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Welcome to Miniimize Me – An Introduction

Hello internet traveler. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by. As you may have noticed, you’re at Miniimizeme.com – The 90-day wii weight loss project. You may be wondering what this is all about. If so, then this is the post for you!

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What is Miniimize Me?

Miniimize Me is the home base for a weight loss project focused on getting healthier and having fun with the Nintendo Wii. Using this blog I’ll share my experiences with you, and you can share your thoughts with me and the rest of the readers. Partly, this site is a personal journal. I’ll be tracking my statistics – weight, measurements, and stuff like that here. I’ll also post helpful reviews of games and accessories to let you know how they worked for me. And I’ll be posting interesting news or other entertaining tidbits that relate to the project. If there’s anything you’d like to see more (or less of) speak up in the comments, shoot me an email, or nag me on Twitter.

Who Am I?

Hi, I’m James. Nice to meet you. Let me start by telling you upfront I’m no fitness expert or nutritionist. Far from it. I’m 31 years old, kind of a couch potato, and I’ve never been super sporty. I expect over the course of the project I’ll learn a lot about health and fitness, and I’ll share the cool stuff with you. I find myself wishing I were in better shape, but I usually can’t hang on to the motivation to maintain a good diet and regular exercise. That’s where this site comes in. By blogging about my experiences I’m no longer just doing it for myself, I’m doing it for you. I hope that accountability to you will motivate me to get off my butt.

Why the Wii?

You may be asking yourself, why not just join a gym, go for a jog, or jump in a lake? Again, it comes back to motivation. I love video games. I do not love exercising. No doubt I’d get more mileage out of a personal trainer or regular bike rides. But, I’d find it hard to get started and even harder to keep going when the it gets difficult. I realize this is a weakness on my part, but I don’t feel I should let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If the Wii can help me be more active and achieve my goals, I don’t think I should dismiss it because it’s not “real” exercise.

Why 90-days?

The time limit is there to help give the project a sense of urgency. Six months would be too long. One month would be too short. 90 days feels about right. It means that I can lose 1 – 2 pounds per week and reach my goal at the end. This seems like a healthy rate, and one that’s totally achievable with some effort and discipline.

Is this project only about the Wii?

Not at all. I see the Wii as being “part of a complete breakfast” of health improvements. I’ll be watching what I eat (and tracking it), getting outdoors for regular walks, cutting back on alcohol and caffine, and drinking lots of water. I’ll touch on all these things to give you a complete picture of how I’m doing, but I’m not going to focus on diet or general fitness. Why not? Because there are tons of sites online run by real experts in those topics, and you’d be better off going to them for that information. I’m going to focus on Wii because that’s the part that interests me the most and where I feel I could contribute something new.

What can you do to get Involved?

For starters, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. That way you won’t miss any updates on the site. If you see an article that interests you, start a conversation in the comments. You can follow the site on Twitter and reply to tweets that strike your fancy. I also hope to get a photo pool going and provide other ways for you to get involved with the project so stay tuned.

Thanks for your Attention

I really appreciate that you’ve visited this site and that you’ve read this far into the introduction. If this project is a success it will be thanks to you giving me the motivation to keep going. Along the way I hope you find the content fun and informative. Let me know if there’s something that you think I could be doing better, and thanks again for your time.

-james

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