A New Year: Part 2

Well its been a month now since I set myself some challenges for the year, So I guess I should look back at them and see how well I have done. The challenges were not massively difficult, just more ones of discipline.

So as a reminder for those who didn’t read my post in the new year here is a quick overview of what I set for myself.

1 – Lose some weight

Now I’m not vastly overweight, but over the last few years the Guinness’s have started to catch up with me. I have begun to develop somewhat of a beer gut. I’m not cut out for the gym. I’ve tried in the past and all it’s done is cost money, besides I’m only looking to lose a few pounds.

Instead I’m making use of the Wii Fit I bought for my wife last year. I will do 30 minutes a day until the gut starts to fade away.

2 – Podcast more regularly

Since Gow left Thirteen1 for his new job, the schedule on the Drinky Talky Thing has been somewhat erratic. All three of us have got incredibly busy and finding the time to sit down and record one. We have however over Xmas we have worked something out and the podcast should be more regular in the upcoming months.

So watch this space for that.

3 – Make more regular updates here

Yes I know I said this last year but I really do intend to be more regular with my updates here. To help with that I have a whole pile of my Thirteen1 content that will steadily be moved over here, starting with the drinking games but also some of my old reviews hands on stuff.

On top of that I aim to do at least 3 updates a week, even if they are only short opinion pieces on some random gaming news story or bitch about some stuff that has bothered me during the day.

So….How did I do?

Well, When it comes to No 1, Lose Some Weight –  that’s kinda an unknown.

You see I’m using the Wii Fit as my tracking system and it says that over the space of the last month I have lost about 4 pounds. The problem with this that the weight variation I can get on a day-to-day basis can be as great as 4 pounds either up or down.

However what I can confirm is that the doing this every day has not happened, work and other projects have kinda got in the way here – however I have managed 15 days out of the last 31 on the thing. I have also set my standards a little higher – now rather than 30 minutes when I go on  it I’m doing 1 hour.

So we will have to wait and see how well we do this month.

No 2 was to Podcast more regularly and aside from having to miss the very first week due to having contracted the plague, The evidence of the success of this one is here on the site for all to see. Three weeks running now we have managed to get an episode recorded and I have even been so bold as to buy all new recording equipment.

Nothing more to say here other than the plan is to continue as we are now and hopefully be able to bring TurkeySaladBoy back into the studio (Ok my living room but when we record it counts) to help balance me and Gow out a bit. Unfortunately his new job means that while he was difficult to pin down before, now its difficult to work out exactly what damn city he is in!

No 3 was simply to update this blog more regularly and even though I say so myself, I think I have more than accomplished that. 19 published posts last month, including podcast and drinking games posts. So much so that I am actually starting to run out of my Thirteen1 backlog of drinking games. I have maybe 10 left to republish and then I will have to make them up as I go along again.

Starting next month will also see my articles from Thirteen1 start reappearing here. I will however post them with modified timestamps, so that a post from November of last year looks like it’s in the right place. This will include everything from Thirteen1, from my game designed experiences with Omerta to my previews, reviews & interviews from games over the last few years.

Suffice to say that the promised comic reward for keeping this site up to date has been more than earned this month, however I’m going to pass it up as my awesome wife has just ordered me nearly £50 of graphics novels for valentine’s day.

Getting Motivated

Yesterday I shared with you a few of my resolutions for the year, ones that for a change I intend to keep. Going by my past experience however, I know what I’m like. I’m easily distracted and if I don’t keep on top of them I will let them slip to a side without realising.

So to counter that I have decided to reward myself for each of them I complete, that way I will always have a reason in the back of my mind telling me to do them. Nothing motives people better than greed at the end of the day, myself included.

For each of the resolutions I came up with a slightly different reward.

For my Weight Loss goal, the reward is purely financial. Basically for every day that I do my 30 minutes of Wii Fit, I am putting aside £1, which means that at the end of the month I will have an extra £30 to do with what I wish. Now I know its my money anyway, but there are certain things I only allow myself so much of a budget for each month.

Games are one such item. As much as I love them I limit how many I actually buy, because if I didn’t I would just bankrupt myself in no time at all. So this £30, which is outside my normal gaming budget, means that I could get an extra game a month if I wanted too. Likewise for PC Equipment, There I only buy myself essentials – this way i could treat myself to the odd bit of kit that I just want.

There is a secondary reward for this – I did my first 30 minutes last night and the bloody Wii Fit told me I classified as Obese. I know their guides for what is obese, overweight etc is nowhere near reality and I was only just on the line but still that was annoying and I will get that dealt with.

For the Podcasting, well that is actually a reward itself as I actually love podcasting. When I started messing around with it, it was just to look at it in terms of how it could be used to help in marketing and enhancing other projects. Now its something I actually look forward to, more so now that Gow & Craig (TurkeySaladBoy) have moved on from Thirteen1 as it a chance for us all to catch up.

For the Blogging, this is another one where I am indulging myself a little. Now aside from games I also enjoy comics, but likewise I limit how many of them I buy on a regular basis. I used to have a fairly substantial graphic novel collection as a result, but while I was at university I decided to sell all of them on. This is something I regret and am slowly working on rectifying.

So if I meet my target of at least 3 updates a week, that are not republishing of my Thirteen1 content, for the whole month then I will allow myself to buy a new graphic novel. Primarily they will be from the list of ones that I stupidly but there are also some new ones that I’ve had my eye on but couldn’t justify the cost of.

A New Year

Suppose I should start this blog post with the obligatory salutation – Hope you all had a great Xmas and new year.

Personally Xmas was fine until a couple of days ago. It was at that point that my immune system decided that it needed a break and left me open to the flu bug I had been successfully avoiding until then. Not that I let that stop me enjoying the new year. Having long since given up on combatting the crowds at the clubs at new year, the wife and I normally just have a few drinks and watch films.

This year it seems that Gow had exactly the same plan, so we joined him and a few other friends and had a few drinks while playing some games. Being Gow he had decided to set up his shot roulette wheel. Being me, a few shots in I promptly forgot having spend the day chugging flu medications.

With that mistake I was granted my last lesson of 2010. Lemsip + Beer & Shots = a bitch of a hangover while you
are already ill.  So anyway that leads us to today, a new year.

As is traditional I have made a couple of resolutions, they were however things I was planning to do anyway.

1 – Lose some weight

Now I’m not vastly overweight, but over the last few years the Guinness’s have started to catch up with me. I have begun to develop somewhat of a beer gut. I’m not cut out for the gym. I’ve tried in the past and all it’s done is cost money, besides I’m only looking to lose a few pounds.

Instead I’m making use of the Wii Fit I bought for my wife last year. I will do 30 minutes a day until the gut starts to fade away.

2 – Podcast more regularly

Since Gow left Thirteen1 for his new job, the schedule on the Drinky Talky Thing has been somewhat erratic. All three of us have got incredibly busy and finding the time to sit down and record one. We have however over Xmas we have worked something out and the podcast should be more regular in the upcoming months.

So watch this space for that.

3 – Make more regular updates here

Yes I know I said this last year but I really do intend to be more regular with my updates here. To help with that I have a whole pile of my Thirteen1 content that will steadily be moved over here, starting with the drinking games but also some of my old reviews hands on stuff.

On top of that I aim to do at least 3 updates a week, even if they are only short opinion pieces on some random gaming news story or bitch about some stuff that has bothered me during the day.

To that end the WordPress App is now back on my phone, so I can use that to take advantage of any downtime – leaving a simple matter of editing