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Hey guess what? This is a gamers blog, I know shocking! I also take part in vlogging which is like blogging but with a webcam. :)

Author: Cynthe

Sticking to Wii Fit

Posted by Cynthe Friday February 27 2009 at 11:19AM
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And I am actually sticking to it. Which is a pretty big deal since I have never ever successfully stuck to any exercise program ever.

So two months later and I have to say that while I have not lost a huge amount of weight on paper, I feel a whole lot better then if I had spent the last two months not doing anything at all, as has been the case for the past 4 winters or so. Fat builds up that much more quickly when you lose your muscles. Apparently simply by strength training you are assuring your muscles will burn calories even while you are sitting at your computer typing madly as I'm doing now.

I started the program with lofty goals of training every day, guess how that worked out? Yes not so well, I found that was a little too intense and I need days off to rest my body. What has worked out is doing 30 minutes every 3 to 4 days and while that does not seem like much I am loving the difference.

I started Wii Fit with a BMI of 23.41 which shot up to 23.90 at it's highest. Since then my weight has gone up and down like a roller coaster ride, I am thinking some of the results were not entirely accurate depending on time of day or bloatage issues. (I'm retaining water I tell you!! @#!$&) But what is consistent is that as the strength exercises become more challenging and I watch my limbs get toned I suddenly gain 3 pounds or so and then lose about 4-5 pounds very quickly. Muscle being heavier then fat and being great at eliminating said fat, that spells awesome news.

Confession time! I have abandoned the aerobics part of Wii Fit, it just bores the living crap out of me. So maybe I'd be seeing even better results if I was still doing them. However I'm not too worried, as long as I keep enjoying my yoga and strength workouts I think tackling aerobics will be much easier and more fun once the temperature outside takes a definite dive.

But for today I'm happy to report my BMI went all the way down to 23.00 which for me translates as 134.7 lbs which is the thinnest I have been so far. Though that is just a number I am more happy with the fact that my limbs are looking far more toned and sleek then they have in a very long time and if I keep this up I may end up in the best shape of my life period.

So again Wii Fit may do nothing for someone who already has a planned workout and is good at keeping with it, but it is a fun and simple tool for the lazy bones of the world who just need a few tiny pushes in the right direction.

Starting anew in LotrO

Posted by Cynthe Tuesday February 10 2009 at 12:13PM
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So I've gotten back into LotrO which I did not expect at all. My Aion guild was talking about finding a game to play together and Lord of the Rings was brought up, I had heard a lot of good things about lately especially from the Virgin Worlds and GAX podcasts and blogs. So what the heck I figured it would be nice to start a new character as one of the new classes available in Moria.

I went with an elf rune-keeper, which at first I thought looked odd with the fire animation. I feel like I'm squatting down and letting out farts of hell. Which as a dwarf works pretty great. :D But my dainty little elf I don't know.. Fortunately the class is fun enough that I am forgetting about the ungraceful animations.

I had forgotten how truly beautiful the environment of the game is, I can't say it's at the level of Conan but it has it's own charm that it doesn't have to be. My main gripe with the looks has always and will continue to be with the models. The NPC's are wooden and stiff and the only character they have is they are race appropriate and some of them depict aged characters. But the PC characters are vastly different then the NPCs even the 'epic' ones like Aragorn that you feel much more solid and fluid then they are. I don't know why Turbine went this way, it seems they had two different teams working on the models and it shows, painfully. To me it takes away from the immersion and atmostphere, and my other lesser complaint is the ommision of children anywhere. And don't tell me the hobbits playing hide and seek or listening to a story in the shire are children, they are not. Maybe they are tweens (teens), but you won't see any hobbit or humans younger then that. The LotrO devs have stated they simply ran out of time to create child models and don't think they are worth spending the time when there's other things they could add. I'm sure many will agree with them.

The gameplay is just great though and what makes this game to me very fun to spend time in. Had a great time last night and killed a few goblins with a guild mate, she helped me set up my mic which I forgot how to do or where to do it amonst other things and got the chance to chat awaywith voice. It's actually really simple to enable the voice chat feature, a simple matter of check a box and pushing Z to talk. And the quality was really great, not sure what to praise but I did not experience any distracting grrrshhshh noise at all. I'm sure there's a term for that...

So yeah that's pretty much it for now, I'll be able to enjoy this for the next 3 months until Aion releases, if it doesn't I may play more. ^_^;;