Wii Fit Challange

I have set up my Wii with Wii Fit in our spare room and I am embarking on a Wii Fit challenge.  My goal is to put 30 minutes into my FitBank 5 days a week; specifically Monday thru Friday.  I have set myself a modest goal of 1 pound a week in weight loss.  After 2 weeks I will adjust my goal depending on how well the first two weeks went.

Staying in shape is something I have always struggles with.  I work in a very low activity job, I am not really into sports and, as you can tell by the bulk of my blog posts, I am really into food.  I figure at my age I have a good chance of getting into shape and achieving my fitness goals.  If I wait until later in life it will only get harder and harder.

The reason I like the idea of the Wii Fit is that it has my fitness tracking, weight tracking and goal tracking all in one.  Also, because it is a video game, I feel comfortable with it.  I have been to a gym once or twice and I just feel completely uncomfortable there.  With this I feel like doing something familiar.  Also, if you already have a Wii, it is economical.  A decent treadmill alone is going to set you back $400.  It is also very economical if you borrow the game from a family member.  Thanks to Josh and Sonia for lending us the game.  The coaching is also very nice.  They are easy to follow and with the balance board you get on-screen confirmation that you are doing things at least semi-correct.

The first time went well.  Let’s hope the trend continues.  I will post my results here.  Please let me know about any of your Wii Fit or fitness experience.

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Say cheese

Say cheese

So last night was my first attempt at making homemade macaroni and cheese.  Personally I felt it didn’t turn out the way I wanted.  I want some help.  I want a real nice and creamy mac and cheese that is full of flavor.  I like the idea of baking the top with some cheese and breadcrumbs for a nice crust.  Here is what I have so far:

8oz         Cooked macaroni
3tbsp     Margarine
3tbsp     Flour
3c            Skim Milk
2c            Grated Sharp Cheddar
1/2c       Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2c       Grated Sharp Cheddar
2tbsp     Fine Bread Crumbs
Dash      Paprika

Pre-heat the oven to 350.  In a sause pan, melt the margarine.  Slowly add the flower, combining to form a roux.  Slowly add the milk.  Make sure whisk the mixture smooth.  Add the 2c of cheddar and Parmesan cheese.  Stir until the cheese is melted and well combined.  Place macaroni in a casserole dish.  Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni.  Stir gently so the sauce covers the macaroni.  Sprinkle remaining cheddar over the top of the dish.  Sprinkle bread crumbs over the cheddar.  Add the dash of paprika over the top of the dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes after removing from the oven.

So that is what I did.  It was OK but it wasn’t great.  Please help out if you can.  This seems like something could become a favorite but I just wasn’t really happy with my result.  Comments away!