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Wondercon 2015 and Family Geekery

by Leila on April 17, 2015

We love going to geek-cons like Wondercon (conventions of ultimate geekery) for different reasons. My husband loves the artwork, getting art signed and meeting the artists. We have an insane collection of geeky artwork that we keep adding to. The kids love the cosplay aspect of it and taking pics. I love sharing something that I love with my family and friends. It’s just a good time!

My now thirteen year old (when did THAT happen) is obsessed with anime. She wanted to create a “gender bender” cosplay – It’s where you take a character and switch it’s gender – of a male character called Soul Evans from the anime Soul Eater. Soul Evans is a dude who has a pretty easy to duplicate outfit. She gave it a girly twist and added her own style to it. She rocked it!

Soul Evans Gender Bender

Our seven year old son dressed up as Captain America the first day we went to Wondercon. He loves Captain America – so does my husband… he is converting our son into a Marvel fan. LONG LIVE BATMAN!

Anyway… he was adorable in his Captain America costume. They both had a great time taking pics with other cosplayers. We had a blast. It made them giddy when someone approached them asking to take a pic of them 🙂 Our 7 year old son has become quite the diva over it.

 Wondercon 2015

It was a store bought costume that has seen a ton of use. It’s a smidgen too small for him, but he wanted to wear it one last time before we retired it. After a long first day of walking around, checking out booths, taking pics, seeing friends and family we were hanging out in the front of the Anaheim Convention Center when the most amazing cosplay I have ever seen stomped out and made a scene.

Apocalypse.

I was holding our 10 month old and I tossed her into her Daddy’s arms, grabbed my camera, took my son’s hand and ran off to try to get a pic.

Wondercon - Apocalypse vs Captain America

It made his day.

The second day my son dressed up like Jayne from Firefly. This may have been influenced by me. Maybe. Browncoats for life. Shiny 🙂

Wondercon 2015 Soul Eater and Jayne

Yes, that is an R2D2 stroller! My baby cousin is NOT ready to share that droid just yet but my daughter is ready to take it over.

Wondercon R2D2 Stroller

We try to raise our kids in an environment that allows them to figure out their own interests. Our kids are very different and all have different hobbies. We have VERY different opinions on who’s the best superhero. Our oldest decided that he isn’t into these types of cons like Wondercon and part of being a supportive parent is giving them the choice to choose. Even if his choice goes against his Father’s DNA! He is the introvert. Maybe he is just being a typical teen who is rebelling against what we like. Maybe we embarrass him. It’s possible… we are kind of crazy.

It won’t stop the rest of us from geeking out!

Supporting our kids in their different areas of geekery is something I hope more parents do.

Okay, sure it may seem strange to some that your teen or young adult “baby” wants to dress up like a character and parade around with others doing the same thing. But, where is the harm in that? I’m not gonna lie… while Wondercon is VERY family friendly there are a lot of cosplayers who wear basically nothing. I saw more asses hanging out at Wondercon than should be necessary. It was hilarious watching our boys notice the butts hanging out and watching them get uncomfortable.

I never claimed to be a perfect parent. I will laugh at my kids. It’s okay because they give it right back.

If a child, tween or teen likes sci-fi and fantasy books, collectibles from their favorite movies, playing roleplaying games or nerding out on some game that they play with their friends just let them be nerds.

You don’t have to love it or understand it… but, please don’t discourage it. It may be a phase. It may be a lifetime hobby.

Just let them be nerds…

because they may find the actual Tardis. Nothing about the Doctor or the Tardis is bad.

Wondercon - Tardis and Doctor Who

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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.

This is my final week of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 diary but I am going to continue to talk about my fitness progress with this game.

When I started this I thought it was going to end up requiring a lot of work and I was worried that I wasn’t going to see results.

I mean really when you think about losing weight with a video game that seems silly… too good to be true! Right? Wrong.

So very wrong.

In my first week I let you all know I started at 167lbs… this is the heaviest I’ve ever been without a baby brewing inside me. Actually just before this I was up to 171lbs. I knew I needed to lose weight but wasn’t making the time for it and wasn’t making the right lifestyle choices.

So this began a couple days before thanksgiving and I continued to make the time for Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 during the holiday madness.

Honestly it was a rad outlet. I had so many days when I was really frustrated. I was able to box out my frustrations, wind down with yoga, get my booty handed to me in a bootcamp and workout with my kids all from the comfort of my own home and on my own time.

It didn’t feel like I was working out. I was just picking the activities that I needed most at the moment and for the time I had.

It was glorious.

Earlier this week I have friends over who wanted to check out the game. We played this game for almost an hour! The multiplayer games are much more fun than I anticipated especially with a group of VERY competitive people. They will soon be owners of this game because they liked it so much.

We were all very sore the next day because we over did it but that is also a sign of a great workout!

This game has a fitness track for everyone. The best recipe for success is going to be determined on the player. Also, don’t let more than two days pass without playing… just make time for it! When I stopped thinking about it as a fitness program and more like a game… one that I had to win a lot of points like a greedy little point gnome.. I was flying through it.

My pants are falling off of my butt and I’m glad I have extra Christmas cash to get some new clothes. I’m down 11lbs and in the 150’s again… I also feel great. Like, really great. I honestly think I would have lost more weight had I not done this during the holidays when I spend a month eating with my family and friends!

I’m stoked to be starting the new year ahead of my New Years resolution!

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I’ve been very happy with my progress with Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 the last three weeks… but now it’s gained so many points in my book involving my kids. There are multiplayer functions in many of the activities and the kids have even more fun than I do.

We are also very competitive so Your Shape: Fitness Evolved gets us pumped.

Yes, I am not above trying to outscore my kids in any game.

I love what Humana and Ubisoft did with this part of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved! “In partnership with Ubisoft, Humana is offering a cutting-edge way to teach children habits that can help to prevent obesity, help seniors stay active and mobile, and give people of all ages tools for lowering their blood pressure – three ways people can significantly improve their health and quality of life,” said Raja Rajamannar, Humana’s Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer.

Strengthen Your Heart – Focused on lowering high blood pressure

Active Kids – Targeting at preventing childhood obesity

Aging with Grace – Designed to help seniors with mobility and aging

My Kids and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

Both of my kids really liked playing Active Kids and their ages are nine and four.

My nine year old daughter has mild arthritis so staying active is very important for her. I usually try to find her games that keep her active so she doesn’t feel like she is doing physical therapy but she didn’t mind this program at all. Not only did she feel like a grown up by participating with me but she enjoyed it.

My four year old son is the most active little ninja monkey on the planet so he LOVED this! Anything that helps him expend that energy is a double bonus for me.

This game went from being an amazing outlet for me and the only way I’ve been able to ninja kick my butt in gear to being a huge asset to my whole family.

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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.

This is week three of my Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 ninja training aka working my booty off aka tossing out the muffin top! I’m still loving this game!

In the first week of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 I dropped 2lbs and get in the swing of things.

The second week of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 I dropped 5lbs and spent a lot of time focusing on my abs and glutes.

 

I lost an additional pound this week… and while that doesn’t seem like a lot I am beyond stoked about it! I had to start wearing a belt! YES! This means either my pants somehow grew while I was sleeping or I am slimming down.

It’s not just a slight difference.. It’s like when you wear pants too big and you have that bubble around your butt that makes it look like you pooped yourself.

Yes, I am excited about the fact my pants don’t fit me right thus making it look like I dropped one in my pants.

 

This past week I obsessed over getting metals and awards. Each time I would try something new on the game (like an activity or class) I would not move on until I beat my scores and got a metal. This is a huge part of the game and one that keeps me motivated.

 

I’m flying through the Cardio Boxing classes. It’s like I am martial arts training again but from my own home. It will give reminders like keep my elbows loose, keep with the beat and let me know when I am not doing something correctly. Which then in turn makes me punch harder! It seriously kicks butt! My kids join in with me when I am doing Cardio Boxing since they are both in martial arts class. They have a lot of fun with it… especially when I get told I am doing something wrong!

 

Week three on this all in all is a huge success. It’s become a part of my routine instead of something I feel like I have to do. As I build up my endurance I am enjoying the more challenging levels of all the classes. Every day I’m able to do a little more and get a higher score… and that is really rewarding!

 

Plus spending time every day punching, kicking and upper cutting the air with my kids is just ninjatastic!

Who is that ninja on the right??

 

Remember every person who comments will be entered to win a copy of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012!

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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 can’t believe that I’m noticing the difference in my body after only two weeks of this game! I’ve down 5lbs and I still think that is huge considering I still eat like crap and Thanksgiving was in the beginning of this. I’m converting a lot of fat in to muscle so I expect to see less of a weight drop but hope to define my body more.

And by defining I mean toning up and not by calling myself a muffin top!

This past week I’ve been focusing on my abs and glutes. After two kids the elasticity in my stomach isn’t really there so I know that will be a challenge. I also can’t stand doing situps. I’ve found a few of the programs on Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 that help me target my abs without just doing a ton of situps. The Cardio Boxing is my overall favorite class (I am a ninja after all). I also love that I can pick body focused workouts that really challenge me.

My glutes are a story of their own. I lived my whole life with no butt. I had a completely flat booty, no hips with thin legs! After my youngest was born my booty and hips kind of just took off! I went from being the twig I used to be to a much more curvy person. It was a weird adjustment to realize that I am not physically the person I’ve always been. I used to hate it and it made me self conscious. I wanted my old frame back because I was used to it. Well, now I am embracing the curves and the body I have now. Once I can tone my body and feel healthy again I will really embrace it.

Until playing Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 and I really didn’t know what to do in order to shape and tone specific parts of my body. I was just a wild active monkey and burned off calories like crazy. Now? Well, I just don’t have that same lifestyle… so I really love that this game helps me learn what I am supposed to do without me having to go to a gym and hire a personal trainer.

The only bummer with this past week for me is a personal error. I kept logging in to the wrong account and I lost a few days of stats because of it. I guess waking up at 6am to get my Your Shape: Fitness Evolved on before having coffee means I am going to make some silly errors!

Over the next week I’m going to push myself more and try to get a work out in every day and alternate between hard workouts and workouts like Yoga and stretching.

Wish me luck!

Every person who comments will be entered in a giveaway for a copy of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 by UbiSoft. It requires the Kinect and in all honesty is worth getting it!

 

 

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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!

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