Miss Lori says her Mii avatar won’t weigh her down.
I was very lucky recently to be invited to host a party for the Wii Fit Plus. 16 of my girlfriends and I gathered and learned about the game. Then we got to practice our moves amidst laughter and cackles. It was fun! I was able to bring the game and balance board home to share with my children. They couldn’t wait to get the box open, so I let them get on and dive into the program first. They each created a fitness profile, which involved weighing them, and establishing their BMI, (Body Mass Index). It took a really long time to get all of the info in place, so I decided to wait to do my own. (That way the kids could play games a little longer before bed.) The hour went by very quickly, and soon it was time for them to go to bed. With promises that they could play again in the morning I was finally able to get them down. Kids all tucked in, it was time for me to go to the living room and get on the balance board myself. I stepped on the board and began to set up my fitness profile. The unit magically weighs you, then asks you how much your clothes weigh, before showing you where you land on the fitness barometer. My little Mii avatar waited patiently on the left of the screen for the decree to be issued. Then something happened that I simply couldn’t believe. The BMI numbers started to roll and the thermometer rose, it landed me in the obese category. To add insult to injury, my sweet little Mii avatar simultaneously blew up, (like the blueberry girl in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). When all the action was over my inflated Mii avatar was doubled over looking severely dejected, and I was crying. It was seriously awful. I was taken by surprise by the action on the screen, and by my reaction as well. It was bad enough that I had to see that label, OBESE, blaring at me, but it was even worse to have my inflated avatar look so sad and beaten. You know, I am extremely aware that I am battling a weight problem. It is something that I face every day. However, I work very hard at maintaining my activity and my positive outlook. Just because I am carrying extra weight doesn’t mean that I am depressed, dejected and devoid of energy. I really resented being projected as such in a little avatar. Nevertheless, I dried my tears and carried on with my workout because I really enjoy the game. I was determined to prove that little Mii avatar wrong. Showing her, and the game, that I may have pounds weighing down my thighs, but they will never weigh down my smile.
Miss Lori can be found Musing from her Minivan at MissLori.TV , Wearetherealdeal.com and ChicagoMomsBlog. You can also see her Activating to Be Great at Miss Lori’s CAMPUS on Youtube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.