Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To Wii or Not to Wii

As I write this today, I'm sitting with my feet propped up on our Wii Fit Board. Now I'm assuming it wasn't designed as a foot rest, but it sure makes a comfy one. Which brings me to the next issue. Is it a failed new year's resolution if you haven't started yet?

You see, our family got a Wii for Christmas and courtesy of an amazing Black Friday deal, the Fit Board came along with it. That was cool because I've been wanting one for awhile. I hear they're really neat and a great way to keep track of your progress. Of course that is the problem too - according to multiple reviews on Amazon, your little computer trainer is so good at monitoring your exercise habits that he actually taunts you.

So basically I'm afraid of the Wii.

I can't get myself to start because I wonder what the little guy will have to say about my weight. Will he berate me for my cheese and cracker habit? I need those to write. There's no category on the Wii for, "is an author and this is part of the creative process so leave it alone already." I checked the manual.

The fit board also tests for balance and tells you just how clumsy you are. I'm a Fox. Our entire family is full of klutzes. Do I need to be reminded? My uncle ran over our neighbor's mailbox on Christmas eve and it's still sitting next to a broken post out there. I tripped this morning on the dog dish and tossed an entire basket of (formerly) folded laundry all over the kitchen. I'd say I have enough reminders that I'm not exactly Kerry Strug.

And what if I skip a few days? I have things to do. The computer trainer doesn't. He's just twiddling his thumbs, thinking of new ways to taunt me.

So I wait. I prefer to think of it as more than procrastination. It's a standoff. And for now, I get a pretty nifty footrest.

15 comments:

krisgils33 said...

I've got that biotche Jillian Michaels and her perfect bod taunting me with the Shred video. I'm sure there are other like-minded individuals out there...maybe be can have a club.

Kima said...

We bought a Wii last year and I love the boxing but hate Pilates. Boxing lets me get rid of all the aggression of the day and all that pent up frustration from Pilates. My body didn't bend like that when I was 4 and it certainly isn't going to now that I'm 40! I also kick ass at Wii bowling but can't break 50 at the local lanes. Probably because the ball is heavier than the controller, dontcha think?

TerriOsburn said...

I've had a Wii for a year or so and kiddo and I are only good at those sport games that come with it. For an upper body workout, the boxing and tennis are good.

I asked for the Fit/Active stuff for Christmas and didn't get it. Now I'm kind of happy about that. But I think I'd rather be taunted by a computer dude than see that tight, disappointed look on my doc's face when I don't lose the lbs she "suggested" I lose.

If you do dive in, you'll have to report back for the rest of us chickens. LOL!

Angie Fox said...

My husband bought a box of Jillian Michaels diet "supplements" that are supposed to help you lose inches. So I feel guilty every time I open the cabinet and see her smiling face. Not sure how well they're working, either, considering he had one before going out to drink beer with his buddies the other night. I doubt Jillian recommends that.

Angie Fox said...

LOL Kima, so you're saying it's a two-pronged plan? Get mad at pilates and take it out on boxing. I like that. Does the little guy taunt you as bad as I'm led to believe? Or are you one of the fit, non-taunt-ables?

Wii bowling sounds like fun. We need to get that.

Angie Fox said...

Hey Terri, I will dive in eventually. But I'm now thinking I want to lose 10 pounds before my official weigh in. And I know that doesn't make sense. But this thing is going to record my weight. Forever, maybe. I don't even let my husband see that number, much less the taunt-y Wii guy.

Christie Craig said...

Love it, Angie.

And yes, cheese and crackers is a needed tool for an author.

CC

Brandy said...

Your reasoning is the same as mine for not purchasing the Wii Fit. I'm scared of the weigh-in and Wii guy. (I already do most my workouts at the YMCA.)

Angie Fox said...

It's in all of the writing books, Christie (or it should be): eat cheese crackers when stumped on a scene. They really do help!

Angie Fox said...

Yes, Brandy. I work out (when I work out) at Gold's and they say, "Hi Angie!" and never ask questions. I like that in a gym.

Suzan Harden said...

You sure there's not some way to turn the Wii sound off?

I sympathize with you. It's bad enough I get nagged every three months about my weight by my endocinologist. I don't think I could take the Wii guy too.

Robin Kaye said...

I know an NYT BestSelling Author who lost 20 pounds (and believe me, she really didn't even need to lose and ounce) after she started playing with a Wii. I got one and it took me a while but I figure out you need to actually take it out of the box for it to work. I have The Biggest Loser and I've only gained a few pounds over Christmas!

Robin Kaye said...

I know an NYT BestSelling Author who lost 20 pounds (and believe me, she really didn't even need to lose and ounce) after she started playing with a Wii. I got one and it took me a while but I figure out you need to actually take it out of the box for it to work. I have The Biggest Loser and I've only gained a few pounds over Christmas!

Angie Fox said...

Hmm...no kidding? 20 pounds? Perhaps they fled in shame from the taunting. Now I'm interested again.

Kima said...

Oh, Angie, you made me laugh so hard by asking if I am one of the fit,non-tauntables. I fall into the "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy" category. My favorite things are pizza, french fries, and chocolate. The Wii is my penance for indulging in all three of these things and other non-vegetable foods. And yes, the man I am beating up in the ring does smirk a bit until I knock him out!