Saturday, January 3, 2009

A New Year, A New Wii

I am ready to restart, again. I can't even begin to count how many times I have started a new year with a resolution to lose weight. I'm guessing nearly everyone of my 55 new years, minus the first 10 or so. There was a time in my 20s, into my 30s, that I was so active and fit and that weight wasn't a huge issue. Those were the days!

I was doing fun stuff, things that kept me moving for hours a day. Racquetball, downhill skiing, but mostly, dancing. Partner dancing, swing, country, latin, for hours every night of the week. I couldn't imagine a time when dancing would not be part of my life.

Life changes, yes it does. I had a baby at age 37 and gained about 50 pounds. I even managed to bounce back from that (dancing helped), but then I got really sick a few years later. That stopped all movement for a couple of years and that 50 pounds came back. This time there was no baby.

Now I'm completely out of shape and about 40 pounds past healthy. I'm at an age where this could really cause problems. It seems every few days I feel the onset of something, an early symptom: diabetes, a stroke, a heart attack. Move it or lose is isn't just an abstract saying anymore!

My plan is simple, eat less and move more. Eating less is not such a problem, age has taken care of the insane cravings. But I still like some sugar, so South Beach works best for me. This blog is meant to help me stick to it this time. I hope to find some friends here that will encourage me to keep going.

Then there's the movement. I bought a Wii this Christmas as a family gift, along with some games and a Wii Fit. So far, it has mostly been used for Mario Kart. I still have a teenage daughter at home. My husband and I bowled a few hours two nights ago on it, and my butt is sore! I know I'm out of shape, but that's ridiculous. Anyway, I finally have the house (and the Wii) to myself for a few hours today, so today I crack out the Wii fit. That and a shopping list are my goals for today.
More tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. First time I used mine (Wii Fit) on my birthday (the day I got it from hubby) I did so many of the balance games (was on it for 7 and a half hours) that I could hardly walk for 3 or 4 days. My thighs are my weakest part of my body and the balance board really really works the thighs. Unlike you I have never ever skied so the ski slalom was a real real challenge but I find it addictive even though it kills my thighs :-) In case you wonder how I stumbled across you, I just became a follower of "bulge to bump" and saw you listed there. Because I love my Wii Fit so much (it's so new the novelty factor is still there) I couldn't resist coming to visit your blog, given its title 'n' all.

    Bye, Liska