In all seriousness, those who are using Wii Fit are you ACTUALLY seeing results? We have a Wii (oui, we wii) but turtlegirl has been hearing stories that people aren't seeing results. I'd like some first-hand accounts. Thanks, bunnies!
i've lost about 3-4 pounds now using the wii fit, just got it three weeks ago - although with its urging i've also started walking about 30 minutes a day because the damn thing keeps nag nag nagging me about doing other activities to log.
but this is progress as i was born someone with negative talent for physical activity. i mean it, NEGATIVE talent... but i LURVE the boxing game.
i also had a huge fever a couple of days and pissed my eyes out... take that however you want.
more importantly gomichild, can you please start posting some of the recipes you have pictures of on your flickr? i really want to make chicken & broccoli gyoza and crumpets.
I found a fatal flaw in my "wake up half an hour early and use the bike" plan - if I don't have a book to read while I work out, I don't have any motivation to actually do it. And, as I didn't have the chance to go to the library last weekend, all I had on hand this week was Atonement, which is written in this insufferably stuffy tone. Way too much pretension for 6:30am.
I started running again. Before I got pregnant I was logging around 25-30 miles a week with a nice 6-7 mile run in the weekends. Now I can run... half a mile without stopping. So I put together about 25 minutes of run/walk/run/walk. I just have to trust that if I take it nice and slowly I'll be back to my previous level in 4 or 5 months. It's frustrating, though.
With this new job, I'm walking a lot more. To the bus stop, from the bus stop, around campus at lunch time. I can't figure out why, then, my pants seem so much tighter.
Of course, it could be that I'm working outside the home for the first time in three years, and I'm therefore now actually required to wear pants. Something to think about.
My parents are totally into the Wii fit, which I find unendingly endearing and goofy. They could both stand to shed some pounds and though they've always been active, neither has ever been an exerciser. But now, in their mid-60s, a video game has them jogging in the living room. I think it's hilarious.
Since starting my new job and my evening French class at the university, my Tuesday-Friday-Sunday gym routine has been shot to all hell. Last time I made it to the gym, I as in Juneau for business and only went because I packed my gym shoes, and damned if I was going to let that terrible misuse of luggage space be for naught.
That was three weeks ago.
And there was an "issue" with me and my sister-in-law's Wii earlier this year that caused her to NOT TALK TO ME until just this week, actually, when my grandmother died. Needless to say, I'm not too interested in getting one.
Meh. I'm up at least three pounds and half a percent of body fat from 13 months ago. That doesn't sound like the end of the world, but with the holidays and cold weather approaching, it's not good. I was working with the trainer for three months, then I was jogging at lunch a few times a week with some co-workers who are doing a race, but the race is this weekend, so they won't be doing that anymore, I bet. I'll either do that or go to the gym tonight though! Oh, and I'm doing that 100 pushups program. I recommend it.
I have been slacking as well. I had a trainer up to about three weeks ago. I decided not to reup and go on my own, which was a big mistake because I have been doing less and less. An appointment with the trainer was a good motivator to get off my ass.
I work in a place with all of the gym equipment, so I jump on the treadmill when we're not too busy. I walk my kids to school a lot. I ride my bike to the school and back to volunteer. I'm not sedentary but I'm not working up a good sweat on a regular basis.
The sudden cold made me not want to get out of bed, so I haven't put in the FIRM tape in about a week. I sucked yesterday. Couldn't even get halfway through. Today I got all the way through it without pouring sweat, so maybe I am more fit.
Hmph. I've decided to accept my weight as it is - I'm right in the middle of the appropriate weight range for my height. I wish I were super skinny. But I'm not. I have to learn to be ok with that.
Haven't been to the gym in 11 days. I can't lose weight without very strict (i.e. 1300 cals/day) dieting and I refuse to do that, so the gym isn't about weight loss for me. I only go to the gym to keep from feeling like a total slob.
Hence, I feel like a total slob. I'm considering shifting my hours at work 30 minutes later in the hope that I can get back to going to the gym in the morning. It's just so nice to sleep in when it's cold out and you have an electric blanket on the bed and your husband is asleep beside you...
Sick kids have kept me from the gym for weeks. And I've been eating like crap. I feel gross and am disappointed that all the progress I'd made is probably blown to hell. Stupid mean kids. They gave me this gut to began with and have thwarted all attempts to lose it!
misskaz - I think that's a great attitude. I'm trying something like that, too. I've accepted the fact that I won't be in my "normal" range (ie, what I weighed in middle school) unless I exercise a lot more and eat a lot less - i.e., be much grumpier and more tired all the time, which puts a real strain on my marriage. So I work out to feel better and I eat healthy because otherwise I feel bloated and sleepy. My set weight is apparantly 20 lbs higher than my BMI says it should be, but I don't know why I have to suffer just to be average?
I've been using the Starting Strength template for weight training. This is the second time I've done it. Wednesday night, matched my old PR in the squat. 290 pounds for three sets of five reps. But I felt ten times better afterward. The first time I set that PR, it wiped me out. I can remember lying on the floor, heart pounding in my chest, looking up at the barbell, and deciding to forgo the rest of the workout. This time, I felt much stronger afterward.
I'm very happy with the upper-body presses. I started using smaller jumps in weight from session to session -- 2.5 pounds, 1.25 pounds -- and thanks to that, I've still been able to make progress. Wednesday night, I benched 197.5 for three sets of five, and tonight, I'm going to shoot for 130 pounds in the overhead press. (My long-term goal is to be able to put 200 pounds overhead. That's gonna take a while.)
The deadlift is the exception to all of this; it's kind of sucked over the last week or so. I might have to reduce the weight and work back up again. But that's completely normal. Stalling and resets are just part of the game. If I hadn't run into one of these at some point, I would have been suspicious.
I attribute my greater progress this time around to a conscious choice to include more protein in my diet. I'm kind of obsessive about it; sometimes, during the day, I'll take stock of how many grams of protein I've had so far:
"Let's see . . . 24 grams of protein from those eggs at breakfast, 14 grams of protein from the yogurt, 50 grams of protein from the pork at lunch. Pretty good so far. What should I have for dinner?"
which, I'll grant you, is a little geeky. But the protein really has made a difference. And I haven't adopted one of those carb-reduction diets but I can't remember the last time I ate any pasta and I tend to have nuts and yogurt as snacks.
Sorry about the rambling; I've never tried a wii fit but they do look like fun.
I've been working on simply trying to accept my shape as it is for the time being because I know that otherwise my mind will start to go down dangerous avenues.
(Although I saw an awesomely inspiring belly dance video last night and am thinking about possibly doing classes at some point in the future...or maybe getting back into Irish dance, which I loved when I was in middle school/early HS.)
So-so. It scared me how unfit I became (and I wasn't all that fit to start with) after surgery put me out of action for 10 weeks over the summer. Surgery also resulted in quite a bit of weight loss, and I'm now slowly regaining my former fitness levels, and I hope to build on this further. I generally feel very well indeed, and I want to stay that way.
I did jog at lunch. Outside, about a mile and a third. Meh. Thanks for the motivation, gomichild. Gaspode, you will get it back. Good on you. And good on everybody for at least trying, or thinking about it. What scares me is that my metabolism is slowing down at a faster rate than I can keep up with through exercise. Well that, and I need to give up the Schnapps.