My Wii Fit Woes

January 21st, 2010

Hello and welcome to another slimming episode of The Thursday Blog, the only blog in history to appear in the hit TV Show “The Biggest Loser”.

Hey I know what you are thinking and the answer is no – I was not a contestant. How dare you!

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with those amazing people who are contestants but they are the largest people in the country; and sure I have put on some pounds but nothing compared to that.

And I can lose these kilos when ever I want. Maybe I like them. Maybe I think they fill me out a bit more. Maybe I enjoy being more hug-able. Maybe….. maybe….. maybe……..

Maybe I am a bit sensitive about my weight. Oh well at least it is a good segway to this weeks episode:

“My Wii Fit Woes”

The story goes that I was a very skinny teenager. In fact they used to weigh us at school, and from year 7 to year 12 I weighed the same magical 52 kilos or 114 pounds. I never gained weight no matter what I did. My body ran a strict nightclub policy: 1 in my mouth, 1 out the backdoor. I was also one of those annoying people who ate whatever they wanted and nothing much happened; and if it did it was easily dealt with. Yes, it is true that every now and then I would get a bit of flab on my stomach but I would simply do a set of 25 sit-ups once and go for a walk, and the next day it was perfectly smooth.

I didn’t have it perfect though because I had no muscle – I was the skinniest kid you have seen. In fact when I used to work for World Vision most people thought I was up for child sponsorship. I was a bit of a runt but I put no effort into my physical health and I still looked good, so I had it pretty good!

Can you imagine how hard it would be for someone who their entire life had been skinny as I was, to have to come to grips with the fact that I am now 80 kilos (176 pounds). Well I have been taking it pretty well (and taking heaps of it, if ‘it’ is deslious fatty foods) because things happen and things change. It did get me down a bit and I tried real hard to shed the pounds but it wasn’t until I stood on my brand new Wii Fit that I realised there may be a problem.

I was so excited with the new cheerful Wii Fit. I chose my character and registered myself. It gave me a tour and then offered to do my daily test. It tested my point of gravity and weighed me and then proceeded to tell me that I was overweight!!! Overweight! Overweight. I am skinny little Dan and you are telling me that I am overweight? Just so I got the picture of what it was saying it took my normal-sized character and morphed it to triple the size of what I have it set at. Now I am not just overweight in theory but my avatar looks chubby.

My reaction was simple – I jumped off my Wii Fit and yelled at it “Oh yeah!!! Well you don’t have a heart!!! So there.”

It is very tough to have the truth look at you in the face and gently say “remember me?”.

I knew that my body wasn’t in the shape that I wanted it to be, but I tried to push away the fact that I needed to do something about it. I was in denial, I wouldn’t buy new clothes because I was determined that my skinny clothes would fit. I diagnosed that it was a tempory state of being and prescribed myself the usual 25 sit-ups and walk around the block. After walking many a block and many an attempted sit-up (for some reason they were a lot harder than before) I was not back to normal and I feared I never would.

I have tried a lot of things over the years that generally ended up costing me stupid amounts of money in unused gym memberships. The thing is I have never really been healthy when I was underweight or now overweight. However looking back at all my attempts I realised that there was always a desire to change but never a conviction. I believe that that is where I have gone wrong. I have tried losing weight to look good, to feel good, to save money on not buying clothes but these reasons are fickle. I am going to get healthy because I want to be alive, not only for 120 years but to have more life in me to be a better husband, father, friend and servant. I believe this goal will be worth any sacrifice – even chocolate.

Have Fun


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2 Responses to “My Wii Fit Woes”

  1. bulk cheese Says:

    YES YES YES!!!! You go Zeeman!

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