New #EASActive tips from Beverly Hills, Do you schedule your workouts on your PDA?

Jan 8, 2010 by

I just had a one-on-one trainer session to talk about my last six week goals for using EA SPORTS Active's More Workouts, and it's now time to restart the program when I get back home on Monday.  In my opinion, as far as the past six weeks have gone, I FAILED. 

But here's what I learned:  It's time to SCHEDULE some workouts and add them to my iCal with alarms for my MacBook Pro and on the iPhone. Why is this important?  Very simple: They become part of the daily routine and are a scheduled appointment with myself.     Images

But how often?  Surely not every day.  And you're right.  That's the answer. Not every day.  With EA SPORTS Active the recommendation is to do two days of exercise and take one to rest your body.  Two on, one off.

That gets you to three or four days of working out a week.  And the trainer said to not let it drop below three.  Then you'll start to see progress with the exercise.

And then he gave me a poker analogy.  Exercise is like "Being In" in a game of poker.  You're either in or your out.  I'm in.  And I'm staying in. 

I told him about how I've been using Nintendo's PT Walking to set a step goal for every day.  The default is for 3,000 steps per day and I wear it every day.  Throughout the day, as part of a guy thing, I'm checking it to see if I'm still "blinking red," or if I'm "Blinking green."  It has a little LED light that blinks when it's moving.  If you've hit the day's goal it's red.  Got it? 

Well, it's time to increase the daily goal for PT Walking.  Another important, pardon the pun, but wait for it …. step. 

And since I do have an iPhone, it's time to go to iTunes and the App Store and see what other tools are available to help keep me energized.

But do you know the most important tool I can use to help keep me in the exercise game? 

Simple.  The answer is you.  It's essential that we all continue to work together to offer encouragement and accountability.  Simple DMs or Twitter messages that say, "DaddyClaxton, did you workout yet today?" are so helpful.  And I promise, I will ask you the same back.  In fact, I'm creating a new list for and my Twitter account: #Fitness.  I'm encouraging you to remind me to put you on this list and we can build a new community around it.  A very important tool to helping all of us. 

Okay, it's about time for lunch here in Beverly Hills at the SLS Hotel

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Weight Loss Reality: Mirror Confessions from a Fat Man #EASActive

Jan 8, 2010 by

Hi guys, I shot a new video clip this morning from the SLS Hotel here in Beverly Hills.  With all the mirrors in this place, it’s very easy to see yourself in something closer to 3D. 

I’ve been on the EA SPORTS Active program since April.  But I’ve had breaks in between.  And before I got diverticulitis, I was doing very well.  Then I got off track by doctor’s orders.  Well, I’m back at it.

And here are my Mirror Confessions. I’m still fat, much bigger than I want to be after eight months.  So, please, let’s all band together and help get the New Year going with some new workouts.

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Question of the day: What if Moses had had the #AppleTablet?

Jan 8, 2010 by

Can you imagine?  What would the Ten Commandments have looked like if Moses had been able to come down from the mount with the new rumored Apple Tablet? 

Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not have a PC. 

What else?


Let my people read RT @daddyclaxton: QUESTION! What would have happened if Moses had had the #AppleTablet when he came down from the mount?

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EA SPORTS Active Beverly Hills Retreat Video Part I #easactive

Jan 7, 2010 by

BEVERLY HILLS–We're finally in California for our EA SPORTS Active More Workouts weekend retreat.  This is going to be fun.  I'm going to get to meet the new challengers and some old friends. 

Check out the new video. 

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CBS 11 in Dallas’ feature on @DaddyClaxton using #EASAactive

Jan 2, 2010 by

North Texas Man Loses Weight With The Wii

MESQUITE (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―

As the new year begins, many people have resolved to lose a few pounds.
There are several creative and motivational ways to make your exercise
routine different and challenging, but one local man has found weight
loss success playing video games typically enjoyed by kids and young

Donny Claxton is a North Texas public relations executive, and a father
to seven kids. Last spring, Claxton weighed 370 pounds. But he has shed
30 pounds with "EA Sports Active" and the new "EA Sports Active: More
Workouts" games for the Nintendo Wii.

"For guys who are unfortunate, like me, who have gotten a little bigger
than we want to be, this is a real good solution," Claxton said. "From
the second you turn it on and get going on it, you get going."

The motion-controlled remote and a balance board accessory have helped
the Nintendo Wii evolve into much more than a device for playing games.
Software is being developed that focuses on getting players to stand
up, move around and work off the extra pounds.

One of the newest exercise programs is "EA Sports Active: More
Workouts," an expansion to the original "EA Sports Active" game
released earlier in the year. The game uses a specially-designed leg
strap and tension band in conjunction with the Wii's remote and balance
board. And the activities are designed to provide a fun workout. "It
works every part of your body," said Claxton.

There are more than 35 exercises including an obstacle course, boxing,
lunges and running. "It varies up which exercises you are going to do
in each workout," Claxton explained, "so that you don't get into a
routine. You don't get bored with it. And that you are always doing
something fun and different."

And, as you continue to workout, the game changes with you. It adapts
to your fitness level, tracks your progress and weight and shows how
many calories you have burned. It even reminds you when you've missed a
day or two. It's like having a personal trainer in a box.

"As you get better and better, and deeper and deeper into a workout,"
explained Claxton, "it increases the intensity automatically to help
push you a little bit harder and a little bit further."

So now, Claxton is not stopping at 30 pounds lost. He is hopeful that
the program will help him reach his ultimate goal. "By summer of next
year, to have lost 130 pounds from when I started," he said. "I really
want to be down in the 240-250 range."

All this exercise, all this weight loss, without ever leaving his home.

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DADDY’S CONCERNS: Update on Dakota Dykes, Officer Davis, Oh hear my Drum!

Dec 8, 2009 by

Hi everyone, if you recall, a few weeks ago we encouraged blood drive support for little Dakota Dykes who is a new born here in the Dallas area. Dakota Dykes

It's my understanding the little guy has had a rough time of it and the prognosis isn't really good. 

Please consider this young man and his parents in your prayers this holiday season.  If I find a place where we can send assistance to the family, I'll pass it on.  (I don't know them and never have even met them) I'm just touched by the specialness of this little angel and wanted you to know about him, too.

Dakota's situation isn't unique, I know.  There are thousands of children around the globe who are going through illnesses that are going to rob them of a life of activities.  I'd wager that most of those children never make it to the medical care providers that Dakota has received.

Yesterday, I heard the story of Nick Vujilcic.  He has no arms and no legs, and told a congregation here in Dallas this past weekend that just one day in his life he'd love to be able to fall down skiing and have the opportunity to break a leg.

But he also said that he keeps a special pair of shoes in his closet at home just in case the day comes about when God will attach feet to him. 

Like I wrote yesterday over the murder of Officer Davis in Pelham, AL last week, I keep being exposed to instances in life where I once thought I had/have it pretty bad, but they don't even compare to what others are dealing with. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dykes, Mrs. Davis, and a host of other nameless people, my heart goes out to you this holiday season.  I wish there was more I could do to help you.  Because of the economy, life's turns and my own personal trials, I have no gift that I can bring you to replace what you are losing or have lost.  All I can do is bang the drum of information so that others might hear and others might find you in this time of need. 

My friends on the Internet, please, hear my drum.

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