July 17, 2008 8:38 pm

The Fitness Class and the Wii

Several weeks ago, I signed up for a fitness class. The company that puts it on used to call it “bootcamp” but they changed the name to make it sound less scary. It meets three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) for an hour, and the classes are different each time.

So far, we’ve had a few yoga classes, some pilates with a rebounder, a few mixed martial arts classes, and some cooking and nutrition classes. Eventually, there will also be Nia and Budokon.

It’s been pretty fun – I will say right now that I really wish I had some results to show for it but I don’t. No weight loss, no inches lost. Honestly? I often think my body is incapable of losing weight. Take, for instance, the time I had to have all four wisdom teeth out at once and I couldn’t eat solid food for FOREVER and lived off of slim fast and the occasional tuna sandwich – didn’t lose a pound. The time I moved to Portland and went from driving anywhere I needed to go to ditching the car and walking EVERYWHERE? Nothing doing. The time that I got the flu in college and couldn’t get out of bed for three days or eat anything more than saltines and ginger ale? Nope. The time I got really into using the elliptical machine at an old apartment gym and worked out at least three times a week for three months? NOPE. I have never, ever lost weight. Every time that you see me is the heaviest I have ever been in my whole life, and that is sometimes hard to deal with.

That said, I am far more aware of how little exercise I used to get before I joined this class. I walk about 7 minutes to work in the morning and 7 minutes on the way home, and I take a yoga class once a week for an hour since it’s put on for free at my workplace. I sometimes walk to the grocery store (or back) which is about ¾ mile each way, but that’s sort of it. I don’t have a gym membership, I will not take up running (I tried the Maggot way and managed 17 minutes once (a personal record) and about 13 minutes the second time and nearly had an asthma attack so I stopped) and gymnastics is sort of out of the question at this point.

I still have my exercise DVDs (don’t laugh) but I haven’t been very good about using them. Might be the 2nd story apartment and not wanting to piss off the neighbors, I don’t know. I am going to try to be better about using them, especially since part of my homework for this fitness class is to walk 30 minutes a day, every day.

Part of the process to up my fitness level involves me wanting to get Wii Fit. I finally managed to obtain a Wii (thank heavens) and it has been amazingly rad so far. I am stalking the Wii Fit Tracker like a madwoman to see if it ever goes on sale online, and I missed two “in-stock” notices while at work today because I was in meetings. ARGH.

At any rate, my fitness class is over mid-August and I’m sure I will update with my progress. Cheer me on, will you?

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  • Nadine says:

    i have exercise dvds too … and i love them. there’s nothing to laugh at ;-)

  • Gretchen says:

    I have dvd’s too and I love them although I haven’t used them in a few months. I have ones, or three, from Womens Health that I like! That’s awesome and just keep doing a little more them you were before. Even if you can’t see or measure anything it makes you feel better!

  • Jenn says:

    I have a wii also and if you get a wii fit let us know how helpful it is. I wonder if it makes you work out enough to show any difference. I have my exercise DVDs still too. I would use them for 1 1/2 weeks then get bored with them. I was hoping that my cable company had on demand in my area but they don’t. I was hoping for that because of exercise tv is free with on demand cable and I figured that would be cheaper than joining a gym and the variety would keep me interested. Keep it up though, you might not see a change on the scale but if your clothes change in fit then you know it is working.

  • Rachie says:

    I have done so may different things to lose weight and I haven’t had any luck either. I hate to run, walking takes too long, and I get tired of having to drive to the gym. What I do enjoy is swimming and sometimes (depending on my mood) fitness dvds.

  • Cristina says:

    Wow! I’d love to be able to do a bootcamp class type thing. Every thing where I live is so expensive. I’m totally cheering you on for this though. It sounds like a great idea. And don’t get too discouraged. It took me a year before I saw any results from doing kickboxing.

  • Melissa says:

    *cheers!* You can do it, you can do it! And you can be my inspiration to do it too. XD