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Exerbeat for Wii--My Review

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I got exerbeat a few weeks ago from Amazon. I originally purchased it for $29.99, but then a week later, I saw they had it on sale for $19.94. I called them and they credited me the difference.

At first, I was kind of iffy about it. You do a 2 minute workout and then some lady who looks like a musical note comes on and you are supposed to be walking around the world. This goes on between every exercise until....aha you open a new one. Yeehaw. That was neat. Now, I have one that goes on for 10 minutes without stopping WTG. Again..back to the lady. After about a half hours worth of exercise you get to go into personal trainer mode.

That is nice. You get to tell it how long you want to work out for and you can either set it at random exercises or set the ones you want. This is a nice feature as it doesn't stop and have you go back to walk around the world and stop at your check points. Eventually, you do open longer and longer workouts. I've gotten up to a 20 minute one with boxercising, 15 minutes with aerobics etc.. you get the picture. emoticon

It is after doing one of those long boxercising or hip hop workouts that you no longer mind the lady coming on to tell you how many miles you have etc. It is at that point where you reach for your water bottle and the towel and say, "thank goodness for a 2 minute break." I have also used that type to throw in my strength training. While she is talking, I do my strength training and just press A when I need to. emoticon

Overall, I really enjoy it. I find it addictive. I know my heart monitor says I burn a lot of calories on exerbeat. It is actually about the same amount I use riding my horse. You can do exerbeat for what will say 30 minutes on the main menu, because it doesn't count the time when she is telling you about the places you are visiting, but again, I just keep moving and exercising until she is done. I think it is a great workout as there are so many options. For the $19.95 price, you can't go wrong. You just have to stick it out until you open those other longer workouts.

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TERESA159 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    Sounds like you figured out how to make the best of the game. I don't have a Wii but maybe I will add it to my wish list. I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter. ;-)

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LASARRE 1/3/2012 11:11PM

    Sorry, I only have Zumba 1. Can't give any review of Zumba 2.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/3/2012 10:46PM

    Exerbeat is so much fun, I have had it for 3 mths now, I find it a good workout, i was given zumba2 for Christmas and oh my goodness you are dripping after the short workout!! Totally recommend it
Have a great night!!

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JEANUT 1/3/2012 9:48PM

    sounds like a good one, I hate it when you only get short exercises

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TWILIGHTMOM72 1/3/2012 9:15PM

    Thanks! That's in my Wish List. Just didn't know. I'd really like to know what Zumba 2 is like, supposedly it's more for beginners than the first one.

Annette

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RUTHE_51 1/3/2012 8:43PM

    Thanks for the review. I may have to check that out.

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Need to Put Accountability Back in my Life

Monday, January 02, 2012

When I first started on SP, I loved getting all the spark points I could every day and I tracked everything. I tracked my nutrition, my fitness, read the articles, tracked other goals etc.

Now, I find the only thing I am really tracking is my Fitness. I like seeing those points add up. I'm no longer tracking my steps. My nutrition I generally only track once a day. That is going to be my goal for this month...I am going to track everything. Sometimes with Nutrition, I can't get it exact, but I can get it close.

That is the only goal I am setting for this month is tracking. I have decided to just set one goal a month. Many of my prior goals have become habits. I now eat breakfast everyday, workout at least 5 days a week, blog at least 5 days a week, check in every day.

Now, I have to be honest enough with my accountability and TRACK!

  
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TXGRANDMA 1/3/2012 9:59PM

    I have been very conscientious with my tracking, it is just something I do. However, I was not being honest with tracking EVERYTHING I ate, and THAT is going to change! emoticon

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GLORYANDME 1/3/2012 12:41PM

    Tracking is definitely a habit that needs to be formed. It took me some time to get use to doing it, but now it has become second nature. I especially like tracking my exercise and seeing how many minutes I can do per month. Best wishes on your SP journey in 2012! emoticon

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KHAMELEON1 1/3/2012 9:36AM

    I struggle with tracking too. But like SARALEIGHM said, just try to find something that's close. It may not be spot on exact for the calories and content that is in the food, but having something that's close written down is better than not writing it down at all.

Besides, I find I'm less apt to eat unhealthy items when I realize that I have to record them in my food journal. There's just something very satisfying about recording the healthy stuff (fruits, veggies, proteins, etc.) and a major guilt factor when I have to put in the sweets and unhealthy items.

Nonetheless, put it all in there. Eventually you'll hit your stride and figure out what's best for you.

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SARALEIGHM 1/3/2012 8:13AM

    Tracking can become a habit too. I try to track everything every day, though I have to admit to slacking off during the holidays because I didn't feel like finding all the information about all the stuff I ate that I don't usually eat. But whenever I eat something out that I have no recipe for or an exact match by doing a search, I just find something that sounds similar and use that. It's usually close enough. Tracking will help reinforce proper portion control, which we all need. I know you can do it. I try to do it as soon as I finish a meal, but I work at home so it's not that hard. Wait a minute! You work at home too, so that might help make it a habit for you. Just do it when you finish eating. That way, you don't forget anything. I also jot down the weights/measures as I'm preparing a meal so that I've got as accurate a record as possible. This is a great goal for January! I need to do it too, since I've been so lax the past couple of weeks.
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XRSIZE18 1/3/2012 3:56AM

    Tracking nutrition is so hard. I find, like you, I have all the excuses for not tracking and none of the determination.


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THECRAZYMANGO 1/2/2012 10:37PM

    I have been struggling with this, too. Today I tracked my calories. Something I haven't done in a long time! emoticon

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Not a Good Start

Sunday, January 01, 2012

So, I haven't gotten any exercise in since Friday. I thought I was going to the barn today after showing houses, but then the snow and cold hit. We came home and watched the Packer game which we had recorded. No way to exercise during that. It was one of the best games I have seen all year. Our second string quarterback makes history..now that is funny.

I am not going to berate myself. I just know that I have to get back to it. My goal is 20,000 exercise minutes for the year. I surpassed that in 2011 and I think I can do it in 2012.

I also have to admit that we did bring in the New Year with chocolate. We decided since we weren't going out or doing anything fancy just to do something we enjoyed. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream worked. I did get low fat/low sugar ice cream for me :)

I have a really busy week coming up with buyers, but I know that is no excuse. I am going to have to figure out how to fit it in. I am glad the new season of Biggest Loser starts on Tuesday as that will help to motivate me. It's not that I'm not motivated. I just haven't had time.

I know...no excuses..but I am so good at them emoticon

  
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VICKY31MOM 1/3/2012 5:41AM

    emoticon just take it one day at a time!

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KHAMELEON1 1/2/2012 4:00PM

    Yay Biggest Loser!! Pumped for the new season. Now I just need to synch my gym time with it's air time on Tuesdays ;) It's a great incentive for doing a long stretch on the treadmill or elliptical if you have a good show to watch.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 1/2/2012 3:25PM

    emoticonYou'll get going in no time - just start! Didn't get to see the game, since I was on the road - but GOOOOOOO PACKERS!!!

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SARALEIGHM 1/2/2012 8:07AM

    It's only the first (or second by now) day of the year. I did an alternative to the January Jumpstart Challenge and that was all for the first day of the year, 11 minutes. I'm not going to worry about starting off with a bang, and you shouldn't either. Just end with a bang! It's really what you will have accomplished by the end of the month, quarter, year that's important.
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SNOWFILLY 1/2/2012 7:47AM

    Yeah, our Packers ROCK!!! Good attitude about berating yourself. Do what you can, when you can. Just keep moving. Hugs

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SLIMLILA 1/2/2012 12:55AM

    emoticon I've had one of these for about 6 years now and have only started using it for exercise.. I use it in front of the tv... they have exercises here on SP too...Hard under time constraints... get up earlier.. I've found that to work at times too..
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TXGRANDMA 1/1/2012 11:55PM

    You have been doing great! Think of everything positive you have done! Circumstances just weren't with you today, they were against you. I, too, won't miss the Biggest Loser!
It is probably my favorite reality show!
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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2012 9:56PM

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/1/2012 9:34PM

    You can do I workout in 15min segments, is that possible for you?
Anjay

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KKNSMOM 1/1/2012 9:25PM

    I'm ready and waiting for the new season of Biggest Loser too. It definately helps to keep me on track. emoticon

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KKNSMOM 1/1/2012 9:24PM

    sorry for the double post - internet problems

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KKINDBOM 1/1/2012 9:14PM

    I am so excited for the Biggest Loser on Tuesday as well! This has always been a motivator for me!! You'll be fine - GO 2012!!!

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A Simple Note

Saturday, December 31, 2011

This blog is not to write everything I will do in the upcoming year and what my goals are or how I will change etc.

This is just to say thank you to all my spark friends who have been with me all year. You've stuck by me through everything with my family, my colitis, my non weight loss, my feelings of self doubt. You've kicked me in the a@@ when I needed it. You've also been my friend when I've needed it.

I've a long road ahead of me in 2012 and that I will write about tomorrow. But, for this the last day of 2011, I just simply want to say thank you to all of you.

I wish you nothing but health, happiness, prosperity and, for those of you who need it, some weight loss in the upcoming year!

Thank you. You are true friends!

  
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MARTHAWILL 1/1/2012 9:37PM

    Like :))

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/1/2012 9:33PM

    Thankyou for being my friend, friendship walks hands in hands I enjoy your friendship, lets continue to walk this journey together.
Anjay

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SARALEIGHM 1/1/2012 10:42AM

    Together we'll get the new year off to a good start! It was a great year, in spite of all of our ups and downs. You're not the only one who goes through some of these things; you just give voice to things not all of us say.

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LOPEYP 1/1/2012 5:37AM

    Right back at ya! emoticon

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CANDOK1260 1/1/2012 12:57AM

    and i want to thank you for all you done

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SLIMLILA 12/31/2011 11:23PM

    Happy New Year and weight loss to both of us.. and all the others who need it too.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/31/2011 11:19PM

    All the best to you in the New Year.




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So Excited!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I have been so burned out with work. All I wanted was for us to get away for a while, but didn't figure we could afford it. But, Brian said we would figure out a way to work it out. We were batting around places to go and I told him not to laugh at me, but I always wanted to go to Nashville and then Memphis to see Graceland.

We figured out it is only a 9 hour drive from here and both my kids want to go. My son can help my husband with the driving. I think I can get someone to stay with the dog and the cats. My kids would only miss 4 days of school as they have a new semester starting. Brian said since we are driving, we can afford to do more.

My daughter is so excited. She wants to spend her birthday at Loretta Lynn's ranch. I will have to put off her road test, but that is not a big deal. I think this will be a lot of fun as I hate plane travel. Can't wait! I always love something to look forward to :)

  
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TXGRANDMA 12/31/2011 1:02PM

    That will be great! You will love that part of the country! We do! Spent quite a bit of time in TN when we went up to NY state. Never have seen Graceland though or Loretta Lynn's ranch so looking forward to a blog about it when you return! So happy for you!
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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/31/2011 2:28AM

    Road trips are GREAT!!! I hope it works out for all of you.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/31/2011 12:58AM

    I have been wonderfully surprised at how busy you've been at work. Glad you can free yourself for a little R&R/FUN!

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NWILKER 12/30/2011 11:15PM

    Congrats, congrats - enjoy!!
Just finished a 3 day return trip home! Good luck on yours!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/30/2011 4:44PM

    Hope you have a fabulous trip!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/30/2011 1:41PM

    Sounds like a great family trip! Have fun!

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NEWMAC2011 12/30/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like so much fun! Have a great time.

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IMIN2GENES 12/30/2011 8:39AM

    How wonderful! Enjoy your trip!
Chris


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SARALEIGHM 12/30/2011 7:44AM

    Sounds like a great family trip!
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AIRPEACH 12/30/2011 7:34AM

    That sounds great! I hope you will have a wonderful time. :)

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/30/2011 12:05AM

    What a great idea!

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LEAFFAN 12/29/2011 11:02PM

    Have a safe trip! I love road trips and we've done many with our children, the longest yet was 18 hours and worked out perfectly. Nashville is an awesome city to visit, that's where my husband proposed to me 19 years ago :)

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1BEACHWALKER 12/29/2011 10:55PM

    Be safe! Have always wanted to visit Graceland! Take photos for us! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/29/2011 10:50PM

    Enjoy your trip :-) emoticon

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LITTLEBO 12/29/2011 10:27PM

    Have a great time on vacation! Remember to take a pillow for the drive! emoticon

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