Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Woo Hoo!

So on Sunday I was doing some shopping at Walmart for our adoption meeting on Friday (we needed fire extinguishers, etc.). I was heading past the electronics department and I decided I'd just have a look-see about Wii Fit. As I drew close, I noticed a fat lot of white boxes. Drawing even closer, I saw WII FIT as large as life. I hadn't even passed the Keeper of the Keys, so I asked her, "Can I buy that Wii Fit please?" And she obliged.

I felt shiny as a new penny when that thing was paid for and in my cart. I have been looking high and low since they came out, even contemplating paying extra for it on Ebay to get my hands on it. But I kept telling the General, "I suspect that I'm just going to walk in somewhere and get randomly lucky finding it."

And I was right. Who knew?

So I brought it home and figured the whole thing out--more synching with the Wii and putting the little feet on it for use on carpeting, etc. But man, is it ever fun! And just a wee bit insulting too. After it did my BMI and weight, it blew my Mii up like a balloon, and I yelled at it, "Hey! I've lost 30 pounds!" The Wii scoffed at me.

After an hour's worth of play, it basically kicks you off, telling you to rest. And it also told me I'm not strong enough to do yoga yet.

The genius behind it, though, is that the more you play, the more exercises it unlocks. You start out with only 3 or 4 per section (balance, strength, aerobics, yoga) and as you play more and more, it adds a new selection to one section or another. You also get a little piggy bank with the number of minutes played, graphs that show what you've unlocked and that chart your progress weight and activity wise. And it can all be password protected if you don't want others to be able to access your information.

The General was even able to get on it and create an account.

So far, I am loving the balance games--especially the ski jump. I also turn out to be a crack hula hooper. The step routine is a challenge, however! And I apparently, as I mentioned, suck at Yoga, except for the deep breathing.

So, I look forward to having a lot of fun with it and seeing myself improve day to day. I've been adding it to my other exercise, and it sure beats sitting around trying to figure out what to do besides sitting around.

3 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Melissa said...

What I didn't know when I thought "go get a wii fit" sounded like a good idea was that in order to have a wii fit, one must 1st have a wii (I really should have known....), of course it's impossible to see just how much that will set you back - I did see on one website that the cost of Wii and a Wii Fit was over $500. Yikes. I guess I'll have to come play with yours! :)

Kate/Susan said...

Wiis are getting increasingly easier to find, and they cost $250 retail. I have seen them sitting on the shelves in both Culpeper and Fredericksburg.

Wii Fits are a lot harder to find AT THE MOMENT. As hard as Wiis used to be. You can still get lucky like I did. You just need a little bit of patience and a whole lotta luck.

However, when you can find them, they are only $89. It was definitely worth the wait to pay retail as opposed to getting it online.

Ellyn said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday; we all wished you one in Mitford.
Hope to see you soon.