Here it is, the final entry of the 30 day challenge. I’ve completed all 20 workout days of the 30 day challenge as of right now. Day 30 is a rest day, on the schedule. It’s been a long and arduous journey, and I’m happy that I made it this far. However, results are very mixed. I was able to accomplish a lot, and through this, able to reach goals, and have been more active than usual. However, it has taught me that EA Sports Active alone cannot help you lose weight if you’re not willing to work harder than doing this on Medium.
One thing’s for sure, though. I didn’t gain any weight over the last 30 days. In fact, I lost .2 pounds. What does this mean? Well, I’m going to do another challenge next. However, this challenge will be my own rules. More on that in a moment.
I had some problems with the jump squats again. I went at the game’s pace, and it thought that I was moving too fast. It sensed my motion after each jump, and thought that I was moving into the next jump. It gets really tiring being told that you’re going too fast, when you’re simply doing as told. I didn’t have problems with the game locking up at all this time. I’m hoping that is a thing of the past, though I still have to send in the Wii to get it fixed.
So, for this day, the projected calorie burn was 125.8. Actual Burn: 138.3!
Projected Total Calorie Burn for all 20 workouts: 2662.5
Actual Total Calorie Burn for all 20 workouts: 2899.7
A difference of 237.2 calories.
I’m pretty satisfied with that, but not with my overall results. Sure, I can feel some results, but I can’t see any. So, what’s next then? Well, I am going to do the 30 day challenge again, though this time I’ll be blogging about it only one time per week. My plan is to do the challenge on Easy this time. Why? Because I’m going to couple the challenge with Wii Fit. I’ve had it for over a year and haven’t really used it. In fact, it just sat in the box for many many months. I was excited to locate a copy, but when it came to doing something with it, I never really got into that.
So, what I’m going to be doing is what I will call the Wii Fit / Active Challenge. With weekly blogs about my progress, I think that seeing actual results will be very helpful. Something that Wii Fit provides is what I don’t have in my house. A scale for your weight.
The great thing that EA Sports Active has done, though, is that it’s helped me to strengthen areas that I’ll likely be using in Wii Fit. Let me stress again that EA Sports Active is a program that works. Sure, I didn’t lose weight, really, but that was my fault, for the most part. I was excited to see myself a few pounds lighter, and when that didn’t happen, I wondered if it was the ten pound bag of sugar that I was holding. Couldn’t have been that, so what was it? Probably nothing. I put in a solid effort, and should have been doing more on the side. In fact, the game encourages it.
That being said, the game gets high marks for me. It’s made me want to be more active. It’s made me want to keep going, it’s made me want to lose weight, and it’s made me actually interested in playing. Instead of the drab backgrounds and “yoga” (yawn) inspired trainings in Wii Fit, this game had colorful backgrounds, there were other people working out with you, in game; and you have a personal trainer to reinforce your efforts.
I’m excited by the prospect of the future with this product. While I use Wii Fit, I’ll likely finish another 30 day challenge, though on easy this time. After that, I’ll very likely turn up the heat to hard mode. By September, I want to see some real physical results.