Explain This Weigh In Page! (And FitPoints Again)

Can anyone give any rational explanation for the layout on this weigh in page?  This is the Weight Watchers weigh in page as seen on my browser.  I am sure regular readers here know that I am a big fan of Weight Watchers.  I think it is a good program and I’ve been very successful on it.  But, I am actually dumbfounded that the layout on this page hasn’t been improved during this year.

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October Weigh In & Recovery Strategy

I weighed in for October and, as expected, I was up.  I weighed in at 142.8 pounds, up 2.4 pounds.  Honestly, my main feeling was one of relief.  Weighing at home this morning, I was actually down 3 1/2 pounds from where I was on Monday.  Of course, I realized that part of that Monday weight was post-surgery swelling and there was water retention from eating out on the weekend so I didn’t see that weight as being my “true” weight.

I think today’s weight is fairly accurate as to where I am.  I had a little swelling this morning, but not a lot so I felt this was realistic.  I didn’t eat out during the week and I watched sodium so I don’t think I have any significant fluid retention.

So, I am up about 4 pounds from my post-surgery low of 138.9 pounds.  That isn’t great, but it is manageable.  I had a reasonably good week.  I started to get back more into exercise and walked outside with my husband on a few days since the weather is getting cool enough to do that.  I did reasonably well on eating.

First, according to the information I get from Fitbit (calorie burn) and MyFitnessPal (calories eaten) I actually had a small calorie deficit for the week.  It was only about 50 calories a day, but I will take it.  For the week before I had a calorie surplus of 400 calories a day.  And, this was my first week with a calorie deficit since mid-September.  So, getting back to that point was important for me.

It was interesting that at the Weight Watchers meeting today the topic in the weekly handout was on having a recovery strategy if you go off track:

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Going Off Track

Honestly, I’ve been mostly off track for the past six weeks or so. I’ve been over on my points for several of those weeks and haven’t had a calorie deficit a lot of the time.  I’ve had a couple of good weeks, but more bad weeks than good weeks.

It is still hard to exactly gauge my true weight due to post-surgery swelling.  I am almost 3 months post tummy tuck/breast lift so that is starting to lessen, but is still present. I still see my waist line changing by 2 to 3 inches during the course of the day.  Still, I think that I am truly up about 2 or 3 pounds from my September weigh in.  I will be weighing in Saturday and currently am up almost 4 pounds from the September weigh in, but I don’t think all of that is true weight gain since my weight is still fluctuating a lot.

So, this seems like a good time to talk about going off track and how to get back on.  I do think I have caught this early and feel I am getting back on track.  So far, this has been a good week.

So, what caused me to go off track?  I think there are several factors:

Change of Routine – This is the biggest factor.  I do well when I have a routine and have good habits.  When we moved to our current home, I gained about 12 pounds in the first couple of months after moving.  At that point I had lost almost 50 pounds, so the regain was a real shock.  And, that gain put me in a downward spiral that ended up as a 35 pound weight gain.  The first step on going off track at that time was that I wasn’t following my usual routine.  We were looking at houses a couple of hours away from where we were living so we ended up eating out a lot more.  That put pressure on my caloric intake and so I got into a calorie surplus and it all spiraled down. [Read more…]

Weight Watchers Tracking of Fitbit Walk

I walked today recording my walk as an activity using my Fitbit.  I had posted recently that Weight Watchers had apparently fixed the problem they were having in double tracking steps.  To recap, previously when using an activity monitor and recording walking (or running) as an activity, Weight Watchers would double count the steps from the walk with your steps for the whole day.  During the time that I wasn’t exercising (due to surgery), this got fixed and Weight Watchers now tracks the activity and then deducts those steps from the daily total.  So, you get extra FitPoints for the steps that are in excess of those for the tracked walk.  I was glad to see that since it meant I could now tracking walking as an activity on Fitbit and not worry that the steps would get double counted.

Today, though, I noticed another great change.  One of the negatives on walking (and reportedly running) when activity was synced using an activity monitor was that Weight Watchers awarded FitPoints solely based upon steps.  The intensity of the walk or run didn’t matter.  If you walked 5000 steps at a slow pace you got the same FitPoints as if you ran 5000 steps at a fast pace.  Of course, the latter would take much less time.  But, it was the same FitPoints.

This contrasts with how it is when you manually record walking or running (that is, you don’t use an activity monitor).  In that situation, you give the length of time and intensity and the FitPoints vary based upon both time and intensity.

It bothered me that intensity wasn’t a part of how activity points are given.  I happen to live in a hilly neighborhood.  When I go for a walk there isn’t much that is truly flat.  So, I burn a lot more calories than I burn if I walk the same number of steps when I go to a shopping mall.

But, that wasn’t reflected in my FitPoints.  But, good news.  I noticed today that it is now reflected.  This what Weight Watchers showed after my walk.

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I went and checked on Fitbit and found that I walked 3825 steps during the walk.  If Weight Watchers was still going solely by steps, I would have earned 3 FitPoints for the walk.  But, I earned 4 FitPoints which is what I would earn for 37 minutes of walking at moderate intensity.  So, it appears that Weight Watchers is now using the information it gets from Fitbit to determine the intensity of the activity and awarding FitPoints accordingly.

I don’t know if this applies to all activity monitors or all activities.  But, this was really good news for me since I feel this gives me much better results on my activity.

To anyone using an activity monitor:  Are you seeing intensity being a part of how FitPoints are being awarded?

I Don’t Think About My Appearance Much Now

Since having facial plastic surgery and a mommy makeover (tummy tuck + breast list), I have found that I think about my appearance much less than I did before.  Yes, I do take more care with my appearance now when I go out.  When I would often go out with no makeup before, I now spend 5 minutes on it.  Where I used to spend 15 minutes on a special occasion getting ready to go out, I will now spend 20 minutes.  Basically, before I often felt it was no use to try to make the effort and I now I feel that it is useful.

And, I’m still in the recovery period and have some things still to be done to complete all of my plans.  I am having a small revision in November on my facial surgery (mostly fixing how my ear lobe healed and piercing my ears again and doing the final group of excisions of my cholesterol deposits).  I will addressing some things not covered by the facial surgery, such as doing a Resurfx laser treatment on my face.  And, while I am ecstatically happy with my tummy tuck, I still have a lot of swelling during the day (this should slowly abate over the next couple of months). So, yes, I still think about those things.

But, the rest of the time I don’t think about my appearance much at all.  Last night, we went out for my husband’s birthday.  Afterwards, I took a quick picture of him and he took one of me.

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