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Because it was on sale...


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Famous last words that used to be spoken by my Papa on a regular basis. A little background first. Mom married the man I call my Papa when I was 16. He is Hawaiian-Chinese and a wonderful, loving man. When the Chinese first came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations, the were called "Pake" (pa-kay) by the Hawaiians. Many were hard working and frugal. They struggled to save and break free from the plantation system, and build new lives. Over the years, "Pake" has evolved to also mean some one who does not like to spend money, who is miserly.

For the first few years they were married, my Papa would purchase an item he needed only when it was "on sale". It applied to everything from the car he drove, the clothes he wore, the watch he wore, and the toiletries he used. There were times he purchased something , and then used it only once or twice, because there was something about it that was unsatisfactory. A good example; new shoes. At one point, he had four pairs of work shoes that were barely worn, and one pair that were falling apart. When my Mom asked him why he kept the old ones and didn't wear the new ones, he told her they weren't comfortable and hurt his feet.
"Well, why did he buy them, then."
"Because they were on sale."
" You are so Pake!"
It took about 10 years for my Mom to get him to stop buying something "Because it was on sale" and spend a little more for something he would actually use and get his money worth of.

Now for my Pake moment. We were at Costco and I happen to see they has the EA Sports Active 2 Personal Trainer game for Wii. It was originally $89.99 and marked down to $14.99. What an awesome deal! I read the box and the phrase "customized to your needs" jumped out at me. I wanted something to help me set up strength training, but didn't really want a DVD. I get frustrated and discouraged when I can't keep up with the pace of the video, and I end up not using it. So I bought the game.

Today I decided to set it up and get started. There were several options available, and I decided to let the game set up a "full body" work out for me at the "Easy" level. Well...those idiots need to set up an "Haven't Done Anything More Strenuous Than Pick Up the Remote" level! My work out should have taken 19 minutes, and granted it only took me 24, but it felt like an eternity! I know I am not in shape, I know it will take time to build my self up, but I was telling the "Trainer" to shut the heck up halfway through.

I am not giving up. I'll keep fiddling with the options until I have something that will challenge me without leaving me a quivering mass of Jell-o on the floor afterwards. I refuse to have the game sitting one the shelf gathering dust....Because it was on sale.
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AANGEL3 7/22/2011 12:16PM

    I'm on the 6 week workout on my EA Active 2 (on med). One reason it takes longer then what they say it does is that the time only counts when you're actually doing to excessive. So if it says the workout will take 20 mins be ready for it to take longer. Esp when your just learning how do them. The same is true for the HRM that it uses. The displayed time/calorie burn. They don't count the time between sets. I wear a Polar HRM that gives me a better count both time and calorie wise. I missed two workouts and will have to make them up. Oh yeah...and I find myself talking back to the virtual trainer too. emoticon

Enjoy your new Wii workout!

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