I wasn’t always fat. In fact, before I got my desk job I looked pretty good. I wasn’t from-the-showroom cut with abs, but I was thin and had muscle definition. Then I got married. You never realize how active you actually are until you don’t have to go somewhere to be with your girl. Then I became a desk jockey. I had worked blue collar all my life, so switching over was quite a shock. Now I’ve been married almost seven years, have a daughter that’s 2 1/2 and another one on the way. Daddy can’t be fat, so daddy bought a Kinect.
It’s funny, being pudgy. People who have never been big don’t know just how hard it is to lose weight. They’re like “run a mile every day and eat right”, but big people are that way from habits and addictions (or at least I am). I have to trick myself. Thus the Kinect. It’ll be there to keep me active, and that’s the first goal: increasing activity. I need to get to a point where I feel more energy before I can start doing the weight-dropping exercise otherwise I’ll kill myself. Nope, to start off I need something that fools me into thinking I’m playing a game while I’m actually being active.
So my plan consists of two stages: Get more active, then actually exercise and change my diet. First up is increasing my activity level.
I picked up a handful of Kinect games to get started, then downloaded every Kinect demo I could. Fruit Ninja Kinect has, thus far, been my staple of choice. I find that playing it for 30 minutes helps to make me feel like I’m doing something active. I typically sleep better, have more energy overall, and of course the endorphins released help me to actually feel good.
Now it’s time to look at other Kinect titles that could fool me into exercise. I’m staying away from true fitness games like Zumba Fitness. Why? Because fitness games aren’t made for fat people. They’re made for folks who already exercise every day, or those who at least are of the thinner persuasion. Fat people need to be tricked. I bought Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster for my daughter. You know what? There are moments in there that are great for us pudgies, too.
I’ve made this a public affair for two reasons: first I want to have it out there so I have extra accountability. If I have to report in every two to three weeks it means I have to make some progress. Secondly I want this to be a “blog post of hope” — I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat. So stay tuned, comment, suggest games, and maybe report back on your activity. See you in a few weeks.
(That’s not me, by the way. I haven’t got that big.)