Sunday, September 13, 2009

Totally Off Topic: MTV VMAs Taylor Swift

Watching award shows is something I don't usually do. I haven't seen the VMAs for a long long time and Kanye West just confirmed for me why I don't. Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video and was in the middle of her acceptance speech when West decided to take the stage and the microphone right from her and say that Beyonce had the best video. Really. He totally disrespected Taylor Swift in a moment where she should have been celebratring, he makes it a slap in her face. What is wrong with this man? Show some respect for other people. For someone who was an underdog, you sure don't give props where they are due. Taylor Swift is an amazing artist. Beyonce's video? Dude, it's actually a little boring. She's dancing around, sure, but so what? Taylor's video actually tells a story.

She did an amazing job going on to do her performance after that. That shows a lot of class. You go, Taylor! You've gained a lot of respect from a lot of people because you're handling yourself so well. Someone else has lost all respect.

On another topic, what is up with Russell Brand? He is rude and very annoying. Why would MTV have brought him back? I am not even going to watch the rest of the show. It's just too annoying and stupid.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 8 Wii Fit

technical difficulties
Originally uploaded by jadytron

We are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by. OK, really, it's my balance board that is having technical difficutlies. I was actually all gung ho to exercise tonight. Did a 10 minute free run and felt pretty good about that. Then I tried to do the hula hooping. The balance board was low on batteries, so I plugged it in, then it couldn't find me even after rebooting several times. So, I've only done 10 minutes today. But even 10 minutes is better than doing no minutes! Hopefully when I try to use it tomorrow it will be fine!

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 7 Wii Fit

Originally uploaded by ana_ng

Woohoo! 1 week down. And according to the Fit, I'm down in weight too. About 3.1 lbs. Not sure if I believe that or not yet. We'll see what it says tomorrow.

Curious about the picture? Well, today I seemed to be wearing many hats. I was on bus duty, walking my oldest to her bus stop this morning, then I was policing my youngest in her attempts to take over the household for once and for all, I was a mom, I was a driver, I was a travel agent (my real job) and now I'm a baker! How am I getting all this done? Mostly just necessity. I'm baking some tea biscuits because there is no bread left for big kid to use for her lunch tomorrow. At least this way she'll have something to eat and hopefully we can scrounge up some change to buy a loaf of bread tomorrow rather than waiting to pay day. I'm really not loving this living pay cheque to pay cheque thing right now.

Be that as it may, I got my 30 minutes in tonight even though I didn't want to. I got stuck late at work tonight, so I was late and hungry and not in the mood to exercise. Now that I'm done, I wonder what was so hard about doing it. Oh well. Maybe one day I'll actually want to do it instead of forcing myself too. Here's hoping!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 6 Wii Fit

toe touch silhouette
Originally uploaded by mariachily

Woohoo! I touched my toes! I was doing the Sun Salutation yoga pose and I actually touched my toes! I know it doesn't seem like a big thing, but I couldn't reach them earlier this week. So, I guess doing the poses every day does help increase your flexibility.

For a change, I skipped most of the aerobics and the games and did more yoga than anything else. I even attempted the tree pose even though I cannot get it. I did end up wobbling myself right off the wii fit board, but hey, at least I tried it. And who knows, in another few weeks, I may even get it.

So, touching my toes is the first "positive" outcome of doing 30 minutes for 30 days. No weight loss to speak of yet, probably because I don't do it at a specific time each day. Maybe I should do a weigh in first thing in the morning and then do the exercises later in the day. Maybe I'll try that.

Monday, September 7, 2009

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 5 Wii Fit

(112/365) Ice cream is GOOD
Originally uploaded by Sarah G...

Can you guess from the picture what I used to motivate me to use my Fit tonight? Oh yes. I'm sitting here having a lovely bowl of icecream now that I've finished working out for 30 minutes. My ice cream does not look as appealing as the ice cream in the picture, but that's OK.

Anyway, I'm now 5 days in and I'm still alive, so that's a good sign. I focussed on the strength training and yoga today and then threw in some aerobics to get me over my time. Let me tell you, 10 minutes of Hula Hoops is not an easy feat!

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 4 Wii Fit

YOGA in nature's way
Originally uploaded by Tony George

I soooo did not want to exercise today, but some how, I did it. Even after I started, I still didn't want to do the whole 30 minutes. I did some yoga tonight. I'm still finding it funny that I'm not very flexible and I'm pretty unco-ordinated, but I'm scoring as a yoga trainer on some of the moves. Some of them are pretty darn tough!

What I"m having fun with is that you can change up your exercises on the Wii Fit all the time. You're not stuck in a rut of a routine and I don't have to try to do these poses in front of skinny people who get dressed up to go to work out (you know who you are). I can make a fool of myself in the comfort of my own home with no one watching me. I don't have to worry about what I look like or what someone else thinks about what I look like. I can try it and I may not get it right, but with practice I hope to. Then maybe I'll feel comfortable going out to a gym and trying some of this.

That reminds me, the other day, I did my fit time while the kids were still up. My oldest watches the board when I step on it and says, "Boy, mama, did you ever make the board go down low!" What is it that they say about kids telling the truth? Oh well.

I did get to visit with my best friend today. I haven't seen her for 9 years and it was awesome. It was like nothing had changed, no time had passed at all between us. So awesome!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 3

Wii Fit box
Originally uploaded by camy west

You didn't think I'd get this far, did you? Actually, I'm pretty impressed with myself just because it's been so long since I was doing this every day. 3 days in, I'm not feeling any difference yet, except when the Wii board displays my BMI as having increased over the last three days. How is that possible? Ugh! And do they really need to show my Mii as underweight and then take it all the way up to obese? I get it, I'm obese. Just show me the Mii in all its obese glory rather than making her blimp up every session. It's not very conducive to building morale.

I skipped the Rythymic Boxing today and instead did a run. And I didn't just do an easy run--oh no, I did the Island Lap. What was I thinking? I haven't done any running in a long time and I go for the longest distance available to me? At least I worked up a good sweat, but I still think that was crazy.

I'm loving how the Yoga poses are so hard for me to do, but my score comes up as being a Yoga Expert. Ha ha ha ha! I do not think so!

Well, I'm 3 days down 27 to go. Hopefully I can get my time in tomorrow because I have a guest coming from out of province and I haven't seen her for 9 years. We're going to be talking all day and night!

Friday, September 4, 2009

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 2 Wii Fit

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Originally uploaded by √oхέƒx™

So, yesterday, I set myself a goal to do 30 minutes on my Wii Fit every day for 30 days. So far, I'm 2 for 2. My arms were a little sore today, and I couldn't figure out what I had done to cause the pain--until I picked up the remote and remembered I'd been boxing yesterday! D'oh! Guess that means it's working, right?

I did the Advanced step and Rythym boxing first off again today. I do that because it gives me 16 minutes completed right away. I was getting frustrated with the boxing because my dodging was not working right and I kept getting hit instead. I tired different ways of dodging, but nothing was working.

Did a couple yoga moves and strength training too. When I did the first move, if it gave me a second move to pair with it, I did that. The funny thing is I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to yoga, but I score very well! I don't have that problem with strength training though.

What's with the trainers though? Couldn't they give me a trainer who is struggling a bit or maybe looks like a real person? I use the male trainer and today I noticed for the first time that he has a tiny pony tail. What is with that??

Aaaaannnd today pushed me over 20 hours of time on the Wii Fit and I got a new piggy bank :) Yay me!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Getting back to it, Getting back to Fit

Burning off the pounds: 40/365
Originally uploaded by SashaW

I've been really lazy this summer as far as exercise goes. I was getting some exercise by taking the kids to the park, but we haven't been in awhile. Today I had some motivation. I'm just tired of feeling like my clothes don't fit and looking like I don't care. So I hopped back on my Wii Fit today. It's been 28 days since I last used it and it was probably close to that from my last use to the one before that. The good news is that I haven't gained a whole lot since the last use. My goal right now is for the month of September to do 30 minutes a day. We'll see how I do. The hardest part for me is making time to do the exercise. And it's hard to do that when the kids are underfoot and getting into things.

Today I did the advanced step (and got my highest score ever!) and rythym boxing (my trainer was disappointed and said I can do better and I can). I also did the single leg extensions (20 reps) and a few of the games. I got my highest score on the Zen sitting thing. The funny thing was that they have all this background noise that's supposed to distract you, but I had the kids making even more noise than that! It felt good to work up a sweat that was not heat induced. I really worked for it today. And my plan is that when I lose 5 lbs from using the Fit, I'm going to treat myself to a new Fit game. I think that will help motivate me because before I found the Fit was getting boring.

The mountain of paperwork on my dining room table has been reduced quite a bit. I've filed a whole lot and tossed a whole lot too. So I'm losing some paper weight, too bad that doesn't count. LOL. Oh well, onwards and upwards, my friends!