A four-week long experiment

The question: “Can Wii Fit make me stronger and more toned?”
The answer: “Give me four weeks to figure that out.”
It’s a lovely time of year for me once again.  I’m back in Toronto for the summer and I am working 40 hours a week as a Parking Attendant in the afternoons.  I am bored during the mornings before I go to work, so I have decided to do something about it.  I am going to do a Wii Fit Challenge.
For the next four weeks, Monday to Friday, I am going to work out only using the Wii Fit.  I used to do push-ups and sit-ups at home, however, I tend to lose motivation after a week of exercise.  The Wii Fit is a video game (which is a plus for a nerd like me) that works the body in many different ways so I can’t get bored easily.  I have read about other people using Wii Fit to lose weight and get in shape.  However, the story is a bit different for me.  Here are my goals:
1. To become stronger and more toned in my whole body.
2. To reach the BMI set by my Wii Fit.
3. To eat healthier (I eat a lot of junk food).
For my routine, I am going to do all of the Yoga and Strength Training exercises with Strength challenges thrown in at the 2nd week.  I am going to work out by using all the combinations used by Wii Fit for a full body workout.  The list is as follows:
Torso Twist (6 reps) + Triangle = Waistline
Jackknife (20 reps) + Bridge + Spinal Twist = Abdominals
Lunge (15 reps per leg) + Warrior = Hips/Thighs
Single-Leg Extension (10 reps per leg) + Standing Knee + Dance = Hips
Sideways Leg-Lift (10 reps per leg) + Sun Salutation = Side Abs/Shoulders
Arm & Leg Lift (20 reps per arm and leg) + Shoulder Stand = Shoulders/Hips
Tricep Extension (20 reps per arm) + Palm Tree = Ankles/Back/Triceps
Single-Leg Twist (20 reps per leg) + Half-Moon = Side Abs
Rowing Squat (30 reps) + Chair = Abs/Thighs/Back
Single-Arm Stand (20 reps per arm) + Tree = Legs/Back/Abs
Push-Ups & Side Plank (10 reps) + Downward-facing Dog = Arms/Chest/Shoulders
Plank (60 sec.) + Cobra = Core
Thanks to TheStarbird’s Wii Fit FAQ on gamefaqs.com
I will go through the list in order but start on the next exercise the following day.  For example, on the first day I will start with the Waistline and work through the training.  The next day I will start on Abdominals and so on.  Every day will begin with a Body Test and I’ll start and end my sessions with Deep Breathing.  In addition to working out, I am also going to track what I eat so I can achieve my 3rd goal.
Before I get to the first journal entry, here is what I look like now:
It’s Mii! (See what I did there?)
Let’s begin, shall we?
Day 1
Height: 6′ 0″
Age: 22
Weight: 134.5
BMI: 18.21 (Underweight)
Wii Fit Age: 35 (for shame!)
Amount of Time Exercised: 1:03
Wii Goal Set: +6.0 lbs (19.02 BMI Normal) in a month, which means 2.8 lbs per 2 weeks.
Best Exercise of the day: Bridge.  It was so comfortable to let my hips and part of my torso do some work after killing my abs with the Jackknife.
Worst Exercise of the day: Lunges, no question.  I had tested another fitness game the day before and there was lunges in that game too.  I guess my body really needs a rest once in a while, otherwise this wouldn’t hurt quite so much.  After the fifth lunge on each leg it didn’t feel so bad anymore, but damn, it’s going to hurt to walk tomorrow.  Also, I couldn’t do 60 seconds of the Plank, I had to scale it down to 30 seconds.  Tomorrow I’ll try again at 60.
What I ate and drank today:
1 glass of water during workout
1 710 ml bottle of water at work
A bowl of beef stew and a glass of water for Lunch
Chicken, Rice, 710 ml of water, 4 pack of cookies for Dinner
Not a bad start to the first day, but if I hurt now, tomorrow is going to be very painful.  Night!

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