TaeBo is Dangerous

I have to admit that I was never a fan of workout tapes; in fact I was kind of cynical about the idea of following a bunch of people working out in a different physical location than where I am. I have been trying to lose weight since the beginning of the year. I started by doing DDR, even thought I have not been doing it lately, and a couple of months ago I joined a Kung Fu school. I also TiVoed a workout show from FitTV.

I was skeptical of the capability of a TV show to be able to get me to truly work out, but I was either super lucky or this Gilad guy is the best because the workout not only felt good, it really made me sweat in 30 minutes and not by jumping like a bunny from the first second. This made me think that TaeBo would be a good idea. The premise that a workout tape can mix martial arts and dancing intrigued me.

I have been hearing about how cool TaeBo is for quite some time. Mostly from their advertising machine. I felt that since I did practice TaeKwonDo for a couple of years before it would be something that I can jump right into. So I went and rented the new Boot Camp video and man was I disappointed. I tried it for the first time this morning and after 20 minutes I was disgusted. I cannot believe that a professional fitness trainer can truly sleep at night putting a product that I deem dangerous.
I gave it the benefit of the doubt and went to check out the website. I thought, hey maybe they have warning, or an introductory tape. I was surprised to see that the first thing they advertise is their new Boot Camp series and besides the warning to contact your doctor before you start a workout program there is nothing telling you, warning we are about to punish your back in such a was that a disk might just come flying out.

The tape starts at a rate that is unsafe without warming up… but I said ok, I can keep up. I did a couple of the initial exercise when Billy all of a sudden spread his legs and ask the viewer to bend down to touch the ground. I said OUCH and stopped to watch what he would do next. No warm-up, no stretching and this guy break into exercises that can seriously hurt someone, not just their muscles but also joints. I was just amazed that there is not a more of a warning before you start this program.

Stretching and warm-up is very important to every exercise routine. When starting to exercise, please consult a professional or a friend that does it in a regular basis. I see now why people get discouraged about exercising so easily. If TaeBo was my only resource or the first one I chose to look it, I would just give up working out and hit McDonalds on the way to work.

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Biggest Loser

Well, I am starting a little game at work… we are going to see who can lose the must weight in a 2 month period. And I wondered, why not keep track online too… so if you want to play send me your weight and height and I will include you on the game (weigh in will be on Mondays at 2:00 P.M.) Starting today!

Lets shed some pounds!

*** Update

Erin, from GiggleChick already had a weight loss challenge that I was late to sign up for… even though this one is started more because of work than because of the blogsphere she deserves some kudos for the great idea.

*** Update 2

Ok so now I have created a page to keep track of the weight and a flickr group to upload pictures of the scale if you chose to. If you do not want to use your name for the challenge, you are welcome to e-mail me the info (logtar has hotmail) and I will give you a non descriptive nick name instead of the link to your blog that I am planning… it is up to you. This is for fun and whoever wants to participate should… they say the best way to lose weight is by staying motivated.

We will have a grace period for the initial weighing this whole week.  As many people can join… so go ahead and send me your weights!

Also Mark told me about a cool website that is free and keeps track of what you eat… I am checking it out. Here is my “progress“.

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DDR and Losing weight

Yesterday I read an article about a school in West Virginia using DDR to help obesity amongst students. It is still to early for me to know if DDR has made an impact on my weight or not since I have only been doing it for about a month but I sure hope so. I have been doing it almost every weekday; I say I do it about 4 days a week consistently.

DDR for those of you not in the know stand for (Dance Dance Revolution). It is a game made by Konami that is played on mats that have directional arrows for top, bottom, left and right. You can find various versions of the game for the home console and at the arcades. I have to admit that it is a little easier to do it at home than publicly humiliate yourself while trying to learn how to do it. There is a learning curve that while not too steep it is there.
I have started to move up to the light mode (there are 5 modes, beginner, light, standard, heavy and challenge.) on some songs, but the higher modes still seem almost humanly impossible to me.

Reading the article and having a conversation with a coworker we tried to think if kids now a days play as much as we did outside. Right now the excuse is winter time in our area and the temperatures are kind of hard to predict. I did not grow up around cold weather like this, but he said he used to spend tons of time outside even during the winter. I used to spend as much time as I was allowed outside playing soccer and just hanging out with friends. Video game playing was there, but not as much as it is now. It seems like videogames are not just another toy but the main toy for a lot of kids.

DDR is not the solution to the problem, but it is a step in the right direction. I think that physical activity is necessary for our kids, and while going outside and playing should be the goal having the chance to exercise at home is not bad. I will keep doing DDR and let you know how good it works; so far it has been very motivating.

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The Biggest Loser Finale

Besides survivor, which I was not a fan of until a couple of seasons ago, reality TV is not all that popular with us. I don’t dislike it, but at times I find it boring. Not the Biggest Loser. I watched most of season one, but I did end up watching season two religiously and got Cielo into it too.

The show has contestants compete against each other in a weight loss challenge to determine the biggest loser. This season it was men vs. women and even though it did not really crush the idea that men have an easier time losing weight than women, it made for an interesting interaction.

The show gives the contestant a chance to live in a ranch away from the “real” world where they have a gym available to them around the clock. The biggest advantage they have is their personal trainers. Not only do they push them to work out like maniacs, but they also help them out with their nutrition. Two very good personal trainers, Jillian and Bob, help each of their teams achieve their goals. I think that Bob does a better job from what I have seen on the show. He attacks the emotional aspect of the weight and empowers people to feel better about themselves. Now, it is not secret that I battle with my weight all the time because my metabolism seemed to not be Y2k compliant. I have a hard time losing weight even though I love working out. My biggest problem is food intake. I love food.

At the ranch the contestants still face temptations regularly. Sweets seem to be the order of the day when they want to get people to cheat. Surprisingly everyone for the most part keeps focused and sticks to their diet.

The show is more about changing lives than losing weight. I think the trainers do an excellent job of teaching people how to interact with the “real” world and keep to their diets. I know what to do to eat healthy, and I know each day that I eat something bad is a decision I make. While I could sit here and say that I try to eat healthy the reality is that I love fried foods way too much. Carbs forget it, I cannot live without them. I have tried. I also know that I can work out like a maniac and still accomplish nothing without watching my caloric intake.

The finale was not as good as the rest of the series. I think they tried to do a whole “lets copy survivor’s finale” and ended up kind of just making it too long, too anticlimatic. It was amazing to see the last 3 finalst change so much, but everything else just made it too long. I would have rather have it be a one hour finale instead of two.

I am not sure if watching this season will be the thing that motivates me to lose weight. I know after thanksgiving I hit a weight that I have not been for probably 5 years. All I know is that the transformation the people in the show experienced seemed to be life changing for all of them. The after pictures for both Matt and Pete are just simply amazing. They seemed very proud of themselves, and like the show’s theme song says… what have you done today to make you feel proud?

Weight loss

I have battled my weight probably my whole life… actually not that long, when I was a kid until like 4 I was actually a picky eater and pretty skinny but my Mom from then on wanted to make sure I eat good meals and pretty much everything. She used to even give me vitamins and stuff. Well it worked. I have once again reached a weight that I am not comfortable with and my cholesterol is pretty high for my age.

I have in the past worked out quite a bit and watched what I eat but nothing seems to work. It can get quite frustrating when you are not only on a diet, but also are working out 2 – 3 hours a day. I did this for the better part of two years. I was doing lots of cardio workout, plus free-weights and at the end I looked the same, I was probably healthy but I did not feel I was getting the results for the effort. I want to see the six pack that I know I have under the flab.

I just got my cholesterol checked and I have to call the doctor back because he has some “recommendations” for me. Hopefully one of them is not for me to start taking cholesterol medication but it might be. As frustrating as it might be I have to start once again watching what I eat and also exercising again. But I am going to try something different this time. Actually tracking stuff here. Since I have my blog I have not worked out consistently or really watch what I eat. I am not sure how in depth I am going to get with posting about my progress here but I will start by saying that right now I am at 241. My ultimate goal would be 180, but my realistic goal is 200. Either way I have to start putting a lot of effort into it. I am not going to get into a strict diet just yet, but I am trying to lower my intake. I am however going to start really concentrating on the workout part.

I have a busy life, but if I do not watch it I might not have a life to worry about in the future if I do not get myself into gear. So I guess from today on the Logtar weight loss challenge begins.