Monday, January 11, 2010

If George Costanza Can Do It...


Seinfeld Weight-Loss Plan

First off, I think the Superior Snap above, shot for Baristanet, a Montclair, NJ, site, is apropos not only of our times, but of this time of year. Cruising around cyberspace lately, I've seen that a whole lot of y'all are making big plans to rein in the extra calories before 2010 is too far gone.

Your resolutions, come to find out, coincide with plans made by Jason Alexander, best-known as George on the wildly popular "Seinfeld." Seems he's signed on as a Jenny Craig spokesperson.

"My younger son's nickname for me is 'SFB,' which stands for short, fat, bald," Alexander told People. "I have to get rid of one of them, and I can't do anything about short and bald." It also so happens that the, shall we say, well-rounded actor also just celebrated the half-century mark. Just about the perfect mid-way point for making a weight-loss commitment.

Which is the best possible segue into a little cyber-chat about weight-loss, blogging & motivation, I'd say. Two of my teacher friends, Richie of Bellringers & Joel of So You Want to Teach? have knocked their noggins together and come up with a program~plus a blog to go with it~that is part inspiration & mostly perspiration. Their self-described mission? Their blog, Can Wii Do It, is meant "to conquer that New Year's Resolution nemesis~losing weight."

Joel plans to use Wii Fit to get in shape for 2010. Richie plans to go the "old fashioned" route~exercise & diet. Both are posting about their progress daily. They also want to encourage reader comments & participation in their modest enterprise. And they'd love, Love, LOVE to have guest-posters on their blog, too.

Teachers spend a lot of time~there's not a delicate way to put this~sitting on their bums. Grading, grading & more grading. Plus, we're sucked into the "black hole" of the classroom at 7:30 each a.m. & are lucky to emerge, unscathed, by 3 p.m. Teaching is a heck of an adrenaline rush, but often of the wrong kind, as we spend time prodding, cajoling, intervening & convincing most of the blessed day long.

In short, the teaching profession doesn't leave a lot of time for "me" time. Not to pat myself on the back, but we put so much of ourselves into encouraging others that the well of inspiration has pretty much run dry when it's time to take care of ourselves.

Richie & Joel have come up with a brilliant plan, I think: Use the blogosphere as an intervention, as it were. If we're all in this getting fit janx together, we might as well blog about it, correctamundo? Pat each other on the collective back, share diet & exercise tips, commiserate about the ups & downs on the road to getting healthy.

"I know there are other teachers out there who could use this blog," Richie told me in an e-mail. "It might provide some inspiration. We also want to hear from otherabout their fitness challenges, etc. Sort of a cyber-support group, but fun."

I'm thinking that more than those in the teaching profession could use the cyber-help. So I think y'all all should drop on by Can Wii Do It? today; right now; ahora. It's a way to find out what others are up to at the dawn of this New Year. And also a way to help keep us from raiding the emergency chocolate drawer.

Just remember: If George Costanza can do it, Wii can, too!

18 comments:

MaryRC said...

its hard so very hard... i cant find the time, unless i give up blogging. that would suck! ive tried blogging and cycling at the same time, but i get sick to my stomach.. LOL

Mesina said...

Thanks for stopping by the site! I've added you to my blogroll x

mybellringers said...

Thanks for the shoutout! Let's hope people go over there and help us out. We NEED for people to keep us OUT of the Emergency Chocolate Drawer!

Yaya said...

Whoo hoo! I want that new dancing game for the wii.

mel said...

hmmm it'll be interesting to see him as the spokesperson. bummer that men can lose weight so much more easily. (in my experience...)
thanks for stopping by and good luck to you~

Quasi Serendipita said...

Taking my head out of the chocolate draw right now...

Lucy said...

We just got our Wii and I'm thinking I might be able to do this, I will have to check this site out!

The Mommyologist said...

It is just so hard to get motivated and stay on track! I tend to do good during the week, then I slack over the weekend and have to start over. UGH!

blueviolet said...

I never stick with it. That's my problem. I'm about to break down and buy one of those WiiFit thingers!

knit1kids4 said...

I use Wii Active... it's tough to do a workout in the house though. But it is WAY to cold and snowy to be outside running! Thanks for the info on their site!

Shell said...

Totally understand. I taught for 6 years before my kids were born. Loved it, but at the same time, you are DRAINED at the end of the day.

Susie said...

I am also on the weight-loss wagon. I could use a support-group:-)

kys said...

I'm On The Wagon right now and have hooked up with another group of bloggers. (Lose It Bitch! - That's the group name. I'm not insulting you.)

Anyblubber, I'll check them out. I've been using the Wii Fit, too. I love it.

Noelle said...

good luck to you all! i'm also on the weigh less wagon. i'm going over to check it out...

The Blonde Duck said...

I finally figured out my blogging goals this weekend. Is it too late for an e-mail?

carma said...

That is also one of the hazards of blogging - sitting around on one's butt returning comments :D

and yes, you CAN do it.

Sarah said...

he's probably being paid 6 figure a year to keep the weight off. i could lose weight too if they pay me!

miss jo said...

I like the idea of a blog-based weight loss, fell-good movement. Sounds like a bloggy personal trainer... I wonder how many calories I burn tippy tapping on blogs (when I'm not eating chocolate or drinkng red wine?)

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