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.

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