Sunday, January 03, 2010

It Is Done

It took me FOREVER, but I finished putting away all of the Christmas decorations last night. Of course, it took me so long because I ate dinner, read the paper, and watched the hockey game in the midst of everything. However, I still worked way too hard and pretty much was a cripple when it all was over with. Unfortunately, I live a far too sedentary life and I feel it every time I do a bigger, more physical project like the Christmas decorating/undecorating. So, I guess I have to do something about it.

I have had the Nintendo Wii for quite some time. I own pretty much all of the Nintendo game systems that they have come out with--mainly so I could play The Legend of Zelda games. Zelda is, by far, my favorite game/s to play. But then came the Wii. It is very different because you are expected to actually do more than get tendinitis of the thumbs--most games make you MOVE. The system comes with Wii Sports--very fun and you can get quite a workout. I totally rocked boxing. And I was doing well, but quit playing for one reason or other.

Then, a bit ago, Nintendo came up with another way to make more money--the Wii Fit. This consists of a balance board and activities/exercises to help one get into shape. Of course, I wanted one. And, of course, I couldn't get one. While I didn't actively seek a Wii Fit, I did get one the first time I found it on the store shelf. That was this past summer. And it stayed in the original packaging until this Christmas when The Youngest and her husband finally tried it.

Of course, Nintendo couldn't leave well enough alone, so just before Christmas they came up with an upgrade to the Wii Fit. The Youngest and her husband asked for the Wii Fit Plus as a Christmas gift. I was able to get myself an upgrade to my Fit 1.0--at a radically lower cost, but a cost nonetheless. And after all of this, I STILL haven't used the Fit.

All of this brings me to my point, finally. I am going to attempt, again, to get into better shape. I hold no illusions that I could ever get back to where I was before I had kids, but I can become much better physically and weight-wise than where I am now. I NEED to get better. I am on several different medications for some medical problems, so it would help a great deal if I lost weight. I may possibly be able to get off of some of what I'm taking if the weight came off. I guess I have my reasons to get serious about losing weight. I know all of this intellectually, just as I knew I had to quite smoking--I just wish I could grasp this emotionally, as well. Until the idea that I WANT to lose weight becomes a part of me--and can get very serious about it--I'm afraid I may be doomed to failure. Until I can get on board with this healthy life-style, I'm going to try and fake it till it takes hold. Lord help me.

10 comments:

Ranger Tom said...

You could go for the West Virginia look. Just leave the decorations up all year...

cmk said...

Believe me, there were moments as I was doing the job that I came close to saying 'f*** this, I'm done.' :D

meleah rebeccah said...

Woman, YOU WILL get in better shape! And you just have to TRY the Wii. I promise you it doesn't suck and its almost kind of fun. And it will give you PLENTY of blog material!

Kudos on getting Christmas all cleaned up so fast! [Even if you were doing 15 other things at the same time!]

ordinaryjanet said...

I got my Xmas decorations down before you did! And it was harder than the putting-them-up.

I'd rather read then exercise-and I look like it! Hope you get going on your Wii, though. It looks like fun on the commercials, but I understand how hard it is to make anything a routine, even when it's supposed to be fun.

Ranger Tom said...

This time of year does bring out the best in us... ;)

cmk said...

janet: Except for the past few years (don't know what changed) I put my decorations up on Thanksgiving weekend and took them down no later than 26-27 December. This year, I was late--again. :) I tried keeping them up till Epiphany, but just couldn't do it.

And I agree with you: Reading very much takes precedence over exercising--and I look like it, too. ;)

Tom: It is SO easy to think I'll actually DO something positive about my health. The implementing, however, just doesn't come nearly as easily. ;)

ordinaryjanet said...

I have a low tolerance for Christmas crap so we put it up about two weeks before, usually take 'em down after New Year's but Mom wanted them put away sooner. Yay!

cmk said...

I just don't understand those people who keep their decorations up till February or longer--and doing it because they WANT to, not because they're lazy! I am just happy to have my house back to 'normal.' Although, I really miss the lights--it makes it so much easier to NOT step on my black and white cat at night. ;)

ali said...

You can get into great shape again! It is hard to start, but once you schedule the time (that is key) it will just flow. Start easy, at home even. Check out a book called convict conditioning. Dont let the name turn you off, its great information scaled to start at your level and work up to serious fitness.
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cmk said...

ali: Mostly because of my health issues, I took myself out of doing much of anything. (Becoming an empty-nester didn't help to keep me busy, either.) Anyway, being as much of a couch potato as I am--or computer nerd, I guess--I know I have to start slowly and work my way up. Actually I can't do anything too strenuous until I get some conditioning back. And that is where the Wii is fitting so nicely for me. I realize that as I get more fit, I will probably outgrow the Wii, but right now it is doing very well for me. I have been using it for almost a week and am still enjoying myself--and that is part of the problem solved, right there. However, I will see how things are a month from now. ;)