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New Goal = No Scale

Monday, January 16, 2012

I have over 100 pounds to loseóI know this. This is not a mystery. Ever since I dropped dead last year, Iíve been nervous about working out. In turn, Iím now the heaviest Iíve ever beenóand Iím not happy. You can read my other blogs, where Iíve resolved to lose weight and be a brand new person, but I was doing it all wrong.

The Kinect to Fitness and Health group has a new challenge built around ideas from The Spark. Something there finally clicked with me: the tipping point. There is a magical place where everything in your life comes together; a place that is created by every facet of a healthy lifestyle. This place is called the tipping point. Losing weight happens as a result of reaching the tipping point. Well founded goals drive us to the tipping point. Losing weight is not a well-founded goal. Wanting to lose weight is what sets us up for failure and disappointment.

Here is what my new goal is: to be around for my kids and have energy to play with them. I want that youthful energyóthe kind that makes me happy and those around me happy. With that energy, I can be successful at my work, be the husband Iím meant to be, and the father my kids deserve.

My goal has nothing to do with my weight, but Iíll probably lose weight in an effort to reach my goal. Because of this, Iím not going to give much thought to the scale. Iíll step on the scale at the doctorís office, but thatís about it. I donít want to set myself up for failure, disappointment, or regret. If I eat too much, Iíll remind myself of how this may not help me reach my goal, and I wonít beat myself for the possibility of gaining a couple of pounds at the next weigh-in. My goal is health and energy.

Iím going to start doing things to help reach my goal: get more sleep, exercise more, eat better, and spend more time with my kids. If my goal was to lose weight, I wouldnít do these things. If my goal was to lose weight, I would think about ďkick-startingĒ myself and following some crazy plan. My goal is simple and the way to obtain it simpler.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

K1TT3N 1/20/2012 8:34AM

    I agree this is a great point . I think the numbers are getting to me also.

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HUTCHISDM 1/17/2012 1:56AM

    Excellent point Ryan. Most of us aren't REALLY losing for a number. We want to be healthier for our familes, friends. We want to feel better about ourselves. And scales are not the end all judgement for how healthy a person is, rather its how they LIVE. Go for it my friend - you have the right idea!

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ABRANNEWME2014 1/16/2012 4:24PM

    Wow Ryan never thought of it like that but you're right....another fantastic blog Ryan....you can do it....


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JBENTLEY98 1/16/2012 2:18PM

    Seems like a great attitude to have. I think I may copy you on that one.

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Kinecting in a World of Duty

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Iíve always been a fan of video games and technology. Anything that would marry the two would be icing on the cake. Starting out on the NES, I would hook up every accessory available, from Broderbundís U-Force controller to the Miracle Piano Teaching System. So naturally, when Microsoft announced they were releasing a product that would be able to track your entire body, I was first in line.

Prior to the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, I was already trying to get back into shape. I was using SparkPeople.com to guide my habits and the Wii to get in shape. The Wii Fit was a great product for me, but seemed more of an introduction to exercise, versus a substitute for it. The Wii Fit was where I found my love for Yoga, so no complaints there. However, I couldnít wait for the release of the Kinect. Every video I watched only made me hunger more.

One of the nice things about SparkPeople is the ability to create groups, similar to Facebook. Knowing how powerful and amazing Kinect would be, I set out to start a fitness group called, ďKinect to SparkĒ. I solicited the help of Tema Chipo, who has been an amazing motivator in other video game groups. At the launch of Kinect in November 2010, we had about eight members. From that point, we tried everything in the book to drive growth of the group. And not just growth, but growth while motivating members of the group.

When the Kinect launched, it was evident how transformational it would be in peopleís lives. Our members were finding amazing exercise in everything from Your Shape Fitness Evolved to Dance Central. Even the game that came bundled with the Kinect, Kinect Adventures, proved to be a fitness challenge in some areas.

Needless to say, the Kinect sells itself, especially to those that are looking to become more active. There are days where I just like to go to Best Buy and watch people try out the Kinect display. I love watching the magic in peopleís eyes when they first experience the Kinect. Usually what happens is, they try out the Kinect for about 20 minutes, call someone over to watch them play, and then they go seek out where it is sold. Itís hard to explain to people what it does and feels like. Once theyíve played it, the magic begins.

We certainly had the momentum rolling, coming off of the holiday season. However, in February, I suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. My parents were in town visiting and we started off the day playing a bit of the Kinect. From there, we went out to eat and the next thing I remember was having my chest pounded on. 72 shocks and a coma later, I woke up feeling like a train hit me. To this day, doctors donít know what caused my Cardiac Arrest. My heart was clean, but there was some kind of electrical storm that dropped me instantly.

While this momentarily set me back, both in exercise and weight loss, I am thankful for the experience. While recovering, I became addicted to another technology called OnLive. Essentially, OnLive is a streaming video game service. You can think of it as Netflix streaming, but for video games. I became increasingly involved in the community and even started reaching out to developers and publishers about putting their games onto the service.

Thanks to the connections I was able to make with OnLive, I then had inroads to people working on Kinect games. Looking to reignite my Kinect team, I started up another site, called Kinect Reviews and Interviews. Since September, I have been reviewing games, conducting interviews, and hosting contests on the site. All for the purpose of driving people to our Kinect fitness group.

Today the Kinect fitness group is thriving. Sure, there is always room for improvement, but we have come a long way. We currently have a weight loss contest with some nice prizes the members have contributed. We also have a virtual walk across the country, ways to motivate each other on Xbox Live, a Facebook group, another contest to win Dance Central 2, and many other things to keep each other active and motivated.

So while we may hit a few snags in the road, such as losing members or PR companies not responding the way I want, there are always rebounds, such as making a new video game industry contact or seeing a member reach a healthy milestone. These member milestones are actually the reasons I keep driving on. Weíve had members that have lost over 100 pounds-playing video games. So while the world of video games may be full of the Call of Duties, I can still find solace in the success of the Kinect for Xbox 360.

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K1TT3N 1/8/2012 12:09PM

    We are all addicted to kentic in my house , Fruit Ninja is like my therapy even when i had my 4th heart attack last month i could not wait to get back to it. I am back up to at least 30 minutes a day!
Ryan, I appreciate everything you do with this group , you inspire me so much. Thanks for all you do!
We use our kentic daily in our house , We love to read the reviews you put up.
We also have everyone else we know around to play, usually Sunday's I watching my sister's 4 kids , and 3 of them ( the other is 4 months old) and my kids and I play all day until it's Steeler's time of course , New Years Eve we babysat and was a Kentic party!
Thanks for having this team and allowing us to be part of it. You inspire us all the time.. this is the 1st group i joined a challenge in and i finished it.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/24/2011 8:22PM

    LOVE 'kinecting'!!!

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DIANN111 11/13/2011 11:01AM

    Wow! I am a fairly new member of the Spark Kinect Team. I can not begin to express how much I appreciate all the hard work you do for the Team. I have learned so much from the Kinect Team. It has really Sparked me into action. I LOVE the Kinect for exercising!

I have had some episodes of exercise induced atrial fibrillation in the past, very scary! Electrical problem that the doctors couldn't figure out. For a long time I was afraid to exercise. Now I take a beta blocker and wear a heart rate monitor when I exercise. Haven't had any problems since then. I can only imagine what going through your heart situation has been like for you!

I have joined several other Teams, but I always seem to be drawn to my Kinect Team. Lots of information, and I love the contests and drawings! Thanks for all that you do!


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ABRANNEWME2014 11/6/2011 12:10PM

    I love this blog also....It's so motivating.....you're doing an awesome job Ryan with the team....keep it up


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GUNIVERA 11/6/2011 9:45AM

    And, again, I must say emoticon.

You are an incredible inspiration and motivator. Not only have you motivated me to be more active with the Kinect (which I do dearly love), but it's trickled down to my children (my son is 11 and has a BMI of 96%, but he barely looks chunky, 'cept a little in the tummy), my husband, nieces, nephews, and even the neighborhood kids. I encourage everyone who loves video games to invest in Kinect. It's an investment in so much more than a piece of electronics!

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Decisions Ė Kinect Group & More

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Iím looking at my SparkPeople life and thinking that I need to improve a few things. I would like to join more groups so that my blogs and updates have more exposure. More exposure is always a good thing. That means Iíll get more support and meet more people. However, I donít think it would be fair to the groups if I join and donít participate. My goal is to lead my current groups and keep everyone motivated. That is tough to maintain and still participate in other groups and challenges. What do you all think? Should I join more groups for more exposure, even if I donít participate?

Speaking of leading groups, Iím very active in leading my Xbox Kinect group. Right now, Iím not even on the map in my other two groups. For that I feel sorry. Another question for you all, should I resign leadership of my other two groups? I would like to be able to get on board and motivate folks, but I havenít been doing this for months.

While we are on the topic of Xbox Kinect, there are lots of new games coming out for it. What is the Kinect? Think about the Wii, but without any controllers. You step in front of your TV and play. Donít worry about pressing buttons, because the machine sees you and corresponds to your movements. Swing the bat, bowl the ball, dance the tango, and do whatever you want. If there is an interest, there is a game for it. This week there were several games released for the Kinect. I have had the privilege to review a few of them and hope to be reviewing a few more. Of the ones I reviewed, they are:

Kinectimals Now with Bears!
(Review here: kinectreviewsandinterviews.wordpress

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
(Review here: kinectreviewsandinterviews.wordpress

Forza Motorsport 4
(Review here: kinectreviewsandinterviews.wordpress

So, Iím having fun and meeting lots of great people. I just have to fine tune what my priorities are and have that happy medium of participation, leadership, and personal drive.

Until next time, keep Sparking everyone!

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MEASURE4MEASURE 10/29/2011 9:16AM

You do a great job leading the Kinect group! But don't spread yourself too thin. Think about what's best for you! I'm a part of several groups and participate here and there. I don't have a whole lot of free time, so I'll dedicate a half hour once a week to each group, usually. And subscribe to each RSS feed so I can read what everyone's up to from my phone.

Have a great weekend!


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DAWNFIRE72 10/14/2011 10:11PM

    I am not active on most of my groups and just joined the Kinect group but haven't been there much other than lurking and checking out the game reviews. I think if more exposure for your blogs is what you want then join extra groups (I am in one group with over a thousand members but it seems that I only see the same 10-20 names popping up on the posts). If being the leader of 2 or more groups is getting to be too much then by all means bow out gracefully and ask if anyone would be interested in taking your place.

Now I'm off to read your game reviews because even though no one in my house is currently young enough to watch Sesame Street I think the Once Upon a Monster game looks kind of fun.

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SKYRUNHER 10/14/2011 7:54PM

    I have to be honest and I haven't been participating much on Spark lately. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball so you need to learn to catch so you can continue playing. Concentrate on you and keep us updated! You are an inspiration to us even if you are not as active as you wish!

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APPLETARTZZ 10/12/2011 11:31AM

    I agree with Alyssa, i wish they'd add kinect games to the fitness :/

I am in a bunch of teams the site recommended, but pretty much only go in the kinect group. I do try and pop in to some of the others once in a while. :/

I did a shameless plug for the kinect team in one of my blogs, i dont mind doing it again!!


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ALYSSA40 10/12/2011 9:16AM

    I have trouble interacting with my groups. I am a homeschool housewife- my freedom time is far and between but I'd like to join groups too. I like your blog and it's cool how you announce the games.

Speaking of games, why won't Sparkpeople add Kinect options to the fitness boards? There are Wii games galore but no Kinect and I think that stinks! LOL

I loved your blog and I think I'm going to shed some light on my own areas that need some attention. Good luck to you and I'm cheering you on.


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MOUSTER 10/12/2011 9:06AM

    many people join teams and don't participate in. i don't see anything wrong with joining more.

i know i go back and forth on joining teams. you got to do what is going to help you reach your goals.

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What weighs 9,000 pounds and can walk 3,000 miles?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catchy title, right? You'll have to go to my blog to find out the answer. (sorry)


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ALYSSA40 9/13/2011 11:10PM

    Cheeky! lol

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/13/2011 10:43PM

    The Kinect to Fitness & Health team can


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Time to lose this weight - and a contest or two.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I'm starting to use blogger to blog...it just seems easier to blog there and add pictures, links, make it purdy and all.

I'll endeavor to keep posting links here and giving you all a special 'exclusive' preview of what to find in the blog.

Here I talk about my weight loss last year, my cardiac arrest, and my weight gain. And now, it is time to lose this weight...and what better way to do it than with the help of you all! Oh, and a couple of contests with prizes never hurts either. :)


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APPLETARTZZ 10/6/2011 3:43PM

    Wow! just read your blog! amazing story ! God must definately have your back.. you will loose the wieght :) emoticon

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JILLIANFINN 9/4/2011 3:37PM

    Go for it! I know you'll do great! I followed your blog, and am looking forward to reading your progress. See you in the contest; we're all winners for losing the weight!

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 9/4/2011 9:10AM

    i've been using blogger for a long while now. one personal and one art blog. Fantastic that you're there now too ^_^

You CAN do this! ^_^

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MOUSTER 9/4/2011 8:15AM

    i've been using blogger a little more too.. i'll have to share my linky with you.. we can do this!!!

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    you can do it...correction,WE CAN DO IT! emoticon

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