Weight Watchers Wednesday: August 2012

So, the first of my monthly Weight Watcher Wednesday Weigh-Ins is here.  Oddly enough, I was planning to post anyway as I’ve got two big changes I want to talk about.  But first thing first, weigh in:

Current Weight: 163.0

I’m frustrated by this, but I’ll get into a bit more detail in a bit.  So changes…

The first change is less actual change and more cool new weight loss/ fitness gadget I got.  Two weeks ago I bought the Weight Watchers ActiveLink.  It’s a brand new device that tracks your movement all day and converts it to Activity Points for you.  The accelerometer measures your moment up/ down, forward/ backward, and side to side.  For those of you that are familiar with the FitBit, ActiveLink is sort of like the Weight Watchers version.  The first eight days is an assessment period to determine how much you move during the day on average.  After that you begin a 12 week challenge to increase your overall daily movement.  There are indicator lights that help you monitor your progress toward your goal throughout the day.

So far I absolutely love it.  My current goal is to earn 2 activity points a day with my goal being 4 a day by the end of the 12 weeks.  I actually think the goal might be a little low (I averaged 5 activity points a day last week without a whole lot of “extra” effort.), but I’m still having fun challenging myself to add some extra movement and see just how high I can get my points on any given day.  The best part is that it makes it much easier to calculate activity points and seems to give a much more accurate picture of just how many activity points you earn in a given time frame.  It tracks movement and gives you credit for a whole day, but you must get past an activity base line before you start earning points.  So while sometimes you’ll earn points for every day activity, you might not always earn activity points for a workout.

The other change, which actually a change, is I’ve decided to take my daily points up from 26 to 28.  My decision to do this was two-fold.  I recently started tracking my food (and workouts) using MyFitnessPal.  I started doing this mostly because, as much as I love Weight Watchers, their mobile app is absolutely horrible and I needed to be able to track on the go.  I also prefer the workout tracking on the MyFitnessPal app.  As I was tracking in both systems (points and calories,) I started to notice that there were several instances where I would be well above my daily points plus values on Weight Watchers but just barely over 1,200 calories.  (For example, Monday I was 7 points over, but I’d only eaten 1,300 calories).  I also noticed a few instances where I’d eaten less than 1,200 calories, but I was at my points for the day.  It got me thinking that maybe I’m not actually eating enough and that is hindering my weight loss.  In fact, the last time I lost weight, I was actually in the red on my weekly points.  I also considered the fact that this time last year, I was at 28 daily points and steadilying losing.  So I’ve decided to bump myself up to 28 points a day and see how that works out for me for a couple weeks.  I’ll probably give it until September.

Overall though, I’m feeling really good.  I finally feel like I’m really back in the game.


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3 thoughts on “Weight Watchers Wednesday: August 2012”

  1. I am so glad to hear a few things about that new WW activty thingamabob. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want it. Please keep me posted on whether it is worth the investment or not! 🙂

    1. I went back and forth on it for a while (the $5 a month subscription fee was nearly a deal breaker for me), but I decided to just bite the bullet and buy it.

      So far I really love it, and think it’s totally worth the investment. I’ll let you know in a couple weeks when I’m either (still) totally in love or totally over it!
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