Salamun alaikum avid readers, today I will write about our family’s new toy and insights I have had.
My husband has bought a Nintendo Wii for the family and along it some games and specially Wii Fit. This article may sound as an ad in a Newspaper, but I do not have any interests as such in the company.
As a couch potato with very little interest in training, except walking and being normally active, I would never believe that I would do exercises nearly every day at home. But this is what has happened.
I did have misgivings when my husband brought it home (another toy, money wasted and such), but he happily plugged it in and the first evening placed himself in front of the TV and started doing all kinds of strange things. And it looked fun…..
I could not help myself, I had to register myself into the program and do it also. And here comes my first insight, I am a poor looser. The exercises are made as a competition with yourself (and in my case also with my husband, as the movements are using only yourself and your own abilities and weight, no extra weight added, so competition is fair). So if he managed to do to a certain level, I also wanted to do at least as good. I also realized I mostly could, and in some times even go past him. But when he beat me, I sulked, my mouth turned down and I became the most un-fun person around. My husband threatened to refuse to train with me, he said there is a Norwegian saying “Tap og vinn med samme sinn”, loosely translated as “Loose or win with same mind”, and I should aim for that.
Did I like to realize I was a poor looser, no, definitely not! At the same time I really liked this game, this training of body, it was really addictive, I even trained sometimes in the daytime when I was alone, unbelievable.
My husband, he laughed and smiled and sometimes even did a victory dance if he beat himself or me, and when I beat him he smiled and were just as happy, no faking it. When he could not do something, he just did it again, enjoying it, and again.
Of course he was right, I had to change, and I am slowly doing it, but then he bought another game, “
Again my husband had to remind me that this is a game, for fun, for education, but NOT for becoming what I became. Did I agree with him; yes, will I change; YES.
So for two weeks now, I do have changed a little, I have to remind myself many times what this is, and my husband has not recently threatened to not play with me, so I know I am improving. So this is my own lesson for now, if you can learn something from it, well, that is why I wrote it.
And by the way, I have lost 2 kg and my husband 1,5 kg by just doing something we find to be fun (most of the time, ha ha).