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01 January 2009 @ 09:48 pm
Fitness and Fortune  
Jack FINALLY went and hooked up the Wii Fit, and I did about 50 minutes on it today. The aerobics, strength training, and yoga parts are really good, and while I'm not sure that doing things in two-minute bursts will help me achieve my weight-loss goal, I think it'll help. At any rate, it'll be more than anything I've been doing since I had Meghan (which is essentially nothing other than chasing after Meghan and saving her from herself all day). The balance games are fun (although I SUCKSUCKSUCK at them, especially the one where you head off the soccer balls), but I think they're more for working on fine muscle control.

One of the strength training exercises, the lunges, was actually a really good workout. I did ten reps on each leg, and I'm sore as hell now, and so is Jack. In fact, he nearly fell down the stairs earlier because one of his legs gave out!

The Wii makes you set goals for either two weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. Since my real goal is to lose 20 pounds in about 5 months, I went ahead and said 15 pounds in 3 months. I guess we'll see how things go after a few weeks to a month. I still want to try to go to the gym, but that requires going in there and (a) inquiring about their babysitting service (which I think will actually be good for Meghan, since there's fun kiddie equipment to play on, which should be good for how active she is; also, she and I have rarely been separated, and now that she's nine months old, it's probably a good time to test out her being without me, Jack, or my parents for half an hour to an hour at a time) and (b) inquiring about personal trainers. And then the bigger hoop to jump through is scheduling babysitting concurrently with personal training -- and making sure it all occurs during a time of day that (a) I can get to the gym and (b) Meghan is likely to be in a good mood. Of course, another option is for Jack and me to go in together and trade off Meghan-watching duties, but that hasn't happened yet, so at this point I want to try to make things happen regardless of where he's at. But it's good to know that I've got the Wii Fit meanwhile, and anyway I doubt we'll end up going to the gym to work all this out for a few weeks, so it'll be a good opportunity to see how well things work out with the Wii Fit on its own. I'm going to try to do 30-45 minutes of workout every evening after Meghan has gone to bed (so that I don't have to worry about chasing after her between exercises). Or I'll work out on it while Jack's home, since he often comes home early or is home during the day before an afternoon or night shift.

I really need a sports bra, but my size is so goddam difficult to find. I'm gonna try to dig up one of my old ones and see if it fits, but I highly doubt it. Stupid milk-filled hooters. >.<

In other New Year's news, I went and switched my necklace around. It's a gold pendant, and on one side is the Chinese character for longevity, and on the other is the Chinese character for fortune. My grandfather had given it to my mom ages ago, and she gave it to me when I was 18 and half-dead from my first ulcerative colitis flare. I prefer to wear it with the "fortune" side showing because I like that character better, but even though I'm not the superstitious type at all, I've made a point of flipping it over to "longevity" (which is more health related than fortune to me) whenever my colitis rears its ugly head. Then, when I'm healthy and the new year comes, I flip it back to fortune. Well, having gotten sick again in March 2007, I had flipped it to "longevity." I got better in April, but when 2008 arrived, I was 7 months pregnant, and so I wanted to keep the health-related side showing. I know, I know, it's just a pendant, and it's not like it actually influences events, but for some reason I've been really weird about it. Anyway, so I didn't flip it. But now I'm healthy and Meghan is out and healthy, so it's time to go back to fortune.

Ugh, and I totally taste garlic. Jack and I went to a Korean buffet for dinner, and we had tons of pulgogi, kalbi, squid, and other meat you cook on the grill in front of you. The best way to eat it is to wrap it in a piece of lettuce with chili sauce, miso sauce, and raw garlic. It's SO SO SO good, but then the garlic lingers for like 18 hours, and you wish you hadn't eaten it at all -- it's on your breath, it comes out of your pores...and worst of all, well, let's just say a lot of air freshener is required. SO GROSS.

...OK, clearly Jack is continuing his nap rather than coming down to watch Get Smart (the recent remake, with Steve Carell), so I think I'm gonna go up there with a nice glass of water (SO thirsty) and continue reading Goblet of Fire.
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~Lirpa~: Des Hoodiekatje0711 on January 2nd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I can totally relate to your necklace story. I think we all have a few superstitions like that.