My Active Link Week 1 Results & Weekly Menu

by DanicasDaily on September 9, 2012

Happy Sunday all!  I wanted to start off saying Thanks to all of you for being my Cheer Leaders earlier this week when I mentioned that I was having a Love/Hate relationship with AL.  One of the biggest changes I have had to make on my journey is to let go of trying to be “perfect”.  I honestly kept walking down the same gain/loss road (most of my life) until I realized that consistency mattered more than perfection

I guess it was only natural that I would’ve thought I NEEDED to be perfect and meet 100% of my target every day.  What can I say ~ old habits die hard and I am living proof that it is something I will always work on. I am so glad I listened to all of you though because it really helped me realize, I AM doing good and I AM succeeding, but, more importantly, this is only the first week and I do have 12 weeks to get to 100% all the time.

Ironic that “Habits” were today’s topic LOL…..

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Before I start to ramble on about today, I wanted to share with you all the screens I have been looking at all week long with AL (Active Link).

One thing I absolutely love about AL is that it only takes about 5 minutes to charge each time you plug it in and the first screen you see after AL syncs is this….

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AL is definitely motivating me in the right direction to ramp up my daily activity ~ I cleaned house tonight just so I could reach my 100% Open-mouthed smile

If you pop out the right, you can see your challenge and your daily target.

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Pop it out to the left and you have a quick summary by day for the week you are in.

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The other part that makes AL worth it to me is that it automatically syncs with my Weight Watchers online tracker to show my activity points earned throughout the day and it keeps track of your activity all week long. 

You can also see the totals on the mobile app, but, not the details.  I think AL needs his own app Winking smile

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If you click on the “view progress” tab above, you can get a breakdown by hour of your daily activity.

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Light green represents light to moderate activity like walking, while dark green represents high intensity activity like running.

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AL also breaks down your light to moderate intensity and high intensity by minutes as well.

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You can drill down even further by clicking any hour line or at the top clicking on hour/minute to see the details of how your activity breaks down by minute. 

This was for my Friday run…..You can highlight the boxes and specify what activity you did and it will help AL get smarter since he learns from your daily routine. So cool! 

For the record, I ran for 22 minutes straight, no walking breaks on Friday with a 5 minute warm up and cool down.

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When I was reviewing my results for Week 1 of my Active LInk Challenge, I had a big realization.  It isn’t always all about how many activity points you earn.  I have been consistently focusing on working out every other day so I know on my off days, I may not achieve 100%.

That being said, my overall average for the week showed me meeting my goal 98% of the time.  I’d definitely call that a SUCCESS in my book!

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I earned 26 Activity Points which factors in all the times I am moving more, not just when I work out.

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AL knows I love to check off boxes so he did it for me.  3 moderate and 3 high intensity days.

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If numbers are your thing, then, you can choose to view your summary by numbers.  I think it is so fun that you can exceed 100% of your daily target….just another motivator to move more!

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Overall, I am happy with my Week 1 results.  98% is an A+ and definitely in the right direction on my 12 week Active Link Challenge Graph. 

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I am already thinking of ways I can move more this week including walking to my training class versus driving and maybe adding in one more day of activity that isn’t running.

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Another added benefit I think from AL this week ~ My weight loss results jumped.  I lost another 1.6 lbs ~ so excited!!!

This morning I was up early just so I could make this Simply Filling Cheesy, Ham & Potato Breakfast Casserole for my Weight Watcher’s meeting.  I cut it into 1 points+ pieces so everyone could have a piece.  I’ll be posting the recipe this week.

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Served up with some gigantic grapes and sugar plums.

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After the meeting, we headed up to the Sacramento Antique Faire and spent the next 4 hours walking around.  The Husband was my camel and carried my snacks/water in his back pack.

Snack #1 a banana…..

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Snack #2 a crunch, sweet, green pluot.

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We decided to get ahead of traffic on the way home so we waited to have lunch until almost 3 pm.  I was "too hungry” when we walked into Red Robin, but, I am proud that I didn’t order any of the cheeseburgers or bottomless fries.  All the pictures on the menu kill me…..

I did have one of The Husband’s Buffalo Wings and all his celery to balance it out Open-mouthed smile

(SF + 3 WPA) – 3 points+

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I ordered their new Western BBQ Chicken Salad without the fried onions and the dressing on the side.  It looked so much prettier in the picture.

I ended up using the BBQ sauce for the dressing and it was just enough.  Using the Red Robin Nutrition Customizer, this salad is 16 points+ (without the fried onions & dressing).

Majority of the ingredients are Simply Filling so I am counting the cheese, avocado and BBQ sauce towards my WPA – SF + 5 WPA.

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I did a little prep for success this week when we got home by cutting up a watermelon, making another breakfast casserole at The Husband’s request and preparing a big batch of Two Pea Split Pea Soup from my new Weight Watchers I Love Leftovers Cookbook.

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I have pretty much decided that I need to add fresh peas to my split pea soup whenever I make it.  If anyone wants to recipe, just let me know.  It is very similar to the Crockpot Split Pea Soup I make.

It’s 100% Simply Filling & 100% Simply Delicious. (5 points+)

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STATS (12 am – 9:00 pm)

  • 2,539 calories burned
  • 7,920 steps taken
  • 8 WPA used, 41 WPA remaining (26 daily points+)
  • Active Link Goal: 100% + 4 WPA = success!

HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

I am working on a post to explain how I am working the Simply Filling Technique that I hope to post this week.

Night all!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine Beaudet September 10, 2012 at 5:06 am

I’m French Canadian so your split pea soup is a must for my house. Please, please, please (on hands and knees) post the recipe. It looks absolutely delish!

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Yvonne September 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

Looking forward to your tips on Simply Filling.

Quick question.
Do you (or anyone reading this) have any tips on organizing a weight watcher friendly kitchen?

Thanks in advance. :)

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DanicasDaily September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

HI Yvonne,

For me it is all about having good, healthy options to choose from and not having any of my trigger foods around or in sight where I can snack on them. I am definitely a crunchy/salty person so for me that is chips. I do my best to keep healthy alternatives around, but I do not keep them out in my line or site or I want to eat them.

I would rather spend extra money buying delicious fruits, veggies (I’ve even bought veggie trays to make life easy), light string cheeses, greek yogurt, etc. I really try to stick to foods that satisfy and stay away from empty calories (like 100 calorie packs) because they do not fill me up and usually leave me wanting more.

I am a firm believer in you cannot be tempted by what is not there. If I want a “treat” I will go out for a single serving then I thoroughly enjoy it. I make sure The Husband keeps his snack drawer on closed for all his treats (out of site).

Hope that helps a bit…..I am sure I could go on for hours on this topic :)

Danica

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Yvonne September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thanks so much for the suggestions.
I’m planning a “clean sweep” of my kitchen this weekend.
I’m going to get rid of all the CRAP and start fresh with your tips.
I’m going to have my “can eat anything & not gain weight” 16.5 yr old daughter to keep her snacks in her room. :)

Thanks, again!

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Ellen September 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

I second that! I am not from Canada, but I do love me some Split Pea Soup!!! :D

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Donna Kreiser September 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

I would love the Split Pea recipe! Sounds yummy and puts me even more in the mood for fall! Thanks!

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MzSlyde September 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi Danica -
Thanks for posting the pics and stuff of AL. I am so excited to get mine in the mail – I can’t wait to get it and get started.
Anyway – Just had to post because I have been tracking the last few days. I wanted to let you know I am struggling a little with trying to find foods to fit into my daily points value that is good to eat and filling – I need the best bang for my buck ya know. So I need to get a points calculator to take to the grocery store with me. Going to get that when I go grocery shopping the next time.
Anyway – I hear you talk alot about simply filling and I must have missed what that is because I am curious. Can you tell me what it is? Please. Thanks

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DanicasDaily September 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hi MzSlyde,

Congrats on tracking ~ so proud! Simply Filling is another technique you can use on Weight Watchers. You basically focus on eating Filling Foods which I think will definitely help you get the most bang for your buck. Here is the list I use for it.

http://www3.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=65271&sc=3002

One thing that I have found helps me is to add a fruit and/or veggie to every meal or snack. They are 0 points+ and it just makes it feel like more to have a bowl of watermelon with my string cheese or a nectarine with my 0% Greek Yogurt.

Do you have a smart phone? If you do, you can get the Weight Watchers mobile app which has a points+ calculator in it.

Keep up the great work,

Danica

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Jani September 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

Am SOOO envious of your Active Link – my area is somewhere near the end to get it and I can’t wait. Thanks so much for all of your explanations of how it all works; am saving them for when I finally get it.

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suzanne September 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Would love the split pea soup!

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BrookeNotOnADiet September 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I cannot wait to get my Active Link! It’s my reward for when I hit 150lbs lost! I’m just a few more pounds away! Eek!!

Also, I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing the Simply Filling technique! I made it my goal to do Simply Filling Fridays this month and while I kinda know it, I don’t know everything. So, I’m interested in hearing what you have to say!

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Deborah September 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Can’t wait for the SF Cheesy breakfasty looking thing! And Pea soup!

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Amy September 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

in the top photo, you show a white sheet with a place for stars on it. Can you tell me what that is, where you got it? thanks!

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DanicasDaily September 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Amy,

I got the paper from my Weight Watchers Leader. She gave us all 12 week print outs for our Active Link 12 Week Challenge. Each week we wear it and bring in our bookmark, she gives us a “Bravo” star for it.

Danica

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