Day Three: Lightweights and Ice Capades

Today’s weight difference was less dramatic than yesterday’s. Still around 176 pounds.

Wii Fit Plus Weight October 9th, 2009

I actually find these gradual shifts of fractions of a pound comforting. It seems to me that’s the way it should work. The days where I’m 2-3 pounds up or down are more disconcerting because it feels like the fluctuations are up to random chance or the whim of something I unwittingly did or ate.

The Wii Fit Plus age is still 28. Square in the prime of my pudgy Mii’s life.

October 9th, 2009 - Wii Fit Plus Age

I played 30 minutes of Wii Fit Plus, with most of that time spent in Advanced Obstacle Course. The advanced level introduces conveyer belts and ice. Since the there’s no way to come to a complete stop on the ice, you have to be more conscious of your timing so that you’ll slide to the edge of a platform at just the right time to make a jump to the next.

The conveyer belts speed you up, slow you down, or drag you to the edges of the platform. So you need to take this additional movement into account when dodging the obstacles.

I played four times, getting to the very end of the level on my last attempt but not quite completing it. The pacing and rhythm of the game really feels just like the original NES Mario Bros. games. I found myself missing jumps and cursing at the TV in just the same way (“Oh for f**k’s sake”), and getting the same sense of satisfaction at the end of a difficult sequence.

Today’s Wii Fit Plus session Included:

  • Advanced Obstacle Course (4x)
  • Super Hula Hoop (6 minutes)
  • Bird’s Eye Bullseye (2x)
  • Island Cycling
  • Palm Tree
  • Tree
  • Triangle

In addition to Wii Fit, I also introduced some light weight training. And when I say light, I mean it. Five pounds light!

5 Pound Weights

Why so light? Well, in the past when I’ve started exercise regimens I ramped up to fast too early and ended up hurting myself. Which, of course, discouraged me from exercising. So I’m going to start with these 5 lb. weights and work my way up very gradually using a workout from Daily Burn. So today wasn’t very strenuous, it was primarily to see what I could handle.

Here was today’s workout:

  • Pushups 6/7/9/7
  • Dumbell Flys Flat – 10/10/10
  • Bench Press – 10/10/10/10
  • Stiff-legged dead lift – 10/10/10/10
  • Bent Over Row – 10/10/10/10
  • One Arm Dumbell Row – 20/20/20/20
  • Shrugs – 10/10/10/10

Incidentally, when I first started this project I was kind of parochial about only the Wii to exercise. I’ve since come around to thinking that such a point of view is limiting and self defeating. The Wii is there to make exercise fun and to get me motivated to do what’s best for my body. And there will be cases, like weight training, where the Wii just doesn’t offer anything for me.