Well, I'm still amazingly frustrated with this new tool designed to help us with our activity. New here? Please check my previous blog posts. Boiled down - my initial ActiveLink assessment results showed I earned 20 ActivityPoints while according to my calculations (and I err on the low end) of what Weight Watchers website and pocket guide says I earned are 104 Activity Points. No, I didn't type that wrong. I walk/jog around 5 miles three times per week, do kettlebell workouts (they're intense) three times per week, walk a bit with the dog and go dancing many nights.
In working these last few days since the assessment to try to up what ActiveLink says I earn, I just find myself more and more wanting to throw this thing across the room. I'm exhausted with what I do already and I need to increase what I do? Really? So I've been trying and I'm incredibly sore, overtired - dreaming I'm exercising - and still not reaching whatever my baseline is supposed to be.
Basically, in order to earn Activity Points you have to reach your baseline first. Logical question is well, what's my baseline? Problem with that question is that no one seems to have an answer. Not ever the people at Phillips who make the ActiveLink (I chatted with a rep online just a bit ago) who gave this response, "Sorry, I have checked the information and found that there is no such option to find the activity required to meet the baseline."
Well, that's not right! It would be like joining Weight Watchers and having no one tell us how to figure out how many PointsPlus we were supposed to eat each day. How can I attempt to reach my baseline if I've no way of knowing what it is? Like I can constantly plug the ActiveLink in and check? And, the baseline will change as I get closer to goal. So will that mean I have to do more? Oh, the horror of that! Just the thought scares the heck out of me.
Please, someone at Weight Watchers, I hope you're reading this. We have a right to know what the formula for figuring out our baseline is - or a calculator on the site somewhere where we plug in our age, height, weight and gender to know what we have to accomplish to reach that baseline. To think I walked 5 miles, went grocery shopping and errand running and am taking a short break from work to type this and in between normal daily activity I'm not at 50% and it's 4:30 in the afternoon? Something's not right. Please tell me something's not right. Am I even close to reaching my baseline? It's unfair to have no clue what I need to reach before I can earn a single ActivityPoint.