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Friday, January 1, 2010

Giving Denzel a break


One of the benefits of yesterday's marathon basement cleaning is that the Nintendo Wii is more accessible and there is actually room on the floor to bring out the balance board for a little Wii Fit workout. So I gave Denzel the morning off and powered up the Wii instead.

The Wii Fit was a Christmas 2008 gift. So it should have been no surprise to me that when I logged in, the machine greeted me with a message that said "It's been 364 days since your last visit." Yep. Sounds about right.

So I chose to do the body test. Click. An instruction appeared on the screen that I should step up onto the balance board.

"Oooh!" the board rudely groaned when I put my full weight on it. Apparently the creators of Wii Fit are relative strangers to good manners. But I was in a forgiving mood when the next screen informed me that I weigh 4.5 pounds less than I did the last time I logged in.

Looking for a calorie burn, I clicked the aerobic activity button and selected the hula hoop game as my first challenge. Turns out I'm a mean hula hooper -- as long as I'm leading my with right hip. Reverse the direction and lead with my left and it's #hulahoopFAIL!

After a few rounds of the hula hoop, I moved on to the basic step game. I am definitely void of all rhythm and found myself having to call out the moves as I took the steps. Even still, I was stepping with two left feet and getting no respect from the Wii. So I decided to give the solo run a try.

Now, I hate running. I pretty much think that there is a direct correlation between the size of one's bust and the pain generated by the motion required by running. But I'm working toward a goal here and as they say, "no pain, no gain." Or maybe it's "Boobs are no excuse, keep running," so run I did.

Robbie found it pretty funny that his Mii kept passing mine on the cross country route. I was just trying to log another 4 minutes of activity to make a total of 30 minutes -- and I did!

Then, having my 2010 "take a yoga class" directive in mind, I decided to check out the yoga positions offered by my virtual Wii trainer. I think I did a total of 6 or 7 poses, enough to decide it's really too tedious to do them with the Wii, but that I do really want to sign up for a class sometime this year (probably after all the resolution fitness seekers have given up).

Denzel shouldn't be worried. I'm not about to abandon him for a Wii Fit workout. I like the workout I get from Denzel much better. (Did I just say that I like a workout?!) But I think that I might add the Wii as an afternoon/evening routine. Who knows, between the two, maybe someday soon I'll be able to declare Mii Fit.


Joanie said...

Thank God I don't have a Wii in this house to yell at me if I attempt to do a workout. More power to ya, sister!

Joanne said...

I love our Wii and now that I also have a clean area in the basement I plan to make good use of the workout - -we also bought the EA Active -- great workout.

Oh and I also want to smash the little "ohhhh" when I step on the board and then it calls me obese -- grrrrrr.

Just don't abandon Denzel too long - we had a George Clooney marathon running - mmmmmmmmm

Nate's Mom said...

Sound like fun. I have a Wii Fit, um, somewhere. I'm afraid it would do more that "oooh" if I stepped on it. I should bring it out again, after my surgery. I love the step one, and surprisingly, the run. I cannot hula hoop to save my life.

I wish a blessed 2010. I fell it's going to be an awesome year for you!

Sheri in CA

Shelley said...

"...the machine greeted me with a message that said "It's been 364 days since your last visit." Yep. Sounds about right."

Oh, are too funny. This was a great read and congratulations for sticking it out for half an hour. I would have given up in a twitchy huff as soon as the balance board groaned at me.

Sharon said...

Mean hula hooper, huh? I wanna see it!

We don't have a Wii, but it sure seems people like their Wii Fits. I think I'd get too distracted.

I'm glad you're not giving up on Denzel. Obviously something is working-congrats on the nearly 5 pound loss!

Amy said...

@Joanne - Oh, I'll be reuniting with Denzel today!

@Nate's Mom - Sheri when are you having surgery? And for what?

Eternal Lizdom said...

I've been too scared to get on my Wii Fit because then I'll be forced to know how much weight I've gained.

But, at my request, Jeff got me the Fit Plus upgrade for Christmas. Now I just need to crack it open...

And... I have a theatre friend who teaches yoga and I think he does private, in your home lessons. If you are interested, drop me an e-mail and I'll get you hooked up with him. I took a lesson from him when he was first starting out (several years ago) and he's wonderful!

adraider21 said...

I know this sounds like bragging, but I'm only 13. Yes, indeed we have a Wii Fit, and indeed... my family doesn't use it. The last time I was on the Wii Fit, i only weighed 85 pounds... now i find myself CONSTANTLY checking if i way ATLEAST 90! good luck!

adraider21 said...

Along with my last comment, I have to say... nice job Mrs. M! Hey, you REALLY need to get your daughter to post more on her blog. I CONTINUEOUSLY check to see what's happening in her life, and obviously, nothing eventful HAS happened. Well just wanted you to tell her! Adios!

b said...

Does it help if I just read about exercising? Groan! This grandma moves a lot and would love to have a Wii. Someday soon....sigh!