19 Jan 2016

My Fitness Journey - Getting Started

Or the Lifestyle Change I was looking for

I was never a petite size 8, never have been, never will be. What I can be is fit, healthy, full of energy and a curvy size 14. I have done it once before, carried it off through sheer power of will and an extremely competitive nature. So there is no reason why I cannot do it again, and keep it up for as long as I am physically able.

Let me explain. I have spent most of the last four decades of my life feeling out-of-shape. I have never been totally comfortable in my skin bar that period in my life when I made these changes happen.

The year was 2010 (pre-motherhood) and I was determined. There was money at stake, after all. We had started a weight loss club at work, something akin to The Biggest Loser. The person who lost most weight went home with a wad of cash. It was also the year M went and bought the Nintendo Wii Sports and Wii Fit.

For those of you who don’t know, the Wii is a home game video console. The Wii Fit, as the name suggests, comes with a package of exercise programmes, weight charts and the like. You set fitness targets and work to achieve them. Depending on how well you perform an exercise, you are ranked on a leaderboard.

This is where the competition started. There was no way I was going to let M outrank me on that leaderboard. Not in the hula-hoops, not in the boxing, not in the jogging. Not even in the snowball fight. I remember coming home from work and spending a good couple of hours trying to outdo his scores from the previous day. The best part was it was tremendous fun. It never felt like exercise. By the time I noticed, I had a neatly raised heart-rate and had burned a couple of hundred calories just playing games.

It was the same with the tennis on the Wii Sports. There was no way I was going to let some computer-generated avatars out-shine me.

I could have done it the easy way, of course. Parked my behind on the sofa and just swished my wrist to register movement. That would mean I was cheating. Not M, not the Wii, but myself. I don’t do that. So there I stood, breaking into a sweat, whacking a virtual tennis ball with my pretend tennis racket.

As with most things in life, the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. By the time I got pregnant, I was down to 12 stone. Still overweight, but feeling more energetic, fitter than I had done in a very long time.

The stresses of parenthood meant I resorted heavily to emotional eating. Something that, unfortunately, I was brought up believing to be normal, even healthy. It was the end of the weight-loss and fitness I had worked so hard to achieve.

Until… 2016 is the year I make the change. The lifestyle change I have desired for so long. The Wii has been revived and I have made it a point to use it at least three times a week since the start of this year. 3 pounds lost in 3 weeks is a good start.

This, coupled with sensible eating. No fad diets, no crazy counting, nothing but old-fashioned good sense. If I feel hungry, I stop and think. What do I feel like eating? Junk. Should I really eat it? No. But I feel like it. Okay, why not eat a piece of fruit first. Or some cheese and nuts. Then have a drink of water. Then have that piece of chocolate or biscuit or crisps. By the time I have eaten the healthy snack, I have had time to reflect on my actions and their consequence. My hunger is somewhat satiated too. So I eat only a small piece of junk, if at all.

This is what I have been telling myself to stay motivated. “It is not a diet, I am looking at a lifestyle change. I am not accountable to anyone but myself.” So if I cheat, eat when nobody is watching, I am, in effect, cheating myself.

Diets end when you reach your target weight. Once that happens, the pounds start piling back on. With a lifestyle change, I am making a choice. A choice to eat better, move more, stop to see if I feel full before reaching for seconds. A choice to ensure my son, my family, gets a strong foundation in healthy living that will see them making the right choice for themselves.

Join me as I aim to achieve that elusive change. Maybe we can do this better, together.


  1. My sister has a Wii Fit. It's a lot of fun...except it groaned when I first stepped on it, hahaha.

    1. Ha ha ha! That Wii board is really quite cheeky. The things it says :-D

  2. I think you are right to do it the sensible way. I changed my eating about 2 years ago and I've lost and manintained a weight a stone less without dieting.

  3. I really need to get our Wii fixed - if only to kick start my new year health changes too. Best of luck with your goal x

  4. I used to use the Wii Fit pre children too. Hardly use at all now. I need a lifestyle change too I think!

  5. I really like the idea of a wii fit board, i think it would be a great motivator for me! Good luck with your journey!

  6. You've hit on exactly why diets don't work. A lifestyle change is definitely the way to go! The Wii fit has some awesome games that feel like you aren't even working out!

  7. I need to dig my wii fit back out - used to do it daily before I had Sebby

  8. I used to use the Wii Fit all the time! I liked the charts on it too. I don't go on it any more as our Wii broke. I do lots of walking nowadays though. Good luck with your goal :-) x

  9. I have a WiFit and have only used it once! Says it all really! Good luck to you, I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your progress. Kaz x

  10. I used to use the WiiFit, I'm sure I still have it somewhere. Like you, I've spent most of my adult life like this and NEED to make a change.


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