I have been doing Weight Watchers, but I've never been to a meeting or been through the program. I have 2 sets of books, and they are both outdated. The one that I rely on the most is one from 10 years ago where they count exercise as "You must do 20 minutes/day, then each 20 minutes after that earns you 1 point (capped at 2 points)." It doesn't matter if you walk for that 20 minutes or run your butt off... it all counts the same. This has never really made sense to me with the intense workouts that I do, but that's how I counted it because it worked for me when I did it 5 years ago. I recently talked with Jill (who's also doing WW and has been in the actual program recently so she's up-to-date on it), then did some research. It turns out that for a day like last Friday, I should've had 8 points of credit, not 2. Thinking back, I now remember a similar situation on the Biggest Loser when Jillian kept getting on to one of her contestants because he wasn't eating enough and wasn't losing weight. I guess I need to either stop working out as much or eat more. Kinda sucks (A LOT) to find out that I've been wasting my time this past week or two. My house has been a wreck and projects that I need to do are going undone, because every chance that I get goes toward trying to lose weight. Between getting dressed and gathering my things (and kids) to go to the gym, spending around 2 hours working out, showering, and being too exhausted to do much... I seem to have wasted at least 3 hours each day that I've worked out this week. It SUCKS!
After my weigh-in this morning, I was very depressed. I moped around for a while, then decided that just needed to take a nap (something that I haven't done for weeks now). I needed to just relax instead of using any down time that I have to clean or blog or whatever else I've been neglecting. So I napped for 2 hours. I wasn't even really tired, but I napped. When I got up from my nap, I put myself back together and decided that I needed to go at least squeeze a little exercise in (since my gym was only going to be open for another 30 minutes after I got there). So I did. I felt better when I got back, and I even spent an hour on Wii Fit after the kids went down for a nap. I'm still counting my points, still exercising, but trying to be smarter about it. I still don't know exactly how I'm supposed to balance the "activity points" earned and the extra points that I have to use because it seems like it's different for everyone (some people use them all, some use some, and some not at all), but I guess I'll just have to try it out and see if I can find my own balance. Just really sucks that I had to learn that my week of intense exercise was worthless. Hopefully the body fat percentage will tell me differently, but I'm not holding my breath.