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Kinect-ing again!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

My breathing is finally good enough to use my Kinect again, and I bought the new MIchael Jackson Experience game last night to celebrate.
Last night I danced/sang to "Thriller", and it was most definitely an experience, lol. Michael Jackson had his glove....I had my ventolin in one hand as a surrogate glove. I probably would have breathed better if I could have stopped laughing, but it was so funny, and so much fun , that I couldn't. I could only do that one song last night, but today I managed 3 songs (Thriller, Bad, Beat It). I had to use my ventolin too often to keep going after that...ventolin is hard on the heart and it feels like getting a shot of adrenaline...hard on the system...so I stopped. But I may try to do more songs later.

Michael Jackson, The Experience, for Kinect, is, in my opinion, a blast.
I don't like the small flashcards showing the various dance moves...I couldn't actually see them. I had to follow the back up dancers. I didn't have my new glasses, though (they're still being made), and was wearing my old ones, which aren't strong enough for me. Despite that, it was a lot of fun...maybe because the music is so upbeat and fun. Plus, I was able to recognize it. Dance Central is amazing, but I only recognize one song on it...and I'm too old to like any hip hop sort of songs, lol.

It was a lot of fun to see a ghostly image of myself on the screen, with the background singers...fitting, too, since thriller puts the singers in a graveyard.
The graphics are very cool...anyone who remembers MJ's videos will recognize the settings.

I'm glad I got the game, and I'm looking forward to playing it again.


Down 30 Ibs!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Woohoo!!! I got on the scales this morning and i'm now down 30 Ibs. The last 10 Ibs seems to have just melted off.
I haven't been able to work out in over 2 weeks because of my asthma, and i'm still on prednisone, so I was afraid I'd gain weight back. I lost weight instead; woohoo!!!
I can really see the difference in my face, and I can feel the difference in my body.

On Wednesday, I had my last therapy session ,after over 10 years of therapy. I felt sad because I'll really miss my therapist, but happy because i'm doing so much better than I was. I had a long bout with severe clinical depression and anxiety, in the past. I feel so much better now. I guess my body just wants to catch up with my brain and feel good again too.

Anyway, after i left the office for the last time, a thought popped into my brain that maybe i should go buy some chips as a treat, to comfort myself. I instantly dismissed the thought...chips are not my friend, and they are not a comfort. If I want to eat chips, i'll eat them, but only because i want chips, not to use them to comfort myself.

During this phase of my weight loss, I have eaten chips, pizza, candies...I haven't denied myself anything, but I have made sure only to eat those things if I was really craving them and nothing else would do, and not to eat them to subdue my feelings. I also didn't overeat any of those things; i just had enough to satisfy my cravings, and I didn't go over my daily calorie total very often. In fact, most days it was a challenge to eat enough to fill my calorie total. I actually ordered pizza once a week for the past two weeks, and had 2 slices a day as part of my meal plan, simply because i was too sick to cook or go shopping, and I was having a hard time eating my calories. Other than that, I've been eating a lot of Lipton's cup of soup, yogurt, fruit cups, grapes, cucumbers and celery. I've also been having hot chocolate at night, before bed.

It took over 10 years of therapy, but I've finally learned that I don't have to eat my feelings away. Feelings won't kill me. They're just like waves on the lake; I just have to wait for them to wash over me and soon the storm will pass and things will be calm again.

I'm still coughing a lot, so I can't use my xbox Kinect, and I'm really missing it.
Hopefully I'll be able to play again next week.

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KAT1212 2/11/2011 12:40PM

    Thank you, everyone!

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NURSEPIRT 2/11/2011 11:54AM

    AWESOME on the weight lost. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MMOWENS73 2/11/2011 10:57AM

    Good work on the weight loss. I hope I have that much success.

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MARVIMARTI 2/11/2011 10:52AM

    BRAVO!!!!! Just out reading blogs, what an inspiration!!!! :)

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Down 25 Ibs!

Monday, February 07, 2011

I'm so happy! I'm down 25 Ibs. When I restarted this weight loss thing, I was 285 and miserable. I was afraid I'd never be able to lose the weight again, or worse, I'd lose it and gain it back.
I asked God for help, and i visualized lower numbers on the scales. I kept getting to the lower numbers and then visualized another lower number. I'm so happy to be at 260, after visualizing it. I am now visualizing 240 as my next goal weight.

I've been really sick for over a week, and I really miss playing my Xbox Kinect games. My asthma is awful though, and I can't breathe. I'm wheezing and my chest is tight and I can't shake this cough. Thankfully the fever is gone. I finished a z pack of antibiotics, and have been taking prednisone since last Wednesday, but I'm not getting better. The doctor told me to go to the ER if I don't get better, so I'm going to go later today. I'm just waiting for my hair to dry.
I probably need another week of antibiotics, and more prednisone. I haven't gained any weight back on the prednisone, which is a miracle. I've been undereating, which I know is bad, but I just feel so awful.

Hopefully I'll be better and back on track by next week at this time.

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KAT1212 2/7/2011 8:21PM

    Thanks, everyone!
Take care,

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MELTING2SVELTE 2/7/2011 2:51PM

    Congratulations, and feel better quickly!

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NURSEPIRT 2/7/2011 2:51PM

    Get to feeling better soon. emoticon on the 25lbs

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ABRANNEWME2014 2/7/2011 2:10PM

    25 lbs you rock keep up the good work


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KAT1212 2/7/2011 2:07PM

    Thank you, Throoper!

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THROOPER62 2/7/2011 1:50PM

    emoticon25lbs. lost emoticon emoticon

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KAT1212 2/7/2011 1:42PM

    Thank you, Chantl!

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CHANTL 2/7/2011 1:39PM

    emoticon Way to go on the 25lb lost!!!!

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Losing weight; woohoo!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm down 17.5 Ibs. I can see the difference in my face, and in the way my clothes fit.

I really love my Xbox Kinect. I ended up buying the Kinect Sports game after renting it for over a month...I should have just bought it in the first place, but I couldn't find it in town. As it turned out, the video store went out of business so they sold it to me. I really love it; it's turned out to be my favorite game out of all of the ones I have so far (Your Shape, Adventures, Sports).

I'm going to get the Michael Jackson game when it comes out; the only reason I haven't purchased a dance game so far is that I only recognize a few songs on the ones that are out.

I'm looking forward to reaching my 20 Ib goal...then I'll have to lose another 20 (and another 20...). I can do this.


Still Kinect-ing with my inner active person

Monday, December 13, 2010

I rented some new Kinect games because I wasn't sure which one to buy next.

For the past few days I was playing Kinect Sports Active, and I enjoyed it, but today I tried Kinect Sports and was blown away. I really like the "feel" of that game, if that makes sense. It's so upbeat and colourful.

First I tried bowling, and I had to laugh to see that, even with Kinect, my ball pulls to the right, lol. I was really impressed with the bowling game. It wasn't as active as the other games, but I did a happy dance whenever I got a strike, so that added more movement. It was fun to watch my avatar dance with me, and I really enjoyed having an avatar rather than a colourful blob, like on Your Shape. I also got a real kick out of the music...after one strike, the game played the song "Celebration". Too cute! I don't know yet if this game can be played with friends online, but if so, that would be so cool...provided the online friends could only see my avatar and not the real me, bouncing around in my pajamas.

Boxing was fun, but I felt weird about hitting my cute cartoony opponent. I found it a lot easier...mentally... to punch the big male opponent in Kinect Sports Active.

Soccer was fun too, but I was surprised to find I was passing the ball to...myself, lol. I'd pass the ball and stand there to watch and then hear someone yelling "shoot!" It took awhile for me to clue in that I was passing the ball to myself, and that I couldn't just watch after passing. Too funny.

I had to tell my dogs to go lay down on the couch before I could play the soccer game, and they were only too happy to comply. It was weird to be standing in front of the tv, pretending to kick a ball, while two dogs watched from the comfort of the couch.

Speaking of dogs, I have to share their response to Kinectimals. The do NOT like that game. I rented it even though I knew it wasn't geared toward adults...I just wanted to see what it could do.

First of all, the cubs are adorable, and the graphics are amazing. I had hoped that I'd be able to really explore the island, by "walking" through it and manouvering around myself, but that didn't happen. When a new area on the map opened up, the cub ran there and I watched as it ran. I wasn't able to interact with the game until the cub came to the new destination. I just think it would be cool to be able to move from place to place by walking myself.
Other than that, the game is adorable, and I think it would make a great gift for a child, provided there are no dogs in the house.

The dogs did not like the cubs, and they barked furiously at them. They did not like to see me give attention to a virtual animal, and they freaked out when I said "Here, Kitty!" When the cub came right up to the tv screen to "look" for me, the dogs went insane, barking like mad things. They rarely bark at the tv, although my dog Mac does watch tv every night, so I was surprised by that. They are fine while I play every other game (and Mac joins me when I play Kinect Adventures), but they do not like Kinectimals, lol.

Kinect Sports Active, in my opinion, isn't as impressive as Kinect Sports, but I really did enjoy the skiing game. It's pretty, but the graphics could be better. They sort of reminded me of faded pictures. The horse game was hysterical, as I couldn't get the horse to jump at the right time and the commenter kept making rude comments, lol. I haven't been able to keep the hang glider up for more than a few minutes, either, but that's not the game's fault...it's me, being uncoordinated.

I'm still having fun with Kinect, and...great news...my parents are going to give me the money I paid for it so that it will be a Christmas gift.

I'm definitely going to buy Kinect Sports after Christmas. In the meantime, since I have the game for 4 more nights, I think I"m going to call my cousin to see if she wants to go bowling...in my livingroom, lol.

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KAT1212 2/13/2011 2:49PM

    I'm glad I could help. Let me know which games you rent, and how you enjoy them.
I've been sick for over two weeks and I'm in Kinect withdrawal. I so miss playing.
I can't wait to see what the upcoming games will be. I hope there's one where i can walk in place to "explore" a virtual land, instead of just having games on the rails.

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KSHANTL 2/13/2011 12:01PM

    I appreciate your blog... I have been trying to decide which fitness program to spend my money on... and didn't know that you could rent them. My son is putting on his shoes now to take me to the rental (his account). I hope they have it... I am excited to try it out... before dishing $$$ out.

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LAURA_1982 12/26/2010 10:12AM

    I definitely recommend to check out Kinect Your Shape. I got it just before the holidays and it is pretty awesome. Different workouts every day and a trainer that gives you a hard time if you slack off. lol.

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SPARKBENNY 12/22/2010 10:26PM

    You can play the kinect sports online against other " real" people. I played soccer all day with people it is much more fun than against the computer. emoticon

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SPARKBENNY 12/22/2010 10:26PM

    You can play the kinect sports online against other " real" people. I played soccer all day with people it is much more fun than against the computer. emoticon

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SPARKBENNY 12/22/2010 10:26PM

    You can play the kinect sports online against other " real" people. I played soccer all day with people it is much more fun than against the computer. emoticon

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SPARKBENNY 12/22/2010 10:26PM

    You can play the kinect sports online against other " real" people. I played soccer all day with people it is much more fun than against the computer. emoticon

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