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On the Subject of Wii!

Monday, March 28, 2011

OK, I read the article by Coach Nicole on her thoughts about Wii. I respect the fact that she is a training coach. I loved/hated her during my 28 Day Challenge but she made me work and I got consistent with my daily training. I still use her vids and always will. I appreciate that she sweats along with us! I'm just an old school jock.
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I just got finished with the daily challenge on Wii. After I did some Yoga, a little balancing, finished my run then went a few rounds of boxing, I was astonished that I was "glistening." OK, I was breaking a sweat.
Here's my uneducated opinion. Anyone that can go out and do cardio outside or on a treadmill, do it. (I don't like treadmills, never did, even when I played college football.) Do strength training, hit the dumbbells, and make it happen. BUT when you are at home and you want to do a little extra, hit the Wii. Add it to your training. IF you are limited for whatever reason, and feel you can do what you can on the Wii, go for it. It's better than being a couch potato.

I've seen my wife (dssecrets) do her cardio and strength training religiously. I bought her the Wii for Christmas. Now the girl tears the Wii up and is showing me the Wii way to work it. It's added to our training and we love it. I was a bit taken back at first. It was from the frustration of having to learn the rep. But the sweat I got tonight proves that to a certain degree. every little Wii helps.

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KKKAREN 3/29/2011 8:49AM

    I need to get one.

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DEE797 3/29/2011 7:04AM

    I love using the Wii and break a sweat when using the many workouts/games we have for it. I think whatever works for you is what you should do.

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KAREN32862 3/28/2011 10:40PM

    I love WII. Been doing the just dance 2 for a month. Just started EA active 2, and have zumba waiting to try. I also swim, do curves a minimum of once a week and have various workout dvd's that I enjoy.

I have done a lot of research on this. My conclusion is the same as yours, doesnt matter what you do just do something! The best exercise is going to be the exercise you stick with. And if it isnt fun you aint gonna stick with it. I think the key is to have various ways to be active to keep it interesting. And it should be fun! Something to look forward to. Otherwise you will burnout, become bored and again become a couch potato.

The thing we are doing here is building a healthy lifestyle. This doesnt end when the weight is gone. For if it does the weight will just return. So, we should find those activities we enjoy for we will need to be incorporating fun activity for the rest of our lives. Not just the next 10, 15 or 50 lbs.

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MEYLOSE 3/28/2011 9:40PM

    We love our Wii, it was bought fo rthe kids but I use it so much more tahn they do and they hate it taht I have almost all of the high scores on Wii Fit. I told them with some practice they could beat me they would just have to work for it!

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SDJOLLY 3/28/2011 9:34PM

    Absolutely! The Wii rocks it when you just can't get out to do a workout. The boxing is a killer workout. I never finish without being all shiney. LOL

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NEWNAC304 3/28/2011 9:19PM

    I have a Wii and love working out with the Wii Fit Plus. I think you get out of it what you put into it. If you really push yourself you can get a decent workout on the Wii.

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JOJOBEE318 3/28/2011 9:06PM

    I love using my Wii when I can't get outside. And it adds a different dimension to my workouts!

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Body Fuel, Rest and wait for it, Two Slices!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Interesting. I felt like I had very little energy today.I had a decent breakfast, drinking water, a little extra electrolytes, a banana but I still felt drained. I did my training this past Friday and followed up with a 45 min walk yesterday. I wanted to start my fifth week today but I ran into the energy problem.

The more I looked at it, the more I came back to two possibilities, the cardio on Friday and yesterday, and my daily calorie intake. I've been borderline minimum on calories and my carbs have been tickling the minimum requirement. In any case, I'm going to step it up in the daily fuel and after this week, revamp my training schedule. Rest periods are important now that I have stepped it up.

(40 minutes ago, I was in the middle of this blog. I dropped everything at the end of that previous paragraph, changed into my shorts and ASICS flyers then headed out to do this thing)

I just got back from finishing Week 5, Day 1! I think I'm so mental, not to mention a DRAMA QUEEN! I have to tell you my secret. Two slices of pizza from my local joint! The carbs and protein must have kicked me up a notch! Ya know what, I don't being crazy like this! Enjoy the week!

  
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LAURAAT 3/28/2011 9:27AM

    Those extra cals and carbs are definitely what you needed! Now that you're stepping it up, you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself. Way to go!

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KKKAREN 3/28/2011 9:11AM

    With the intensity of the walk/jog program you probably need a few more calories. I'm glad you got your energy back.

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ADNAW_YOTS 3/28/2011 7:04AM

    You are awesome Monty !

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Why am I Hearing Bob Marley in My Head?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I guess it's carried over from yesterday. I'm pretty content today. No worries, Mon!

The handicap about living a healthy lifestyle is that you must get rid of all the clothes you can't wear anymore. That means SHOPPING! I tried on some khaki (you can wear that color year round when you live on the beach!) dress pants. It confirmed that I've lost (made them disappear forever!) 6 inches, in total, of waist! It also confirmed that wearing stylish pleats (it's still in for men.) makes for baggy pants! So after trying on about 6 different pair, I got bored, and just quit. No, I didn't leave empty handed. I bought a great beach smelling candle and two pairs of shorts (Adidas and Fila) to run in. Both shades of gray so I can wear any color shirt with them :)

I did my 2.65 miles of cardio and strength training in the late afternoon. Now I'm more laid back. But I feel great about the day. Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday too.

Tomorrow: Day One of the fifth and last week of 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program.

  
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KKKAREN 3/27/2011 9:00AM

    It's nice to need new clothes especially when they are a size smaller.

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SDJOLLY 3/27/2011 12:05AM

    Congrats on getting those miles in and those lost six inches! emoticon

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Mellow!

Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm pretty sedate today. I think it started after I finished the fourth complete week of my walk/jog training. As soon as I finished the interval, I felt a lot of energy in me. But because I hadn't been here before, I'm going by the plan. I have two more intervals to do on Sunday and Tuesday then I'll do the 5K "race." The requirement is to walk for 2 minutes then jog for 3 and rep it out until you finish the 5K. But in spite of the energy, I went into a calmness, almost at peace with myself for getting this far and at the same time, wanting out of the starting block.

I haven't felt like this is a very long time. I realize it's not a 8K, 15K, or a Half but it's monumental for me. At the end of next week, I will decide what is next. This is just the beginning. Of what, I have no idea. I'm good with that right now.

  
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LAURAAT 3/26/2011 3:58PM

    emoticon Good luck! I'm sure you'll rock it!

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KKKAREN 3/26/2011 8:31AM

    A 5k is super, run it with pride!

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SDJOLLY 3/25/2011 11:51PM

    emoticon I hope I feel like this when I reach the end of week four! Best wishes on your race and I think a 5K is monumental. Not everyone can say they've run one! I look forward to seeing what's ahead for you in the future emoticon

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JUSTJUSTY 3/25/2011 8:52PM

    emoticon This is good news! Thanks for sharing. Good Luck to you always and in all ways. New beginnings emoticon

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Excuses

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let me say that there is one great reason to do daily reading on SP. EDUCATION! It is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. We retain so much daily crap that doesn't do anything for us and yet we don't know anything about what is good for us. That's before SP. I read a lot of articles, blogs and board messages from SP friends and Coaches. They testify to what I'm saying. Knowledge is power! So this is a plug for reading all the wonderful SP resources!

Now on to the meat. I just read a great article on exercise excuses. I'll take it another step further. Looking for excuses to NOT eat healthy, NOT do your strength training, and NOT cardio! This doesn't apply to those of us with health issues. Always check with your Dr on your particular situation. The excuses are coming from that little creep in the back of your mind. I know this creep and I'm glad I feel guilty and beat his butt by doing what I'm supposed to do for my health! Oh yeah, I hear it but I'm really enjoying the fact that I own the creep

Food wise, if I get a temptation, I go first to the precious H2O, then look at healthy alternatives, fruits (YUM), veggies (Tomatoes and cukes!), granola bars (deelish and filling), Yogurt with Flax (creamy cool good and I thank dssecrets for turning me on to the Flax), oh, and PEANUT BUTTER! (Yummo!) It's quality fuel for your body and your head! You eat good, you feel good, you think good!

Exercise wise, I'll repeat myself. You eat good, you feel good, you think good! Here's the way I look at it. Time is too precious to me. Everyday I'm overweight, I'm losing years that I will not spend in Paradise with my wife and granddaughter! Extreme? No, reality! How can I give a lame excuse not to exercise! I have to do this. I have to do that. I'm walking away. I don't have time. You're damn right you don't have time. You don't live the healthy lifestyle and your time is limited! I will not accept that. After 60 years, I truly know now that I can do anything if I commit and stay with it! My meager walk/jog training is becoming a monster out of control! I am given the spark everyday from beautiful SparkFriends. They are so valuable. I will no disrespect their encouragement with weak excuses. I will give positive results.

I didn't come to SP like this. In only 5 months, I have done everything (Read, Exercise, Eat Right, Support, COMMIT!) I'm supposed to change my lifestyle. Why am I blogging like I do? Because I want everyone on SP to succeed! It's all truly very simple! To take a great line from a great movie, "Do you see the light? DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?"

  
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KKKAREN 3/25/2011 7:25AM

    I have been on spark for so long that I have read all the articles. Reading them again and again only cements them in my head and I still pick up a thing or two from them. Never stop learning.

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SDJOLLY 3/24/2011 11:21PM

    What a wonderful blog. You have summed things up wonderfully and I hope this blog is ready by the masses on SparkPeople. It truly resonates. Thank you for posting this! emoticon

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RONIH2O 3/24/2011 5:13PM

    As always my friend-you are right on the nose.

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FATROCKSTAR 3/24/2011 1:43PM

    Yes, good quote from the Blues Brothers, I see the light! Normandy

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LAURAAT 3/24/2011 1:11PM

    This is a great blog. Absolutely great. And you're right! There are no good excuses (health issues aside.)
That's where I'm at now - beating back the excuses!
Thanks for sharing, very inspirational!!

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