It’s been 7 weeks since I walked into the hospital at 7 centimeters and squeezed my little chubster out 2 hours later. She is getting bigger every day, and I, thankfully, seem to be getting smaller.
At my 6 week appointment last week I learned I am 15 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, having lost 28 lbs since Leyna was born. I’m wearing my first pair of non-elastic waist pants today, and while I’m happy with my progress so far (go calorie burning boobies!), I’m eager to tone up, slim down, and fit back into some more of my old clothes.
Now, before some of you start telling me to “take it easy,” believe me when I say I’m not about to embark on some sort of crash diet. I get that I may not lose all of those last 15 lbs for a long time, especially while I’m still breastfeeding. It’s not so much about the weight for me as it is about just getting active again and firming up a bit. Before I got pregnant with Leyna, I was fresh out of training for and running a marathon and in the best shape of my adult life. I don’t want to get too far from where I was. I don’t want to get too comfortable, too complacent.
But how will I fit in working out with 2 kids now? Especially after we had to cancel our membership to 24 Hour Fitness because I’d rather leave my children in the care of monkeys who very well may throw feces at them than the people they choose to staff their childcare center with. I can’t run with Leyna just yet, she’s too small for the jogging stroller and it’s still a little too chilly for long runs.
Enter the Wii.
As a pre-teen, I played Nintendo for hours on end. I’m fairly certain I spent an entire summer cooped up in my best friend’s room, tirelessly plugging away at Super Mario Brothers 1,2 and 3 until we beat each one. I was, to be completely honest with you all, a TOTAL NINTENDO BADASS. You know… until that became WAY uncool,and, like, I wanted to impress boys and stuff… so then I started playing with makeup.
Then last year the lovely Justine from Brand About Town reached out to me to see if I might be interested in becoming a Nintendo Ambassador. I think my inner 11 year old peed herself a little while the outter 29 year old tried her very best to remain composed and calm at our casual meeting.
A couple months later, Nintendo sent me a Wii and a Wii Fit Plus system and the love affair began all over again. I’ve been itching to dig in and get a good workout on, and now that I’m finally cleared for such things, I can’t wait to begin!
As a Nintendo Ambassador, I get to try out cool new games, like the newly released Mario Sports Mix. I also get to rope my husband into fun challenges and convince him he must dress up in dorky gear and team up with me to play another team for the chance to win personalized Nintendo jerseys (awesomest prize ever). We took the whole thing very seriously… and it paid off!
While I had a blast playing Mario Sports Mix and challenging Vanessa from Chefdruck Musings in Chicago via Wii’s WiFi Connect this weekend, I’m ready to get serious about using the Wii to get back into shape. I happened to stumble across a crazy good deal on the EA Sports Active 2 for Wii (only $19 at Toys R Us!) and picked it up yesterday.
I hope to set it up later tonight and get in my first good workout in nearly a year. I know there are a ton of other fun, active games for the Wii, though, so please tell me if you have one that rocks your socks off and makes you sweat! So far, Zumba and Just Dance are also on my workout wish list. Any others?
Have you had any success with working out on the Wii? Want to join me over the next couple months? I read there’s a way to set up a fitness group of friends with the EA Active. Would any of you be interested in joining in? I’d have to do a little more research to see how that works, but I’m sure I can get my friends at Nintendo to help me figure it out.
Kendall is 2 2/3 and Leyna is 7 weeks old today! And momma is ready to get her skinny jeans back on
**Disclosure- Nintendo sent the Wii, Wii Fit Plus and games to me at no charge. They also sent those rock star headbands, armbands and SEX-AY socks because they are awesome like that.