Sickies, Weight, Age, and Other Depressing Subjects

I’m almost afraid of jinxing myself by typing this, but since I’m not the superstitious type I’m going to type it anyway. Everyone in my family has been sick except for me. Taylor started it off, to be quickly followed by Katie and Todd. Apparently all those immune system workouts at the preschool last year has finally paid off. Still, I wish the rest of the family would feel better. And stop breathing on me.

Todd’s folks gave us a Wii for Christmas, including Wii Sport and Wii Fit. There’s a fitness test on Wii Sport that measures balance, stamina and strength and then tells you your fitness age. The first time I did it I came up as 57. I’m 43. The goal is 20. No biggy, though. I figured after a couple days of getting into the swing of things I’d test closer to my real age. So two days later I took the test again. This time I scored at 77. As in 20 years older than my already too old score of 57. Made me want to throw a shoe at the TV. I made up for it with my last test, though, where I came up as 31. I think I’ll stop with the testing for a while and just go with that score.

To do the Wii Fit you have to make a profile. You give your age and your height, you stand on the balance board to be weighed and it gives you your BMI. It also plumps up your cute little Wii character in direct proportion to your BMI. Which I find very sad because if she is my virtual self shouldn’t she look how I WANT to look? You know – tall, thin, alluringly sexy as opposed to short, pudgy and middle aged – how I look in real life.

When I get past my Wii image I thoroughly enjoy it. I do a little yoga, a little balance fitness and a little aerobics for 30 minutes a day and bank my points. Right now I hold the lead in slalom, ski jump, hula hoop*, tight rope and running (I think). And I’m just competitive enough to want to keep those leads.

So the whole point is to exercise every day and watch my little Wii character’s BMI go down. So far I’ve watched it go up. I gained 3.1 pounds in three days and watched my fluffy little Wii girl get fluffier. In my head I know I couldn’t have gained 3 pounds of fat that quickly, but it sure is discouraging! No matter. I still plan on having fun with it. Maybe eventually my little Wii chick will be short, thin and middle aged. I’m not keen on the short or the middle aged, but I’ll take it.

My only other depressing subject is about tomorrow. The Monday after a two week break. I’m looking forward to getting back to work. I’m just not looking forward to getting up early. And do you know why I get up early? It’s not because I have to leave the house at an early hour or anything. No. It’s because I’m a bloomin’ good mom, that’s why! I could easily sleep until 7:30, maybe closer to 8:00 and still get to work by 9:00. But I get up early enough to take my shower and then see Taylor before he leaves for school at 6:45. I could take my shower after that, but then I wouldn’t get to hang out with Katie before she leaves at 7:20. For sure I could take my shower after that, but then Sookie would be in her crate from 7:30 until Taylor gets home from school at 3:00. So I sacrifice that which I hold near and dear to my heart just so I can be the loving, nurturing, selfless mom that I am, dangit!

Along those lines, I’m happy to say that it’s already the fourth of January and I’m STILL in the running for Mother of the Year 2009. I’m feeling good about it. I really think this is my year!

*If you’re interested, and I can’t imagine you would be, Todd wrote a post about me and the hula hoop.


  1. Gretchen on January 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    We have a check to get a Wii fit program after the first wave of fitness resolutions wear off. Mother and Father Big couldn’t find one in their exhaustive search, so we wait, or weight. Whatever. Have you figured out how to lie to it yet? Because I’m not sure I’m going to follow thru on the specified use of that check if I’m going to be virtually fat as well as fat IRL. sigh…I guess I’ll get it anyway…a Wii fit, for Wii fat. And that just won’t do. Plus, it kinda, sorta, maybe even sounds like fun.Good luck with the waking thing and with staying well.

  2. Anonymous on January 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Good for your Jen!! I can't get lower than 57! (I waiver between the 50s & the 70s – what's up with that!) I hear that there's a similar fitness age thing on Wii fit, but haven't summonsed-up (?) the courage yet to try it. I was going to hook our wii fit up today, but now I'm not quite so sure. I'm not ready to see my hip mii become hip-py. hmmm…. By the way, I'd vote for you for Mother of the Year, if your work with monkeys is any indication!Happy New Year!—Miss Beth

  3. CindyS on January 4, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Oh my. I would pass right out to see a little wii person that looked like me in reality. No thanks. Could you put just one foot on the pad? Cause I would totally do that ;)Happy New Year!CindyS

  4. Sing4joy on January 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, it is pretty disconcerting when your little mii swells like a dried bean in water right in front of your eyes. But look at this way – where do those skinny mii’s have to go but swollen? Where as yours gets to improve! Also, for someone who doesn’t want her husband telling her stories, you sure are consistent at pointing out to me that he has written about you. 🙂

  5. beans on January 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I have to say, you shouldn’t talk about such serious stuff in such a funny way. i found myself cracking up at the image of your Mii waxing and waning with your changing stuff. I am glad i don’t have one of those. I have gotten serious about food and exercising (you know, in the last three days!) and i am finally starting to feel better today–not so much like this is all a chore and thinking that i am starving to death!i hope your first day back was a good one–for you and the kids. high five for still being a cool mom.

  6. The Daily Bee on January 6, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Oooooh I want a Wii!! But I wouldn’t want to look at a plump, short girl everytime I turn it on… hmmm… lol Especially if she plumps up as I continued to sweat my brains out. Haha!You can have my vote for mother of year! I can’t even get up that earlier for myself let alone for someone else. I MUST go over and see what Todd posted about you and a hula hoop, interesting.

  7. Cheryl Wray on January 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Delaney got a Wii for Christmas and we are loving it! I seriously think we’ll have to consider getting the Wii fit. I always say I’m going to exercise and then never do…maybe it would get me going.Hoping you stay well!!

  8. radioactive girl on January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I really want a wii fit! We have the wii, and the kids love it but I haven’t yet figured out a way to convince myself we need the wii fit. Don’t worry, I’ll talk myself into it soon enough…I am excellent at finding reasons for things I want.I get up super early for my kids too. None of them would need me to, but it would feel wrong if I didn’t hang out with them in the morning before school. I love my sleep too…the things we do for our kids!

  9. Becky on January 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    You are a VERY good mommy to get up early with them. If I didn’t have to babysit, I’d probably sleep in every day with Judah.Wii’ve been hearing good things about Wii fit. A friend of mine uses that daily for her exercize and is doing very well.I would be happy with Dance Dance Revolution, except that I’d be embarrassed for anyone to watch on account of too much junk in my trunk, lol.

  10. SweetAnnee on January 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Rich (hubby) got a WiiHe likes itbut I’ve not done anythingwith it yet.I could use some exerciseteeheeDeena

  11. Jen on January 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Well, that seals the deal. I am buying myself a new computer and forgetting about the Wii. I don’t need my self image shattered any further! LOL

  12. Lynilu on January 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    OK, Jen, I’m beginning to worry here. When are you coming back? To post, not just a lousy little comment!!

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