EA SPORTS ACTIVE: I’m still a FAT ASS, but it’s not your fault; It’s MINE

Aug 11, 2010 by

I have one of the best weight loss products I’ve ever used: It’s called EA SPORTS Active.  More than a year ago, I set out to lose 150 pounds.


Sure, I can give you a list of reasons why that is the case: Child custody battle, change of job, separation from my wife, starting a new business, working around the clock here on the computer.   Those are some very hefty problems.

But the problem isn’t those things, the problem is ME.

On countless mornings, (well, I suppose I could add them up,) I thought about working out.  But then the phone started ringing, or I just didn’t feel like getting sweaty. Or, or, or.


So, today is a new day and I’ve tried to start all over again.  I went to church Sunday for the first time in many weeks.  I’ve got things turning around in my life.  I’ve set up boundaries to protect me from mean or unnecessary intrusions.

I started out on a low intensity workout today.  I also skipped in-line skating.  (I’ve never really been able to do that without the trainer getting frustrated with me.)


I really don’t.  Who do you know who does?

But I am, and I have to stop looking in the mirror and saying, “Everything looks proportional.”  It’s not, Donny.  You’re FAT.

Last night I had grilled chicken, steamed brown rice and green beans for dinner.  I ate more than two hours before bed.  I don’t feel weighed down and lethargic today.  I went to bed at 10 p.m and was up at 7 a.m.


I’ve asked for this before.  But I need it more than ever.  I weigh more now than I did last year when I first began EA SPORTS Active.  And you need to know, it’s not their fault.  When I was actively using the product, I dropped 45 lbs.  Diverticulitus and all the other stuff that’s happened over the past year just caused me to eat, eat and eat.  Even when I wasn’t hungry.

I’ve got to get my weight down.  It’s killing me.  LITERALLY.

Please, let’s re-establish a support network for each other.  Let’s tell each other what he had to eat today.  Post your menu or calorie consumption in the comments and we’ll all know whose being good and who needs some talking to.  That’s accountability.  That’s what I need most from you, and what I offer you, as well.

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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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Nancy O’Dell on DaddyClaxton.com; This you’ve gotta see

Jan 9, 2010 by

At the end of the evening last night at the party Nancy O'Dell held with EA SPORTS Active for a March of Dimes fund-raiser, I asked Nancy if she'd repeat the line from the Wabash Cannonball, "Here's to Daddy Claxton!"  Well, I got more than I expected.   Keith-zubchevich-piaget-and-vanity-fair-celebrate-teri-hatchers-new-book-burnt-toast-PHl0Wu

Like I said in the post last night, I really enjoyed getting to know her and her family.  Her hubs, Keith Zubchevich, and I got to talk a good while about the importance of being an active dad and including kids in his daily experiences. 

One fun observation that I'd never thought about, Keith said, "Ever notice that the McDonald's arches are strategically positioned so that kids can spot them?  I mean, if you look out the window, and adult is  Images-1
looking flat and can't typically see the signs.  But little kids sitting in the back are looking up through the window and they spot every one of them.  Do you think that's by accident? Not a chance." 

He had been talking about their return trip from Vegas with the kids and how their daughter Ashby had wanted McDonald's when they landed because she was hungry.  What a great Cool Dads observation.

And now, the video of all videos about @DaddyClaxton

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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 www.daddyclaxton.com 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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