Thursday, January 20, 2011

Big Fat Me

One of the things I have vowed to work on this year is getting into better shape. I am morbidly obese. I know because that's what my doctor scrawled across my records in huge letters.

I've assembled some tools to help me change. This week, I will be using the food tracker at SparkPeople and getting some exercise with Wii Fit Plus. That's where I am starting.

I have used Wii Fit Plus for two days in a row-- yesterday and today-- and I am hoping to follow through for a full 7 days, just to start. I haven't started my food tracking yet, but I will begin that tomorrow, for 7 days, and then have a serious look at what I've been eating at the end of next week.

I like the Wii Fit thing because it is fun and it is not something I have to go out in the snow to do. I have tried working out along with videos on the Net, and there are some decent ones out there, but those aren't as fun as a game. I will probably mix it up in the future, but for now, I am going to try to make it as fun as possible.

I have to admit that I am not very good at all of the games, but I like trying to get better. To start with, I was tripping myself up terribly on the "Basic Step" game, but I have been getting consistently better. I really enjoy the "Basic Run" and the one where you bicycle around the island too. But my favorite might be "Free Step", which is just 10 minutes of stepping on and off the balance board to the rhythmic sounds that come from the Wii Remote, allowing you to watch something else or put on your own music.

Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board

Perhaps I should declare Friday to be Fitness Day, when I come back here and report on how well I am doing (or not doing... or avoiding) with regard to my weight loss efforts. My goal has been to write at least once a week in this blog about my efforts to improve my life, but this particular topic is so important that it might be worth making the additional commitment.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good Enough.

I suppose the best place to start something is at the beginning.

A few weeks ago, I decided on some resolutions and goals for 2011, and among those was to start a blog and post on it at least once a week. It is now nearly three weeks into 2011, and I am just getting around to starting this. I might as well confess right here at the beginning: I am a disorganized procrastinator. And I am very easily distracted. Trying to overcome those flaws, or at least work around them, will be the main theme of this blog.

After a bit of wrangling and hand-wringing, I have decided that 'Now Is Good Enough' is a good title for this blog, for two reasons:

a) I always want to wait for the perfect time to do something. If I forget, I have to wait until the next time that it is the perfect time to start. And if I mess up, I want to start over from the beginning at the perfect time. I am always waiting until Monday, until the first of the month, until I can afford new shoes, or whatever other excuse I can think of.

It turns out that "The Perfect Time" is like "The Perfect Unicorn"-- it would probably be amazing if it actually existed.

I am trying to be better at actually doing things, even if they aren't done perfectly at first. If there is something I want to work toward or something I want to do, why not do it now? Now is good enough.

b) It was one of the few blogspot addresses I tried that wasn't taken. I am glad, though, because it is the right title anyway. I just needed to dig a little deeper to find it.

So, that's the story behind the title and the reason I am doing this.

I also turned 40 a little less than a week ago, so this may be the perfect time after all, for the sake of doing things I want and trying to achieve what I want to while I am still young enough to have the time to do and try, but old enough to have a tiny bit of that 'wisdom of experience' that the older folks always talk about. We'll just have to see how that turns out.