Wii Fat

My Wii Fit says I’m fat, and my kids now tell me that too. The Wii Fit (available at amazon, just don’t pay more than the MSRP of $89.99!) is a fun way to get them moving, and a fun way to track my own exercise and weight fluctuations. And I’m glad my kids are becoming more fit-conscious. However, the Wii Fit is very frank, which may have caused my kids to become too comfortable assessing other people’s weight as well…

For example:
Me: “‘I wonder why I’m so tired today…”
Ethan: “Is it because you’re overweight?”
Mary: “When we grow up, we’ll be obese!”

Yikes. So we’ve had a few discussions now on tact, as well as an abnormal number number of discussions on health and fitness. I’m hoping to teach them to just enjoy healthier foods and an active lifestyle, and stop worrying about the rest. I don’t want them to turn out like me, obsessed with weight and frustrated when its all wrong.

Granted, I don’t think I’m quite as chunky as my mii Character looks at my daily weigh in — or at least my weight is distributed more evenly — but I do realize I’ve got plenty to lose. And let me tell you, I’ve tried hard.

Wii Fit says I'm Fat!
Wii Fit says I'm Fat!

I spent the summer working and dieting, to no avail. Eat less, move more? Try running 30 flights of stairs per day after whittling down to a 900 calorie diet, only to find at the big weigh in a month later that I’d lost .25 lbs. Yeah, there’s a decimal in front of the 2. Or, when everyone said ‘But 900 calories will put your body in starvation mode!’ I built myself back up to 1500 calories and an hour to an hour and a half of different exercises nearly every day. But I haven’t lost a thing, and I’ve got piles of “Before” pictures to prove it. I’m still working toward a successful “After.”

After having my thyroid checked and finding all was normal there, we think we finally found the culprit. Mirena became a part of my life about 5 years ago, and come to think of it, 30 extra pounds joined the scene shortly after. Well 5 years just happens to be the right time to get rid of the Mirena, so I did. And now I’m crossing my fingers, hoping that the weight will check out soon too. But not without one more random comment from the kids:

Me, looking at a 5 year old family picture: “Wow, I looked great back then. Gee… (feeling mad at Mirena) I WONDER what happened?”
Mary: “You gained weight.”

At least I’m at the point where I can laugh about it 🙂