Good evening my readers and welcome to my new headline article, Kinect For A Healthier Life – An Experiment In Weight Loss. I am putting “Unsung Heroes” to rest for now as my ideas were getting a bit stale. I have decided to write a new headline though and it couldn’t have come with better timing. As most of you know, Kinect was released for the Xbox 360 yesterday and we are proud owners of one. We decided to buy one on release for two reasons. First, we have two boys ages 2 and 4 and thought this would be a great way to introduce them to the wonderful world of video games (go Kinectimals). Secondly, my wife and I both want to lose some weight and get healthier. We also both enjoy video games. So we put two and two together (Kinect plus Your Shape: Fitness Evolved) and came up with our solution to our unhealthiness. Now the question is, will it work?
Well that’s where my headline article comes into play. Every Friday from here on out, I will post an update from the past week of our progress with Kinect and Your Shape (and Dance Central when we get it in the near future). I will give all details about what we played, how long, weights, sizes, and our thoughts on the “exercises”. I want to give the Kinect a real test for it’s money and see if it really will help us get a healthier lifestyle.
For now, we aren’t going to change anything in our daily routines besides playing Your Shape. I want to see just how effective it will be without any outside help. Then down the road we may or may not change our eating habits. It all depends on how successful we are with playing Your Shape.
I need to lose weight and get healthier. I’m not exactly the most trim person. Cartman said it best with, “I’m not fat, I’m big boned!” Besides the weight issue, there’s also the whole heart deal. Heart disease runs in my family on both sides, how lucky can I get? My dad died of a heart attack in ’99 as well as two uncles since then. I’ve also had three other family members who have had heart attacks but have survived. So yeah, my chances aren’t good. I know we all have to go sometime, but I want to last a bit longer than my family has. I want to experience my grandchildren. I want to grow old with my wife so we can hang out at McDonalds every morning with the other old people!
Well enough of the sad, serious stuff. Let’s get on to the details. I will post my stats as well as my wife’s, but she is going to do hers a bit different. We will start playing Your Shape tomorrow and then next Friday night, I will update you with our progress. So here it goes! Nerd Gods give me strength!!
Me: Weight – 330 lbs. / Waist – 56″
My wife: she doesn’t want her measurements exposed, but I can post any difference gained or lost each week.
Tune in next Friday to see if we made any headway during our first week, plus see what our thoughts are on the whole deal! Please feel free to leave any feedback you might have about this experiment. I’d appreciate it.