A few weeks ago, a friend on Facebook shared a photo with a chart showing weight vs ideal weight. The chart basically says my height should be within the range of 117-143 pounds. At the time I saw this photo, my weight over the “ideal weight” given for people at 5’6″. I weighed 146 pounds then. So — I guess naturally — I felt a bit down. I didn’t necessarily get depressed, but it wasn’t a good feeling. So I decided to make it a goal to lose those extra pounds.
For someone like me who lives quite a sedentary life, losing weight is a real challenge. We all know that the healthy way to lose weight doesn’t only involve eating less and eating right. It also involves some form of physical activity. Since I have a 20-month old boy and I babysit a friend’s 2-year old on most days (not to mention I have a blog to maintain and chores to do), it’s really difficult for me to find time to do some exercises.
But I guess technology, which causes all the extra busy-ness in my everyday life, is helping me get a few minutes for some physical activity. My husband just bought the Xbox Kinect a couple of weeks ago and I’m loving the fact that with this platform, I can get my body moving AND still have fun with my family. My favorite game at the moment is Just Dance 4.
According to a study, physical activity resulting from the Xbox Kinect games doesn’t give you the same results as the full workout your body gets from actual play and sports. Energy spent playing these games is just the same energy spent on light to moderate intense activities. But since my only physical activity really is when I’m playing with my son and doing chores, I guess the extra energy I spend playing Just Dance 4 would be good enough. At least for now. The Kinect currently costs $109.99 but it’s regularly $149.99. You can get this deal at the Microsoft Store. My husband got ours at the same rate too.
Aside from using Kinect though, I’ll also need to be more disciplined when it comes to my food intake. This is another big challenge for me because I’ve gotten used to just eating whatever and whenever I want to. But I have purchased a couple of weight loss supplements and food items to help me on my weight loss journey.