#EASActive workout today: 248.9 calories burned! DAY 2 workout

Aug 15, 2010 by

Okay, I missed two days of the plan, but I got up this morning after a night of about 8.5 hours of sleep and knew what needed to be done:  Get Day 2 of the EA SPORTS Active upper body workout in.

According to the program, I was expected to burn 211.3 calories today.  I went well beyond that with 248.9. (And this was on the “easy” setting!)

I’m now feeling better than I did when I awoke.  There’s till time to shave, shower and get to church on time.

Maybe I should listen to Katrina and the Waves on the way to church ‘cos right now I really do feel like I’m walking on sunshine, baby, and it sure does feel good.

Did you work out yet today?  What’s stopping you if you haven’t?  Come on.  You’ll feel a ton better, and maybe a ton lighter, too!

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A Summer 2010 dreamline goal: Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite

Apr 10, 2010 by

Thanks to reading Tim Ferriss' book, The Four-Hour Workweek, I've set some new personal goals and dreams for my life. One goal for this summer? I am going to do the 18-mile hike to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome by the end of this summer.

Whew.  For an admittedly over-weight 44-year-old man right now, that may seem a little wacky, but when you get down to it, it's just the sort of thing I need to strive for.   YosemiteHalfDome

Too many points in my life of late have been scattered about.  Dreams of the happily ever after I'd longed for have ended like being in a dream and suddenly waking up and not knowing what day it is. 

And in many ways, I feel like there is just about only one direction to go right now and that direction is up.  So what's one of my favorite spots on earth?  Yosemite.  What's the visual highlight of the park?  Half Dome.

I'm not even going to worry at the moment of how I get there or how I move about when I get to the park.  All those things will fall into place over the next few months.  What I need to do now is focus my physical energies on getting my body ready for the hike and then the last bit of the climb to ascend the top of that granite icon. 

A friend suggested that might be a little difficult living on the plains here in North Texas.  Maybe so, but I'm working on that, too.  For one, my EA SPORTS Active is about to get a good dose of daily use. There also is a weight room with lots of strength equipment.  My apartment complex is rolling hills so I'm walking everywhere I go in the complex and doing less driving.  I made my last gallon of sweetened tea the other day. I'm back to drinking water and skim milk only.   No soft drinks.  No alcohol. 

I did something else healthy last night.  I went to bed at 10 p.m.  Yes, even on a Friday night.  And I didn't get up until 7 a.m. and took a nap a little later in the day.  My food consumption today has been reduced and I'm eating foods that are good for me once again.

Yosemite, I'm coming for you again in a few months.  Time to make some money, get myself back in shape and then go conquer this goal. It means that much to me.  And we all know what happens when we set a goal that seems just a little out of reach.  We work like the Dickens to make it become a reality.

So there we go.  You all know what I'm up to.  The encouragement and accountability is asked for.  Prayers are welcomed as well.  I can do this.  Wanna join me in the quest?  It's not a good thing to do alone.  The more of us who do this the better.  Are you up for the challenge? 

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EA SPORTS Active users, Wiimoms: Good things to remember for working out

Jan 25, 2010 by

The EA SPORTS Active programs have some great tips in them and the More Workouts, which was released in October, really stepped up the game by adding in the warm up and cool down routines in the workouts for every day.  

In reading this article, 10 Fitness Habits You Never Knew Were Bad, I think there are many good points for all of us who use the Wii workout programs that we wouldn't otherwise hear because we're not going to a gym and getting a real live trainer.  For instance, point number 1:


Not eating breakfast – consider that by the time you wake, at least six hours has passed since your last meal — and you’re also probably dehydrated. Top that off with a cup of coffee and now you’ve just spiked your energy levels. With no foundation to carry you until lunch, you end up gorging anything when you do have lunch. Your body is starving for nutrition and nutrition gives you the energy you need to workout (effectively).  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, cleverly identifies breakfast as having the capacity to "literally break your fast after sleeping all night." If you’re not a breakfast person, become one. Start small. Prepare oatmeal on the weekends, refrigerate and use in a protein shake during the week. Add some healthy, low-fat yogurt and you now have a nutrient dense morning meal that will carry you until lunch. Muffins, Danish or croissants contain zero nutritional value. Tip: keep a jar of peanut butter at work and eat with an apple or mix some in with yogurt.

I did a 400+ calorie workout today.  I've never been one to really take the whole stretching before and after bit seriously.  But I have been the past week or so and this article really emphasizes why that is so very important.

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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
adults.

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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