Weight Watchers Activelink – My Decision to Unsubscribe

I was so excited when Weight Watchers came out with their Activelink.  I just knew it was going to be just the motivation I needed to move more.  It was available in many other states before Georgia and I waited patiently for it come to me!  I was so excited when I finally got the Activelink a few months ago.  I told you all about it in this post.

So, I wore it, religiously for weeks and weeks and weeks.  Even after I started with Crossfit, I wore it.  One day, Larry says to me, “What is that, a pager?”  I told him about what it was and he said, “Oh so does it measure the fat you are burning while at rest?”  Ummm….no.  It only measures when you are moving.

That got me thinking.  This new journey I am embarking on, more weight training and low intensity cardio, will this thing work for me?

Well…last week, I decided to unsubscribe my Activelink and not use it any more.

Activelink Subscription Cancelled

I cancelled my Activelink Subscription!

Now…before I tell you all the reasons why, I just want to tell you that this was MY personal decision.  I will tell you all the benefits of this little gadget after I tell you why I choose not to use it anymore.  Again, I felt this was best for me.  You have to make your own decision.

Here are the reasons I decided to unsubscribe and save myself the $5 fee a month:

  • It doesn’t measure weight training very well – I found that unless I was physically moving, it did not give me the activity credit.  It in no way measures your heart rate.
  • I didn’t want to wear my bra all day long – I know this may seem petty but who wants to get up on a weekend morning and put their bra on so they can wear their Activelink?  Not me.  I know you can wear it on your waistband but that wasn’t very comfortable for me.  Also, when I got home at night, I wanted to take my bra off.  I found myself wearing it until I went to bed.  Super uncomfortable!
  • It didn’t really motivate me – I can pretty much tell you how many bars (it lights up these little bars depending on how much activity you do) I would have at the end of the day.  When I exercised (walked or ran in some way), I would usually get all the bars lit up.  When I didn’t, I would get two or three.  Now, there were some days when I was shopping or out and about and I would get three or four without walking/running but I could also predict when those days were.  I hear of it motivating other people to move around the house to get that last bar but for some reason, it didn’t do it for me.  Half the time I would forget to even look and see.

Now that I have given you all the reasons I chose to unsubscribe, let me tell you WHO I think could really benefit from this device:

  • Anyone who currently struggles to exercise at all – If you do not currently exercise at all, this could be just the ticket!  Maybe you need a visual to remind you to move it.  This would be great for you.
  • Someone who has just started walking – This would be perfect for you.  It will measure how much more you are moving compared to how much you used to move.  It might motivate you to move more.
  • People who do not own another device to calculate calorie burn – I own a Polar Heart Rate monitor so it tells me exactly how many calories I burn when I work out.  This is extremely accurate because it goes by my heart rate.  If you do not own anything like this, you might really like the Activelink because it will give you some idea of your activity level.

Let me remind you, this was a personal decision.  I know there are many people out there who LOVE this little gadget.  For me, where I am in my exercising, I didn’t love it.  Period.  To me, it just wasn’t worth the $5 a month.

Have you tried the Activelink?  What do you think?  Love it or hate it?

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  • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

    I’ve been thinking about getting rid of my Active Link as well. I love it because it does motivate me. But I dislike it for the same reasons you do. I hate busting my ass off during my Turbo Fire HIIT videos and nothing on my AL to show for it.

    The $5 doesn’t seem worth it lately…..

  • Kate @KateMovingForward

    I tested one out at the end of the summer and I didn’t like and forgot to wear it half the time–good for some, but not for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slavetofuzzy Lisa Webb Sharp

    I am still struggling to get used to it. I hate hate HATE exercising and it’s really not motivating me to move more. All it does is frustrate me when I take it off at night and only 3 bars light up. But I do have to say, the bra thing…I hate wearing a bra too but when I take mine off (or never put one on) I just clip the little guy to my t-shirt collar. So that is a non-issue with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcympls Marcy Twete

    I haven’t heard of the ActiveLink (not a WW gal), but I am a HUGE fan of BodyMedia (formerly BodyBugg, it’s what they wear on the Biggest Loser). Google anything comparing it to every other calorie counter on the market and it wins every time. I lost nearly 100 lbs wearing it and am 100% faithful. It’s amazing. It tracks sleep, calories, steps, and activity. Love it!

  • Jennifer Jones

    I like mine okay, but it annoys me to no end that I don’t get credit for the weight training stuff I do. And let me tell you, during the weight stuff, I’m breathing hard and sweating buckets, but the AL says nada.

    For the bra thing, I wear mine there too. If I take my bra off before bedtime, I just then stick it on the collar of my shirt. I mean, if I don’t have my bra on, I’m not going to be moving all that much anyway, so it’s not like it’s a big. :)

    I had a Fitbit before this. 2 of them, in fact. My first one, I had a year or so before I accidentally sent it through the wash and it was trashed. The second one I had for about 6 months before it started cracking and eventually stopped working. It annoys me that the AL doesn’t tell you steps too. I mean, it’s not like the info isn’t there. Why can’t they tell you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ageicher Angel WaitforIt Eicher

    what does it read if doesn’t recognize weight training or HIIT?

  • Bianca Towler

    I haven’t bought one. It seemed strange and I was wary of how the baseline works? In the last 6 months I’ve been constantly training for different races, etc so would my baseline be so high tht I’d not get credit for much? I also do something like crossfit and I heard at the meeting how people were ditching crossfit because they weren’t earning activity points. Now I know that you won.t burn as many calories doing crossfit as you would doing cardio, because you aren’t moving the whole time, but the strength training is so beneficial to how your body burns calories overall that it is a terrible idea to steer people away from it simply because they aren’t earning more points. I think they are missing out on what could mean a huge difference in their bodies by neglecting the weights and resistance. I was also wondering about stationary biking and how it would handle that. I couldn’t get much feedback about the weights or the biking on WW website . That was one of the main reasons I decided against using it. I don’t think I overestimate my activity points so I’m ok with doing it myself,

  • http://www.facebook.com/philiciapass Philicia Harris Pass

    i didnt like it either.. Just not out of the trial period i heard great things about it…Cancelled mine today.. Only it sucks that you can’t return it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mom2Ways Julie Long Donahue

    I’ve never heard of the ActiveLink. I do have a FitBit One. I have found it to be motivating. I have taken at least 5000 steps every day since I got it (exactly one month ago). I’ve taken 10,000 steps about 20 times, and 15,000 steps 3 times (tonight might be #4).

  • Marie Smith

    Ha! I loved that you were honest about not wanting to wear a bra. That thing comes off about 2 seconds in the door, so I’d lose all the work I do at night.

  • Fiona Jesse Giffords

    Sometimes gadgets make us more conscious, so at the time of losing weight process we intentionally or unintentionally depend on the gadgets. Rather than depending
    on this types of gadgets be self-motivated to lose weight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doris.cooley Doris Cooley

    Tell Larry that Doris from Devereux says hi. :) Thanks for the info on the activelink. I’ve thought about buying one, but was really on the fence. I keep hearing stuff about them being so inaccurate and impossible to fathom. This just makes up my mind…

  • http://twitter.com/cenye Christine Nye

    This is really helpful for me! I have been thinking about getting it but debating between activelink and a heart rate monitor. I am pretty active, so I think for a long term tool I’d be better investing a good heart rate monitor. Thanks. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.guhman Carolyn Guhman

    I agree that it is frustrating that many activities do not register with Active Link. I hated it for the first two months I wore it.
    Since Jan 1 I have made a deal with myself. I have decided that I needed to customize the WW plan slightly to fit my needs. I no longer eat my extra 49 points. Now the only way I can get extra food is if the Active Link registers activity points. I adjusted my settings to use the activity points first–not the extra points. If, at the end of the day, my bank of extra points is less than 49 points, I know that I will have to do extra activity the next day to bring it back up. So far I have never let it go under 49 for two days in a row. This means that I have to do running or walking since that is about all that registers. Since I am training for a marathon, that works out great for me. I get the extra energy I need for my training–and since the first of the year I have lost 20 lbs.
    It is a mind game. But it works for me. And so, for me, it is worth $5 a month.
    But I still wish it would count my two body pump sessions and my every other day bike rides!!! LOL

  • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

    If you need motivation, get a workout body, or something who has the same weight loss goals you do, will be much much easier to stay on stack. That’s why all the celebrities pay people to yell at them so they don’t slack and keep going until they see desired results.

    Weight loss is simple, cut calorie intake, 400-500 calories below your daily normal, start thinking of food not as something tasty, but like a simple body function (like going to the bathroom), eat not to enjoy it, but simply because you have to.

    After a month it becomes a habit and you simply do it like a reflex. Once in a while you can splurge a little bit with whatever you are craving, but I found that cravings usually stop. Just imagine when you drink lots of Tequila that one day you have a gag reflex, junk food should be the same. :)

    Hope this helps!

    • jmdh66

      I am sorry, but this comment irks me. We all wouldn’t be here if weight loss was SIMPLE. Yes, it can be simplified into those few little steps, but to say it is simple, not only does a disservice to this great blog, but also is a slap in the face with those of us who struggle daily.

      • Staci Moize

        Aren’t you glad he/she explained. All this time, I thought I was supposed to be eating MORE calories, not less! LOL
        “If you need motivation, get a workout body,” And someone tell me where I can get that, because I feel like that would definitely solve a lot of my problems! LOL

        • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

          I meant ‘buddy’, lol. I said it is simple, not easy, as far as I am concerned those are two different words. Also, I am talking from experience, I personally have lost over 30 pounds in only 12 weeks by doing this:

          Breakfast – oatmeal with chopped fruit.

          Snack – a handful of nuts and dried fruit

          Lunch – brown rice, chicken breast, peas, corn, beans, cherry tomatoes, or whichever veggies you fancy

          Snack – same as above

          Dinner – cottage cheese + fruit, or greek salad (don’t know why, but I just love greek salad)

          Cheat day on Fridays, or Saturdays, basically whenever i felt like going out, drinking, junk food, etc.

          Learn portion control, portions I used to eat was cut in half. I didn’t count exact amount of calories but I went like this – 500cal for breakfast, 500 for dinner, 500 for lunch.

          That is a healthy 500 calorie deficit, depending on your current weight you will be losing around 3-5 pounds per week EASY, no supplements, no super secrets, no nothing, just good old will power.

          Workout

          3×50 pushups
          3×20 jumping
          3×20 situps

          I also did 1-2 hours, 2-3 times a week on a mountain bike, simply because I love it. Exercises were done daily.

          Water

          I drank water like I was in the dessert alone, whenever I felt hungry, 2 glasses of water and some almonds, or any other nuts. This feels you up good until your next meal.

          And the amount of water I drank was crazy, basically your pee should be ‘crystal clear’, the only downside I had to wake up during nights just so I don’t explode.

          Now please tell me exactly where weight loss is rocket science? I do know that everyone is different and some body types will lose faster/slower, but the concept is still the same.

          I am sorry for a poorly written post before, I fixed it. Also, I am sorry if I offended someone, I thought everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but apparently having your own opinion is prohibited. DEMOCRACY.

  • Jen M

    I’ve been wearing mine on my underwear band. I find that I’m usually wearing underwear ;)
    I’m only my first week in after the assessment phase so I’m still on the fence. I also don’t like that it doesn’t measure heart rate or keep track of my steps or calories burned but I’m at the beginning of my weight loss journey. I’m gonna stick with it for a month and if I’ve noticed I’m moving more and it’s because I like seeing lights blink I may continue until I do different exercise (right now I just walk). At that point it may be worth it to invest in something more accurate.
    I wish I could figure out how to wear it in the shower bc I tend to dance around while I’m rinsing and repeating….

  • Aleksandra Freeman

    I’m so glad to have read this as I just decided, tonight, to unsubsribe and go back to my fitbit. I missed being able to see how many steps and stairs I was taking and so on. the fitbit motivated me much, much more! Now I need to figure out how to get the activelink off of my tracking page!

    • http://twitter.com/JenJenMi Jen Latham

      I received a FitBit as a gift and am giving up my ActiveLink. The FitBit gives us more info, and without the monthly fee, will ultimately be cheaper over time. Aleksandra, as I understand it, I canceled my ActiveLink membership, and once my paid period expires, we’ll get ActiveLink off our eTools and will get the Activity Points calculator back.

      • Aleksandra Freeman

        Thanks! I ended up calling WW ad they took it off so I didn’t have to wait until the subscription ran out :)

      • Ellen

        THANK YOU! omg I have been SCROUNGING the internet trying to figure that out. THANK YOU!!!! I will just keep track on paper my activity points :) You rock!

  • http://domwillrunforbeer.wordpress.com/ Dominique

    So I have to admit, I also find it difficult to be motivated by the lighted bars. If I haven’t reached 100% by the end of the day, I may just shake the tracker in my hand until it completely lights up. Don’t judge.

  • laylad73@yahoo.com

    I cancelled my activelink due to the fact that it did not motivate me AT ALL!…i was almost less motivated by it…i love weight watchers and have been successful…i’m down 92 lbs, with 35 more to go, but i feel i motivate myself more than the activelink did…thx for the info!

  • Kaye

    Just wanted to say that it is refreshing to hear someone speak their truth. I was thinking about you talking about having to wear a bra… funny… my daughter and I have this ongoing joke about not wanting to go to town and it is usually because of not wanting to put on a braa! And I remember the day I couldn’t wait until I could wear one… lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.moakley Laura Ryan Moakley

    SO Pissed right now.. I lost my active link and bought another one.. found the old one ( it disabled the old one) and now I can’t even sell or give the activelink to someone else…. I am done.. I just feel like I am throwing money out the window..

  • loseitlaura

    I use BodyBugg as well and allthough I found it super motivating (and it monitors 24 hours – everything) Mine is so quirky, I fight with it constantly. If i could get it to work for more than a week straight I would be a huge fan. I do still love the little guy though…he keeps me on my toes and keeps me honest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa1.matteson Lisa Tullier Matteson

    I cancelled Activelink also. Did Zumba for an hr and was busy all of that day to get 1 pt. no

  • Eryn Dauzat

    I got a Fitbit and LOVE it. It syncs with MyFitnessPal. My best friend cancelled her WW Activelink and bought a Fitbit. It’s worth looking into. It motivates me a lot.

  • Leah

    HATE IT. I am doing cross fit and cardio. it registered my cardio, but nothing on my crossfit which I was actually working harder (in my opinion). In addition, it actually registered when I was driving down a dirt road as cardio activity. Really? Seriously? I didn’t know that bouncing down the road in a truck was cardio. If it was I should be super skinny!!! That’s all – I hate it.

    Thanks for letting me rant!

  • disqus_9nfrHGeA61

    I have used Activelink for 5 weeks and noticed the device doesn’t measure my activity accurately. I ran the same distance at teh same pace twice last week and got 5 points earned the first time and 1 earned the second. I also have had trouble getting it to work while I’m cycling. I get 0 points for that, regardless of the amount of time/speed on the road bike…

  • Carrie

    I love mine for all the reasons you described. I have a sedentary job, sedentary hobbies, and a wonderful husband who does everything for me. I had no idea how little I was moving. With Activity Link I’m aware and make an extra effort to do a little more with everything I do in addition to walking.

    Also, I had a Polar heart monitor some time ago and it couldn’t register my weight so I never got the right usage.

    Will this always work for me? Probably not. But it’s a good and inexpensive start.

  • Amy Gardiner

    I so love how I found this web site. I must say I don’t love the active link I thought it was me or something I was doing wrong. I don’t need motivation to work out. I Work out every day for a couple of hours doing a variety of things and I run marathons I agree it does not work much for more than running or walking. I did fine without active link lost 128 lbs. I calculated my activity points the old fashion way. I found the active link to be de-motivational due to it not picking up everything I need it to. Thank you for your honesty about your thoughts on active link.

  • Ellen

    I cancelled mine and it on the online Weightwatchers website I haven’t been able to manually track my activity. Does anyone know how long it will take for that to change? I really need to track my activity points (and I want to see it on the website) but the tab next to food tracking still says “activelink”. Thanks for any help or advice :)

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      I think you have to finish out your month that you have paid for and then it will be deleted off of there! If not, call the 1-800 number. They are super helpful!

      • Ellen

        Thanks Jennifer! I called and they were amazing! We even had a short conversation about the heat and lack of rain in AZ (call rep’s state)

        • Rae Carr

          What did they tell you to do? I cancelled mine more than a month ago and haven’t been able to switch to manual yet.

  • Mavis Jones

    I’ve been trying to decide if it’s worth it to keep my subscription also. I’ve had it for about 5 months now. I typically do water aerobics 2 times a week and at the time I purchased it, was also walking about 2 times a week. Initially it motivated me to do even more but after awhile, like you, I’m not finding it to be much of a motivator. In fact, due to a few recent health issues and being busier, my activity level has actually decreased since I got it. I usually carried it in my pants pocket, and how I wore it was never an issue but for the life of me, lately about 50% of the time I totally forget about it which means I’ve got days and sometimes weeks where things aren’t recorded and when you are using activelink, it’s hard to enter activity on WW manually. It’s problem easy to do but it wasn’t obvious to me right off the bat how to do it and I’ve never felt like trying to read up and figure it out.

  • Carolyn H

    I had an ActiveLink for 10 months. At first, it was very motivating. But … I was walking 3-4 hours a day to get more than 2-3 points. One hour before work. One or 2 hours after lunch. One hour after dinner. All of this to get 5-6 or, maybe 7, points. I knew that it was unsustainable. Then I had a foot injury in July. I couldn’t walk. I was lucky to reach my baseline. Does that make sense? Then I found out it was NOT ‘my baseline’. It was a baseline arbitrarily decided by my weight and age. It was NOT personalized. Ok, ok, ok. So my new goal will be to reach the baseline. But … it was discouraging. I needed more information. I wasn’t getting it. I give. I am trading in my ActiveLink for a FitBit One. Will it be better? Time will tell.