No, I didn't join a gym or hire someone to come to my home - I invested in a new game for the Wii! I actually bought the game a few months ago, but didn't open it until tonight because I've been pretty content with the Wii Fit. Well, it occured to me last week that before being more cautious with my eating my weight had flatlined, and I just didn't feel like I was working out anymore after using the Wii Fit. So, I decided to see if the My Fitness Coach was any better.
To begin, you have to create a profile. This step in itself felt like a workout. Rather than just entering your name, weight, height, etc - you also have to perform a routine of exercises just so the "trainer" can get an idea of your fitness level and how difficult to make your program. After I was done with the set of jumping jacks, crunches, push ups, and squats - I then started my first "workout session". The sessions scheduled for me by my trainer consist of 15 minutes 5 times a week. Each session will vary and could be yoga, strength training, muscle toning, or aerobic - today's session was aerobic. The session is performed to music, and it doesn't require the use of the Wii Fit board. The game doesn't measure what you do, the purpose is just to follow along with the trainer. You can opt to use the Wii board as a step for step aeorobics, and you can also use hand weights and other gym equipment (it asks you before the workout if you would like these things worked into the session).
After my session, the sweat was literally dripping off of me. The 15 minutes I spent jumping around my living room felt like an eternity - but my heartrate was pumping, and I really "felt the burn". I'm scheduled to do another workout on Sunday - which I'm actually excited about. It's been 2 hours since I worked out, and already the muscles in my legs are sore - a great indicator that I did something right. The Wii Fit was a great start-out tool - but it's a child's game compared to the Fitness Coach. The best thing is it only cost me $20 at Game Stop!
For the first time, I'm really feeling progress. I'm down another 3 lbs!! WOO HOO!! With the help of Sparkpeople.com and the Fitness Coach I think that my process will continue to be positive. Can it be that a video game and an online food journal can really be all I need to lose weight? I guess we shall see.