Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day 4 on Wii Fit...

OK, it's not as fun as Day 1 was. Perhaps because I am getting bored? Or mabye because it feels like a "have to" rather than a "want to". Well, it should feel like a have to because I have to get in shape. I have to start taking better care of myself. The truth of the matter is I have depression and that makes even fun stuff feel like a chore sometimes. Of course, my medication contributes to my weight gain. Oh yeah, did I mention I have PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrom)? Yeah, I'm just a ray of sunshine tonight. Sorry. It's been one of those days. I'm sure you don't want to hear all about it.

So, rather than be all depressing, I'll talk about why I want to get fit, organized and healthy. I just mentioned I have depression and PCOS. Anti-depressants are known to cause weight gain and since I've been on them for 6 years with no end in sight, I need to get that under control. PCOS is known to also cause weight gain and loss of weight is supposed to help alleviate the symptoms. Then there is diabetes in my family. My brother is Type I and my father, both grandfathers and a handful of uncles are/were Type II. If I'm going to avoid diabetes in the future, I need to get my weight under control now.

My BMI is high, scoring in the Obese range, so I'm just going to keep working at it to get it down. I lost some weight last year using Weight Watchers, but I got a little freaked out when my size went down because I didn't feel like me.

As for organized, I just feel that my CHAOS (Can't have anyone over syndrom--ala Flylady)contributes to my depression. It's hard to feel good about things when everything around you is a cluttered mess. So, I'm trying to build routines and making baby steps to get the clutter gone. It's not as easy as it sounds, but I keep working at it a little bit at a time. It's getting there slowly.

Anyway, on to the Wii Fit today. I was crazy and actually did the Island Lap on the run this afternoon and then tonight I did the short basic run. I'm finding that I have to hold the remote in my hand to get a good pace and I really don't run, it's more of a walk--a fast walk, but a walk all the same. I am a walker anyway, I walk with friends and we've walked in The Weekend To End Breast Cancer together. I've done it twice now, so I have a pretty fast pace when walking anyway. I haven't done a full hour today, but I may do a few yoga poses before calling it a night. I spent time while the wee one was napping doing some of the longer exercises so I could log time that way. And the silly machine says I gained more weight. Figures...I eat better and exercise more and gain weight...story of my life. Anyway, tomorrow is another day and hopefully the scales will show a better story then.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Feeling Naughty

I rush home from work tonight, open the door quietly and put my coat and shoes away. I tiptoe up the stairs, making sure to open the door slowly so as not to awaken my husband. I take off my jeans, put on my gym shorts and sneak back out of the room. Then I hurry downstairs and hook up my Wii Fit so I can exercise!

I didn't really want to exercise tonight, but since I was at home by myself with the rugrat, I didn't get much time in today. I did a few games and a walk, but that was it. So I waited until I came home to do my "serious" work out. I did a couple of the strength training moves--not my favourite for sure. I did the jacknife and the push ups/planks. Jacknife was surprsingly easy. The push ups are not. I apparently do not have much upper body strength. Still, I'll keep trying it every couple of days and hope that I can eventually get it. I spent a few minutes doing yoga. It's not my thing, but I'm happy to do it here in the comfort of my home rather than go to a gym and try to do it in front of all the perfect little yoga bodies out there (you know who I mean!). Then I did the Advanced Step and a new game called Zen. It's pretty silly, but fun.

I logged one hour today, not bad considering I'm trying to figure out how to work this into my schedule. Somehow my BMI and weight went up, but I'm trying to look at that more in the big picture of weightloss over time.

Couple of things I don't like. When my Mii gets weighed, and they post the BMI, she checks around her to see how fat she is. And why does the board have to say "Oh!" when I step on it like it wasn't expecting my weight or something? Thanks for the confidence boost. LOL.

I tried to watch what I ate today. I bought some healthier foods yesterday when I was shopping, so that helped a lot. Raisin bran for breakfast (yum!), a spinach salad for lunch and pork chop and potato for dinner. I love spinach salad, but it is such a pain preparing it! By the time I got to eat it, I was starving! Oh well. It's all for my benefit, right?

As for organize, I didn't do too much today. One thing I have been doing is keeping a box on the main level for clothes that don't fit anymore. My kids keep putting small stuff to the wash, so now, after it's washed, I fold it and put it in the give away box. Now the trick is to get the giveaway boxes out of my house! One step at a time, right?

Fun Run

I have mentioned before that I don't like to run unless there is an emergency of some sort (think toddler escaping and heading towards traffic). So I surprised myself by doing two of the runs on the Wii Fit. I found a way to have some fun. You see, you're supposed to run at a pace that keeps you behind your guide. I like to mess with my guide and try to overtake them. First they wave you back, then they start to run faster and then you get the message that you passed your guide. At that point, I'll slow down and let them lead again only to overtake them again. I even tripped another runner on the path today. I don't know how I did that, but it might be fun to randomly start tripping passersby. LOL. I'm not really evil, I just need to be motivated to exercise. ;)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wii Fit & Me

So, it's day 2 with my Wii Fit. I'm truly surprised that it is so easy to break a sweat playing a computer game! I logged another 54 minutes today doing yoga, aerobic exercises and balance games.

I'm normally not a yoga or aerobic kinda girl, so I've surprised myself. I love the basic and advanced step exercises. Those are fun (better when I get my lefts and rights right, but still fun). And I surprised myself by doing the short and long basic runs because in real life, I won't run unless it's an emergency. Maybe it's time to start thinking about that marathon I was kind of toying with last year. Probably better not to get too far ahead of myself for now.

The yoga isn't easy, but it doesn't hurt too much either. I need to build up some strength to be able to hold the poses, especially the one legged poses.

I'm avoiding the strength training exercises right now. My excuse is that I want my time using the Wii Fit to be fun. Good excuse, no? No, you're right, it's a lousy excuse. I will try to do them later tonight or tomorrow. I tried yesterday and got to the second exercise and quit because it was too darn hard. I need to suck it up and do it, especially if my goal is to be fit and healthy.

I really felt the burn when I was doing Hula Hooping! I did it a few times yesterday, so when I did it again today, I felt the burn in the tops of my hips and the outside of my butt too. LOL. Maybe hula hoops are the key to a sexy butt...I'll let you know :) My BMI came down slightly as did my weight, but it's only been a day, so I'm holding my breath yet. I'm just going to keep having fun doing it and try to eat better at the same time.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Getting Fit, Organized and Healthy

Sounds like a lot to do, doesn't it? Well, I have big dreams-dreams of being fit by losing weight and getting in shape, of being organized through de-cluttering my life, inside and out and of being healthier in general by eating better. Is it doable? I surely hope so!

You may be wondering how I'm hoping to do all this. Well, I've got a few plans up my sleeve. First off, I asked for a Wii Fit for my birthday and I got one (a few days early, but I'm not complaining). I wanted one for awhile, but I was truly inspired by Julie's story at Cool Mom Guide. So I was very excited to get my Wii Fit today. I read all the instructions before I set it up, got changed into workout clothes and got on. Can I just say that my Mii looked great until they weighed me? Then she blimped out. I'd like to think that it's not a good representation of myself, but I might be wrong. Let's just say that I wasn't all that impressed when my 6 year old said, "Wow! Mama's fat---on the Wii." She was smart to tack on the last bit, don't you think? According to the Fit, my BMI is obese. The good news in all of this is that I had lost about 14 lbs last year using Weight Watchers and I have kept off some of it. I gained back 8 lbs because I stopped following the points system.

Anyway, on to organization. I'm all about the Flylady. I understand her principles, but I haven't been able to put them to practice yet. I'm still working on that--baby steps, as she says. I am working on decluttering, trying to reduce the amount of stuff in my house slowly but surely. It feels so good to be able to give away or donate things that we no longer use and I feel so much better without having to look at these things.

As for getting healthy, that's kind of tied to getting fit. I want to take care of myself better by eating healthier foods so I can lose the weight and be healthier overall.

So that's my plan right now. If you feel like coming along for the ride, I'd love to have the company! I can't promise that it won't be a bumpy ride, but it sure should be interesting!