled to introduce Digital 360, an entirely new membership plan. This plan is unlike anything you’ve seen from WW! While it’s backed by our proven behavioral science, Digital 360 delivers next-level support and accountability through live and on-demand content. Members get guidance and expert insight from Coaches they trust and motivation from a like-minded community for total body wellness.
- Unlimited Workshops + Digital Love Virtual Workshops? WW is bringing you more. With our new Unlimited Workshops + Digital membership plan, you can stay motivated and connected with a dawn-to-dusk schedule of 400 Virtual Workshops. Now, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll have a Workshop and Coach for support whenever you need it.
- We welcomed a new addition to the WW family If you haven’t already heard, award-winning talk show host, comedian, and actor James Corden is our newest WW Global Partner. James is such an authentic person, and I look forward to his honest and compassionate conversations about his health and well-being. James has already been a huge inspiration to me, and I know he will be to so many others as well. In addition to James joining us, another member of our WW family, Ciara, just announced her 28-pound weight loss on the program! Not only does she look great, but she has also been enjoying her journey. We are so excited for her! We’ll be welcoming more additions to the WW family throughout the year—stay tuned!
- Exciting new partners We recently teamed up with the Vitamin Shoppe, a specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle company, and Serta, one of America’s leading bedding brands that has pioneered sleep innovation for more than 90 years. Together, we can help people lead better, healthier lives and make wellness even more accessible. Get excited to experience these partnerships!
- A new way to get moving At the start of 2020, my goal was to fit in movement every single day. Well, like other things in 2020, that did not go according to plan. But I am ready to recommit in 2021! Two things that are keeping me moving: my Peloton workout buddy, Hannah, and the WalkTalks available through the Digital 360 plan. They’re like a podcast and a walking workout, all rolled into one! I’ve committed to doing one every other day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to step away from my desk and get fresh air plus major motivation from some big names. And trust me, when you have Oprah, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, or Matthew McConaughey in your ear while on a walk, you feel like you can conquer the world!
- Trying out a new plan In our family, most of us follow the Blue plan. We know it, we love it—and it works for us! However, it’s a new year and my daughter, Lizzy, was ready for change. Now that she’s on Purple, Lizzy has been cooking up a storm with her new ZeroPoint™ foods. Our favorite recipe so far is a pasta with sautéed veggies that uses WW’s new protein- and fiber-packed Lentil Pasta. Get the recipe here and check out Lizzy’s Instagram to discover what else she’s been cooking.
Lastly, I’m excited to announce that, for the 11th year in a row, WW earned the #1 spot in Best Weight-Loss Diets and Best Commercial Diets on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2021 rankings. We wouldn’t be here without you, our amazing members—so thank you and happy New Year!
My December Newsletter
No resolutions, just new beginnings!
As we get ready to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year, I’m embracing the opportunity to begin 2021 with a fresh perspective, renewed sense of optimism, and grateful heart. We kicked off the holidays with our family Thanksgiving tradition: going around the table and saying what we are thankful for. This year, we all focused on the people we love, the time we’ve spent together, and the acts of kindness we’ve experienced. It made me realize that we need to replace our year-end resolutions with a gratitude list. It’s not about what happens over the course of 12 months, but instead about lasting and meaningful experiences that move us forward for years to come. My daughter, Lizzy, already does this! She’s been sharing one thing she’s grateful for every morning since October and encourages others to do the same. Some are profound, others silly, but all are meaningful. Check out her “Happiness begins with gratitude” journey on Instagram @lizzysirgey. What are you grateful for this year? Let me know on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter.
Here’s my list!:
- The holidays In our family, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. My daughter and I are serial decorators, so our house is decked out for holiday celebrations! The definition of the Hebrew word hanukkah is “dedication,” and this Hanukkah, I am dedicating myself to my whole health—mind, body, and spirit! That’s why myWW+ could not have come at a better time. More holistic, more personalized, and more Mindy! Lizzy and I love the tradition of making latkes, and this year, we whipped up an air-fryer version that was delicious and only 3 SmartPoints® on Blue! For Christmas, we always watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a family. In the movie, the Grinch asks, “Am I just eating because I am bored?” Don’t we all feel that way sometimes? It’s a good reminder to be mindful about my food choices while still making room for holiday faves. For example, we all love Christmas cookies, right? So bake those cookies, track them, and enjoy! My granddaughter, Emma, and I had so much fun making Grinch cookies, and we made sure we had the right accessories!
- My family We have all been together in New York’s Hudson Valley since March. Getting to see my two granddaughters every day and watch them grow in front of my eyes has been such a gift. We sit down for dinner together each night and gather promptly at 7 p.m. every weekday to watch Jeopardy. (We will truly miss Alex Trebek!) And, yes, we are all very competitive so it is a spirited half hour for sure!
- My WW life I am grateful to have a job I love, an incredible and passionate team around the globe, and a brand that inspires millions of people to be their healthiest selves. I am also thankful to be a WW member and have the support, inspiration, and motivation that allows me to live my most fulfilled and healthy life. I love this shirt and how it reminds me to stay strong and focused on the future!
- My friends Something else I’m grateful for: my many special friends around the world. I have such fun sending them gifts, whether it’s a surprise package of WW treats (my favorite is the Snack Attack Set), a book, or just something that reminds me of them. A thoughtful package is always appreciated! Need gifting inspo? Check out WW’s snacks, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and more at WW.com/shop—they make great presents!
- Giving back We all faced challenges in 2020, but at WW, we are here to support each other and move forward as a family. That’s why I am proud of WW’s impact. This year, WW Good delivered healthy meals to millions around the world, and, along with 18 other founding partners, we launched the Healthy Living Coalition to help address the health disparities in underserved communities by focusing on advocacy, action, and investment. We are also working to diversify our WW family so we can be the partner for everyone to live their healthiest life.
One of the most powerful quotes I heard from Oprah on her 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour was “Each of us has a personal calling that is as unique as a fingerprint. The best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then offer it to others in the form of service.” We all have the power to create positive change, to enrich lives, and to inspire others to do what they may not have thought was possible. As we enter 2021, let us all be grateful for what we have and work toward a future of joy, happiness, peace, and health!
My November Newsletter
Innovation alert! I am thrilled to share my excitement about the launch of myWW+, not as Mindy the CEO, but as Mindy the member who is loving the new personalized experience and support I am receiving from WW! I am grateful to be heading into the holiday season with even more motivation, support, and community. So this month, my newsletter is going to be a bit different as I share with you how I am living this new myWW+ experience—and loving it! My daughter, Lizzy, and I are having so much fun discovering the new interactive, personalized features focused on our food, activity, sleep, and mindset experiences. Check out this video, which highlights the world of myWW+. If you have tried out the new myWW+ features, which are you loving the most? Let me know on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter.
Here’s a look at how Lizzy and I are living myWW+:
- We’re huge fans of What’s in Your Fridge? Lizzy and I love cooking delicious, healthy meals, so having the ability to search the fridge and match our ingredients to a fun recipe is amazing! I have been on a scallops binge. (Last week, I had them four nights in a row; clearly, I tend to get obsessed.) So we opened the app, plugged in scallops and other ingredients, and were served up some great recipes. Scallops Provencal was our first culinary adventure, and they were delicious. Then Lizzy made two different dishes on her own: Scallops with Chorizo Spiced Corn and Scallops with Risotto—yum! Check out her recipes on Instagram.
- Activity upgrade! One of my 2020 goals is to get active every day, and I welcome anything that makes that easier. That is why I am excited about the redesigned activity experience that shows the how and why of FitPoints®! Even my FitOn routines now integrate with my FitPoints—no extra tracking required. Lizzy loves the Total Body Sculpt Pilates and I have been using the 10-Minute Total Body workout. Then we both recuperate and stretch together! Which FitOn workouts are your favorites? Let me know on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter.
- I’m getting better zzz’s thanks to the sleep feature. What we all need now is a great night’s sleep! I am definitely a morning person, which means it is key that I go to bed early and wake up feeling refreshed. With the new sleep tracker, I’m sleeping better and, in turn, making healthier choices throughout my day. The feature provides personalized bedtime advice, and the changes I am making are helping me wind down and fall asleep faster. Plus, the new bedtime reminder is helping me stay on my sleep schedule even if I have to save the next chapter of my book for tomorrow. (I am an avid reader, and my new project is to start a book club. Stay tuned for my first recommendations—coming soon!) Lizzy does her WW Personal Coaching sessions in the evening, so this also helps her wind down before bed—a real benefit when you have to get up early to take care of two toddlers and need to get your sleep in wherever you can!
- Coaching, coaching, coaching! I know that just like you, I am trying to pay attention to my mindset and am always looking for ways to stay positive and focused, especially during these uncertain times. I have so much to do and think about each day—we all do—so the new 5-Minute Coaching feature in the app has been immensely helpful. It makes it easier to fit meditation, inspiration, and positive behavior change into my day. I can listen anytime, anywhere—I especially like to tune in while taking a walk and getting my steps in. I need to remind myself to get up and move as much as possible during the day, even if just for a short burst!
- Progress, not perfection. My favorite quote by Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, is “Progress, not perfection!” Keeping with that spirit, I love the new weekly progress reports in the app, which give me a full picture of my WW journey. They show me exactly what I have accomplished over the past week and how I can continue to improve by creating a personalized goal. I do really well with feedback and am very competitive with myself, so this is a game changer for my personal wellness challenge. If all of this isn’t enough, it’s actually just a small taste of what myWW+ has to offer! I am genuinely thrilled to use these new tools along with all of you. I know they are going to make the journey easier, more personalized and fun, and, ultimately, more successful—for all of us!
I will definitely be checking in with another letter in December as we look forward to the New Year. I know that in addition to doing a lot of cooking, I will be spending my time truly giving thanks for my family, my friends, my health and for you, my WW family who inspires me every day. I am wishing all of you and your families a healthy, happy Thanksgiving full of love and joy.
My October Newsletter
Here’s something to know about me: I am a major Halloween person. I never grow out of dressing up! In fact, I get more into it every year, along with the rest of my family. (The only exception is my husband, Neil—he’s more low-key on costumes and just does a yearly version of Clark Kent.) Check Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter for my big costume reveal on the 31st, and please share your pics, too! My granddaughter Emma will be Captain Marvel, complete with the red boots, and she’ll be trick-or-treating for Unicef—virtually! Your kids can join her; just sign up here. In other fun October news…
- You ran (and I walked) for a great cause! Just a few days ago, WW members participated in the Virtual Women’s Half Marathon, benefiting Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Thousands of you took part, including my niece, Alissa. She’s a runner while I’m a walker (a calf injury ended running for me), but we motivate each other to get the steps in, any way we can. If you didn’t join, you can still donate and jump into the "Up for a Challenge" Connect group, where there’s always a new goal to chase and plenty of group inspiration.
- Kids are meditators, too! I love that there are so many ways to meditate, and Headspace gives you tons of options right in the WW app, from walking meditations to mindful eating. I especially like the End of Day option if I’ve read too many crazy headlines before bed. But Emma has come up with her very own technique: somersault meditation. She starts with a somersault that ends cross legged, then closes her eyes and chills out for a few minutes. I’m going to try it with her (Wish me luck with the somersault—it’s been a while!)
- We all need a snack strategy. It’s wonderful to have our house full of grandkids, but a house full of their snacks? More challenging. I’m thankful that Lizzy’s a WW Coach with good advice for the grown-ups. She keeps precut fruit and veggies with low-SmartPoints® dips in the fridge, right at eye level. That way we don’t go rummaging around for the less healthy stuff. “And if you’re going to snack on what your kids are having, don’t just eat out of the bag,” she says. “Serve yourself a portion, too. Make it a mindful choice and enjoy it with them!” For more of her smart tips, follow her on Instagram and @lgsirgey on Connect.
- Eggs just got quicker and cuter. WW has partnered with Dash on a collection of genius little kitchen gadgets that make it easy to eat well. Right now, the new Egg Bite Maker is in heavy rotation at my house. You lightly beat a few eggs, add mix-ins, fill the four little cups, and press a button. A few minutes later, your perfect mini frittatas are ready. They’re delicious on their own, in a breakfast slider, over a salad, in a burrito...and the flavor options are endless. (Definitely try this Italian take.) Play around with your egg bites and share them with me on Connect or Twitter.
- The garden keeps going...and going...and now we’re up to our ears in eggplant. Luckily I love it, in everything from air-fried eggplant parm to Lizzy’s super-low-Points Eggplant Dip with Two-Ingredient-Dough pita bread. Get more of her recipes on Instagram or Connect @lgsirgey.
- We say YES to decorations Our family loves to celebrate Halloween (or really any holiday), and ordinarily we’d be planning a giant party. This year, it will be just a few friends and family members gathered outside, but we’re still going big on the decorations. They bring us all joy and let us use our creativity—both crucial to happiness and positivity right now. That means witches, skeletons, and ghosts are popping up everywhere in our house. Boo! (We also say yes to candy, and this guide helps me pick.)
My September Newsletter
These days, it’s more important than ever to find reasons to celebrate, right? Well, September is full of them, from the gorgeous bounty in farmers’ markets to the first orange leaves to some WW news I think you’ll love. Let me know what you’re celebrating this fall on Connect (grossmanm57) or Twitter and take a look at my list:
- First, cheers to all the kids going “back” to school and the amazing parents supporting them. I’m in awe of moms and dads working overtime to set their children up for success, whether learning is online, in person, or a mix of the two. My daughter, Lizzy, and her husband, Cody, are with us in upstate New York, and I watch their juggling act with our two granddaughters every day. Neil and I babysit so Lizzy and Cody can get some alone time–it’s a joy for us and for them! But parents are the essential workers in every family. Great job, guys!
- Say hello to Halo! I’m so excited that WW is collaborating with Amazon Halo, the new wearable health band and service that can help kick your wellness journey into gear. Just slip on the sleek Halo Band and sync the Halo and WW apps to get an incredible dashboard of health information. It comes fully loaded with exclusive WW labs that challenge you to make little healthy changes every day. My first Halo goal: aiming for 30 FitPoints® a week. To kick off this amazing collab, we’re giving away thousands of Halo Bands, so check out your chance to win here!
- Cozy autumn eating, homegrown. Our garden is moving into fall mode, but the herbs and the potatoes are incredible. I use both in my take on smashed potatoes. You boil medium-size potatoes until just tender, then smash them with the bottom of a heavy glass and pop them in the oven to crisp up. I play around with this WW recipe by mixing a little oil, Dijon mustard, basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley into a paste and then brush it on the potatoes before they go in the oven. Experiment with your own flavorings!
- WW has got serious talent. How do I know? Because WW live-streamed a global talent show with yours truly and a few more executives acting as judges in our blingiest work-from-home wear. Contestants submitted their performances—opera singing, ventriloquism, cake decorating, stand-up comedy...you name it. And, yes, I entered my secret talent: bowling! (Fun fact about me: I was a competitive junior league bowler as a teenager, and I still love it.) Take a look at our grand-prize winners, Donna Plummer and Rachael Long.
- Best. Coffee. Ever! WW’s brand-new coffees come in two fantastic flavors–Café Latte and Mocha Latte. Plus, each can packs 11 grams of protein, has no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and is just 3 SmartPoints®. These disappear so fast around here, I have to hide a few cans for myself!
- Also, I just celebrated my birthday... And when I say “celebrated,” I mean it (Lizzy made queso fundido, guac, fish tacos, red velvet cake—find her genius recipes on her Instagram). I also tracked, because that’s what it’s all about, people! Check out my 61-Points day above. The next morning, I woke up, did a FitOn workout, and got back on Budget, no regrets.
I’ll check in with another letter in October, WW family. In the meantime, I hope you’ll find little ways to celebrate the joys of the season. Happy fall!
My August Newsletter
I don’t know about you, WW family, but I’m slowly learning to accept this corona-coaster we’re on and live gratefully in the now. When my daughter, Lizzy, and her family came to live with us at the start of lockdown last March, she asked me, “When do you think we’ll be able to go back to Florida?” I had no clue. They ended up flying home in June...and now they’re with us again! For how long, we don’t know, but I’m thankful to have them back, and for a bunch of other things, too:
- Grandkids, in person, daily! It’s incredible to have this time with Emma and Hannah, who isn’t just walking—she’s running! Do I spoil them? Maybe a little, so I had to order “Mimi said I could” T-shirts. I know, I’m crazy!
- Big family meals. We like to set up make-your-own spreads, so everyone can choose their adventure. Our Mexican lettuce-wrap bar was a winner, and WW’s Chicken Tinga makes a perfect filling. Show me your go-to family dinners on Connect (grossmanm57) and Twitter.
- Lizzy’s cooking! She’s back in our kitchen with delicious new ideas like her lobster panzanella salad. It’s got all the flavors of a lobster roll for about half the SmartPoints®. Combine 8 oz cooked lobster meat, sliced scallions, and cherry tomatoes with a dressing made from 1 tbsp mayo, ½ tbsp Dijon mustard, ½ tbsp white wine vinegar, and ½ tsp garlic powder, plus salt and pepper to taste. Top with toasted croutons made from half a hot dog bun and enjoy! For more of Lizzy’s low-Points creations, check out her Instagram.
- Old movies. We’re keeping track of the great movies we’ve watched, and the list ranges from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to When Harry Met Sally. Which classics are you revisiting these days? Share your recommendations on Connect and Twitter.
- Old friends. I got the chance to stream a conversation with a dear friend, the legendary designer Jeffrey Banks, for the entire WW team. He inspired all of us working from home to get out of sweatpants and wear something fun! That goes for the guys, too: “I’ve always loved color and pattern,” Jeffrey told us. “Pink is a great color. It’s not a men’s color. It’s not a women’s color. Today, every newscaster has a pink or purple or teal tie. It really shows you how much we’ve evolved.”
- ZeroPoint™ corn. Our crop got blown down by Isaias, but, luckily, local farm stands are loaded with corn. And WW has endless low-SmartPoints ways to use it. One of the best: Just shuck a few ears and throw them on the grill for a nice char. (I make extra to cut off the cob and add to guacamole.)
- 33 years with Neil! We spent our anniversary on our local golf course and racked up some FitPoints® along the way. He’s a great golfer and I’m just trying to catch up, but it felt like the perfect, simple way to celebrate.
Finally, I’ll leave you with my favorite new toy, WW’s AR filter! Try it out on Instagram and share everywhere!
My July Newsletter
Hello from upstate New York, where, like many of you, I’m still working from home, with much of my life looking just like it did during lockdown. It’s essential that we wear masks, socially distance, and take precautions to help everyone stay safe and healthy, but how do we keep from feeling...stuck? During Oprah's Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward Live Virtual Tour, she told us, “Each day is an opportunity for renewal, no matter how overwhelmed you might be feeling in this moment.” So this month, I’m focusing on renewal and growth. Sure enough, new and exciting stuff is happening—in the natural world, my family, everywhere.
My granddaughter Hannah just turned one! And she stood up! And took her first steps! I couldn’t be there for her unicorn-themed birthday party (my daughter Lizzy and her family live in Florida, where travel is tricky now), but I sang to her over Zoom and felt a flood of gratitude for the joy and energy my grandkids bring to my life. My family is my “why,” and I want to be my healthiest for them!
Our garden is greener than ever. We’re harvesting ZeroPoint™ veggies, including squash, cucumbers, beets, herbs, and greens of all kinds! WW has helped me become an eat-your-greens person with recipes like these. Herbs are going into this sauce —delicious on everything! And I love beets in this soup made with coconut milk from German chef and WW Ambassador Andi Schweiger (so creamy, for just 3 SmartPoints®!).
Plus, so many new plant-based recipes to try! Our latest cookbook, SmartPlants, is out—just in time for summer’s incredible fresh produce. Find it here, and check out the cover recipe for Chickpea crust sausage and broccoli rabe pizza. What’s your favorite way to eat more plant-based? Let me know on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter.
Some new visitors! Nature seems to like lockdown, judging from the wildlife wandering our property lately. I’ve seen more of the usual—turkeys and turtles, foxes and woodpeckers—but in our 20-plus years here, I'd never seen a bear. Until one showed up a few weeks ago!
Flowers for creativity. Lately, when I’m working on a problem, I’ll head out to my garden and pick whatever is blooming for a little desk arrangement. Hey, I think the pop of color helps! Plus, gardening earns you 1 FitPoints® for every 15 minutes!
How to be a giver (without burning out). I’ve been so inspired by the generosity of the WW family throughout this crisis. We’re a big bunch of givers! Doing for others—not because you have to, but because you want to support, delight, and bring joy—is more meaningful than ever. (I’m sending little gifts to people, including these thank-you doughnuts!) Last week, I interviewed the brilliant organizational psychologist Adam Grant, and he had some advice for people like us: “You want to help in ways you find energizing, as opposed to exhausting. You don’t have to help all the people all the time in every situation, because that actually detracts from the impact you have. You want to give where you can make the biggest difference. That’s what helps givers thrive.”
I hope you’re finding ways to grow and thrive, while staying safe, wherever you are.
A Message to the WW Community
We will be better and we will do better.
To our members, our employees, our partners, our communities, to everyone:
The past few weeks have affected all of us, leading to moments of deep introspection, reflection and connection as a company. As a united Executive Team at WW, we are all committed to using those moments to drive real change and a more equitable world. For our employees, for our members and for our communities. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, are only a few of the most recent examples of the systemic racism that continues to plague our society, and must be the turning point for all of us. Last week, we paused, we listened. Today, we plan to take action.
At WW, we have made it a priority to cultivate a wellness community of diversity and inclusion. While we are proud of the progress we have made over the past few years, we openly recognize that we need to do more. We will do more.
Our WW action plan starts, but does not end, with:
Donating $1 million to non-profit organizations dedicated to positively influencing Black lives:
- Social justice (NAACP Legal Defense Fund)
- Education (Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
- Health and wellness (Bernard J. Tyson Fund for Equitable Health and Well-Being)
- Mental health (Loveland Foundation)
- Prison reform (Reform Alliance)
- WW will match all additional employee donations to the above organizations
- Spotlighting Black-owned businesses on the WW Shop.
- Adding donations to the Black Women’s Health Imperative as a Wellness Wins redemption option.
- Formation of a Black Wellness Council to tackle health disparities.
- Hiring a head of Inclusive Leadership.
- Establishing a Black advisory group to guide our brand and communication efforts.
- Pledging to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative.
- Creating new affinity groups, inclusive of a Black Affinity Group, to help bring together employees with similar backgrounds and interests.
- Crafting a Black employee development program for professional and career development.
- Creating internal educational and cultural programs aimed at eradicating bias and racism.
- Requiring diversity hiring at all points along the WW ecosystem.
When we released our Impact Manifesto in early 2018, we made it very clear: we inspire healthy habits for people, families, communities, the world, for everyone - and we meant that to the word. EVERYONE.
It is impossible to focus on health and well-being if you are, literally, fighting for your life. So it is up to all of us as individuals, as an organization, and as fellow humans to advocate for our employees, our members, and our communities.
This is our promise. This is our commitment. From today and moving forward.
My June Newsletter
I cannot begin this newsletter without acknowledging the pain and outrage expressed over the past few weeks. I’m incredibly thankful for our diverse WW family of employees, Ambassadors, and millions of members, including you. Community is at our core, and together we’ve spoken out against injustice. But words are not enough, so WW has made a plan and is taking conscious action to ensure diversity and inclusion in our organization, our membership, and our world. Take a look, above, and know that we will continue listening, learning, and working to make this right.
In order to take better care of one another, we must first take care of ourselves. That's what Global Wellness Day, is all about. It's a day when the WW family joins people around the world to make our health a priority. To celebrate, we launched a full day of wellness content, including a cooking demo, stretching class, special mindset Workshop, and much more.
We're kicking things off with the final session of Oprah’s Your Life In Focus: A Vision Forward Live Virtual Tour. WW partnered with Oprah to make this experience free for the world, and I’m thrilled that millions of members from around the globe have tuned in to talk about staying well, no matter what life throws at us. Don’t worry if you missed the first few events: You can watch them here and learn powerful ways to find calm, stay motivated, and show yourself and others the kindness we all deserve. I’m leaning on many of the ideas Oprah and her guests have discussed, including these:
- Take time out to focus. In her first session, Oprah gave us all permission to step away from the news when it becomes overwhelming. I’m a news junkie, especially now, but it’s been helpful to set aside a little time for reading each day—not to turn my mind off, but to turn it on in a different way. I’m rereading Biased, by Jennifer Eberhardt, about the insidious influence of hidden prejudice, and just starting Leading Without Authority, by Keith Ferrazzi, about elevating everyone around you to succeed as a team. What are you reading these days? Share your book recommendations with me on Connect (@grossmanm57) or Twitter.
- Feed your relationships. Oprah’s second session included a fascinating conversation with renowned relationship expert Esther Perel. “Disasters operate as relationship accelerators,” she said. “You get in touch with your priorities. You either emphasize the beginnings, the strengthening, the connection, or you emphasize the endings and the disconnection.” To make our bonds stronger, she suggested something so simple: Just say thanks. For the little things loved ones do for you, and for the qualities you love in them. Just this morning, I put it into practice, thanking my husband Neil for being such a thoughtful guy, bringing me coffee and making the bed (not so easy, as Oprah admitted on her Instagram!).
- Meet with yourself every day. That’s how Jay Shetty described meditation in Oprah’s third session, all about becoming more resilient. I’ll be honest: Meditating is hard for me! But Jay helped when he defined it simply as “a time when you can meet with yourself and ask a few questions: ‘How am I doing today? What can I change today that's going to make me feel better?’” With those words in mind, I’m tapping into our partner, Headspace. Their meditations are right in the WW app, so no excuses. Gayle King joined Oprah to close the morning with a raw, emotional conversation about the murder of George Floyd. Speaking their truth, they inspired everyone listening to raise their own voices and call for change.
- Commit to wellness. That's Oprah's theme for Global Wellness Day. She'll guide us toward doing one new thing—not all the things, just one—to support our health and well-being. Remember, WW is offering tons of free, easy-to-access tools to help, right here. Explore them and let me know on Connect or Twitter what you did to celebrate global wellness. So, what’s my one thing? I’m committing to exercising outdoors more often, for the energy boost and a hit of vitamin D. Our new partner, FitOn, makes it fun with video workouts in the WW app! There are hundreds of video workout classes to choose from, including yoga, Pilates, even boxing! Try them and share your favorite workouts with me on Connect or Twitter.
Have a safe and uplifting Global Wellness Day, everyone. Let’s do this #bettertogether.
My May Newsletter
Hello, and happy (socially distanced) Mother’s Day! I hope you connect with the moms in your life today—virtually, wearing masks, sitting outside, six feet apart—any way you can. The holiday looks different this year, but love is love, as you can see in this video.
Like a lot of families, my multi-generational gang is sheltering together at our home in upstate New York. So this crisis has a silver lining for me: I’m getting to spend tons of time with my daughter, Lizzy, her husband, Cody, and my granddaughters, Emma and Hannah.
Watching Lizzy in action during this time has been truly inspiring. She’s an incredible mom and a dedicated 1:1 Coach for WW, navigating her own weight-loss journey while helping others do the same. She puts her kids to bed by 7 p.m., and many nights gets right on calls with members, offering advice and cheering them on. Her tips are super helpful, so this month I asked her to share some of them with all of you. Lizzy, take it away!
- Remember, there are no “good” foods or “bad” foods (especially on Mother’s Day)! I love that WW encourages us to ditch the idea of “cheating” so we have a healthier relationship with food as we work toward our goals. Cake is definitely on the menu for me, and my mom, on Mother’s Day. Because we both like different flavors—and neither of us wants to spend the morning baking—we ordered two cakes. Hers is classic carrot from Zaro’s, and mine is chocolate buttercream from Sugarees. The Points are crazy, yes, but we budget for them, track them, and enjoy them! Are you saving SmartPoints® for a Mother’s Day treat? Share it with me on Connect @lgsirgey.
- When in doubt, grill. To make room for that slice of cake, we’re throwing salmon on the grill for Mother’s Day dinner, and I can’t wait to try these WW recipes, too. The smoky flavor means you don’t need a heavy sauce, so you cut down on SmartPoints (and dishes)! My dad will take over the cooking while my husband handles the kids. What are mom and I going to do with all that free time?
- Peace out. We all need togetherness to get through this, but alone time is crucial, too. With two kids under four, that’s a rare treat for me. So this afternoon you’ll find me on my “isolation” rock, getting some vitamin D, and Mimi (that’s my mom’s grandma name) on a long walk.
- Use what you’ve got. I can’t get the ingredients I usually cook with, or use my own kitchen tools. For example, at home, I always measure pasta and other foods using a digital scale, but my parents don’t have one. So, I improvised! I used an old fashioned scale, which is usually just kitchen decor, but it totally worked. I turned my serving of pasta into a super-filling meal by bulking it up with veggies and shrimp, including ZeroPoint™ shiitake mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.
- Recruit a (little) workout buddy. If I waited for a childcare break to get active, I would never exercise. So I did my ab workout “with” Emma yesterday. She definitely upped the intensity by sitting on me, which is great because the other thing we love to do together is…
- Bake. Share. Repeat. We bake almost every day to get creative (Emma) and burn off stress (me), so thank goodness I have Cody and my cousins here to help us eat what we make. I can’t wait to get back to my normal routine of giving most of our treats to Cody’s office and Emma’s school, so they don’t hang around my kitchen.
- In the meantime, try puzzling! Over the course of my journey, I’ve had to come up with ways to cope with my emotions that don’t involve eating. One that works for me: Keeping my hands busy with something else. I’ll work on my computer, knit, make jewelry, and lately I’m putting in puzzle time! What’s your solution to curb emotional eating? Share it with me on Connect and I’ll pass it on to the members I coach.
- Hugs are essential. Virtual or in person, reaching out means more now than it ever has. Today, I’m going to give a special squeeze of gratitude to my mom, aka Mindy, aka Mimi. I love you!
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, everyone!
My April Newsletter
Greetings from our “new normal”—I hope this finds you safe and well, wherever you’re sheltering through this global crisis. If you’re like me, quarantine is keeping you strangely busy, between work, Zoom meetings, cooking, and cleaning (wow, the dishes!). Tucked in there is family time with Neil, Lizzy, Cody, and our granddaughters Emma and Hannah. And every day, on Connect and Twitter and in live Virtual Workshops, I bond with my other family: the WW community around the world, including you. I’m so proud of how we’re getting each other through this thing! Here’s a snapshot of my sanity helpers:
- 3 Good Things, every morning: I get up around 6 a.m., and the first thing I do is write down three things I’m thankful for in a little journal. It’s a practice WW talks about in Workshops because it gives you a happiness boost, and so many studies show that happier people make healthier choices. This morning (and many mornings) baby Hannah made the list—she already loves ZeroPoint™ apples!
- Water tracking! It’s here, and you are already obsessed with it. In the first weeks after WW launched this new feature in the app, you glugged and tracked more than 60 million ounces of water! My goal is 12 glasses a day, and it’s so satisfying to hit that little + sign and see the fun water graphic filling in. If you haven’t tried the new tool yet, watch this video and get on board.
- Meals on repeat. I get creative with dinner, but in the middle of the workday, I go for the same options over and over. It takes one decision off my plate, literally. Saved in my favorite meals for lunch: this low-SmartPoints® creamy chicken salad with GG Scandinavian Pumpkin Seed Crispbread crackers, or, during Passover, Matzoh (only 3 Points for an entire square!).
- PlayPoints! My grandkids are like personal trainers around here, making sure we get moving. If you’re playing hard with your kids or grandkids, track the FitPoints®: Search for “Playing with children” under activity in your app and earn FitPoints for every 15 minutes.
- The Greatest Showman: Besides Twister, I just started a 30-day Peloton challenge. My favorite class is the half-hour “Greatest Showman” ride—love the music, and it’s such a good workout!
- Ideas from chef Curtis Stone: Shrimp is a delicious ZeroPoint food for all the people on Blue in my house, so we stocked up on the frozen kind. I’m loving these WW recipes, but we’ve still got more! Curtis Stone came to the rescue: He got on Zoom with me to share recipe ideas for shrimp and more freezer and pantry basics. We posted the video on Connect (search “wwnow”) and thousands of you tuned in. Thanks, Curtis!
- Giving back. WW's Healthy Giving Challenge lets us all donate our WellnessWins™ to one of three charitable options focused on providing nutritious meals and fresh produce to people in need during this crisis. I’m so excited! It gives us the chance to do more (tracking everything, including activity and weight), earn more (Wins!) to give more, together. That’s because WW will match member donations up to 1 million dollars, for a total gift of 2 million. I broke 10,000 Wins the other day, and I’m not stopping! WW family, we’ve got this.
Years from now, I know we’ll look back on this time and remember just how surreal it was. But I also know that we will remember how we came together to support one another, on Connect, in live Virtual Workshops, and through the Healthy Giving Challenge. I’m so grateful to you, and proud of us, for being #bettertogether.
My March Newsletter
To you and the entire WW family—I truly hope everyone reading this is healthy, and staying safe. It’s been all hands on deck at WW, shifting our business nearly overnight to support members with live Virtual Workshops, a wealth of stay-healthy resources, extra encouragement on our social channels, and more. That’s kept me busy as WW’s CEO, but I’m also managing this new normal as a member, too. Like many of you, I’m taking care of family, figuring out the work from home thing, and keeping up my healthy habits as best I can. Balancing it all can be a challenge, but it’s so important for each of us to #stayhome as much as possible to protect ourselves and one another. Here’s a snapshot of what’s helping me right now—please share your strategies, too! I’m always on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter.
Unexpected family time! I’m happy to have my husband Neil, daughter Lizzy, son-in-law Cody, and granddaughters Emma and Hannah all under one roof at our home in upstate New York. The grown-ups switch off working (Lizzy as a WW Coach) and pitching in with the kids. My specialty is paper crafts: I color and glue right along with Emma. It keeps me in the moment, and a little creativity unlocks my brain. Great for stress!
My WW family. It’s strange that during a time of social distancing, I’ve never felt more connected to all of you, and judging from this video, you feel the same. (Please watch—it's amazing!) I had no trouble logging in to my Virtual Workshop, where everyone talked about how much it meant to be able to see friendly faces and swap tips. One young mom talked about setting up daily routines for her children, just like the ones they follow in preschool. I realized I need that too, so I have a new mantra…
Move. Every. Day. I’ll be honest and say that my resolution to work out daily went out the window when this crisis began, but I’m determined to get back on track. Walking outdoors helps me get steps in and burn off the stir-craziness. And seeing the first signs of spring—yes, even on a snowy morning—helps me feel hopeful.
Cooking (oh, and tracking!). We’re doing our share of stress-baking here, including what I call “oxymoron cookies”—chipless chocolate chip cookies. But we’re also leaning on WW recipes, including this member favorite chili that saves SmartPoints® for later (quarantinis, anyone?). You make it with canned beans, which we have a ton of. I told my Workshop that cooking feels like being on Chopped these days, as we try to use what we have and can find in the store! Share your kitchen creations with me, please, on Twitter and Connect.
Working in slippers. The WW team is meeting on Zoom (if you haven’t tried the app, download it!) at all hours, but at least work feels comfy these days. It’s almost like being in our conference rooms, but now everyone’s really...real. There are kids crying, dogs barking, and mess in the background. I like it! On my end, Emma and Hannah make regular appearances (Hannah contributes a lot by teething on my chunky necklaces), and their presence feels like a blessing, not an interruption.
Organizing! It’s how Lizzy keeps sane when things get crazy, and take a look at the results. I mean, wow. She’s going through the house, closet by closet. Is that why she’s so chill, and I’m not? Which brings me to a new healthy habit I’m focused on...
Mini-meditations. The amazing Jesse Israel, founder of The Big Quiet, led a meditation on every stop of Oprah’s 2020: Your Life in Focus Tour. He taught me, and whole stadiums full of people, that the mind needs rest just like the body does. So even though I’ve never been good at sitting still or slowing down, I’m determined to try with the Headspace meditations on the WW app. Some of them take just three minutes. I can handle that, right?
Finally, gratitude. We need it now, more than ever. I’m so thankful for my family, my co-workers, the entire WW community, and you, because we’re #bettertogether. I’ll check back in with you soon, and meantime, stay well.
My February Newsletter
Are you feeling the love this February? I know I am, for so many reasons. First, it’s heart-health month, and that means a lot to me, personally. My mom, Elaine, was only 3 when her father died of a heart attack and a teenager when her mother suffered a stroke. She had always struggled with her weight and had her first heart attack at age 50.
Seeing the toll that heart disease has taken on my family has certainly shaped me. At 62, I feel motivated to make sure I’ll be here for my daughter and granddaughters—to play, travel, and experience adventure—for many years to come. I want that, not just for my family, but for everyone, so I was incredibly honored to receive a Red Dress Award from Woman’s Day magazine, recognizing WW’s work helping people around the world build healthy habits for real life. Show your heart some love with these tips.
Something else that's touching my heart these days: The stories featured on Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour (follow along @ww.now on Instagram, and get my behind-the-scenes updates on Twitter).
- In Atlanta, Erik Pimentel told Oprah that after he lost his leg in a forklift accident, he realized that extra weight was preventing him from getting mobile. He joined WW and dropped an incredible 110 pounds! Beyond his weight loss, he wowed us all with his purpose: “It’s a gift for me to support other amputees,” he said. “I know the struggle, and I want to inspire them.
- In Brooklyn, we heard from Tara Deckert, a New York City police officer who lost 44 pounds on WW and campaigned tirelessly to bring the program to everyone at the NYPD. We partnered up, and the department lost a total of 3,417 pounds together.
- Later that day in Brooklyn, Michelle Obama sat down with Oprah and talked about pretty much everything, including her marriage and life as an empty nester, which she is loving. “It is so good, y’all, No, it is really good,” she told the crowd. Honestly, her smile said it all.
In the middle of tour-mania, WW welcomed a new Ambassador: Daphne Oz! She’s an Emmy Award–winning television host, New York Times best-selling author, chef, mother of four, and daughter of my friends Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz. Daphne will be sharing her happy, healthy recipes with our WW family, including her Better brownies. They’re gooey, fudgy, and check out the SmartPoints® value: 4 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple)!
The last thing I’ll say: YOU are the heart of WW. You constantly amaze me with your tips and hacks, struggles and wins...all of it. Let’s keep talking on Connect (@grossmanm57) and Twitter, because every day, you remind me why I love what I do.
My #WWYearinReview video
My January Newsletter
Wow, is this new year off to a fast—and fantastic—start! It began for me in Ft. Lauderdale with a burst of inspiration at the first stop on Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour. Having my family there with me made it even more special! I was deeply moved by the entire day, including Oprah’s fearless conversation with Lady Gaga. Judging from the tears and cheers, all 15,000 attendees felt exactly the way I did.
As I watched them leave the arena, fired up and ready to share what they’d learned with friends and family, I saw how this one event will have a positive ripple effect on hundreds of thousands of people. So exciting! Follow along on Twitter and Connect (@grossmanm57), where I'll be sharing behind-the-scenes highlights from each of our stops.
What else is new for me in 2020? So much! Here’s a taste:
- New members, finding WW in new ways. I’m thrilled that so many of you have signed on this month, making myWW™ our most popular program ever. Our pop-ups and Studios in Kohl’s stores around the country are helping us meet you where you are, so look for one the next time you’re shopping.
- New snack! Introducing WW Nacho Tortilla Chips, just in time for Superbowl season! They’re cheesy, crunchy, and perfectly sized to scoop up my favorite guac. I’m putting out a big bowl of individual snack bags at our Superbowl party, so people can grab one for just 2 SmartPoints® value (Green, Blue, Purple).
- New goal: My aim for 2020 is to get in some activity every single day. Yes, even on the road! Our behavioral-science team always says that goals should be truly doable, so I’m shooting for 30 minutes or more, but I’ll be happy with 15 minutes of body-weight exercises in a hotel room, or a few 10-minute walks throughout the day. Hey, it all counts!
- New Neil! When I took this job two years ago, I had no idea it would transform...my husband! He lost so much weight, we put him in our winter campaign (he’s down 30 pounds!). Congratulations, Mr. Neil (that's his fun nickname)!
- New recognition (that never gets old): WW was recently named the #1 Best Diet for Weight Loss by U.S. News and World Report, for the 10th year in a row. What a way to end a decade, and kick off a new one!
- New gadget: Lizzy and I are obsessed with our air fryers. Suddenly, eggplant parm is back in rotation, along with these WW air-fryer recipes. A 2-Point Bloomin onion? That’s my idea of a miracle. Hop on Twitter or Connect and tell me what you’re air-frying.
- New mantra: Instead of obsessing about my to-do list, I’m going to focus on my NOT-to-do list. I’m challenging myself to be discerning and focus on the things that are truly important. That leaves time for myself, to be fulfilled by friends, family, and life! What’s on your NOT-to-do list? Let me know on Twitter and Connect.
One last thing: Did you know that today, January 17, is the day people are most likely to quit their resolutions? That’s not how we roll at WW. Instead, we’re celebrating Recommitter’s Day. To join in, share your 2020 goals on Connect, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #WWYearinReview and tag us @ww. And check out my Year in Review video, above!
My December Newsletter
Hi everyone, and happy holidays! I love that this time of year brings us all together, reminding us what (and who) really matters in our lives. You know my family is my why, so of course I have to share our holiday card photos. Show me yours on Connect (@grossmanm57) or Twitter, please!
Some family news that makes me super proud: My daughter, Lizzy, just became a WW Personal Coach! (Check out her incredible weight and wellness journey on Connect @lgsirgey.) “Personal coaching has been such a huge part of my success,” she says. “I want to pay it forward and do what I can to help others reach their goals.” Honestly, the whole family is living WW, including me. Here’s what I’m excited about right now:
- Low-SmartPoints® cookies! My granddaughter Emma is the family cookie critic, and she gave these fudgy chocolate bites a big thumbs up. They’re new from the WW Test Kitchen and you won’t believe the Points: 2 (Green), 1 (Blue), 1 (Purple).
- I’ve realized that when I put workouts on my calendar, they actually happen. So I block out time for indoor cycling at 6:30 a few mornings a week. If I see it on my phone the night before, I actually haul myself out of bed and get on the bike. How do you motivate yourself to move more in winter? Let’s all swap tips on Connect.
- At WW, we meet you where you are, and for me, that means lots of travel! I fly constantly in order to spend time with members and staff at our Studios worldwide, so I’m thrilled that WW snacks are now sold at Cibo Express in major airports. I was just at JFK in New York and grabbed a bag of our Barbecue Potato Crisps instead of the regular kind. Delicious, and I saved 4 SmartPoints!
- I go all out for big holiday dinners, but the rest of December, I’m a kitchen minimalist: Less prep + less cleanup = more joy. These WW recipes are rich and homey and leave you with exactly one pot or pan to wash (unless you use fancy serving dishes—and I don’t!).
- Finally, on December 7, I joined 60,000 other people in 52 cities around the globe for The World’s Big Sleep Out to show solidarity and support for the homeless. Our group gathered in Times Square, climbed into sleeping bags, and spent one night experiencing what so many men, women, and children face every night. It was a humbling but hope-filled event, and Team WW sleep outs around the country raised more than $25,000 to help end homelessness. Giving feels especially good around the holidays. I’ll be doing a lot more of it before we close out 2019.
Thank you, WW family, for another wonderful year together!
My November Newsletter
First I have to ask: Are you Green, Blue, or Purple on myWW™? I’m so curious to know, so tell me all about it on Connect (@grossmanm57) or Twitter. This innovation lets you choose how to live WW, which thrills me as CEO, but also as a member.
My weight has fluctuated my entire life–I could always lose, but then I’d re-gain. When I took this job, I went all in and lost seven pounds, but what’s most exciting is that I stayed there. I have not deviated more than a couple of pounds from my healthy weight goal in literally two years. This has never happened to me before! And that’s why I am not leaving Blue!!
Green, Blue, or Purple, there’s one key to success: Just. Keep. Tracking. Even on the busiest day, or when I’m traveling, or if I’ve gone way over my SmartPoints® Budget…I track. These shortcuts make it nearly automatic:
- I’ve got a few breakfasts and lunches on repeat and the WW app learns those “frequent meals” so I can track them with one tap. I use it for my regular sushi order: a spicy tuna roll, inside out with brown rice, plus edamame. Quick to eat, quick to track, and 10 (Green), 6 (Blue), 5 (Purple). For new meal ideas, I'm turning to the myWW Program Cookbook—all easy and delicious!
- Best guessing beats not tracking, according to our chief science officer, Dr. Gary Foster, so I’ve gotten to be a pretty good guesser when I’m eating out. What helps is finding something in the WW recipe database that seems similar, like these two pork dishes. I add a few Points, because WW recipes use genius healthy-cooking hacks that restaurants don’t. That’s close enough, right?
- Have you used the barcode scanner on the app yet? Whenever I’m trying something new, it lets me scan the item to find the SmartPoints value, and instantly track a serving. I was recently in the grocery store and scanned all the wraps to find the lowest-Points option (Toufayan low-carb, low-sodium wrap–amazing with turkey, low-fat Jarlsberg cheese, and crisp coleslaw). I love that other shoppers get curious and ask what I’m doing. Sometimes I even draw a crowd!
- Yes, I actually track bites off my granddaughter Emma’s plate. Seriously. That kind of dedication has helped her mom, Lizzy, lose the baby weight on WW, so we track those Points together! Where do you stand on tracking a bite of dessert or a few stolen french fries? Let me know on Connect and follow Lizzy (@lgsirgey).
- We break the rules at Thanksgiving and do prime rib instead of turkey. Our no-fail family recipe is incredible, but not exactly low-Points! I track anyway, every day, because that’s what weeklies are for, am I right? Share your worth-the-Points recipe with me on Connect or Twitter with #WWThanksgiving.
- I’m obsessed with WellnessWins™. Neil and I get competitive about our totals! Every meal or snack racks up Wins, and you can redeem them for very cool stuff, but I always donate mine to WW Good. That’s our social-impact campaign, focused on bringing healthy food to families in need around the country. Knowing I’m helping others motivates me to stick with tracking, moving, all of it. Turns out, WW Good donations are one of our most popular rewards. That says a lot about the generosity of this WW family. I’m so proud to be one of you!
Finally, today’s big news? We've announced the special guests on Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour. I am so awestruck by this lineup! Find out who's coming by visiting WW.com/Oprah and following us at @ww.now on Instagram.
My October Newsletter
Happy almost-Halloween! I go all out for this holiday—you’ll definitely see my costume on Twitter and Connect @grossmanm57. Show me yours! Here's what's going on this month for me:
My garden in upstate New York is the gift that keeps on giving, and right now we’re harvesting squash by the truckload (literally). Every variety works as a genius ZeroPoint™ stand-in for potatoes, and they’re delicious roasted, stuffed, spiralized, you name it. These recipes are my current faves, but I want to hear yours. Post them on Connect with #squashcrazy.
I just hosted a WW team at our house, and we kicked off a beautiful Indian-summer day with some backyard yoga. To tap into that same sense of calm wherever I am—even the back of a taxi—there’s Headspace, right in the WW app. My favorite meditation is Refresh. Just three minutes of breathing leaves me surprisingly less stressed.
Speaking of stress, my daughter, Lizzy, is juggling life with a 3-month-old and a toddler. How does she solve dinner? Rainbow bowls! Try this: Start with your favorite greens, veggies, beans, and salsa. Then add grilled flank steak and a drizzle of low-fat mayo mixed with sriracha and fat-free yogurt, all for a SmartPoints® value of only 4. (Follow Lizzy on Connect @lgsirgey for more smart dinner ideas.)
For me, cooking is relaxation (and if I’m sipping a nice low-Points tequila…that’s heaven!), so I’m extra-thrilled about our new partnership with Sur La Table. Starting next month they’ll host cooking classes featuring SmartPoints-friendly recipes in 81 of their kitchens around the country. Sign up at a location near you, or try this cozy autumn lasagna at home.
I hung out with finance expert Nicole Lapin during the launch for her new book, Becoming Super Woman. In it she gets honest about the burnout-turned-breakdown she experienced a few years back, and how she prioritized her own wellness. Her morning routine inspires me: She writes in a gratitude journal and gets herself totally ready for the day, all before looking at her phone. Want to try it with me?
Instead of dipping into the halloween candy we bought “for the kids,” this year, I’m reaching for WW mini-bars. They come in the same flavors as fun-size candy bars, for half the SmartPoints value (only 2!). Chocolate Caramel, I’m coming for you!
My September Newsletter
September is back-to-everything season for all of us, and on top of that, I’m thrilled about something brand new...
- For the first time ever, we’re hitting the road with Oprah! WW is partnering with her on Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour, a live experience where she’ll share her own wellness journey and introduce us to game-changing experts and storytellers. Oprah’s hope for this tour is “to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph—beginning first and foremost with what makes us well.” This is really what WW does best: We bring communities of people together with the shared goal of living our healthiest lives. I can’t wait to learn, laugh, eat, dance...and more, with thousands of you in nine U.S. cities.
- I’ll get honest and say, I’m in birthday recovery mode. Mine was the 8th, but I also celebrated on the 2nd, the 7th, and the 9th! I loved–and tracked–all of it. My attitude about gaining 2.5 pounds: Cake happens! But now I’m back to my 23 SmartPoints® a day, and it feels good.
- ZeroPoint™ foods make my Budget go so much further, and my favorite right now is salmon. I’m not the cook in the family (that would be my daughter, Lizzy) so I keep it simple with this quick stovetop recipe dressed up with WW’s 1-SmartPoints pesto. Make extra because you’ll want it on everything.
- Activity is also key, so I'm learning to play golf (I’m even getting competitive)! On weekends I head to our local course with Neil and come back four hours and 15 FitPoints® later. Weekdays I’m trying to jump rope. No fancy moves for me yet, but it’s great cardio, tones my arms, and works as a portable gym when I’m traveling. And exciting news! I’m walking in the WW Good 5K in Hempstead, Long Island, on September 22. It gets in steps and helps us put healthy food within reach for thousands of families. If you’re nearby, join me!
- The WW office building in NYC has a cool perk: a Trader Joe’s downstairs! I always grab Columbus Honey Turkey when I’m there, for loads of smoky-sweet flavor with just 1-SmartPoints value. What do you pick up on TJ runs? Tell me on Connect (I’m @grossmanm57).
- Finally, I’m living by the mantra “Progress, not perfection.” Those three words from our founder, Jean Nidetch, remind me to take risks, forgive myself, and be open to trying new things.
My August Newsletter
I’ve been thinking a lot about family this summer, as Neil and I welcomed our second grandchild, Hannah Lee! Lizzy, Cody, and big sister Emma are over the moon, and so are we. Looking at my family now, I’ve got just one word: gratitude. (My grandma name is Mimi! What’s yours? Follow me on Connect @grossmanm57 and let me know.)
We get lots of family time at our farm in upstate New York. It’s my happy place, and a little slice of ZeroPoint™ heaven, thanks to our garden. We grow all our own veggies, including a bumper crop of tomatoes. How to use them all? It’s a good problem to have, and I’ve been getting my ideas here.
My food revelation of the summer is the ZeroPoint clambake: grilled lobster, shrimp, and salmon; corn on the cob; summer bean salad; and grilled peaches for dessert. A completely healthy feast that leaves SmartPoints® for wine!
Homegrown and homemade is the dream, but reality sometimes means eating on the go. I love my Starbucks order: egg white and red pepper sous vide bites. They’re delicious, filling, and only 5 SmartPoints®.
One of my trips this summer was for the WW + Daybreaker event in LA, led by the unstoppable Julianne Hough. It was live-streamed globally and more than 500 people joined us in person for yoga and a joy-filled dance party, all before 7 a.m.! My takeaway: Activity should be about freedom and fun. I’ve been putting that thought into action with Emma, in the pool, on the swings, everywhere.
Finally, I’m feeling extra-inspired by two WW members: Gayle King, and my husband, Neil. Gayle led a wonderful conversation with me and Kathleen Murphy, Fidelity’s head of personal investing. “We all need to make our financial and physical wellness a priority,” Gayle said, adding that when we do, we should give ourselves credit: “You need to say, yay me! I did that.” And Neil? He’s lost 25 pounds on WW since March, showing me how it’s done, every single day.