Apr 13th, 2007 by Anna

My husband and I bought a Nintendo Wii about six weeks ago. We’ve played it nearly everyday since. It comes with a sports game CD with bowling, boxing, golf, tennis and baseball. If you’re not familiar with this gaming console, it’s not all pressing buttons. The remote requires *movement* to make things happen. For example, with tennis, except for the serve, there’s no buttong pushing at all. You must swing the remote like you would a tennis racket. For bowling, you do have to press a button and then release when you would release the ball, but you also have to swing your arm back and then forward as if really bowling. And don’t even get me started on boxing. THAT is quite a workout! And yeah, it’s two handed. There’s an attachment for the remote for that.

So anyway, there’s this guy who used the Wii as part of his daily exercise routine for six weeks. Actually the Wii was the only thing he added to his routine. No change of diet, no other forms of exercise. Just the Wii for 30 minutes a day. He was active in his Wii play – you could sit on the couch and barely move the remote for tennis, for example – making sure his movements were mimicking the real play. In six weeks he lost nine pounds. Not fantastic but still really something when you consider that is the only change he made.

So I’m on my own Wii challenge. I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes of active Wii a day (Zelda doesn’t count. Nor does Mario Double Dash because that’s a Gamecube game that requires no movement. But Smooth Moves can count depending on which part). I’m tracking my “fitness age” which is between 20 and… I think maybe 80? The lower the better. The Wii gives you three fitness tests and then gives you a score. It’s not really going to be consistent though because it depends on what tests you’re given. I’m horrible at baseball but I’m pretty darn good at bowling and doing the punching bag in boxing. But it’s fun to track and it’s fun working up a sweat on a game.

Another small success
Apr 13th, 2007 by Anna

Today we had an office lunch dessert party in celebration of a co-worker’s “un”birthday. I DIDN’T have any cake. I could have had a little, and probably not gone overboard. But Jonathan and I are supposed to take the kids to the movies tonight and I want to save calories for popcorn. So I’m proud of myself for making a decision of one or the other and not indulging in either.

I’m also really happy with my progress. Not so much my weight progress since my attitude adjustment – there’s not been that much time to really see progress – but more with my control over situations. I’m back right in the head.

I DIDN’T have a pastelio!
Apr 10th, 2007 by Anna

Mom is Puertorican and she makes this… pastry – a typical island fare – that is fried with cheese inside. Kind of like an empanada but mmmMmMmmMmmm so much better. Mom called today to say she’d made some. A rare treat unless we happen to be IN Puerto Rico. More rare than bacalao but now I digress. She called to tell me she’d made some and they were fresh out of the fry-daddy and did I want to come by? I wanted to. Oh BOY did I want to. But I didn’t. Discussing it with Jonathan I realize I had enough calories left to indulge in one, but I still made a good choice not going because I’m sure I wouldn’t have stopped at one, and I’m sure I would have dug around in the fridge for the bacalao she made the other day and I would have snitched at least a slice of the pound cake she was sure to have on the counter. And while I was at it, might as well have some of the M&Ms in the bowl. So this was a great success for me. Whew!

Food Journal
Apr 10th, 2007 by Anna

I’m sharing my food journal again. I’m doing it differently this time. This time I’m using Twitter with a separate account just for what I eat. Twitter will note the TIME of an entry so I think this might help me find eating trends and habits better – when I see WHEN I eat what I eat. And of course making my food journal public will help me keep my eating in check – in theory, anyway.

I began this today but had some troubles finding a good way to display it here. I’m not 100% satisfied with how I’m doing it, but it’ll do for now. To see my food journal, follow the link above (at least it’s above using the theme on this date) that says “Eating.”

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