Summer was a bust
Sep 6th, 2009 by Anna

I didn’t do horribly but I knew with the travel I wasn’t going to eat or exercise the way I should. When work started back up again, I really did a bit of stress eating. BUT my work is doing our own version of a Biggest Loser challenge which could score me $200 if I take this seriously enough and drop some weight. I think I have a good shot at it. I have the percentage to lose – there’s that at least.

I’m giving myself a very tiny goal though. Just a pound a week. Okay, I’m going to be working at more because I want the money, but I’m going to accept a pound a week. That’s 52 pounds in a year’s time and that’s pretty significant really. I’d be quite happy with myself if I was 52 pounds lighter.

Just did day 1 of 30 day challenge. Here we go again!

May 23rd, 2009 by Anna

Okay, just like I love to watch my pointless points build up on SparkPeople, I am enjoying filling my virtual trophy case on Active. My current trophies:

Go-Getter, Dear Diary, Tennis Pro, Running the Mix, Squat Master, GOAAAAL!, Workout Buddies, Feel the Burn, Fitness Inferno, Going for Gold, Making it Mine, Power Hour

Just completed Day 5! Whoo hoo!

More thoughts on Active
May 20th, 2009 by Anna

While I’m still liking it overall, here are some things I do NOT like

  • No left handed settings. It wouldn’t matter if everything were balanced but I’m tired of playing the sports right handed. I don’t know anything about creating video games but can it really be that hard?
  • I want to see my calories on the day. Not just after each workout, but I want to be able to go to a day and see how many calories I burned on that day. Now I have to keep a spreadsheet or something to keep track of daily calories. Bah!
  • What the heck is that stupid countdown clock? I would think it wants you to be exercising for some particular amount of time but it counts down even when you’re not actually exercising. Am I supposed to just sit on my butt and watch it go down? Because it’ll let me. But I’m too impatient to wait so I’m not certain what happens when it reaches zero.
  • This is probably supposed to be a plus but it all depends on your point of view – my butt has muscles. Who knew? They hurt, by the way.
Day 2
May 20th, 2009 by Anna

Okay, so I decided to set my alarm for early in the morning and see if I could actually get up and exercise. If I can do this on a regular basis, it will be better than trying to fit it in during the evening where it will either take away from family time or be way late in the evening when I should be going to bed.

I did day 2 of the 30 day challenge on my new EA Active game. I did all 16 of the activities that the game suggested for a medium intensity workout. I’m definitely going to continue to do the exercises it chooses for me. I like this better than the picking and choosing on the Wii Fit where I’m never certain if I’m getting a good overall workout. This game tells me what part of the body it’s going to focus on so I’m assuming it’s going to cover everything I need in the course of the 30 days.

At the end of the workout, I’d again burned more calories than my target and I was dripping with sweat. I’ll need to get up just a tad earlier if I’m going to do this in the mornings but probably only for another week or two because by then I shouldn’t need the intro videos on HOW to do each exercise.

The only problem I’ve found with the game so far is that the cord from remote to nunchuk gets caught on my knee on some exercises and I’m afraid I’m going to break one or the other. I just have to kind of hold up the slack and it’s not so bad. We really need wireless nunchuks.

Oh and I can’t BELIEVE the darned thing doesn’t take your weight. It can make use of the balance board but you have to manually enter your weight. That just seems like an oversight.

This evening I think I’ll look at it some more for other exercises. Not sure what I’ll do tomorrow though. It’s an off day but does that mean I really shouldn’t do *any* exercises? I was looking forward to an off day but now I kinda actually want to work out some more…

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