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August Fitness Gaming Challenge 2022

After a successful return to the 30 Day Fitness Gaming Challenge in July, we are back for the August challenge! I’ll be playing various fitness games to level up and lose weight.

Each day I’ll be updating my progress here on the blog with workout photos, motivation and videos. My goal is to be Fit at 40, which is a long term goal and my focus for these challenges. I can’t wait to see your updates too, let me know in the comments if you are tracking this on your own blog or YouTube so I can check it out.

a workout date with myself on Ring Fit Adventure
August 30 Day Fitness Gaming Challenge

Weight-loss results for this challenge

August 1st start weight: 72.4 kg
August 30th end weight: 71.7 kg
Total weight loss after 30 days: 0.7 kg

Day 1 – Let’s go!

Woke up to a nice cloudy morning and it was the perfect time to do some yoga before it got too hot to move. I went with my go to 7 Minute Boost practice from Yoga with Adriene. Honestly it gets me moving when I don’t feel like it and reconnects me. I’m starting this challenge at 72.4 kg which I’m so proud of. I would like to get to 70 kg by the end of August but I would also be happy getting to 71 kg.

It’s very very close to my pre-pandemic weight, which was already overweight, but this feels like a big achievement to say goodbye to it. I know we still have the pandemic and others will follow, but I’m talking about the not being able to leave my own house for 7 weeks part when we were in home confinement with a sick dog.

At the moment I am very hormonal and grumpy with my period, so I’m allowing myself some grace and have just eaten a KitKat in bed. Part of my weight-loss journey is allowing myself to enjoy treats sensibly and in moderation, as a very restrictive diet would make me miserable. This is what works for me so I’m sticking with it.

Day 2

I confronted the terrifying Guru Andma in Ring Fit Adventure and levelled up to 44! It felt good but I think I need to find an alternative move to Ab Guard. It’s not feeling right for me. I failed this time but I will be going back for more soon. I also hit 400 reps of Overhead Hip Shake which is one of my faves.

Day 3

Today I officially hit a weight loss milestone! 👏🏼 I have lost 5.1 kilos of pandemic weight gain so I’m back down to 72.1 kilos. This is the weight I was when I saw the Dr just before lockdown and he told me to lose weight. So it’s not like starting again but it feels like I’m a third of the way there as I have about 10 kilos more to lose. Knowing I can lose 5 has given me confidence that I can do it two more times. 😄

Despite my good start to the day, I ended up with migraine, period problems and a kidney spasm later on. I find this is a winning combo to send myself to bed with medicine and water.

Day 4

Today was back to my old favourite The 7 Minute Yoga Boost by Yoga with Adriene. It was nice to check in and once I meditated a little I could identify niggles and pains that need to be attended to. With it still being hot we only did a short Pokémon Go walk. At bedtime I was overthinking and needed to wind down so I was very happy to find that Adriene also has a 7 Minute Bedtime Yoga.

I think I’ll be incorporating this into my bedtime routine from now on. My mistake was going back to using my iPad afterwards. Next time I will shut my iPad off after I watch the practice and it’s night night or a few pages of a physical book. Once I get back online I’m coming up with all kinds of ideas and writing full articles in my head. 😆

Day 5

I woke up early and hopped on my indoor bike to watch some Pokémon Indigo League that I haven’t watched in ages. I’m still on my first watch through and enjoyed Episode 30: Dig Those Diglett. It was fun to see Ekans and Koffing evolve, the next episode will be interesting for sure. My rule is that I can only watch this from the bike, not the sofa or bed. I worked up a good sweat during the 26 minutes and it was a really good way to start my day.

Day 7

Started the day with some gut issues, not the best. I’m going to quit drinking fizzy drinks from tomorrow to see if that helps. Later on I enjoyed a nice Pokéwalk and tried the new Daily Adventure Incense although it didn’t seem to work. I did add cute Cherrim and Skiploom to the Pokédex and evolved a Torchic into a Comsbusken. 😅 Closed my rings and did 5,204 steps.

Day 8

Today is day 1 without fizzy drinks! Started the day with Adriene’s Yoga Boost and then took an evening Pokéwalk to close my rings and catch some Pokémon. The incense didn’t work again so I’m not going to bother with it. It’s far too distracting anyway and I like to work on hatching eggs as it encourages me to get out and walk.

Day 9

Day 2 without fizzy drinks and another session of yoga with Adriene. I find yoga so soothing and I really should do it more often. Did 4,425 steps altogether.

Day 10

As I’ve been having some discomfort I found a Yoga for IBS and Ulcerative Colitis video to follow on YouTube. The side stretching did help a little and I’m really enjoying the medicinal yoga for these days when I’m struggling.

Day 11

I’m like really into yoga at the moment, I did 2 short practices today. (Does yoga for a few consecutive days and is suddenly a yogi) 😂 Excited to improve flexibility and overall mindfulness. Day 4 without fizzy drinks and feeling the benefit already! IBS let me have a day off it could also be the yoga I did yesterday.

Day 12

Started the day with a morning bike ride with the intention of playing Fall Guys. Spent most of it cycling and trying to connect DualShock but at least it distracted me haha. Day 5 without fizzy drinks and caught some new cuties in Pokémon Go.

Day 13

Took the Chester and Cooper out for a short Pokéwalk, closed my rings and added Pansage and Surskit to Pokédex.

Day 14

It’s a rest day for me and day 7 without fizzy drinks. I did play a little Pokémon Go but step count was low at 2,186. My tummy is not right at all so I spent the afternoon on the sofa playing Fall Guys.

Day 15

Decided on a bike and Netflix workout since I’m hooked on Never Have I Ever. It’s Bank Holiday Monday here so I took it easy and had a slow morning. I even took a 2.5 hour siesta which is not like me at all. Took a short Pokéwalk and then did a COVID test to see if that was why I’ve been feeling off lately. It was negative but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Day 16

Today was a struggle! So I took another rest day. I didn’t even feel like doing yoga. I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with quitting soda 9 days ago but I’ve been having some unpleasant gut issues. I thought that cutting out fizzy drinks would help with the stomach aches I’ve been having. Maybe it’s sugar withdrawal symptoms? Who knows? I think I’ll book in for a blood test, as I’m well overdue for one of those and it’s always good to keep an eye on these things.

Day 17

Energy was a bit better this morning but I still needed something fun to get me moving, so I went with Nintendo Switch Sports and played several games of Badminton. I levelled up to E grade, unlocked an adorable blue nosestrip and the cute tracksuit from the football collection. I was so happy as I’ve been stuck with the default outfits for so long. 😅 To cool down I did some arm stretches and the 7 Minute Yoga Boost with Adriene which felt great.

Day 18

I’m in a bit of funk, so it was only later on this evening did I do a quickie 7 minute bike ride. I think I need to do some more yoga but if the weather cools down just a little I know it will improve my mood.

Day 19

Morning bike ride as I watched Never Have I Ever. We did 2 Pokéwalks: added the Yorkshire Terrier Pokémon to the pokedex.

Day 20

Only a little walkies with the pups as it’s very hot. Played a bit of Pokémon Go as we strolled under the trees.

Day 21

A slow day today but still closed all my Apple Fitness rings and went for an evening Pokéwalk. We’d had a chilled Sunday afternoon gaming and despite the heatwave we needed to get out. It all adds up! Encountered and Eccentric Challenger

Pokemon GO Eccentric Challenger
Eccentric Challenger

Day 22

It’s already very hot this morning so I started off the day with some Nintendo Switch Sports Badminton. I had some really good rallies and was able to level up my rank a little. What do you think of my tracksuit? I was so glad to finally unlock an outfit rather than accessories. 😆

Nintendo Switch Sports Badminton Rank E

Day 23

Another hot day so I jumped on my exercise bike for a quick 15 minutes and started episode 1 of House of the Dragon. I think it’s going to be a good show to watch from my bike. I know it’s not gaming related but it is geek fitness right? Once it cooled down we went for a Pokéwalk and I tried to use the daily incense again but it just doesn’t work for me. I’m not bothered, I’m happy enough sending gifts, hatching eggs and spinning pokestops. 😁

Day 24

I didn’t do a morning workout today instead I did some decluttering in my workout time. I’ve had a fuzzy headache and my kidneys are bothering me with the heatwave. I’ll try and get out later for a walk and play some Nintendo Switch Sports. I can’t believe we are getting to the end of the August challenge!

Day 25

Today was a work from sofa day, I didn’t do much but rest and play video games. My step count was 1,116 but I managed to get up and stand every hour at least.

Day 26

Another day of stomach issues unfortunately, but I did make it on a Pokéwalk later on and then chilled for rest of the evening.

Day 27

Today was Chester and Cooper day! We went for a drive had 2 short walks with them and enjoyed some grilled chicken. I chilled for most of the afternoon but then went into hyperfocus cleaning the garden and around the house so that burned off a few calories.

Day 28

Closed my rings, did 5,539 steps and played Pokémon Go. I think my stomach needs time to recover, it hasn’t been right for a while.

Day 29

Pokémon Go has really kept me going on those days when the other fitness games are too much. I’ve bought some Actimels to see if they helps what’s going on. I feel bad that my motivation completely disappeared and I’m not the most inspiring right now.

Day 30

We have reached the final day of the August 30 Day Fitness Gaming Challenge already. Tomorrow is a bonus day, rest or get ready for the September Challenge.

I have lost 0.7 kg since August 1st and that has been fluctuating a lot but it all goes toward my goal.

Today marks 23 days without fizzy drinks which is something I’m glad I did and will continue. I did have lightly sparkling water here and there and a 3 planned appletizers which are sparkling. The one drink I was hooked on was neon pink, full of sugar and carbonated AF so I know my kidneys will be grateful for kicking that to the kerb, the last one of those was 7th August the day before quit.

I will add my final workout of the challenge here later on. I’m quite excited for a fresh start on Thursday September 1st and happy to see there are new members in the Fitness Game Club ready to join in!

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned I have had some extra stomach issues than normal this month, which I’m looking into and to be honest made me very miserable. I hope to improve my nutrition and give my body what it needs to succeed next month. That said, I do need to push myself to go outside a bit more even if that means adding another short walk into my day.

I officially lost my pandemic weight around day of this challenge so that’s something I’m very proud of!

Thanks for reading,
Vikki 💖