Hello, I am 49 yo turning 50 in July. I am 5'2" weighing in at 170 lbs. My goal is to lose 50 lbs this year.
Good luck to everyone on your weight loss journey. I too bought Xbox360 Kinect for weight loss. As our children have already grown up and moved away.
Let me give you a little background on myself, so that we can get better aquainted. When I was younger I was very thin weighing only 103 when I got pregnant with my son at the age of 21. I gained 50 pounds with each of my two pregnancies, but soon lost 95% of it after each. I then started to gain a little here and gain a little there. Before I knew it after I hit 30 I had gained about 30 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I went on a strict carb diet and lost half of it getting down to 116 lbs. That caused so many problems with my body. All the things you can eat while doing a restrictive carb diet now make me swell up. All my favorites like cheese and pickles I have to limit. Once I hit 40, I went through a divorce and quit smoking, I gained another 30 pounds fairly quickly.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through a mastectomy then chemo. People think that you lose weight during chemo, but it is not true, due to the meds now, you actually gain weight. I spent the past 2 years going through a second mastectomy and numerous surgeries for reconstruction. I am finally at the end of my reconstruction with only one more procedure to go. Yipppeee I am so excited as it has been a long two years. I have just had my 2 years of being cancer free anniversary. Through all of this I have gained another 10 pounds. I lost 10 pounds last year by walking 10,000 steps a day and dancing on "In the Groove" on the pc, and eating better. Then I had another surgery and couldn't do much and got lazy. I have gained back all that I had lost before the surgery. I vowed to lose weight no matter what as I am now pre-diabetic. I have several health issues now, like high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, and high cholesterol. So all these factors make it very difficult to lose weight. I have a sedentary job, so I don't get much movement at work. Every bit of movement I get is after work. Although if it is really slow, I will walk for 30 mins to get some extra calorie burns.
Ok back to today. We bought the Xbox 360 Kinect for Christmas for myself to exercise, even though we bought the Xbox360 for my husband as he is a serious gamer. He doesn't get into the exercising part of it, but does enjoy the sports, adventures and kinectimals. He has tried DC once and gave up quickly as he felt silly. He has also tried YS with the yoga part of it. He doesn't need to lose any weight himself as he is thin already.
I have started to watch what I am eating which can be difficult as I am really sensitive to sodium and can retain 3-5 pounds of water in any given day and then it can take me almost 5 days just to lose the water weight. I am trying to do the Kinect games "Dance Central and Your Shape", every night but it is usually about 4 nights a week for an hour a night. I just bought Zumba, and have only tried it once. What an intense cardio workout that is. I think I will really like integrating that game into my routines. I am also thinking about getting the EA Active sports, as that is intriguing to me. I will probably buy a HRM for my workouts on Dance Central and Your Shape, as I believe their calorie counters are no where near accurate. I have Cardio Trainer app on my Droid X phone, which monitors my movements. I put my phone in my pocket and then do the Kinect, the calorie burns on that app are considerably higher than the games' monitor. Thank you for reading my blog as I will try to keep it updated as much as possible and do a weigh-in and measurements on Fridays, as the scale can sometimes not accurately tell you if you have lost inches.