If you read my year in review and resolutions post, you’d see that I made the resolution to put some fitness into my life, and get off my arse.
I bought a used Wii from a friend this past Christmas season, and it came with the balance board and Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports. I bought it for three reasons: I thought it could be some fun activities with the family, I wanted to try out Netflix, and I wanted to use the Fit Plus portion of it to get exercising again. It helped that it was a fair price and that I was buying from someone I know.
I don’t seem to do well in a fitness class setting. I don’t like the hassle of going to the gym (and I think they are, for the most part, overpriced), I don’t like the monotony of them, and I also don’t have a normal schedule. I lose interest in pretty much any structured fitness fairly quickly. I think I could like a personal trainer or commit to a boot camp, but again, I think they’re expensive and I don’t think they are long term. Activity and fitness shouldn’t come with a price, in my opinion, but it seems I’ve found reasons to become sedentary and my weight and general “squishiness” has gone up. I need to find the interest again, on my own.
We’re going to Maui in February and I admit the thought of lying about on beaches is a bit of a motivator for me to get going on this, but I also think it’s simply time for me to get back on the horse. I’ve never been terribly thin or light, but I’ve generally always maintained a level of endurance and strength I found acceptable until now.
So this past two mornings, I have dropped Kale at preschool and come home, and rather than go straight to the computer to work or surf, I’ve turned on the Wii and done a routine or two and spent at least thirty minutes being active. I’ve had a snowball fight, boxed, done stretching, ridden a “bike”, and skateboarded. I’ve really enjoyed it because it feels more like a game and less like a workout. I’m hesitant to rely solely on the Wii for activity, so yesterday I also went for a real run – day one of the Couch to 5K app – but had to cut it short because I was scheduled to babysit for a friend.
I’m also going to try and focus on improving my diet. Smaller portions, less snacks, and for January at least, cutting out the booze.
According to Wii I have lost 1.8 kgs already. That’s 3.9 pounds, apparently. I have a feeling it’s because I took my shoes off on day two, but maybe just maybe it has something to do with no alcohol in 4 days?
How are you tackling your resolutions?