Archive for May, 2012

Diet Hell

Posted: May 27, 2012 in Goals, health
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Well, not really. I thought it was going to be hard, but this first month wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. I haven’t skipped my exercise at all, nor have I eaten badly. Now I am not talking about just eating carrots and lettuce (though I do have nice salads now and again), I actually have proper meals, I just keep track of how much I eat in total and I keep an eye on my portion size. I really don’t have the feeling that I’m on a diet. This is probably one of the reasons why I am not feeling like quitting.

Now a thing that has surprised me is my endurance for working out. I used to hate working out, but now I actually look forward to my runs in the week. I love pushing myself a bit further and actually noticing that I can run a certain amount of time. I get a high after my runs and I feel really good about myself. The circuit-training is a different matter. It’s short which is good, but I don’t really love it. I am happy when I’m done and I see the results already. I feel firmer and I’m actually getting some muscles. In the end that will also help me with my running results, as my knee is getting stronger.

There was a time I used any excuse not to run because of my bad knee. You name it, I said it. Now I’m not so afraid any more of hurting my knee. I think I’ve hurt my knee once really bad, but I thought to myself: ‘it’s correcting itself already, I’m still standing and I’m still running. I’m fine, no need to panic.’  And I kept running. I do still feel a bit of pain now and then, but I’m feeling a lot more secure about my knee and my own abilities.

Now for the result after a month of doing this: I lost 9 lbs. I went over my goal for the month! I try to aim for half a stone per month (7 lbs). I also took my measurements now and I’ll see in another month’s time how many inches I lost.

All in all, I am proud of myself.

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Finish him!

Posted: May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Never give up, never surrender!

Posted: May 15, 2012 in doodles, rant
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This weekend was all about playing the beta for Funcom’s next mmo: The Secret World. It’s a modern day mmo that gets the player involved in the conspiracies and mysteries that exist in the world.

Ever since I heard about this mmo, I’ve been looking forward to it. When I saw some game play and screenshots a few months ago, I wasn’t too enthusiastic. It looked… well crap. The player characters looked a bit wooden and I wasn’t that impressed with the environment. I decided to give the game a chance though after hearing some of the press being impressed with the game. So when the chance was there to pre-order the game I did. That also gained me access to their first beta weekend.

I made my character and went into the first scene’s. It is a lot of movie-watching that you have to do and I wasn’t that excited for the first hour or so. That was until I got into the really creepy stuff. I was send to Kingsmouth. A little town that has been hit by a mysterious fog, turning people into flesh-eating zombies and it seems it brought some other creepy crawlies to the town too.

The atmosphere, the design of the town, the quests, the monsters… I am loving it. I am properly creeped out by things, but also engrossed enough to want to keep exploring and finding out what happened to this town, while fighting my way through hordes of zombies that want to nibble on my flesh.

The ability-wheel and non-levelling system is a bit different, but it’s not that difficult to figure out. It gives you a lot of freedom with how you want to play your character and I didn’t feel the rush to reach a certain level, simply since it’s not there.

I actually had to shut of the game, since I didn’t want to be spoiled for when it comes out on the 19th of June. I will buy this game. Now some negative points: I think that I will feel the same way about this game, like I did with SWTOR after reaching level 50 and doing my final class-quest; not much re-play value. I think once I’ve figured out all the mysteries and battles, I’ll probably be done with this game or won’t want to create another character and I’m actually ok with that.

I am seeing this game more as an mmo with an amazing one time storyline I need to follow and I already wrote down a few things I came across in the game that I want to use for my pen and paper-rpg Hunter: the vigil. I can’t wait until the 19th of June to get creeped out!

The Loser

Posted: May 12, 2012 in health

Time for some health updates!

Well, after 2 weeks of running, cross circuit training and eating healthy I can definitely see a change in my body. First things first, the weight loss for this week: -1.5lbs I’m happy with this. I would have loved a solid 2lbs, but it’s a loss and that is what counts in the end. I guess that my clothes are starting to loosen a lot also shows that it’s working for me.

Now for the activity levels; I was very hesitant of going up to week two of C25K, but when I actually did I was really amazed with how well I did. I can’t do it completely and it seems that my second 90 seconds run always seems to fail. That could be a wall I need to break through, but so far I am really impressed with myself. My knee is getting better too. I have days that after working out it hurts, but it always seems to sort itself out and while running I feel no pain and I don’t collapse into my knee.

The 30 day shred is now finished for level 1. I do see a lot of progress with that too. I was panting for the first few days and I’m not saying its easy now, but it’s easier compared to those first few sessions. On Monday I will be starting level 2 of the shred, and I’ve already heard it is much, much harder then level 1. I predict a lot of pain in my future. All in all, it’s been a long time since I was this active and I’m quite proud for sticking to my work out regime.

Food wise I’ve been good. I’m logging all my calories and preparing meals goes quicker and I’m actually enjoying the quest for low calorie meals that are still nom-worthy. I’ve also noticed how much of a glutton I’ve been. For example; normally I would eat half of a fajita kit easily, but looking at those calories I should really only eat a quarter of it. I did so today and even though I loved to have eaten more, it was enough. That is the weird thing, I have to tell myself that I am full and I don’t need to eat it all. Small steps, but I’m on the right track.

The Bucketlister

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Goals

The good old Bucketlist, ow how much I love you. People who know me, know that I love my lists. In fact, if you look at my desk or my diary you would see both covered in to-do-lists.

Now that we are in the Beta for MoP, I thought it would be time for a little bucketlist of things I want to achieve before MoP goes live.

–          Level my non-panda chars in the following order:

  • goblin mage (85 – done)
  • Tauren druid (81)will only be levelled with my husband’s character
  • Belf paladin (81)
  • Tauren Shaman (70)
  • Goblin Priest (62)
  • Draenai Priest (80)
  • Gnome Warlock (71)
  • Nelf Hunter (76)
  • Human Rogue (70)
  • Draenai Shaman (61)
  • Troll Warlock (10)
  • Orc Warrior (15) I will level this character together with my husband
  • Nelf Deathknight (58)
  • Nelf Mage (60) thought I’m thinking of deleting her and creating a troll DK if I like the nelf dk that I already have.

 

–          Get all my professions up to max and have all professions that are in the game

–          Decide whether my nelf druid or my draenai mage will become main for MoP (I am leaning towards my druid at the moment)

–          Start pet collecting on my new main

It’s a long list when it comes to leveling all those characters, but it’s one of the things I really enjoy doing in the game. I’ll talk about my bucketlist perhaps in another week or maybe month.