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{This is a duplication of a post from my other blog, but it probably has more value being displayed here 🙂 }

Unless you’re a fitness freak or someone with an obsessive-compulsive disorder to exercise – even so… I’m sure secretly, even to those crazy people going religiously for their morning jogs in sub-zero temperatures or torrential rains…IT’S A PAIN IN THE ARSE.

On my umpteenth attempt at getting into shape, i.e. losing weight and firming up – but this time I was going to succeed and officially make it the ‘change in lifestyle’ all the gurus continuously yap on about – Why? because I’m getting married in 12 days (But this whole ‘lifestyle change’ occurred in January already – so it’s been a progression). Ok, so with an “eating plan” I could actually stick to – we were however heading for winter, now who wants to go anywhere except bed, in winter? So I tackled the challenge of, how do I get to stay at home, but do something more stimulating than a tae-bo DVD and more importantly, how do I stick to it once I’ve started?

Here’s how…

(Left) An in-game screenshot of ‘Your Shape-Fitness Evolved’, having your own personal trainer has never been easier. (Centre) The ‘game’ that has made exercise something I look so forward to. (Right) All you need (plus the game obviously) to get you started, the X-box 360, controller and Kinect eye can be purchased as a complete package.

Ironically it’s Your Shape:Fitness Evolved. And that’s just it…it is the evolution and future of you. I’ve almost got arms like Madonna, have lost 22 pounds and have enjoyed every second of it. It’s like having your own personal trainer, in the privacy of your own home, with a once off payment for a lifetime membership of enjoyment! But wait, there’s more… because of the technology utilised via the corroboration between the X-box 360 and the Kinect Eye, the ‘game’ is able tell via your motion and it’s ‘motion sensing technology’, just whether you’re doing the exercises correctly or not – so this way you’re getting accurate training for maximum results! Score. And don’t for an instant believe that the exercises are ‘willy nilly‘ in any way… on the contrary, some of them will leave your lungs on the brink of collapse and have you walking around as if you’re entirely wrapped in plaster of paris for days.

There are exercises to suit all tastes, fitness levels as well as overall goals – whether they be weight loss, toning, increasing your fitness levels or mere meditation with varying ‘Tai Chi’ routines. Not to mention their affiliation with personal trainers such as Gunnar Petersen, Nivia and both Fitness For Men and Fitness for Women.

If you’re trying to pull the ‘But I Have Nobody To Look After The Children Excuse‘… well look no further. On the nights when my partner is home, he gladly looks after the little one – due to the fact that I’ve bargained that he is entitled to as much X-box time as I am, so the munchkin is fed and bathed by the time I’m done exercising. When I’m done – I have quality time with the munchkin, while feeling invigorated. Hubby gladly plays games, whereafter I have quiet time to bath, go to bed and snuggle with Dean Koontz without interruption. Sound good, it’s because it is 🙂 In my next blog I’ll include the eating plan, because that’s a whole other explanation.

Even as a single parent there is no excuse. On nights when my partner is working at night, I get the little munchkin his supper and some juice – while he sits in the lounge watching me jump around like a monkey! So I’m busy and he’s entertained!

Also, there are an array of other ‘games’ for children and husbands/partners which also utilise the ‘Kinect’ technology, which SHOULD also get THEM up and moving in more ways than one!

But trust me when I say…this will revolutionise you, your way of thinking, your life and most of all your body 🙂

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Happy shopping ladies *and men* < besides, it’s a great gift idea for any woman from any man, keeping in mind – it’s true what they say, “The best present you can buy someone, is one you want for yourself” 😉

This has been an extremely trying week so far. But I guess that happens… Learnt that retrenchment might be in the cards and have also been given the date for when my child has to go into surgery for his op. This has all flared my stomach ulcer up and my ‘monthlys’ “conveniently” started as well 😦 – and this has all left me less inclined to exercise which is usually the ‘thing’ I enjoy the most.

I kept my wits about me on day 3, yesterday however… I think it’s because I slipped a little off the rails and was quite tearful and entered into the whole ‘I don’t care’ zone and had a slab of milky bar with my cup of coffee last night, and I didn’t feel a stitch of guilt – because it’s my little piece of heaven, and I did feel contented after the fact. My philosophy has always been, that you should ‘kill the craving before it kills you’ and the other one, ‘you can get too much of a good thing’. At least I slept really well last night!

Now, weekends… I always find them to be a bit of a bugger. We have this glorious Ice-Cream parlour in town which makes the best [BEST] biscuit flavoured ice-cream in the history of mankind… but it’s not a statutory weekend requirement. I’ll try my best today, but I have a cake to decorate for my nieces birthday party tomorrow – and fortunately because I spend so much time around darn cake, it has no appeal to me whatsoever. A few of the girls in HR have been following this eating plan and aside from the primary aim of losing weight, by the 2nd/3rd day you don’t feel hungry during the day and your energy levels are up, so they’re all glowing 🙂

As a rule, the weekends I pretty much do my own thing – I’m happy to lose weight during the week, except if there’s some major event coming up… I might then be motivated into being more mindful over weekends… but I make a point of never seeing any eating plan as a ‘diet’, because I think subliminally the word ‘diet’ has so many negative connotations attached to it, things like sufferance, punishment and the biggest one ‘deprivation’. Following an eating plan, but moreso a ‘healthy’ one is much like the ‘gurus’ always say, should be a change in lifestyle, not just something to do. I have no doubt that the rest of today will go really well – oh and ps. even with all the nonsense and bumps I’ve had throughout this week… I’ve still managed to lose a kg [2.2lbs]. And I know for a fact that the results are usually far greater if there’s a bit of exercise involved! So next week I’ll tackle that ‘box’.

DAY 1 & 2

ESCALATING DIET

Although day 1 had actually happened yesterday, I’ll say – fortunately I had been too busy at work. Being busy is always a good thing, as it gives you less time to worry about eating.

They say that idle hands do Devils work, they also encourage ‘snacking’.

So Day1… went exceptionally well. For the first ‘monday’ in a long time, I was able to stick to the ‘plan’ without faltering (too much that is). I will admit that they day of apples and soup was well under control, but for a lunch time appointment with a friend to discuss doing some charity work – during which I had a cup of coffee (only). Usually at the end of (actually by around 10 am)…I’ve caved in – yesterday however I safely reached 5pm, and while preparing supper for the child, I happened to stumble across fresh ‘white’ bread rolls with nice crispy sesame seeds on top, and the sheer bliss of the aroma literally caused me to drool a little bit – while I buttered a roll for the child to have with his soup, (…and although I never eat ‘white’ bread, let alone bread at all) – for some reason the temptation was extremely overpowering. So I decided to have one.

See, I think it’s all about give and take… and moderation. I just made a conscious decision, that if I had the bread roll, I would not have any other junk. So aside from the one bread roll… yesterday was a booming success.

This morning has started out really well – but after some news relating to my job, which our department received yesterday ( So I attribute my cave in to the starchy bread roll – to stress) …my spirits are much higher today and so far I’ve done a sterling job of ‘egg & tomato’ for breakfast, with the ‘fruit’ set aside for my 10am snack. I sometimes wish I was one of those people who completely lost their appetite at the first sign of ‘stress’. I think from all the ‘indoctrination’ I’ve received from my mother regarding ‘comfort eating’, subliminally I’ve almost convinced myself that I do the same… it’s all a state of mind, people.

At the moment, with my wedding under my belt – my next motivational factor is ‘December’, being in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s summer time – and it get’s pretty warm down here, which means it’s sun, sea, pool and Christmas time – not a very healthy combination – but I’m determined to lose at least 10kgs [+- 22lbs] between now and the 23rd of December (because that’s when my holiday starts – WOW, that’s in a month) – and don’t ask me why I woke up so late and have now set an ‘unrealistic’ goal…. on the bright side of it all, I beat my ‘monday’. So Tuesday…. lets take you by the horns.