I Got a Wii Fit!

2008/05/25 at 10:06 am | Posted in Exercise, Health, LG enV, Life, lifestyle change, Phone-Cam, SimulPost, Video Games, weight loss, weight watchers, Wii, wii fit | Comments Off on I Got a Wii Fit!
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I’m a Wiik (ha!) late to the party, but I got my Wii Fit at Target this morning! Watch for an interesting follow-up later today.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: My experience at Target when purchasing my Wii Fit is about as interesting as anything.

I arrived a bit before their 8 a.m. opening time where the usual group of Hot Wheels Dorks was congregating in the hopes of finding the latest Treasure Hunt vehicles. When the doors opened, I bolted to the Electronics Department and stood in line.

That’s when things got, um, interesting. There were about two groups of men speaking in a foreign tongue that I could not decipher (or even take a guess at). And at the risk of offending anybody I won’t even venture to give their native tongue a name. But these guys all had a few things in common. They all:

  • Had California Reseller’s Permits, which means you’ll see plenty of overpriced Wii Fit units on the street real quick;
  • Worked in teams, speaking with their cohorts at a blazingly fast rate of speed during the checkout process so as to confuse the cashier(s);
  • Bought Target Gift Cards in addition to the units, one of them for $1,000;
  • Paid in cash;
  • Bought the same brand pre-paid cell phone with their Wii Fit unit.

It all seemed rather strange to me and their transactions were pure and utter chaos. One of them claimed he gave the cashier $150 and not the $120 she had tendered, one claimed he was charged too much, and once they were all done and trying to sort out their take in this little con, one of them actually tried to take the unit I was paying for as it was being rung up. By then I had had enough of their bulls***.

“That one’s mine, f***er,” I told the greedy bastard. His hand retracted quicker than he could speak.

So to the Electronics Department at Target T-195 in Long Beach, CA (my former store, BTW), if your registers are off at the end of the day, this could very well be the reason why. Those guys worked fast, talked fast, and seemed ready to swindle.

Anyway…I’ve only had a few minutes to spend with the Wii Fit. Here’s a few helpful hints:

  • If you have carpeting, place a piece of wood underneath for an accurate weight measurement. At first I weighed 146 (!) but after placing a piece of wood under the platform, it was correct.
  • The Weight Loss Goal only goes up to 22 lbs. so if you plan to lose more, you’ll have to start at 22 lbs. and once you reach that, start again with the remainder. In my case, it’ll be 22 lbs. plus another 10+ lbs.
  • I “jogged” and did the Hula Hoop exercise. It’d definitely fun!

I’m sure I’ll be adding more to my other blog so check it out for more info and results. I begin using it tonight so we’ll see how things go!

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This entry is a SimulPost and can also be read at HolographicMeatloaf.com

Milestone #9

2008/05/24 at 7:44 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Inspiration, lifestyle change, Milestone, Motivation, weight loss, weight watchers, Wii, Wii Sports | Comments Off on Milestone #9
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…and I’m pretty happy about this one.

As of today, at 231.9 lbs. I have officially reached the 65 lbs. lost mark! This comes after weeks of struggling in the mid-230s so it’s a Milestone that’s definitely been earned. I was beginning to think I’d plateaued and couldn’t lose any more but I chose to add Wii Sports to the regimen a few nights ago, so that may have accounted for something.

Last night’s dinner was rather sinful but still within my Points range for the day. I had a McDonald’s hamburger and cheeseburger, no fries, and a bottle of water. I had been craving those mundane burgers for a while now so having them last night was definitely worth the wait.

And I’ve noticed just that: when you don’t eat certain foods while trying to lose weight, when you do have them they are especially tasty. Yesterday I also had some salted-in-the-shell peanuts and a few cashews, and it was as if I’d never eaten them in my life. Very satisfying.

Well, it looks like rain here in southern California today and possibly tomorrow. Hopefully things will clear up by Memorial Day, when I will be manning the barbecue for some barbecued chicken and ribs. Should be fun.

Have a safe and fun holiday, guys. And eat some good stuff–in moderation, of course 🙂

Weekly Weigh-In #9

2008/05/20 at 7:45 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Uncategorized, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight watchers, Wii | 2 Comments
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  • Weekly Weigh-In #9: 233.5 lbs.
  • Last week’s weight: 232.5 lbs.
  • Gain/loss of: +1.0 lbs.
  • Weekly average lost: 2.2 lbs.

With those results, you would probably think I’m a bit upset. That attitude is a startling contrast to my previous entry in which I was annoyed at not being able to crack the 230 lb. mark.

The reality is that I’m not upset when I look back at the week of eating I had. On Friday we wished one of our co-workers off to a happy retirement by taking him to lunch and then having some cake and ice cream in his honor. Then on Sunday, we celebrated a belated Mother’s Day with a smörgåsbord of Italian foods courtesy of a friend’s pizza restaurant.

And I’m not gonna lie–I indulged. Celebrations happen.

So taking all those factors into consideration, I’m not entirely upset at my results for this week, all of which which leads me into the next topic.

In case you didn’t notice, there’s been yet another change to the Weekly Weigh-In stats. The “At my current rate…” number has been omitted because, in all honesty, I felt as if I was pushing myself to lose more weight in a shorter amount of time. That whole mentality was going against why I was trying to lose weight in the beginning: to be at 200 lbs. (or less) by my 40th birthday. Even by losing a mere 1 lb. a week, at this point I will reach 40 at less than 200 lbs. So I decided to eliminate the pressure of trying to get it done sooner and sticking with my doctor-recommended plan of 1-2 lbs. per week.

Time to pick up and move on–gradually.

Oh, and Wii Fit hits the shelves tomorrow! I’m hoping to get my hands on one (which is highly unlikely on the week of release without a reservation). If and when I do, keep an eye out here for commentary and results. Even if it doesn’t claim to do what people are expecting it to, it sure looks interesting–and fun 🙂

As part of my exercising last night, I chose to take out all of the old carpeting in the garage and cut it into small squares for disposal. It took a good couple of hours and it got all of us out of the (hot) house for a little while. I got a bit dusty but I’m sure I burned off quite a few calories in the process.

And yesterday I decided that after my lunchtime walk, I’m going to take the stairs and walk up to the top (5th) floor and back down for more exercise.

Well, I hope you all had a better week than I did. Let’s make this one even better.

Having a Ball

2008/04/06 at 11:31 am | Posted in Exercise, Health, Life, Wii | Comments Off on Having a Ball

In the spirit of trying something new, I went out and bought one of those exercise balls yesterday. I had been looking to get one but the cost was usually put me off. This one, however was on sale for $15.99 with instructional DVD so I picked it up.

I tried it last night and ouch, it definitely inflicts serious pain on you (at least if you’re the out-of-shape type like me). I managed to do all of the recommended exercises for flattening the abs and obliques, and in the end I felt about the same as I did when I do all those sit-ups only with less of an impact. Whether it truly works remains to be seen but I was just happy to try something different. Sit-ups are, let’s face it, boring. I also played 30 minutes of Wii Sports to top it off.

Ah yes, and Wii Fit will soon be hitting the U.S. market. I will be getting that as well. If anything it just looks like fun.

To make up for not walking my daily 1.5 miles, I rode my bike for 5 miles this morning. Thanks to my slightly outdated Garmin eTrex GPS unit mounted on my bike, I can keep track of distance, MPH, direction and everything else pertaining to my ride. I dig it.

I’m aiming for a solid 245 lbs. for my next weigh-in. We’ll see how it goes.

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