This wasn't a New Years resolution specifically. But some close to home things hit and both my wife and I decided to change up our acts a little bit. Now to start out I'm 5'10 and weighed in around 195-200 depending on the scale and time of day. I'm not an inactive lump but being mid 30's and 12 years at a desk job has started to show it's effects. So it just happened to turn out that the week around New Years we decided to start.
First things first. We both have actively cut out pop and other sugar drinks from about 1-2 a day (that includes coffee with sugar) to maybe 3 every 2 weeks. We also eliminated snacks big time. Those were the biggest food changes. The rest has just been more conscious of what we eat and watching the calories to try and keep them to between 1500 and 2000 a day. Fish instead of Pork, Chick/Turkey instead of Beef things like generally. More salad over potatoes and less starches. We aren't following a diet plan just keeping things sensible and in moderation. Also drinking plenty of water and fruits/veg should the serious munchies strike.
Next we have started using EA Sports More Active for the Wii. We've been on it for 4 weeks now following it's 6 week training program. For anyone not familiar this is the one that doesn't require the wii board. Instead it's lots of cardio, stretches and strength work both using power bands as well as your bodies resistance (Push-ups, crunches, lunges etc...). It has 3 intensity settings that increase the reps so a light workout would average around 15-20 minutes, medium workout 20-30 and high 30-40. It's got various workout routines throughout the program so the exercises are changing and targeting different body regions. Through the program you schedule 4 workouts a week but you can do more if you want. On average we both usually end up doing our full 4 workouts (my wife is on medium intensity and I'm on high) plus we usually do 1 or 2 extra workouts.
For us our goals are obviously to lose weight and get better in shape. But to improve our quality of life down the line and keep up with our daughter as she gets older and more active. We opted onto this type of routine because we are both realistic and want lasting effects. The diet is something easy to stick with, which is important because we both have crazy hours and unpredictable schedules. The exercise program also had to be convenient. An hour a day isn't an option neither is going to the gym. We also knew that doing something crazy intense like P90x wasn't going to happen. The Wii More Active fits into the schedule nicely and it also gives instant feedback to keep going. There is no honor system it knows when you are moving and you have to keep up with it. It's a great motivator, especially when you just don't want to. That's something I'd never get out of popping a DVD into a machine and going a long with it.
The other key factor is that it's a slowly life changing routine. It's not something you intently do for 6 weeks hit your goal and then get sloppy. The diet is easy to maintain and the exercises slowly build up your bodies natural metabolic rate so that you don't start to crash back again when you stop exercising. This is something we intend to keep up during the winter especially, but come summer a lot more hiking, walking and biking now that our daughter is 3 and is of the age now where she can do more of that stuff on her own and not be tethered to a stroller.
So far I've lost about 13lbs in 4 weeks. My wife has lost a little more then that. I haven't measured my lost inches but my wife is down about 14 overall (arms, chest, waist, legs). I can certainly see the difference in my stomach, back, chest and shoulders. I'm definitely getting definition back again (In my tweens I was big into skate boarding and biking and was big time cut). In addition to the weight loss and definition our energy levels are up as is our endurance. Chasing my Daughter through indoor tube mazes for an hour is no longer back breaking, chest heaving work.