WiiFit Workout Week 3

Beginning Weight:  207.5 (-0.5 pounds)

Sunday December 14th – Week 3, Day 1
WiiFit Age 44

Lunge (20 reps)
Tricep Extension (20 reps)
Palm Tree
Sideways Leg Lift
Sun Salutation
Dance Yoga
Standing Knee
Single-Leg Extension
Advanced Step
Island Lap

Total Workout Time: 31 minutes

Monday December 15th – Week 3, Day 2
WiiFit Age 34

Rowing Squat (30 reps)
Downward Facing Dog
Push-up and Side Plank (10 reps)
Tricep Extension (20 reps)
Palm Tree
Spinal Twist
Jackknife (20 reps)
Rhythm Boxing
Advanced Step

Total Workout Time: 30 minutes

Tuesday December 16th – Week 3, Day 3
WiiFit Age 30

Plank (60 seconds)
Spinal Twist
Jackknife (20 reps)
Torso Twists (6 reps)
Advanced Hula Hoop (6 minutes)
Basic Run (Island Lap)

Total Workout Time: 34 minutes

Weekly thoughts: First of all, I’m paring this down to a weekly thoughts instead of a daily thoughts since I might not have anything significant to say about a certain day’s workout.  That said, you’ll notice that there are only 3 workouts here.  One of them (Sunday’s) was a makeup for the previous week’s skipped workout.  Wednesday and Thursday, I  wound up skipping my workouts as well.  On Wednesday, I skipped my workout due to being exhausted.  Thursday, B and her parents took NHL to see Disney On Ice.  I stayed home with JSL and was too tired afterwards to workout.

We had an extremely snowy weekend, however.  I did at least an hour of combined snow shoveling and "wintertime running with weights" (also known as pulling kids on a sled while running up and down a snowy block) on Saturday.  On Sunday, I did at least a half hour of shoveling.  So I’m counting those as my missed workouts.

WiiFit Workout Week 2

Beginning Weight:  208 pounds

Monday December 8th – Week 2, Day 1
WiiFit Age: 37

  • Step Aerobics
  • 3 min super hula hoop
  • Island lap run
  • Single Arm Stand
  • Tree
  • Lunge
  • Warrior
  • Rowing Squat
  • Chair Yoga
  • Lotus Focus

Total Workout Time: 31 minutes

Thoughts: I think I focused too much on my legs this workout.  By the end of the night, they felt like jelly.

Tuesday December 9th – Week 2, Day 2
WiiFit Age: 28

  • Cobra Yoga
  • Plank
  • Tricep Extension
  • Palm Tree Yoga
  • Rhythm Boxing (Easy)
  • Advanced Step
  • Advanced Hula Hoop (6 minutes)
  • Sideways Leg Lift (twice)
  • Sun Salutation Yoga
  • Short Run

Total Workout Time: 30 minutes

Thoughts: Focused on some more upper body items to give my legs a bit of a rest.

Wednesday December 10th – Week 2, Day 3
WiiFit Age: 44

  • Dance Yoga
  • Sideways leg lift
  • Standing Knee
  • Single Leg Extension
  • Sun Salutation
  • Lunge
  • Warrior
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Plank Challenge
  • Single Leg Extension (20 reps)
  • Advanced Step
  • Hula Hoop

Total Workout Time: 30 minutes

Thoughts: Got two curve balls thrown at me today.  First, I was told to do my balance test with my eyes closed.  Secondly, when I began training, the male trainer substituted himself for my usual female trainer.  (A quick settings change fixed that.)  Guess that’s some built-in random events to keep you on your toes.  My wife also observed this workout so she would know how to set up and take down the WiiFit balance board.

Thursday December 11th – Week 2, Day 4

Ok, I confess that I skipped this workout.  There was an awful ice storm out and I got distracted with other matters.  By the time I decided to work out, it was late.  I decided that it was less important to exercise and more important to get sleep so I wouldn’t be exhausted while driving in the ice.  I plan on making up this workout on Sunday night.

WiiFit Workout: Day 2

Losing Weight and Restarting My (Wii)Workout

A few years back, my wife and I decided that we had enough of our poor eating habits.  NHL was almost one year old and I feared that he would pick up our poor eating habits.  I had tried losing weight before, but never too seriously.  We heard about Weight Watchers from a friend and got some information about the program.  After that, we designed our own weight loss routine loosely based on Weight Watchers.  It worked too.  My initial weigh-in was 255 pounds.  After one year, I lowered that to 188.5 pounds.  That’s 66.5 pounds lost in a year.

I didn’t stop there, either.  The second year, I lost an additional 10 pounds to bring me to 178.5 pounds.  Around this time, people actually began telling me that I looked too skinny.  I had never been told that in my entire life!  I dropped down as low as 173 before my weight slowly began rising again.  I found that my "ideal weight" was around 185-190.

Unfortunately, I began slacking off on watching my food intake.  My weight went up and down as I alternately fell off the wagon and got back on.  I never did reach the commitment levels of our initial effort.  In addition, my diet change was not accompanied by an increase in exercise.

Months back, though, B bought me WiiFit for the Nintendo Wii.  I faithfully followed the excercises for a few weeks, enjoying exercize for the first time.  Then, as often happens, life intervened.  I slacked off and the Wii Balance Board got pushed off to the side.  I had even bought a new yoga mat to use with my WiiFit as our floor was too hard on my back/sides, but that didn’t give me an incentive.

Then, this Sunday, I got my incentive.  During my weekly weigh in (the one part of the diet plan that I followed through on religiously), the scale read 208.5.  I didn’t want to see 210+ on that scale any more and I noticed that my suits were getting tighter.  So this week I resolved to start working out for 30 minutes per day for 4 days per week.

Yesterday, I put the WiiFit disc in the Wii and powered up the Balance Board.  After some trouble with the WiiMote batteries being too low, and the onscreen guide chastising me for being away for 163 days, I took the balance test to find out my WiiFit age.  It was 40!  (I’m only 33.)  Then I began my 30 minute workout.  I started off with Deep Breathing yoga, Warrior Pose yoga, and Lunges.  Then I moved on to Hula Hooping and Basic Step Aerobics.  Rhythm Boxing kicked my rear next.  I couldn’t dodge for my life.  After some Torso Twists, Triangle, a short Run, and Jackknives, I unlocked a new exercise: Jackknife Challenge.  I swear the trainer let me win the Jackknife Challenge, but I was not detered.  I moved onto Spinal Twist and Bridge yoga poses.  Finally, I had my 30 minutes (35, actually).

Now I’m off to do some more working out.  Well, I’m actually off to put the garbage out and *then* I’m off to work out.

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