Hello and Welcome!

I’m Melissa Flagg, a vegan gamer and owner, creator and writer of this blog who also happens to love binge watching Star Trek and The Walking Dead on Netflix.

I believe weight loss should be an experience, not a journey.

A journey implies that there is an end at some point. Weight loss is a life long commitment.

When I started my weight loss experience in 2010, I was at 245lbs, the heaviest I have ever been. I knew I needed to lose the weight, but I’m one of those people who is afraid to go to the gym because I think everyone is staring at me while I workout…because I’m fat.

I didn’t have any home gym equipment and had no idea where to start. In November of 2010, Microsoft launched their Xbox Kinect, and I was ecstatic to get one (thanks to my sister). My daughter and I had a blast playing together on it, but my husband snapped a picture of the two of us that changed my life.

The Picture that Started it All

When I saw the picture above, all I could see was how fat my ass had gotten. That was actually my first thought! Not how cute my daughter was, not how much fun we were having together, but “look how fat my ass is!”

Then Ubisoft launched Your Shape Fitness Evolved. I immediately bought it on Amazon and, I received it on November 29, 2010. I put the game in as soon as I got the wrapping off and started “playing.” I burned 146 calories that day.

Over the next year, I lost a total of 70lbs playing that game.

Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I ended up gaining back 50lbs. In January 2014, I bought a Fitbit in an effort to keep me motivated. But at the time I received it our TV was fried, and we were waiting on our tax refund to replace it, which we did in March of 2014. I started working out regularly again and by the beginning of April, I had lost quite a bit of weight.

Progress

I did well until our lives were turned upside down by our landlord, and I became so depressed that I had lost all my willpower, and my workouts became sporadic.

But in November of 2015 (fittingly), I restarted my exercise program with Your Shape Fitness Evolved. I also changed my mindset from weight loss being a journey to weight loss being an experience. Those of us who have issues with our weight know that this is a lifelong battle, but “battle” has a negative connotation, which makes weight loss seem like a chore. Experience gives weight loss a more positive spin.

Nothing we do in life should be a chore, least of all weight loss. We all know being overweight makes us feel horrible. Losing the weight makes us feel amazing. But the process of losing the weight is often a source of extreme stress for most people.

Life is too short for anything  to be that stressful.

The process of losing weight, just like weight loss itself, should be empowering, not belittling. So I started this blog. I want to empower you to take control of your health and weight loss so that you get the overwhelming satisfaction of reaching your goals by doing it yourself. Technology can help, and I want to show you how.

There are a few posts you should read first, especially if you’re new to the weight loss experience, including:

Or if you’ve been thinking about getting a Fitbit, Jawbone or other wearable tech, check out these posts:

If you want to kinect connect with me, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, like my page on Facebook, check out my boards on Pinterest, friend me on Fitbit or My Fitness Pal or email me. You can also sign up for the Kinect Weight Loss Newsletter to get exclusive content like the FREE Guide to a Better Night’s Sleep.

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