28 activity points a week. That’s how many you should be acquiring per week once you get to your goal. Sound easy? I’m not so sure…
When I started on weight watchers my idea of exercise was going up and down the stairs at home and walking from my car to the office. Extra exercise was walking to the mailbox on the corner. I would occasionally attempt to walk with friends on my work breaks, but I had a million excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t or wouldn’t.
Then I started on program, I started walking more. I started at a half mile and worked up to a mile. And when I was feeling really good, I would do some sort of DVD to get some extra activity points. Because I was heavy and moving all that weight around, I got quite a few points just for those “little” activities (they certainly didn’t feel little to me at the time!).
I did well with mainly just walking. I lost nearly 80 pounds with “just” walking. Wow! Who would have thought?
But for those of you who have reached goal or are close, know after awhile, that’s just not enough. It’s bad enough that we lose a food point for every ten pounds, but we then have to work that much harder to get activity points.
It’s almost like some cruel joke… I lose weight, work out more, and I get less points for it. I used to get 2 to 3 points for walking a mile. Now it’s one point. I weigh less and I can do it in less time, which is great… but… now I’m left wondering how much I will have to do to maintain an average of 28 points a week.
Right now I starting on some major training to complete a half marathon, but like I told my boyfriend, I can’t spend the rest of my life training for a half marathon! So, presently, I run 3 days a weeks and that earns me about 20 points, 4 points a week cross-training/stretching/toning, and the rest I make up by walking on my breaks at work (when the weather and my work load cooperate). As I continue to lose weight, I will get fewer points for the same exercise so what will I be doing by the time I get to goal?
After a couple of days of contemplation, I realized it doesn’t matter what I will be doing when I reach goal or for how long. What matters is I will be able to do it. I am now doing things I never thought I would be capable of doing before I went on Weight Watchers.
In the last year I have taken an eight mile hike (partially in the snow), walked a 5K, ran/walked a 5k, and then ran a 5K in 39 minutes. I run on a regular basis, I work out 4 days a week, and I walk every chance I get. I am now one of those people that will park at the far end of the parking lot to get extra steps in. I prefer the stairs to the elevator.
What will I be doing when I reach goal? I will be active. I will be (and already am) a runner. And most importantly, I will be healthy.
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