This morning I woke up to my alarm at 6:30 am and nearly jumped out of bed. Why? I wanted to exercise. So now you may be thinking, who the hell is this person and what did they do with Allison? Fear not, I’m the same, I’m just excited. I’m also full of a lot of energy today, but I’m still tired. It’s a weird feeling, like a sugar high without the sugar. Maybe this is what super athlete’s feel like? Oh well.
For first, a little recap. Dan and I joined Jenny Craig. They weighed me in on Saturday at 220.4 lbs and put me on a 1500 calories meal plan. Dan has so far lost 4 lbs while I’ve only dropped to about 219 (this morning). That’s not bad, it progress. I’d be dieting previously to the start so I won’t see a big drop like most people do in their first week. I’m using a cool gadget that is helping me track my exercise, sleep, and calories called the BodyMedia Fit(Tuesday).
So, to get to the point, we have this great thing called Kinect. It’s a rally awesome motion tracker/camera for the Xbox console and allows for full motion game control. It doesn’t work with all of their games just ones build for it. For the most part the games coming out for the Kinect have been exercise games. This idea of an exercise game and integrates motion control really became popular with the Wii console. It was a great idea and a lot of gamers and non-gamers liked the idea of turning getting active into something they enjoy. Unfortunately, the Wii was limited. It relied on a controller and that limited what the game could track. The Kinect uses full motion capture and really takes exercising with a game to the next level.
Last night we picked up Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012. This is the cream of the crop of “second go” for Kinect fitness games. Your Shape Fitness was a Kinect release game that was considered one of the best. Evolved 2012 is their second release and they’ve really addressed a lot of the issues people had with the original title. Developers are also getting better at programming for the Kinect, which is allowing the games to be better. I’ve played many of the fitness games for Wii but had yet to really try one on the Kinect. Needless to say, I was excited but a bit unsure of how well the game would behave and react and how well I’d be able to do all the exercises.
Overall the game is excellent. It still has some issues when I do some exercises. It’s not always the best at telling where my body parts are. Now, that may be because I need to calibrate my Kinect, or light the room better, or weight different clothes. It does cause frustration when you are playing a game and you hit a block but the game doesn’t see that. This does not happen that often for me, just once or twice. Enough to notice but not make me quit.
As you can see, no controller
Tuesday, I wanted to get up early and while I did get up at about 7:15-7:30 it was a slow angry get out of bed. It didn’t help that it was snowing out and I wanted to stay in bed longer. Plus I was supposed to go over to the gym and I felt the cold morning air and gave up. This morning was a different story. The alarm went off and I took about 2 minutes to adjust and then got ready and went into the office to exercise. The excitement of new toy/game really helped to drive me out of bed this morning. I’m sure tomorrow will be a bit more challenging of a wake up. I’m considering sleeping to 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and get up for exercise Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It sounds tempting but I think I need to get a rhythm going and make mornings normal. I need to decide on that before I go to bed though, otherwise I will decide in the morning and I know how that will go.
Though, it wasn’t hard to get up this morning, I found it really difficult to actually do the exercises.
Either I didn’t realize how out of shape I am or I need to give myself a better warm up so I can wake up. I was out of breath quite a bit found myself needing to stop and picking the lighter and shorter activities because I couldn’t keep going on the long ones. I suspect it’s more about me being out of shape. The activities are a lot of fun though and I found that I wanted to keep going this morning but ran out of time and needed to get in the shower (that’s the other reason I think I’ll go it every other day. I don’t shower every day in the winter as it dries out my skin and my hair. I already have dry skin/hair issues and I use body lotion to help combat that).
We’ll see how long I keep this up. I’m really great and starting things, not so much at keeping them going. This one will be the trickiest since getting up early is always hard.
Psssttt… I’m going to be screen capping my daily Body Media Summary and posting them here. I’ll only link to blog posts from FB & twitter when hey have more substance.