Can You Lose Weight With The Wii Fit?

by Lynn on January 4, 2009

Wii Fit I got a new Wii Fit right before Christmas. We’ve had a blast with it as a family. We all plugged in our info and created a Mii. We played right up until midnight on New Years Eve.

Do I think the Wii Fit can be part of an overall plan to lose weight and get healthy? You bet I do.

The Wii Fit has several great features to help map out your weight loss goals, and it can make moving and exercising fun.

We started by mapping out our fitness goals individually. I, of course, would like to lose a few pounds. So I set lose 10 pounds in 2 months as my goal.

The Wii Fit also tells you where you’re at on the BMI chart. You plug in your height and age, then step up on the balance board and it captures your weight. 

If there are several family members using the Wii Fit you can password protect your information to keep it private if you don’t want everyone to see your weight information.

The Wii Fit games are varied, and fun. You can choose from balance games, aerobics, or have a personal trainer help you with yoga, or strength training.

My personal favorites are the step aerobics, the ski jump, and yoga poses.

Back to my original question, can you lose weight with the Wii Fit. My answer is yes, I think the Wii fit can definitely be a part of your overall weight loss tool arsenal.

Use it to chart your progress, and play a couple of the fun games every day you can to help kick up your movement and burn some calories. If I can make exercise fun, I’m more likely to do it.

Do I think the Wii Fit should be your only weight loss tool? Probably not. But you can add it as part of a healthy lifestyle, like healthy eating, and a regular exercise plan.

Do you have a Wii Fit? How effective do you think they are for weight loss?

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Fun Weekend Food Links For The New Year

by Lynn on January 2, 2009

2009 At the end of the week I like to kick back and post a roundup of food links for you to browse through on the weekends.

This weekend if you’re like me you’re trying to dig yourself out from under all the food from the holidays and start eating healthy for the new year.

Here are a few fun weekend food links to help you achieve that goal.

Busy Family Meals~ If you’re going to eat meatloaf, make it count!

Cooking Gadgets~ Cyndi is wondering if there are any food trends that you’d like to see disappear in this coming year… Hmmmm…

Homemade Ranch Dip and Salad Dressing Mix~ A dry mix you can make ahead and add to light sour cream to make your own (lighter version) homemade ranch dip. For parties or anytime.

Make Your Favorite Recipes Healthier ~ What can you do with old family favorite recipes, those personal treats you grew up with but now avoid because they contain too much fat, cholesterol, whatever? Jean tells you how to create your own recipe swaps!

Have a wonderful first weekend of the new year. It’s back to a normal schedule on Monday here.

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Homemade Ranch Dip and Salad Dressing Mix

by Lynn on January 1, 2009

ranch dip I love Ranch salad dressing, and "Hidden Valley Ranch" mix for dips. My sister gave me a recipe to make my own.

I love to mix up my own, because I can use the low fat (or even fat free) sour cream, and low fat salad dressing., and I think the flavor’s better.

I make the mix ahead of time, and always have some on hand. Then when I need some Ranch dip for my baked chips, pretzels, carrot sticks, or celery, I just add the mix to some sour cream and I’m ready to snack.

Here’s the basic Ranch dry mix recipe:

  • 5 Tablespoons of dried minced onion
  • 7 teaspoons of dried parsley flakes
  • 4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Combine all the dry ingredients above, and store the mixture in an airtight container.

To mix up some Ranch salad dressing combine 2 tablespoons of the dry mix with 1 cup of Mayonnaise/Salad dressing, and one cup of sour cream

To mix up some Ranch dip combine 2 tablespoons for the dry mix with 2 cups of sour cream.

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New Years Happy New Years Day! If you have a New Years resolution to lose weight, and get healthy you’re not alone. Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions people make every year on New Years day.

How can you make your resolution a reality? Take it one small baby step at a time. Set small goals and work your way toward them.

Don’t set crazy goals to lose large amounts of weight, or totally overhaul your lifestyle. You’ll rebel! Set small goals, and set up small healthy changes in your life to work toward those goals. You’ll have a far greater chance of succeeding.

My resolution is to move more. I goal is to move 20-30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. I’m already very close to that goal, so it’s not a major change.

My diet resolution is to eat more natural and filling foods, versus processed foods in 2009 to help me achieve my weight loss goals.

If you set a weight loss or healthy lifestyle New Years resolution, please share.

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Hello Welcome To My World!

by Lynn on December 10, 2008

I’m on a twelve month quest to build healthy habits in my own life, and I want to share the journey with you.

I wanted to start the journey before the holidays, so I can prove to myself I can maintain control through all the holiday parties, Christmas gatherings, New Years brunches and candy that comes around this time of year.

If you’re on a healthy weight loss journey of your own, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m planning on sharing my exercise, diet, recipes, and weight loss info with you every step of the way.

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