Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Gaming, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Strength Training

Weekend update

Unfortunately, I didn’t get my strength training in as I had hoped.

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Organized accessories using a shower caddy

I did, however, complete 2 written assignments for college, get started on a third, cleaned the whole house (including 5 loads of laundry, excluding the kitchen, which Jeff cleaned), got new glasses,

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Taz approved

did the meal planning, grocery shopping, modeled a bridesmaid dress for my long distance bestie, picked up our bikes from the repair shop, and finally got off my feet to play guild wars 2 for a couple hours over the course of the weekend.

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Yes, I could’ve worked out instead of spending time on the computer, but I’m a big fan of balance and after so much work, it was time for a recharge.  It was a fantastic weekend and I’ve done enough of the prep work to be ready for Monday when it comes swinging. ūüėÄ

Bring it on.

Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Super Adventure Box | GuildWars2

I am slowly starting to get back into Guild Wars 2, after my forced hiatus and subsequent return. ¬†The only down-side is that my mic doesn’t work so I cannot grace the guild with my lovely voice. ¬†The good news, though, is that my headphones themselves work, so at least I can get verbal cues from my team. ¬†It makes running dungeons and stuff a lot easier and it means that I get to be introduced to content that I didn’t know about–like Super Adventure Box: [start this video with the official sound track here:¬†http://youtu.be/6Ut8xPZVLMQ]

Super Adventure Box - "WHAT! HA! Awesome."
Super Adventure Box – “WHAT! HA! Awesome.”

From what I’ve read, Super Adventure Box is supposed to be a virtual reality sim created by one of the engineers in Rata Sum. ¬†It is to-the-bones 8-bit fun, which, is kind of hilarious because my own character and that of my guild-mates are fully fleshed out but our environment is an 8-bit wonderland. Here is a no-spoilers beginning review of the game:

Take this pointy stick
Take this pointy stick

Level 1 starts with a picnic with a princess who is then (predictably) kidnapped–then her handy helper pops up “omg the princess has been kidnapped” and challenges you to find her–arming you with a Pointy Stick! (lol)

Rabbit!!
Rabbit!!

My mates were describing it as “Minecrafty” and I thought I kept hearing bits of Mario and Legend of Zelda playing through my headphones. ¬†I was completely enthralled. ¬†What originally started out as an April Fool’s joke turned into an¬†immersive¬†playable game with 3 levels and a final boss. ¬†I haven’t reached the final boss, yet, but needless to say, this portion of Guild Wars 2 is a welcome distraction from the serious warfare going on in Tyria.

Happy Rainbows!
Happy Rainbows!

The game has got all of the old fashioned elements that I appreciate in the 8-bit games including haunting bass lines for dungeon-type areas, and exaggerated elements. ¬†I mean, have you seen the happy cloud above? ¬†It’s ridiculous and I love it. ¬†Haha. ¬†When you kill monsters, break pots, or go flippin tables, you’re awarded with baubles which can be used to buy health potions or better weapons. ¬†The life-bar uses a heart container system and has extra lives available. ¬†Getting food refills your heart containers. ¬†Not jumping into poisoned water or getting hit by enemies ensures you won’t need food… easier said than done.

Infantile Mode - Achievement Unlocked: Baby's First Adventure
Infantile Mode – Achievement Unlocked: Baby’s First Adventure

The part I liked the most was discovered last night–You can play Super Adventure Box by yourself, without a party. ¬†It’s not that I’m being anti-social in an MMO, but sometimes I want to do things that my guildies are not doing at the moment. ¬†Being able to get in a round of Super Adventure Box while they’re off doing an AC run is really liberating. ¬†There are all sorts of secret rooms and easter eggs to discover in this portion of the game, so if you haven’t already–please get GW2, and check out this unique add-on available through April.

For more about composing 8-bit music with modern technology, take a look at this handy report from the Guild Wars 2 Team:

The Music of Super Adventure Box | GuildWars2.com.

Posted in Fitness, Gaming, Menu Planning, Strength Training

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

The age old adage of ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ has been used as the mantra for weight management (loss/gain/maintenance) for as long as I’ve been trying to manage my weight. ¬†What I have noticed, however, is that the more I plan, the more I fail. ¬†How terrible is that? ¬†Maybe I just rebel against authority, even if it’s my own.

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Take, for example, the K.I.S.S. blog entry wherein I wrote about these easy workouts that I could and would do every single day. ¬†Ever since that entry–I haven’t worked out once.

Yes, the workouts are taped RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR. ¬†They are literally in my face whenever I go to leave the apartment and whenever I pass into the kitchen, and yet, I’ve turned a blind eye and ignored them completely.

The fitdecks and resistance bands, too, are gathering dust.

This is a pattern that I have noted more than once about myself. ¬†I start off with the best of intentions and I plan and plan and plan… but that’s as far as my motivation gets me. ¬†I finish up with the last detail of the diabolical weight loss scheme and my motivation goes (with a thick Minnesota accent) “Oof-da! That there is enough work–you betcha!” and my motivation just clocks out.

2013-01-09_12-38-38_427My latest endeavor is to participate in this 8 week book-learning course (through work, of course) that details healthy eating habits for all (not just people looking to lose weight, but really the right way to eat as a regular ol’ human being). ¬†I like to think I know it all, but the pre-test showed that I’ve got a lot to learn. ¬†I’m hoping that the structure of that class will help to keep my mind on fitness and that having a variety of OPTIONS available to be active and healthy will help me to succeed.

One of the healthy-minded girls that I interact with on Facebook posted a pin from pinterest that showed using post-it notes to set daily goals with daily rewards, so I decided to give it a whirl:

2013-01-10_11-39-17_593I liked the idea so much, actually, that I put the template in a frame with the post-it notes on top. ¬†In case it’s too difficult to read, the first goal is to “Clean up/off desk at work: wall, surface, files.” ¬†The reward for completing this task is “new batteries for my butterfly

The second goal is to “Set limits for gaming: pre-requisites, curfew.” ¬†The reward for this task is a new set of batteries for my kitchen scale (CR2032).

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The last goal is to “Check out/join community center.” ¬†Because of the area that I’m in, and the agreements that the localities have with each other, I can actually join any of three community centers in my area for about $30/month. ¬†The one I was looking at last night would let both Jeff and I join for $50/month for both of us. ¬†They have access to a 24 yard (I think?) lap pool, sauna, whirlpool, tennis courts, cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, and group classes including aqua zumba–whaaat?? ¬†I really want to check that out this weekend. ¬†The reward for checking out the community center is a walk outside with Jeff. ¬†D’awwe ūüôā ¬†He’s already agreed to be a part of my reward system hehe.

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Posted in Life + Living

GW2: It’s here, and I’m not.

My fiance (left) and I, are playing Guild Wars 2. ¬†It’s awesome, and I love it, and I’m about to start school again so there’s not much time to play it. ¬†So, more GW2 for me, and less blogging. ¬†ūüôā ¬†We just made these two characters last night – mine is a human guardian and his is a human warrior. ¬†We can share a lot of the same armor/weapons, so we can gain skills/level up faster.

bridge made of boats

My alt character is a Sylvari¬†, a concept completely unique to GW2 (that I know of). ¬†“The sylvari may take a human shape, but a closer look will reveal that their flesh is made of vines and leaves, with foliage and petals in place of hair, and golden sap flowing through their veins.”

My Silvari with Jeff’s Norn.

If you would like to see more “pictures” from my adventures in the game, you can view this album online:¬†https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151195226822112.513570.590477111&type=1&l=cb66e5c1c0

Okay, that link isn’t going to work. ¬†I’m setting up a Flikr account and I will provide the updated link shortly ūüôā I’ll probably just do a quick-post with it so that you get notified (if you’re signed up for that kind of thing)

I’ll be adding to it, for sure.