+10 to dexterity, roll d12 for armor increase…

Calm down, chill out. I am not about to spend the next few paragraph going on about Dungeons & Dragons/Tabletop RPGs or anything…mainly because I don’t play D&D (I have many friends who partake) and I have limited experience with TtRPS (Some basic experience with Heroclix and several rounds of Munchkin are about as close as I get and that’s not very close to be honest…) but anyway I digress.

The title, which doesn’t always have to do at all with the content of the post (at least when it comes to me), does actually have some connection to my main thought line through this post. I have noticed that I have a tendency of having one day full of epiphanies and I realize I’m dropping the ball on a lot of things that I wish I wasn’t…working out, my eating choices, my money, my reading, my writing, etc. etc. etc…this list could literally take all day. I realized I needed something to help me stay on track but something that would be both effective yet fun. 

Let me introduce you to that solution…

HabitRPG!!!!

It’s still in the development stage (it seems) so it is not without its bugs but so far it has been a ton of fun.

Basic concept: You set up your character (everything is done in simple 8 bit pixel art, which gives it some great charm), and then you create several lists. Habits/Dailies/To-Dos/Rewards. You edit the items on each of these lists. For example: On the Dailies list, you create an item of “Exercise” and determine how often you should do it, when you should do it each time, and even add a checklist of must do exercises if you feel the need. After having done so, you just check it off once it is completed each day. You will be rewarded with gold/silver and XP (experience points for the less nerdy kind) which will eventually allow you to purchase things for your character as well as level up your character. 

You can go on quests, join guilds, and do just about anything else you imagine in an RPG. It has both a browser and a mobile version and I gotta say…I think its working. 

Some of the items on my dailies are 45 minutes of reading, exercise, running, and brushing my teeth (the last one I often forget to do.) I have been able to check off at least 3 out of the everyday for the past week (don’t worry, brushing my teeth has been checked daily.) It has led to one of my best workout weeks in months, I have brushed daily, and I was able to finish the first book in the series I’m reading and get 2/3 of the way through the second (more on the series I’m reading to be revealed in a later post.) 

I’m finding it very effective and I believe I will be utilizing this app for sometime in the future. If for some reason I ever get track on a positive habit that I’ve created, I’ll just hop right back on to see how my character is faring and get to work again!

Just a few quick thoughts that will be further discussed on later posts:

– DC and Marvel had great showings at San Diego Comic Con this year (the leaked footage of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer really geeked me out) and I was really happy that they showed what they did but I just can’t help but feel…a lil disappointed??? 

– Next year I plan on going to both Kansas City Comic Con (otherwise known as Planet Comic Con) and Denver Comic Con with my cousin/best friend Ryan in tow. Hopefully our podcast will be up and running by then so it wont’ be too much trouble for us to get press passes.

– Only a few more weeks until CHIEFS FOOTBALL!!!!!!!

– Thankfully today (Sunday) is a rest day! But I might still do 10 minutes or so of plyometrics just to keep the body loose. 

Well that got away from me…

So, uptil just recently, I totally forgot and neglected my WordPress blog. That wasn’t very nice of me. That’s really rude of me actually. Just by happenstance I came across it again and was like “Whoa! This is like…ancient and stuff!” (done of course in my best Bill & Ted impression.) There have been so many changes in my life since I last tried to keep this thing going that it’s insane. I am going to try and start recounting them in the *hopeful* frequent blog posts I’ll be putting up soon.

The problem I have (and I do this with a lot of things in my life) is I will find the motivation to do it for like a short amount of time and then I lose it. Blogging, my various works of writing, different sports, video games, working out, etc. Come to think of it, the only thing that I put my towards achieving and seeing to completion is getting my wife’s hand in marriage.

But seeing this blog being left unattended to makes me want to get back on track with so many things. Such as:

– Running 12 5ks, 3 10ks, 2 half-marathons, and a marathon over the span of 2 years.

– Completing the comic book scripts I’ve been tinkering with for years

– Finishing the screen play that has been in my head in some form for about a decade now

– Play in sports leagues year round (kickball/softball/soccer/basketball/flag football would all fit that bill)

– Complete my Master’s in Criminology and begin working on my second Master’s in the form of a MBA or possibly even continue onwards for my Doctorate in a Social Science of some kind.

– Get down to my ideal weight of 215 lbs

– Travel to Europe, specifically Italy and the U.K. Like I can’t explain how badly I want to go to these places!

– Contribute volunteer hours to causes I am passionate about, such as the Alzehimer’s Foundation and Big Brother, Big Sister.

– And more TBD.

Yet the only way I am even going to achieve this, let alone just one of these cools, I need to get off my arse and get to busting my hump! There is a world out there where all of my goals can be achieved and its up to me to step up and find it!

Life’s biggest journeys all started with just a single step.

Keepin’ it geeky,

Average Joe