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25 July 2008

Wii Fit and Paul McKenna Weight Loss Challenge - Update


Two weeks ago


Two weeks ago

Well here's a quick update on my 'progress'.

Apart from a couple of days off when I went camping, I've been Wii Fitting every day and also following the Paul McKenna eating guidelines, though not doing the self-hypnosis CD very often.

And I've managed to lose a grand total of 0.8lbs in two weeks. I also think that when I peer at the photos above, my hips and mid-section look a wee bit trimmer - a testament to all the frantic stationary hula-hooping I've been doing.


Here's my BMI according to Wii Fit. My immediate goal is to get out of the 'obese' category. I'm actually quite pleased with my progress so far, as I've been socialising so much recently, so I'm going to keep going for another two weeks.

Here are some specific thoughts:

Wii Fit

God, I love this machine.  It's fascinating to see how much more addictive it is than normal exercise - just because you get to set 'records', compete with others in the family and have your progress monitored in a very precise way.

The yoga and strength exercises focus very much on developing balance and core muscles and I do think my posture has improved. I've been doing strength training once a week with a trainer and she's been noticing that I do appear to be noticeably stronger.

People have been scathing about the aerobic exercises, but I'm certainly sweaty and exhausted after I've finished doing them.  I love the rhythm boxing, find the hula-hooping to be hugely hard work, and it's scary to me that I seem to prefer jogging in place on my rebounder following a cartoon dog round a cartoon island than going out in the fresh air and jogging outside. 

Paul McKenna

Well, if it does end up working it will be fabulous, because I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying my food these last couple of weeks.  I've noticed that when I follow my body my eating patterns change a lot.  I eat more in the mornings and more after exercise, but then really only want to eat a very small supper.  That's been the biggest challenge for me so far - making delicious food to eat in the evenings and then realising I can only have a very small portion. I've been very good at eating when I'm hungry (what a pleasure that's been), very good at eating what I want to eat (I've been eating crisps!), moderately good at savouring what I'm eating, but still need to work (a lot) on stopping when I'm full.  

I'm also finding it scary but motivating posting pictures up on the Internet, so you're all going to have to put up with wobbly fat pictures for a bit longer.


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Go Paola! If you ever feel like some extra walking, Hemi and I would love the company :) I like the way you're changing how you perceive the food rather than counting calories. I love how technology has become so enabling: you with the Wii and my bf (who's lost a pug's worth of weight in two months) who won't buy a new iphone until he's at his target weight.

That is TOTALLY a noticable difference around your waist and thighs - yeay for you!!

I've been very slack this past week or so and your update has given me the kick up the backside I needed so its back on the Wii in the morning (not looking forward to being told off by a machine but I'm sure I'll survive) - thank you!

Keep going :)

You've done really well, I can see the difference. Well done, keep us posted!

thanks for sharing all of this info. i've heard mixed reviews of the wii, so it's great to hear your experience of it!

Thanks for saying you can see the difference! Mali (and anyone else who's got a Wii) fancy posting up/emailing me some highest scores?

I need to think of a reward/incentive for getting out of the obese category...

keep up the good work -

Hi! I've been reading your blog for awhile and this post finally made me comment! You look great...I can totally tell that you are thinner! Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing your progress!

Well done, you! That's such a good start. I can understand the love affair with Wii Fit. My son was given one for his birthday the other day and I'm well on the way to becoming hooked!

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