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Wii Fit Plus

wifitplus.01.lg I just read on Operation Muffin Top’s blog that Wii is coming out with the Wii Fit Plus on October 4th!  This is exciting because as much as I like the Wii Fit, I do think that some improvements would make it even more useful.

It looks like there are some fun new games as well as the ability to customize a workout so that you can do several workouts in a row without having to stop in between. It has the ability to choose from 20-,30-, or 40-minute workouts, as well as allowing you to choose workouts based on the area of your body that you’d like to work. Here’s some info from Amazon.com:

Personalization Option Via ‘The Locker Room’
The original Wii Fit was designed to have something for everyone. Now Wii Fit Plus raises the bar by providing users with personalization options that allow them to find/create a specific workout routine that is exactly right for them, their family and their lifestyle. One example of this is “The Locker Room.” Easily accessible throughout the game, here players can choose from a number customizable options that allow them to maximize their time with Wii Fit Plus without having to navigate through the game menu while in the middle of a workout. In essence this allows players to become their own personal trainer. Customization options available within The Locker Room include: pre-programmed and timed Wii Fit Plus Routines; My Routine, where you choose your own set of activities, optimizing their length and area of the body to be focused on; and Favorites, a notation of activities you frequent, which provides fast access to exercises you enjoy doing the most.

Addition Yoga and Strength Exercises
Designed as an addition to the already substantial list of focused, physical exercises available in Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus contains six new and challenging strength and yoga activities. But continuing with the game’s commitment to personalization, the key to these additions is not in their volume, but in how the player chooses to mix and match them. Do them in the order they are presented, or combine them in whatever order you want. The choice is yours. The player even has the ability to repeat the ones that he/she prefers, maximizing attention and effort where it is needed most. In addition, for those to whom time is a commodity, you can now omit unnecessary interludes between exercises, making for a continuous, timesaving routine.

A Wealth of New Balance Games
Regardless of the considerable fitness factor packed into Wii Fit Plus, the Nintendo brand is and will always be all about having fun. With that in mind Wii Fit Plus also comes packed with 15 new, entertaining balance games suitable for every member of the family. Just a few of those that players can expect to see are: Juggling; Skateboarding; Snowball Fight; Obstacle Course, a log-leaping, cannonball-evading event reminiscent of what Nintendo icon Mario must go through; and Perfect 10, a balance game designed to promote a combination of physical and mental health. In this final example the player’s Mii is situated between multiple color-coated balls, each showing specific numbers, with the goal to swing your hips, hula style, in different directions to tap out a total of ten as many times as possible before time runs out.

Key Game Features

  • Users can input the amount of time they want to spend on their workouts or select an area for personal improvement, and Wii Fit Plus will suggest a number of diverse activities for them.
  • For the first time, users can mix and match which strength and yoga activities they prefer on a given day. The seamless exercise flows make it easier than ever for users to maintain their daily workout routines.
  • Users might be asked to run an obstacle course across a series of platforms, zoom across a beach on a Segway x2 Personal Transporter or flap their arms to help their hilarious chicken-suited characters aim for targets.
  • The range of games and customization options will make players want to play every day. They’ll be having so much fun that their workouts will seem to fly by in no time at all.
  • Players also can see estimates of calories burned and can even activate a feature that lets them weigh their dogs or cats

I also found this commercial for it on YouTube:

At $20,  for the game alone, this is a great deal.  It has all of the features I wish the Wii Fit had, and I’m definitely going to get it.

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Biggest Loser

51qUzv0zarL._AA280_I went on Amazon to pre-order the Wii Fit Plus game and they “recommended” another game that was available for the Wii – the Biggest Loser.  As you guys know, I’m a Biggest Loser fan, and this game for the Wii looks really cool.

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Info on the game from Dietsinreview.com:

“NBC’s The Biggest Loser show has transformed so many lives across the globe,” said Randy Shoemaker, vice president, global brand management, THQ, developer of the game. “The Biggest Loser video game will help Nintendo players everywhere achieve that same success at home. The video game offers fun, innovative work-out routines and functions as a complete, personalized health and fitness experience, giving players the tools they need to change their bodies and change their lives.”

Players will be lead through workouts and aided in reaching nutrition goals by star trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, as well as the show’s host Alison Sweeney. The game is set at the infamous Biggest Loser Ranch and will allow players to compete against former contestants in four, eight, or 12 week challenges. Or, you can compete against a friend or family member and learn who really is the Biggest Loser! Just like on the show, players will participate in structured workouts, weekly challenges, weigh-ins and eliminations.

The workouts include upper and lower body, core strength, cardio and yoga. You are also able to record off-game activities you participate in like walking, running or biking.

“The hardest part of getting in shape and staying fit is knowing what to do, as well as maintaining the desire to stick with it,” said Bob Harper. “The Biggest Loser video game incorporates years of research and proven results taken from The Biggest Loser television show. This program offers personalized fitness and nutrition goals to give players the tools they need to lose weight and keep it off. ”

One of the tools we see contestants using at the ranch is a healthy diet. The Biggest Loser Wii game will include 50 healthy Biggest Loser recipes that have been published in their New York Times Bestselling books. Additionally, the game includes a calorie counter where you can record caloric intake and receive recommendations based on your goals.

Doesn’t that sound cool?  It comes out on October 6th.  The cost is $36.99, which is still fairly inexpensive for what you get.  Needless to say, I ordered it, too.

Here’s a link so you can watch the video to learn more about the game.

I can’t wait to get these games – they should arrive by the middle of October!!  These are going to be great additions to my Wii workouts so that during those rainy days of winter, I’ll still be able to get some great workouts in.

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I’m finally feeling better, after last week’s nebulous sickness.  Something between a flu and a cold.  Whatever it was, it sapped me of my energy and made working out improbable if not impossible.

So I was really looking forward meeting Jimmy for our 6pm training session today, because all day I felt great – light, energetic, and so happy about life in general.  When I got home I got a text from him telling me that now HE was sick and he thought it was the flu.  So… back to the drawing board.

I *could’ve* gone to the gym, but I also needed to go to the grocery store, grade some essays, and get dinner going.

Instead of skipping a workout, as I might have done in the past, I decided to dust off my Wii Fit and EA Sports Active and give those a whirl.  I think I got out of the daily habit of jumping on my Wii for a little Fit/EA Sports Active right about the time that I started with the personal training sessions.  Not sure how they’re correlated, exactly, except to say that I have been expending so much energy at the gym that I don’t have the time/wherewithal left most of the time.

It felt good to get back on the Wii.  I really enjoyed my morning routine in the early part of the summer when I’d start making the coffee and then play the Wii Fit for 20 minutes or so before I started reading the paper/having breakfast/drinking coffee.  It wasn’t that I burned a lot of calories, but it was a good way to get active first thing and it helped me feel like I was doing something to get my blood pumping right off the bat.

Now that I have a 1st period prep every other day, I am going to start that habit back up.  This way, I can keep waking up at the same time each day, but I can fit in this type of workout 2-3 times a week.  In fact, since I wake up at the ungodly hour of 5:20am, I should be able to fit in both the Wii Fit and the EA Sports Active before I get ready on those late mornings.

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shoppingcart_FullAfter the workout, I headed to the grocery store to pick up a bunch of produce and a few other items.  Things like bok choy, edamame, whole wheat pasta, granny smith apples, nectarines, strawberries, Oikos honey-flavored Greek yogurt, Yoplait yogurt (I’m a sucker for the breast cancer pink lids), and a HUMONGOUS container of organic spinach.

As I was in the checkout line, I noticed the woman ahead of me looking at the items as I placed them onto the belt.  She said, “wow, you’re buying so much healthy stuff!  It all looks so good and so fresh.  That’s wonderful!”  I told her I was on WW and really enjoyed eating this way.  She said that she had been thinking of joining, but wasn’t sure about it, but after seeing my groceries and being impressed, she was going to look into finding a meeting.

I can’t tell you how good this made me feel!  First of all that someone noticed my healthy choices, but also the fact that my simple shopping trip at Safeway inspired someone to possibly join WW.  So cool!

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When I got home, I made one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long, long time, which you can find below this post.  It was so hearty, satisfying, and delicious.  I hope you try it out.

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betty boop workoutToday at the gym for my personal training session I saw Jimmy, my trainer, and let him know about my knee “injury.”   The first thing he said to me was, “did you ice it after our last session, like I told you to?”  I told him I didn’t, and he said I got a time out.  LOL.  I do not remember him telling me to ice my knee afterward, but I promised him that from now on, I will.

He wasn’t the only one who mentioned the ice – several of you told me to do that, as did my dad.  So, I finally got the message – ice is the answer. In fact, I have ice on my knee as I’m writing this.  So far it feels fine, but I want to do it as a preventative measure so I don’t feel that same bruised pain feeling again.  That was awful, and very debilitating.

Today we started using some of the machines, which was great.  These were a new type of machines that I had never used before.  They’re called Hoist Roc-It, and I loved them!  You sit in the machine and then perform whatever muscle workout you’re doing, but the machine also moves the rest of your body.  It’s hard to describe, but if you click on the link above, you’ll see what I mean. The machines make the workout a much gentler, smoother experience because of the way they move your body while you’re performing the action.  Pretty cool.

Today we did bicep curls, tricep curls, leg curls, shoulder press, chest press, alternating heel-touch abs (with my hands under my butt/lower back, and raising the opposing knee to my stomach while putting the alternating heel on the floor), alternating toe-touch abs with 2.5 weights, and some cardio in between.

The cardio is what kills me.  He has me step up on this little platform while lifting one leg and doing a side crunch or lifting my arms in rhythm with the leg.  The step is at least 24 inches off the ground, which doesn’t sound like much, but since I have short legs (and bad knees), it’s a lot.  He told me the cardio is not only to build up my endurance, stamina, and coordination/balance, but also to keep my heart rate up during the workouts.  As much as I hate that part of the workout, I gave it my all, because I know that Jimmy knows what he’s doing and that it will all help me look and feel better.

Today Jimmy also mentioned that he wants to see me in the gym at least 5 times a week.  5 times?!  That’s A LOT, given that I do other exercise outside of the gym. But he said that he feels that most people who workout outside of the gym might be going at a more leisurely pace than they would if they were in the gym, and he may have a point.  While I can ride my bike for 40 minutes outside, I may not be pushing myself quite as hard as when I’m in the gym on the bike.  I still plan to do outdoor activities while the weather is nice, because I love it, but I will also do what he’s asking me to.

So, here’s the plan:

  • Group exercise class 2 times a week (Aqua, Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, etc.)
  • Personal training 2 times a week
  • Cardio and strength training at least 1 time during the week
  • Exercising outside as much as possible
  • Wii Fit in the morning

It’s definitely doable.  Now I just have to figure out which days I’ll do what during the week, especially when school starts.  I think I’m going to do something like this:

Monday – Personal Training and cardio
Tuesday – Aqua class
Wednesday – Personal Training and cardio
Thursday – WW, no workout at the gym, but maybe a bike ride or a walk before the 6:30 meeting
Friday – Workout DVD/Wii – 30 Day Shred, EA Sports Fitness, Wii Fit for 45 minutes
Saturday – swimming (while the weather is nice) or Group Class (when the weather is bad) and strength training at the gym
Sunday – rest day, but maybe also a leisurely walk, bike ride, and/or swim or a yoga class

I am going to have 1st period prep, which means that every other day I don’t have to be at school until 9:45 or so.  On these mornings I’m planning on doing some sort of DVD/Wii workout at home.  Some weeks this will be MWF and some weeks it will be TTh.  Either way, it will be nice to keep up the morning workouts, because I’ve really come to enjoy them. I may also try to find a Group Exercise Class to go to in the mornings, if they have them that early.  Looking at the schedule on the 24 Hour Fitness website, it looks like they have 24Cycle, which is a spin class; StepJam, which uses the step; and TurboKickBoxing, which looks scary. 🙂  They offer lots more classes in the evening, so I may just do the group classes then, depending.

Jimmy reminded me that all of this working out is going to pay off for my reunion in October, and I can’t wait to see how much better (and slimmer) I look by then.  I’d love to have a really cute dress to wear to the cocktail party.  It’ll be fun to find something new that shows off my improved figure.

Tomorrow I get paid and I’m heading to the gym in the morning to buy the BodyBugg.  I can’t wait to start using it and hopefully getting some really important information regarding calories in/calories out.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket This last week has been wonderful – I had a great birthday and I’ve been working out like a madwoman.

I’ve decided that all of this working out is going to be called Bella’s Boot Camp.  My own little version of the Biggest Loser.  I’m hoping to see some big (smaller?) results by the time school starts back up in late August.

Each day has been filled with fitness & activity – Wii Fit to start things off and then biking, walking, swimming, EA Sports Active, and an Aqua class thrown in for good measure.  Last night I went to my first Aqua class in what felt like months, and it was great!  The regular teacher was there and she is amazing!  I really felt like I was working my muscles.  Later, it was all I could do to come home, eat dinner, and keep my eyes open to see The Bachelorette.

Oh, and my Skechers Shape-Ups arrived yesterday.  I love them!  I love the way they look – the black and white looks really nice – and they feel great.  I used them to walk around just a bit yesterday to test them out and they do sort of feel like your heel is sinking in sand.  So far I don’t notice my legs feeling sore, although almost every muscle in my body feels sore right now with all of this activity, so I can’t say for sure if the shoes are causing it or everything else.  LOL.

I know that I’m not going to be able to keep up this pace when school starts back up, but I’m hoping that I will be able to do at least one major activity each day/evening.  I think I mentioned before that I’m also planning on buying some personal training sessions, to really keep me up on my game.  The sessions are expensive – about $50/hour, but I used to feel so great when I was doing them once a week.  I figure that I can save up and buy 10 sessions to start and that will take me through the end of October.  (August – October).

All of this working out has kept me really positive about life, as well.  I am truly enjoying my time off, and I have to say, I haven’t been bored once.  If I do feel a bit of boredom creeping up, I get up and do something physical, and I’m not only proud of myself afterwards, but I feel better.  Endorphins and all of that.

One of my major goals for this week is to take some time to go through all of my magazines and cookbooks and find some new recipes to cook.  That’s one thing I’ve been a bit lax about this summer.  I’ve been “cooking” at home almost every night, but I have mostly been throwing things together, and not really planning and preparing meals.  This week I want to find some new recipes and really get back to cooking.

Looking forward to weigh-in on Thursday.  Until then, I’ll be moving and grooving!

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If only!!!!!

If only!!!!!

Since my weigh-in day is Thursday, I figure that Sunday is mid-way through my week, and I wanted to do a quick post about the activity I’ve done so far.

I’ve earned 12 APs this week so far, which is behind last week’s numbers, but I feel like I’ve been doing more, somehow.  Maybe because I’ve only taken one rest day. (Keep in mind that APs are determined by weight, so I can do a certain activity and earn more points for it than someone who weighs less than I do).

Thursday: Wii Fit for 30 minutes = 3 APs. Since it was my birthday, I didn’t get much other activity in, unless you count mall walking.

Friday: Wii Fit for 20 minutes = 1 AP. Huh, I thought I did more, but then I remembered I spent a lot of time buying a new stereo and a new BBQ.

Saturday: Wii Fit for 15 minutes, 30 minute walk, Wii Sports for 20 minutes = 5 APs. Since I had a lot of time on my hands, I got in plenty of APs.  I also racked up 6749 steps.

Sunday: Wii Fit for 20 minutes, EA Sports Active for 24 minutes = 3 APs.  I feel like I did more than this, but that may be because I’m sore from the Wii Tennis I played yesterday.  LOL.  Today I’ve logged 6982 steps. I think I may need to re-evaluate the number of steps I have made for my goal.  I’m being fairly active and not even getting 7000 in.  I’ll see what happens on Monday and then take a daily average.

All in all, I’ve been fairly active each day since weigh-in, although because I haven’t gone swimming or biking, I haven’t racked up any huge APs.  The plan for the rest of the week:

Monday: Wii Fit for 15 minutes, treadmill for 30 minutes, Aqua Class = 9 APs

Tuesday: Wii Fit for 15, swimming for an hour, EA Sports Active for 20ish minutes = 7 APs

Wednesday: Wii Fit for 15 minutes, biking for an hour, Aqua Class = 11 APs

This would equal 39 APs for the week, which is great.  It’s the same as last week.  We’ll see if I make good on this plan, but I have a strong feeling I will.  I’m determined to get in as much activity as I can while I’m on summer vacation.  There’s really no excuse not to, when I have the luxury of time.

Quick Question – For those of you on WW and using a pedometer: do you count the steps you’re getting on the pedometer into eTools?  I log in each activity I do: 30 min. walk, biking, swimming, Wii Fit, etc.  Should I also log in the number of daily steps?  It seems sort of like “double dipping,” because most of those steps were earned doing the activities I’ve already logged into eTools.  I haven’t been logging the steps, because it seems redundant, but I would love to hear any opinions on this.

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istockphoto_1093838-the-gift-of-health The scale said, “Happy Birthday, Bella!”

This morning I woke up determined to go to my WW meeting, no matter what.  I had gotten in so much activity that I was sure I was going to see great numbers on the scale, despite two very high-point days.  And I did!  I’ve lost 3.6 pounds from last weeks at home weigh-in, which is amazing.  But…last week I had gained, so according to my official WW weigh-in, I only lost 0.3 which is still great.  It’s a loss.

And besides losing weight, the biggest gift I gave myself was going to the meeting today.  Entering into my 38th year on this earth, there are a few things I want to do differently:

  • Attend meetings every week, without fail, no matter what the scale is going to say.
  • Keep up with the activity, even when I start teaching again.
  • Getting back to training with a personal trainer at the gym.  AYearFromNow has really inspired me with this idea. My plan is to buy the training sessions after I buy my new car (to see how much money I’ll end up with, depending on the amount of the down payment).  I’m thinking that starting the training sessions in the fall will be a great way for me to keep up with my workouts and active lifestyle.
  • Be more patient – with my friends and family, with my students, and with myself.  I am so extremely impatient, especially with myself, and while I know that my perfectionism is what helped me achieve so many of my goals, I think it can also hinder my progress in other areas, because no one is perfect all of the time.
  • Try to really cut back on the processed foods.  I usually eat pretty “clean,” but in my 38th year, I want to make a conscious effort to improve that even more.
  • I have a whole list of other things I want to do by the time I’m 40 on my life blog, if you want to read it.

Another interesting thing that happened today after my WW meeting was that I rocked the Wii Fit.  As you know, I’ve been doing it each morning first thing for at least 15-20 minutes.  Well today I hit new records on almost every single activity I did.  And I did it for 30 minutes.  It was really cute, too, because when I was doing the Body Test, the little Wii Board in the screen was wearing a birthday hat.  Too cute.

Today is going to be a fantastic day spent with family, but I also wanted to take a minute to check in with my other family, my fellow weight loss bloggers.

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I have a confession to make – last week I didn’t make it to my WW meeting on Thursday.  Regular readers know this is a terrible habit I have – if I see something that I may not like on the scale the morning of my WW mtg, I often skip it.  It’s called DENIAL and AVOIDANCE, and I’m working hard to get over it and not get so caught up on the numbers on the scale, but it’s a process.

So, since I felt so guilty for not going to the meeting, I told myself that this week I was going to be a good Weight Watcher.  I was going to track every single thing I ate, no matter what happened.  And I was going to earn some major Activity Points.  Check and check.

I tracked even on Thursday when I had some sort of monster take over my appetite, and I wanted to have second portions at dinner, totally 50 points that day!  I tracked on Saturday, when our bocce appetizers and my dinner later in the evening made for a 60 point day!  But even though I had some really high point days, I tracked, and for me this week, that was all that mattered.

And I got in some major exercise – 28 points so far this week, and I still have two more full days before weigh-in on Thursday morning (which also happens to be my birthday – I’m hoping the scale will bring me a birthday present).  I swam, I Wii Fit’d, I EA Sport Active’d.  I’m loving unlocking new and more challenging games on the Wii Fit, figuring out a workaround for the EA Sports Active leg band problem, and overcoming major InnerFatGirl negativity when it comes to swimming.

I’ve faced quite a few demons this week, but I stood up to them.  Hell, I looked them square in the eyes and made THEM run the other way.  It’s been an awesome week.  So, no matter what the scale shows on my birthday weigh-in at my WW mtg (yes, I’m going to go, no matter what), I’m proud of myself.  Now I just hope the scale won’t be giving me a gift that I’d rather return.

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So silly that it’s ridiculous

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Ok, you guys, I’m not sure what has been going on… call it a senior moment (except I’m only going to be 38 next week), call it a blonde moment (except my hair is black), call it being oblivious and stoopid (yes I know that’s spelled wrong – this mistake warrants misspelling).

For the past 3 weeks, or however long I’ve had the Wii Fit, I’ve been doing it backwards!

How is that possible, you ask? Well, when my dad and I were setting it up, I assumed that the power button on the balance board needed to face the t.v. so that it could “connect” to the Wii system. Seems logical enough, right?

Never did it cross my mind when I was doing step aerobics and it wasn’t registering my feet correctly, unless I missed a step and did the wrong foot.  It didn’t dawn on me when I was trying to do the balance bubble game and I kept having to shift my weight in the opposite direction from the way I wanted my Mii to go (almost like a mirror).  Not even when I was doing the EA Sports inline skating and had to lift the opposite leg whenever I wanted to avoid hay bails.

Ugh!

I’m not sure how or why, but all of a sudden, this morning at 7am, it occurred to me that maybe I had the balance board backwards!

All of this time I never noticed the little “Wii” that was imprinted on the board (and facing the wrong direction). I can’t begin to tell you how much of a fool I feel like.  But I guess I just did, didn’t I?

The good news?  I’m doing WAY better on all of the games now.  My balance wasn’t as bad as the Wii thought, now that I’m facing the right direction.

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To be accurate, I originally tried using the EA Sports Active with my new velcro work-around yesterday, but the leg band kept slipping down my thigh as I tried to do different movements.  It was so frustrating that I finally gave up.

So today, after warming up for 20 minutes using the Wii Fit, I decided to try again.  The same thing happened, I couldn’t keep the damn leg band up!  So, I decided to skip the leg band altogether and I slipped the nunchuk through my underwear and had it dangling on my upper thigh.  Not sure if you can get the visual on that – the nunchuk was through my underwear band and resting on my upper thigh in a similar place that it would be if it were in the leg strap. Only it was underneath my yoga pants.  Weird, I know.

But it worked!

The nunchuk stayed put (for the most part), and I was able to complete Day 1 of the 30-Day Challenge.  It only took about 15 minutes, which was surprising.  I thought it would be more like 30 minutes, but maybe they’re starting out slow.  Also, I did put it on the “easy” setting, because I want to pace myself.

I was sweating by the time I was finished, and I felt so proud of myself for figuring out a way to make it work, even though my thighs are larger than EA Sports Active (and I) think they should be.

When I entered it in to WW eTools, it said that 15 minutes of moderate intensity exercise was worth 1 Activity Point, which isn’t bad.  (I earned another AP doing the Wii Fit for 20 minutes (20 minutes, low intensity), so I’ve already earned 2 APs today.

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