It’s been a long long time…

Alright, so I kind of died 7 months ago and stopped posting. I know, I’m lame. But the reason why is because actually, I got pregnant again. And I was extremely morning sick, just like last time! But this time, I had a toddler running around and so it was much harder to blog. So, needless to say, I have not really been exercising and losing weight.

I’m 7 months along now, due December 21st with another little girl, whom we will be naming Willow! I’ve been kind of able to keep my weight down… only 15 (I’m at about 226, up from 211 prepregnancy) lbs gained last time I checked… though I might have balloooned… I’ve been afraid of weighing myself for the past two weeks, because I keep gorging on candy and ice cream and stuff. 😦

I’m planning on starting “dieting” this next week though (as in keeping track of how many calories I’m eating, not actually dieting dieting.) I don’t want to gain 30 lbs again, so that it isn’t so hard to lose it all after the new little one is born.

Someone asked if I’ve tried Wii Fit Plus yet, and no, I haven’t. I’m waiting for a good deal to come around before I buy it, because I’m a cheapskate like that. πŸ™‚ I haven’t really been exercising… but I think I will try at least doing free step on Wii Fit for 15 minutes a day if I can, so that I can keep my blood pressure down and just be healthy. Tried doing My Fitness Coach a month ago consistently and got bad sciatica and so had to stop. So I’m guessing it’s best if I keep my exercising as low impact as possible.

I’ll keep you updated on what happens. Hopefully I can keep my weight down! Got a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, so we’ll see what the scale says. πŸ™‚

Wii Fit Diet, and My Fitness Coach!

Ok, so I suck at updating, but I haven’t had much happen lately. I’ve been exercising still and eating well, so I’m now down to 213 lbs. That means I’ve lost almost 26 lbs overall now! I’m quite proud of myself. πŸ™‚ Only 53 more lbs to go, so I’m 1/3 of the way there! Additionally, only 3 lbs to lose and I’m no longer Obese, I will just be Overweight! How wonderful!!

On another note, I bought My Fitness Coach, because I was honestly getting a little bored with the Wii Fit exercises. There is just not enough different aerobic exercises to do in Wii Fit and I hate having to pick out what I want to do. It takes like 45-50 minutes to do a 30 minute workout. But My Fitness Coach, which was only $30 new at Gamestop, is super cool. It doesn’t work with the Wii Balance Board (other than using it as a step) but it’s still nice. Kind of like an exercise video, only it’s different every time.

It has you take measurements of your body when you start your profile, asks what equipment you have on hand, figures out your fitness level, asks you what your goal is for yourself and then determines what exercises you should do to reach that goal. Then you commit to a certain amount of workouts each week.

I got the game yesterday, and I only played it yesterday (I try not to exercise on Sundays), but today I am SUPER sore. It had me focusing on my upper body and core muscles (with a little bit of cardio), and so now my back, abs, thighs, butt and arms all hurt. And it did it without using weights either. I exercised for 30 minutes total, split into two 15 minute sessions. You have to do a minimum of 15 minutes of working out when you play and it keeps you going and working the whole time! You can adjust how hard it is though if it’s too hard or too easy, which is nice. On the easiest level, it gives you a 15 second or so break in between exercises, which is a little too easy for me. πŸ™‚

I do really like the game though, as it’s got a lot of variety (over 400 exercises, I hear) and it’s got some fun, variable music (which is one thing that seriously is lacking in Wii Fit). I really like that it also picks the exercises for me, depending on what areas of my body I want to target for the day. Also, it tells you how many calories you’ve burned at the end of your workout. That’s another thing I thought lacked in Wii Fit.

The only things I don’t like are a) that the woman has annoying voice and b) that she has to “find the rhythm” three times in your workout. It’s kind of nice to rest while she does it, I guess, but I’d prefer she didn’t. Not a big deal though. Her voice, however, is kind of nasally and just generally grating. She also repeats the same phrases over and over again, which is again, slightly annoying. But the workouts are great, and so I do like that. πŸ™‚

Have a peaceful super bowl sunday!

Ooo, I forgot!!! PS! I managed to actually be perfectly balanced, 50.0% on both feet for my weigh in on the 26th of January. I even took a picture, I was so proud of myself!!

Perfectly centered center of balance on Wii Fit!

Perfectly centered center of balance on Wii Fit!

Wii Fit Diet; Picture time!

Ok, so that you can see what I look like now that I’ve lost 18 pounds from dieting and playing Wii Fit, here are the pictures of me 18 lbs slimmer, in my new house! πŸ˜€

Me at 220 after following my Wii Fit Diet!

Me at 220 after following my Wii Fit Diet!

Here’s the pic of me at 238.8 pounds:

Me at 238.8, before the Wii Fit Diet

Me at 238.8, before the Wii Fit Diet

Ok, so maybe it doesn’t seem like a huge difference. But it is! πŸ˜€

Wii Fit Diet, Again

Ok, ok…. so I’ve been really lazy for the last several months and haven’t updated the blog. I’ve moved twice, bought a house, bought another puppy, and my baby is getting older and more mobile, so I haven’t done much.

The good news is that the weight I lost from my “Wii Fit Diet” still seems to be gone, despite only sporadic exercising. I weighed in at 220 yesterday, which is 18 lbs down from where I started and 5 lbs down from my last post. The exercises on Wii Fit have kind of become repetitive and boring to me, so I’ve decided to just do Free Step and watch a movie for half an hour while I do it, in the morning after breakfast, rather than at night. I’m switching to morning because I tend to feel really tired at night and then want to skip the exercise. πŸ™‚

As far as eating goes, I’m going to start calorie counting again. But besides that, about a week ago I decided to go off sugar. I decided this because I used to eat SO MUCH SUGAR. My husband loves sugar (and somehow is a healthy weight? I just don’t get it), and we always had candies, cookies, soda, ice cream, etc around our house. I would eat small amounts of it when my husband was home, but once he’d go to work, I’d eat and eat and eat whatever was around. I just couldn’t help myself. And that’s when I knew I was addicted to sugar. Even when I calorie counted, I always left some calories for my ice cream. It was bad and it was affecting my health.

So I just went cold turkey. Did some research on sugar addiction and made my husband take all the cookies and candies and whatnot to work with him. Now, I’m only off things that are mostly sugar. Like most breakfast cereal, candies, cookies, syrup, etc. I still eat bread and the like, because it’s just the majorly sugary items that were doing me in. So far it’s been a mixed result. Just being a week into it, I’ve had mood swings,Β  headaches, cravings, been depressed and been happy. But I know it takes a while for your body to get used to not having so much sugar all the time.

Some of the ill effects of having too much sugar in one’s diet, I discovered, are as follows:

– Feeling lethargic (I had a big! problem with feeling lethargic)

– Sexual side effects. Sugar suppresses SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), which controls the amount of estrogen and testosterone in your body. If you don’t have the right amount of those hormones, it lowers libido. You can do a little bit of research if you’re interested in learning more about that.

– Diabetes

– Depression

– Mood swings

I can certainly tell you that some of the positive effects of eating less sugar have already shown up. I have a lot more energy… I used to feel tired in the mornings and not want to get out of bed, but now I get up and feel awake and energized. I don’t need a sugary cereal to wake me up. Maybe TMI, but I have noticed that my libido has increased dramatically. I feel more focused and I see things more clearly. It’s like I was in a haze before, and now suddenly I’m able to pay more attention to what’s around me. Still having some weird problems with depression and mood swings, but I’m hoping that will clear up soon.

It was HARD to go off of the sugar at first. Three days after I went off it, I had to make some goodies for my neighbors. I made cookies and brownies. I was literally fighting myself to not lick the spoon, try a cookie, lick the frosting off my hand and so on. It was really weird to have to use my self-will to overpower my craving for that stuff. It was like I was a parched man who’d been wandering in the desert for days, who finally finds some water… I almost couldn’t help myself. But I DID win. I would not recommend that anyone else test themselves like that though. Just keep the sugar out of the house, period, until you’ve been off it for 2 weeks or more.

So anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to drop to my target weight soon (from 220 down to 160 is what I am hoping, so 60 more lbs). Or at least drop down from an Obese BMI to an Overweight BMI. I’ll keep you posted, probably every other day. πŸ™‚

It’s nice to get back into the groove of things!

Oh, also, to the person who commented regarding my hamburger helper meals… I know, the sodium is horrible… I’ve started making fresher recipes now though, so we only have hamburger helper every once in a while now. πŸ™‚

Good luck to all you newbies who just bought a Wii Fit for Christmas. Stay committed… work out every day and eat healthy. You’ll lose weight, and hopefully, like me, you’ll keep it off. It DOES work. I do no other exercise besides Wii Fit and I have lost weight. So don’t get discouraged!

Wii Fit Diet: Days 16, 17, 18

Sorry! I’ve been lax about posting lately. My little sisters are staying with me for a couple of days and they watch movies ALL day, so even though I’ve been exercising, it’s hard to go back and look at my stats when the TV is being used. πŸ˜›

Ok, here are my stats for the last three days:

Day 16:

Weight: 231.3

BMI: 33.11

Wii Fit Age: 20

Difference from yesterday: +.4 lbs

Pound difference from starting weight: -8.5 lbs (over 22 days)

Day 17:

Weight: 231.9

BMI: 33.20

Wii Fit Age: 20

Difference from yesterday: +.6 lbs

Pound difference from starting weight: -7.9 lbs (over 23 days)

Day 18:

Weight: 230.4

BMI: 32.98

Wii Fit Age: 20

Difference from yesterday: -1.5 lbs

Pound difference from starting weight: -8.4 lbs (over 24 days)

So nothing too exciting happening weight wise. Still the same exercises and everything, except today I did advanced step with no beat, which was fun. So the weight loss hasn’t been drastic so far this week, and overall I’ve gained a little, but that’s alright with me! As long as I’m not gaining too much, I’m fine. πŸ™‚

I think I’m going to start doing posts every 3 days now, because otherwise I think you’ll get bored with me. Also, Thursday, I am leaving for Vegas for the 4th and won’t be back until Monday. I’m going to try and exercise while I’m there, but we’ll see what happens. πŸ˜€

Good luck everyone else!

Wii Fit Diet, Day 15

Day 15! Yay!

Weight: 229.9

BMI: 32.92

Wii Fit Age: 24 (no agility test. Not sure why this happened.)

Difference from two days ago: -1.1 lbs

Pound difference from starting weight: -8.9 lbs (over 20 days)

Peach left a comment with a pretty cool tip today! I did not know this:

Hey did you know in that free step, you can completely turn off the sound and step as fast or slow as you like, in any way, front or back, sideways, and it will still record your steps…so your goal maybe 800 steps, I was able to do over a 1,000 in 10 minutes. I find it boring listening to the sound, when I know I can move faster and in different directions…give that a try.

So I’ll try that tomorrow probably. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to exercise yesterday because my husband and I were out looking at apartments. Luckily we found one that we liked, so we don’t have to look anymore. Now we’re just looking for some one to live in our apartment. So I can exercise… for now. Next week we’re going to vegas for four days and then we’ll be moving, so we’ll see what happens then. Heh.

Anyway, good workout today! I almost died while doing Super Hula Hoop today. I was working at it really hard. My husband was impressed… before he saw me exercise doing that, he suggested that I go outside and run too, because he didn’t think Wii Fit worked me hard enough to burn enough calories. But he thinks differently now! Lots of fun! Same workout as two days ago, which I think is working fantastically for me! I can’t believe I’ve lost almost 9 lbs now! That’s CRAZY! Woohoo!

Good luck everyone else!