Thursday, September 15, 2011

Me and Dance Central

After graduating college I found myself ballooning to over 300 lbs.  Eating out, huge portions, and no exercise packed on the pounds very quickly.  I couldn't take the state I was in any longer and started to work out.

 I began my journey working out at the gym consistently.  Pretty much only using the elliptical for 60-90 minutes, 6 days a week.  I didn't love it, but it was working.  About 50lbs down, I got BORED. STIFF. I completely stopped going. 

At about 250lbs I was still eating too much, not working out, and some of the weight crept back on.   I had to break the cycle before I became a typical yo-yo dieter.  Last December, I had enough and decided I really need to work on a lifestyle change. Something I could maintain for the rest of my life. 

I researched eating clean. CHECK. Calorie counting. CHECK. Going to kickboxing classes. CHECK. But I knew I  was still missing something. I had to figure out what it was before I got bored again and packed on the pounds.  I needed to find a workout that wasn't a workout. That was just FUN.

You mean to tell me exercise can be fun? Stop. No. Really. I found out it can be!
So my latest and greatest fitness purchase .....

courtesy of

--My name is Alicia, and I am addicted to buying fitness gadgets!--

The XBox Kinect along with Dance Central! I love this thing.  Dance Central is so much fun,  you totally forget that you are working out. BRING ON THE SWEAT BABY! 

What I love about Dance Central and what sets it apart from other games like Just Dance is the genre of music. I'm not very eclectic when it comes to music and I like what I like. And gosh darn there are SO MANY songs on this game that I love. Poison by BBD, Push It by Salt-N-Pepa, Rumpshaker by Rex N Effect. I can dance for hours. Seriously. Hours.

I also like the fact that the dances aren't corny. I mean you could really go out and party and use these dances without looking...dumb.  I for one plan on busting moves at whatever event involves a DJ and a dance floor. This game has turned me into a real life Laurieann (BOOM BOOM KAT)
Having Xbox live with it allows me to download new songs so that I'm  never bored with the same old songs (and ya know I get bored easily)

Sometimes you just want to have fun with your workout. Not feel tortured. This is truly the greatest workout ever.  I've been playing Dance Central for about 5 months now and have dropped MAJOR pounds and inches off my frame.   I definitely think DC is what I needed to help me break through my danger zone (210ish lbs) and finally get the 200's behind me (120 lbs down so far!)!

Game night at my house was THE BEST.  I was a little nervous about dancing in front of my friends (insecurity reasons) but all that went out the window once the night got started.  We were so wrapped up in dancing and winning, no one was even paying attention to me.

We tried to stop dancing and play a board game, but we just couldn't concentrate. Back to dancing we went.  It got so bad that we had to break out in teams. 10 people playing DC using a 32" screen TV is not recommended. It was a mess and I was afraid I would get elbowed a couple of times. 

We were all addicted and a few of my friends went out and bought Xbox's and DC the very next week. BRING ON THE COMPETITION!

As you can tell, I'm super excited about adding DC to my fitness routine.  I've finally found a winter work-out that I know I will stick to.  Can't wait until DC2 comes out. Can I love it any more?


  1. Wow! What a tremendous achievement!! Way to go!!

    I'm a DC junky too! Can't wait until. DC 2 comes out!

  2. One of my coworkers was telling me how fun this game is. I need and Xbox Kinect ASAP.