The following is a guest post by Monica Brady (aka Mommy Brain) for EA SPORTS Active:
EA SPORTS ActiveTM lets participants tackle their fitness goals at home with the fun and motivating fitness program designed exclusively for the Wii.TM To help get people started, EA SPORTS Active includes a guided 30 Day Challenge -- a fitness roadmap that tailors workouts to the participant's level of fitness, tracks progress, and provides a "trainer" to give clear instruction, motivation and positive encouragement throughout the journey.
I am at the end of the 30 Day Challenge and it has been an amazing experience. The workouts are awesome. I enjoyed exercise for the first time in 10 years, and I knew that I'd be able to stick with this workout routine. After just two weeks, and losing around 4 pounds, I knew something was working. My capri pants weren't so tight, and I was fitting into some workout clothes that I hadn't worn in almost a year. I was seeing results. Small results, but results nonetheless. It wasn't until the end of week 4 that I realized just how well the EA SPORTS Active workouts and the few little changes in our eating and activity habits had changed me. I weighed in 10 pounds less than when I started, and 4% lower on my Body Mass Index (BMI). When it was time to find something to wear for our reunion in New York City, I couldn't find anything in my closet that looked right, so I went shopping. I tried on so many clothes that just seemed weird. I decided to try on a different size, and found the dress. I realized that I was trying on clothes that were just too big. I had gone down from a size 22 to a size 18 in 30 days. I couldn't do that in 2 years with countless hours at the gym, but I just did in just 8 hours in 30 days.
I know I still have a long way to go to reach that goal I had set on my 30th birthday just a few months ago, but for the first time, I have confidence. I am gaining some of that self esteem back, and I'm looking forward to 6 months down the line. I only did a 30 Day Challenge, but it's changed my life, and my family's. I know that I'm on the road to better health and fitness, and that I'm leading by example with my girls. I hope they realize that Mommy is doing this because I want to see them grow up and see their kids grow up as well. I want to be here for them when they need a shoulder to cry on, a big hug, or just someone to talk to. As for my husband...yeah...he's happy with the changes too. He's seeing how much happier I've been lately, and he's reaping the benefits of my new found self image.
I can't thank EA SPORTS Active enough for allowing me to be a part of the 30 Day Challenge, and to all of the challengers and their support. Most of all to my family for their love and support and encouraging me to get off my rear and get ACTIVE!