Thursday, January 14, 2010

Shamed by technology

I have a Wii Fit. I love it because it is shaming me into losing weight. I love it because I step on the balance board and the little bar goes up, up, up the BMI scale until it settles on telling me that I am overweight. At the same time it makes the lovely little Mii icon that I crafted to look like me, get wider proportionately.

There is a lot of controversy about the validity of the BMI scale, but still, it's a pretty handy guide. I'm not incredibly muscular or have tiny bones or anything that would skew the results beyond recognition - the Wii is right - I am slightly overweight. AND it doesn't give me a lecture about how I should stop worrying about my weight and how I'm fine just as I am and how the average woman is 5'3" and 153 pounds (or something like that) because I don't give a crap about any of that. I want to lose 10 pounds and this is just the incentive I need.

I love the fact that it tells me I'm unbalanced - because I am. Mentally, yes, but the Wii is judging my balance physically. I am determined to improve. I am determined to stop that fucking irritating Wii Fit tips screen from telling me such obvious things like I need to eat less. It's so beautiful that I am inspired to workout by some electronic toy. The result is that I am faithfully doing my Wii balance and mild cardio stuff. I know that this does not count as a major workout but I also know that I will not haul my ass to a gym so at least I am moving around a bit.

I love my Wii.


Lesley said...

Oh this made me laugh! I have some similar feelings about my Wii Fit, especially the little voice that tells me I'm obese. Thanks! I knew that already!

One night last week the trainer girl said something like "Oh, it's late, I'm tired!" I was a little offended. I was there to work out, not hear about her life! Can't we focus on me?

CoffeeDog said...

We played Wii over xmas, and my sisters house, I loved the tennis and bowling!

katrocket said...

My friends have Wii's and I can see why it's so motivating and fun. I just started working out to those "Slim in 6" DVDs. Lots of kicking and punching, which I enjoy a great deal, and the instructor is a bit annoying so it makes me wanna kick and punch even harder.

Dantallion said...

"I love my Wii"

It's a sentence that makes me want to giggle.

Perplexio said...

The wife & I sold ours. But I miss having it ask me if I've been walking into walls lately.

If you don't already have it, I also recommend Wii Active. It takes Wii Fit to a whole new level!

eroswings said...

Wow. I had no clue the Wii Fit did that! How insulting and inspiring of the Wii! But if it motivates you, then you should go for it.

I don't join gyms either. I've been to a few every now and then. But I'd rather work out at home or outdoors.

Susan as herself said...

I have to say I like the regular Wii sports/games thingee better---I like to forget I am working out. I am the type of person that hates to exercise if it feels like calesthenics/exercise... so I need to trick myself into thinking I already look damn good (HAH!) and just have fun. Sigh. I wish I could be motivated by a fat Susan avatar...

Snooze said...

Lesley: Our reactions are identical over trainer girl's comments. :)

CD: I haven't tried the bowling yet.The boxing was tiring me out so much that I went all Rambo and ko'ed my friend so that the match ended quickly

Kat: Ooooh! I'll have to check out those Slim in 6 DVDs. I haven't heard of them. turns out my bf hogs the Wii. Sigh.

Dan: I still laugh over the youtube video of the head slap

Perplexio: Okay, definitely I'll have to look into Wii Active

Eros: Being outdoors is just the best. But the Wii is a close second for me.

Susan: I'm the opposite - having to play tennis to me feels like a workout, and reminds me of the humiliation of how much I suck at tennis in real life, but with Wii fit - well, how can I not love appearing in a penguin costume and trying to balance on an iceberg while catching fish?

tornwordo said...

Sounds fun. I should probly look into it.