mii, myself, and I

img_1454I am at it again. I have complained long enough. I bought Wii Fit, signed up for The Daily Plate, (recording everything I eat and how much I exercise) and enlisted an accountability partner. I have twenty pounds to lose after the last couple of years of foregoing my exercise plan and eating pretty much what I wanted. It’s time to pay the piper.  Somehow, I take a sick comfort in knowing I’m not alone. According to studies cited in USA Today (March 18, 2009), about two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting them at an increased risk for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoarthritis, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems and even some cancers. “Sick comfort” might be the right words, if all these diseases are related to the weight issue.

I have to admit that the Wii is kind of fun. It compliments you when you do something well, (“You have GREAT balance!”) and it gives you a stamp credit every day that you log in/exercise. It also has lots of words of affirmation (my primary love language) and compliments that spur you on to good habits. For example, it asked me yesterday if I had noticed that Toby’s posture is improving. I answered “no” just because that’s the mood I was in. It said, “Toby is working hard. Sometimes it’s difficult to see if we’re not paying attention. Why don’t you notice today and tell him how good he looks?” (Toby is the avatar that comes with the program. Once I exercised under Toby’s name and he got the credit.) How’s that for a counselor in a box? The other main tool I am using is an online journal with the old-fashioned calorie counting tool. The Daily Plate is the best one I have seen and can sync with your cell phone or iTouch. It is a great portable tool that can tell you at a glance how much water you’ve consumed or if you can afford a cookie or not. I like that approach since before every time I ate that (those) cookie(s), I wrote the day off as failure and got discouraged. It also records your progress and weight loss, as does the Wii.

By the way, the Wii also says things like, “Ooooh. You are overweight!” Oh, well. You have a nice day, too. I’m off to exercise.



7 thoughts on “mii, myself, and I

  1. I’m having too much fun with this! I am mad at the Wii since it told me my “real” age is something like 80 years old after testing my balance… and I’m supposed to be the yoga queen! I’m still mad!

    I hope you are splurging right about now! 😉
    Angie xoxo

  2. I have enjoyed my Wii Fit. It’s a nice supplement for the days that I don’t make it to my exercise/aerobics class. My kids like it as well… in fact, my 8 y/o daughter is doing it right now. And I have a 10 minutes of Wii Fit before any other Wii games rule in the house now. I’m part of a forum called Wii Mommies that encourages fitness and using the Wii to that end. (fitness.coolmomguide.com) Good luck!

  3. You go girl! I have been tempted to get a WII myself, but heard the same thing about the comments. I think it would really hurt my feelings that something drawn could criticize me and all…anyway. I’m proud of you and you have inspired me to do the same. I don’t want to start the new study with you looking fab and me looking flab, so thanks for the transparency and the inspiration. You’ll have to help me at lunch :-).


  4. Hope you have success. I am doing Nutrisystem and it has helped me think about what I eat and how much I eat. It is expensive but I’ve done it thru a special program thing they have at Costco. We don’t own a Wii, both of my kids do but we haven’t sprung for one, we are not into video games etc…guess it’s our generation though I understand it does wonders for the generation right before me, with the bowling etc. You are one smart girl. You sweetie you are a girl to me…I am an old girl, but we are all girls at heart…Blessings on your day…Love, Mary Lou

  5. My friend Jennifer is doing Wii Fit…I am walking again and doing well w/ eating 3 to 4 days a week. My goal obviously is to eat healthy 7 days a week. When I was thin, I allowed myself one “crummy” meal a week, it could be some pizza, Mexican food, Chick Fil A…whatever. I realize while dad was ill, I really slid into a who cares mode…and I am just now snapping out of it.

    My husband woke up this morning and headed into the kitchen, he said I thought I left the oven on all night, I said you did…he thanked me for not mentioning it at 1:22am.

    Have a blessed day dear friend.

    Love, Annette H

  6. I have a friend that’s doing Wii fit. He wasn’t real thrilled with the comments about his weight either. I guess sometimes we need someone to tell us the truth. Here’s hoping it works for you. (I think I’m going to weigh myself today. Or maybe not.) Enjoy!


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