Fitness Diary AKA Ninja Training on the Kinect

by Leila on December 4, 2011

Thank you to Ubisoft for providing me with a copy of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 and sponsoring this fitness diary series. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

I’ve been saying for longer than I want to admit that I want to get back to the gym… but that is easier said than done.

Sure I’ve made it a few times this past year…

Um, okay maybe a few times over the last few years.

But, I have done many power walks and had some trainings in between!

Life as a Mom just isn’t as carefree as it was before. I need to schedule time to take care of myself which always seems like a luxury!

I’ve found games like Just Dance for the wii being an amazing way to workout and have some fun. But, I needed more.

Then I heard about Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 by Ubisoft and I thought it was too good to be true. A workout program that not only tracks all of my progress but it also has a competitive point system?

It is pretty amazing!

In the past week I have made a bigger effort to workout since I am able to do it from my own home. I am also able to target specific areas of my body without having to have a personal instructor tell me what to do… well, I do have one… it’s just on my Xbox!

The female voice on this game will ask you why you are leaving when you exit the room and she welcomes you when you return. I may have said a few curses to her as I crawled out of the room seeking more water.

I spent a lot of time focusing on the warm ups this first week. The Hu-la-la warm up really helps get a good core workout. Plus I am insanely competitive so I kept going back for more to beat my score. It was a lot of fun, the kids even joined in with me! I also discovered that my arms are not the beasts they used to be when I was doing arm circles during the “Hurricane” warm up.

I also kicked my butt on the jump rope activity! It is a lot of fun but I think I pushed it too far because I was walking with a pimp limp the next day. This was a reminder that I need to stretch more often.

The Tai Chi Cool Down is one of my favorite parts of this program because it is so relaxing and takes me back to my days in Kung Fu and Tai Chi training.

I’m on a mission to get my body to where I want it to be and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 by Ubisoft is going to be the jump start. Right now I am at the heaviest I have ever been… well, not counting how much I weighed when my kids were born. I started this at 167 pounds (I can’t freaking believe I am admiting that and that I am that heavy right now) and I am happy to say that in this first week I am down two pounds. That may not seem like a lot but I started this right before Thanksgiving where I know I packed on some pounds!

Over the next month I will be posting my diary on this mission. It’s time to kick my Ninja Butt in gear! Wish me luck!


Every person who comments on my Fitness Diary series will be entered to win a copy of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012!

About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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meleah rebeccah December 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Good Luck!
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Leila December 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thank you!! I need it… gotta get my butt in gear and this is the most challenging time to do so. Bring. It. ON! #flexes
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lisa king December 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

21 days to make a habit, girl. I am rooting for you.


Leila December 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

It’s been 21 days and its a super habit now! I’m feeling awesome!!
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Claire December 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I hope you make it!! It’s just a matter of staying motivated. I’m rooting for ya, too 🙂


Coffee Lovin Mom December 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Nice ninjastyle even – too bad I don’t have Xbox..
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Claire December 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

This sounds awesome. I never make it to the gym (at least not often) and I need a way to workout at home that is inspiring. This sounds like it would fit the bill.
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Janice December 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

wow, down 2 lbs. Congrats! That’s quite a feat, and you’re just beginning 😉


Courtney B. December 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I am super competitive as well. This might be just what i need. The fact that they make this like a game might make this PERFECT!


Leila December 28, 2011 at 1:22 am

It’s been perfect for me! The tracking system, challenges and point system help keep me motivated!
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