Archive for June, 2010

Signing up for the President’s Challenge has definitely gotten me off of the couch for some activity.  Admittedly, I’ve been playing the Wii, but it counts!  Last week, I exercised (played Wii Sports) 6 days.  Wow!  Some days, I actually got on the Wii more than once.  This week, I’ve already gotten two days out of the necessary 5 taken care of.  I guess coloring in stars works for me.  I like visuals.  Here’s a pic from today:

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Hooray!  I played Wii Sports for 30 minutes.  I actually got up off the couch and exercised!

I played two games of 9-hole golf.  It was actually fun, so I can see myself playing it again.  I tried the boxing, but didn’t feel anywhere near a pro.

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So, I thought I’d try working out 60 minutes a day, 5 times a week, for 6 weeks.  That lasted one day.  I then changed it to 30 minutes a day, but still didn’t exercise until yesterday.  I’ve definitely been what you’d call a couch potato.  I got the idea from the President’s Challenge for fitness, but I thought I’d keep track myself on a calendar I made at home.  Plus, I was trying to stick with my traditional, serious exercise routines, such as jogging.

When you check out the President’s Challenge website, you can sign up to keep track of your fitness online.  You can also print out an activity log so that you can keep track of your exercise on paper and then log it in once a week.  There’s a list of activities that include mowing the lawn, doing housework, and playing Nintendo Wii (sports).

Please note that I’m doing the Active Lifestyle Challenge, which is the six weeks of 30 minutes a day.  The Champions Challenge is for people who are already active.  With that, you get points for the activity you do.

Yesterday, I played sports on the Wii and enjoyed getting beaten at tennis and seeing how awful I was at baseball.  I think I can play the Wii for 6 weeks.

I decided to go ahead and sign up to keep track of everything online.  I logged in yesterday’s 30 minutes, and it even asked if my Wii playing was light or moderate.  There was a star visual, divided into five pieces, one for each of the five days you’re to exercise each week.  After I logged my activity, one part of the star was shaded, and that was a cool visual for me.  I’m very visual, so maybe that’s what I needed.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with playing video games every day.

So, I’m going to go play Wii for 30 minutes, log my time, and see if I can keep this up for the rest of the week.

I will say that I should be jogging, but it’s so hot outside…..  I guess if I could actually get myself to wake up before noon…

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The past two days, I haven’t exercised.  I’ve even been avoiding it today as well.  I think it’s the 60 minutes that’s been holding me back.  I’m going to change it to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and we’ll see how that goes.  I may end up changing it to 15 minutes, but we’ll see.

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Today, I’ve been knitting and quilting, in preparation for a special baby shower I’m attending on Saturday.  I don’t want to say more, as the mommy-to-be is possibly reading this post.  Let’s just say she can attempt to get some specifics out of her mom, who knows all.

I’ve still got loads of homework to do, but I am really enjoying being on vacation.  I’m reading Bride in the Bargain, by Deeanne Gist, and I just can’t put it down.

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When I was doing Level 2 of the Navy Seal Jogging Plan, I was able to handle the workouts.  When I got to Level 3, I stalled.  I don’t think my body was ready for 3 miles a day.  I tend to run half a mile before a break feels like a really good idea.

So, I’m at home for the summer, working on grad school, so I thought I’d try leaving the exercise types varied, but challenging myself (possibly too much) to 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  To add to the challenge, I want to see if I can keep it up for 6 weeks.  (I got the idea from the President’s Fitness Challenge.)

To be honest, I wonder if I’ll get past a week.

We’ll see.

Here are some pics of the workout calendar I made.  The river rafting photo is from a New Mexico travel guide.

Today, I did a fitness evaluation on My Fitness Coach (Wii), which took about 15 minutes and was a workout in itself (push ups to exhaustion, etc.), and then did a 45 minute workout with an upper body focus (also My Fitness Coach).  It started with cardio, including some step work, and then went into strength work (no weights today).

The hardest part was when it wanted me to balance my feet on a balance ball and do push ups.  For the record, I am not one with push ups at this time.  It also took me forever to actually get my feet on the balance ball.  There was definitely a lot of falling onto the floor.

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Saturday, June 12

I’ve been in the midst of grad school.  I’m doing two summer sessions, 2 classes each (total of 4 classes for the summer), four weeks per class.  All of my classes are online, twice a week for three hours per class.  I go in person to campus once every two weeks.

I’ve just completed week one and turned in 7 assignments.  This doesn’t count the reading we have to do.  I also met with my small group (4 of us) to work on a group project that’s due in three weeks or less.  We’re rolling quickly this summer!

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