Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, Old Resolutions

It seems like every year, January rolls around and I say "this is the year!"  My resolutions always involve my weight.  

Sure enough, I started Weight Watchers again (though I'm too cheap to pay for the meetings).  At first, I was just going to list everything I eat on my phone just so I could be cognizant of my intake.  But, there are just so many wickedly cool Android apps for counting Weight Watcher points that I decided to go whole hog (so to speak).

Speaking of hog...when you weigh as much as I do, it's almost a daunting task to actually consume 31 freakin' points in a day.  Yeah, 31.  And that doesn't count any "weekly flex points" or "activity bonus points."   Here it is, 10 p.m. and I'm munching on Ritz crackers just to try to hit my point level, and I still have 10 points left to blow.  

I also decided that I could only use my excuse of "too much work to do" for so long before I had to accept that I deserve a little bit of fun time.  So, I laced up my sneakers and did 30 minutes of Wii Fit.  It's a lot of fun, but I seriously doubt that it has much benefit in exercise.  It takes almost an hour just to get in the 30 minutes of countable exercise, but it's fun, so I'm gonna do it.  Pictures will NOT be forthcoming as seeing me swinging my hips to imaginary hula hoops is not a pleasant sight.  

I did have a pleasant surprise, though.  I looked back to see what my weight was on January 1, 2010.  On that date, I was 233.5 pounds.  A month ago, I was down to 218.  Woo hoo!  Admittedly, the Christmas snacking hit me hard and I'm up another 5 pounds again at 223.5.  But just realizing that I lost 15 pounds this year without trying at all (I certainly never had the time to exercise and I didn't diet at all) was amazing.  The only change I made was that six months ago I bought those Skechers Shape-Ups shoes.  I didn't think they'd help me lose weight, I bought them because they are comfortable.  But I'm convinced that those missing 15 pounds are from the shoes.  Now...I just need to stay away from the damn Christmas cookies so I can continue the downward slope.


  1. Good luck Dianne!! You might want to look into "Just Dance 2" for the WII. My sister and I played it at Christmas and it's sooo much fun.. but it's also a workout!! Sheesh.. we were sweatin'!! :P

    Hope you and your family had a great holiday.

  2. Frugal Darling - I think I'd have to build up to that sucker!! I remember when my kids were little and I'd get on the trampoline. After a minute of jumping, I'd be completely out of breath with my pulse hammering away.

    So far, my favorite exercise on Wii Fit Plus is called "Island Cycling." I have to pedal the bike by making my feet move up and down on the board (like really fast walking) while holding the WiiMote like a steering wheel. You go through this convoluted course and have to catch something like 23 flags and then make it back to the finish line. But since the flags aren't on any certain path, they're just scattered around, you have to keep looking at this tiny map in the corner of the screen to find the next one. Because the bike stops if you aren't moving your feet, I know I'm not slacking on my movements but the fact that I have to keep monitoring the map and finding those flags, I don't even realize how much of a workout I'm getting until it is over and I'm whipped. I love it. I think that's gonna be my in my every-day exercise (along with others).

  3. Ach, I hear ya. I need to get in shape more than I need to lose weight, especially my back. Plus, other stuff. There's always other stuff I need to be doing...

    Man oh man, though! I sure hope 2011 is going to be a better year than 2010 was.

    Hula hoop. (I like saying that.) Incognito burrito. (I like saying that, too.)

    Nope, that has nothing to do with anything. Well, no, wait. You were doing the hula hoop with Wii.


  4. You can do it DiAnne. I have already put the leftover cookies from Christmas in the freezer, along with the leftover chex mix.