Category: exercise

Exercise Does Not Equal Weight Loss

For today’s interesting article, there’s a fascinating report in Time about how exercise often results in weight gain, not weight loss. I’ll say that as I read it over, I found a lot of stuff in there that matches my own most recent weight loss experience (32.2 pounds as of this morning, by the way). I said right from the beginning that I didn’t want to exercise to lose it–primarily because I was looking for a lifestyle change–one that I could actually stick with. I’ve never been able to consistently exercise. But I thought I might be able to alter my diet. Once I started tracking exactly what I ate (right down to weighing most of my food these days–that kitchen scale has been probably the best investment in weight loss that I’ve ever made), I was surprised at just where my calories are coming from. Anyway–just thought it was interesting.

And on another note, TRC just passed the Level One swim test this morning. He’s officially on to Level Two, and he’s very proud of himself. If you see him, congratulate him–he’d love to brag to anyone who will listen. 🙂

Wii Aches and WALL-E

I did a stupid thing Saturday. Not that that’s irregular for me, but I’m still paying for that stupid thing today. I played Wii Fit and got carried away. My stomach muscles are still mad at me, poor things. They’re used to eating, not doing crunches. Well, that’s just too bad. They’re going to have to learn how to get along with Wii Fit. I’ve had it for a while now, and I really do enjoy it. I think it even has a chance of making me get into shape, something I’ve never really done. Already I’ve lost about 10 pounds through Wii Fit, and if it can get me down to 200 lbs again, it’ll be a miracle and I’ll sing its praises.

Even if my abs will be cursing it.

Really, I’m not so sure it’s the exercises that Wii Fit presents me with that help me lose weight. It’s more the fact that it graphs my weight and makes me look at it. When it goes up, I can see the blasted thing go up. And when it goes down, I feel really good about it. So far, thumbs up.

On another note, I took my son to go see WALL-E on Saturday as well (before Wii Fit, so I was still feeling good). We loved it. Pixar’s been doing some amazing things, and this movie really blew me away. My only quibble was that seeing a kids’ movie in the theaters can be difficult. Talking kids and people kicking your seat. Grr . . . But it was worth it to go with my son and see him enjoy it so much. He still gets frightened by loud noises and tense scenes, but he’s starting to overcome that. Poor little guy was literally shaking a few times there, but he really got into it. Times like that are when it’s great being a dad.

Out of Shape

I forgot to mention that a couple of days ago, I became the proud new owner of a Nintendo Wii, stupid name and all.  It’s more fun than a barrel of squid, but I’ve started to notice a disturbing trend: whenever I play for an hour or so, I’m sore the next day.

I don’t think this is because the Wii is an exceptional workout, although it would be great if it were.  No, I think it’s because I’m in exceptionally bad shape.  There’s just no way that waving a wand around is that physically strenuous.  The good news I suppose is that when you’re in as bad of shape as I am, then even playing video games can be considered exercise.  The bad news is that it’s ever gotten to this point.  Sigh.

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