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So about that 2017

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It’s the end of the year. Literally, the end of the year. December 31, 2017.

As a blogger, this is when I’m supposed to talk about how great/poor my year was and how stoked I am for the next year. Everybody’s got ’em going up, so I should probably do the same. Since this is primarily a World of Warcraft blog, I’ll focus on that.

That about sums it up.

 

In 2017, I’m stoked/thankful for:

  • Going to Blizzcon. Seriously, I got to hang out with some cool people and meet awesome folks I normally would never have had the opportunity to see in person. I got to chat with Bajheera and Jen, shake hands with Reckles from WTB Gold, and have drinks with Thorn and Thyst from Lagging Balls. I even got to hang out with Pat Krane for a bit.
  • Order Hall Gold. Without this, I wouldn’t have been able to pay for my subscription and make some character changes. Between this and the Legion app, I’ve been able to “play” without even logging into WoW.

That’s pretty much it. Normally I would have tried to invent things in World of Warcraft to keep me interested, but there were more things outside the game that piqued my interest. I’ve lost interest with the whole storyline playing out in the game, and what’s coming in the next expansion is going to be more of the same.

What does that mean for 2018? Will I keep playing World of Warcraft? Of course I will. I’m still working on my Ironman Challenge character, and grinding out that gold. Depending on how my other interests develop, WoW may go on the backburner in order for my dreams to come true. Stuff like that.

Now for some motivation. Congrats, you survived 2017! Hope you have a great 2018!

Happy New Year!

The 2017 Pushup Challenge

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Get Stronger in 2017

 

This is not a resolution thing for me. This is more of a “get off your ass again” kind of thing. It’s also a “your birthday is coming up and you want to get better as you get older” kind of thing.

It’s also a Goku thing. Specifically Gokuflex.

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Ironically, the man is built like an Anime powerhouse.

I started watching Gokuflex (aka Matt Kido) videos about a month ago, and he has definitely motivated me. It was a mix of his DBZ angle connecting with my inner (and not so inner) nerd, and his practical approach to nutrition and fitness, that appealed to me. In any case, I saw his New Year’s video and it gave me an idea. A goal.

That goal: 2017 pushups in 2017.

 

Now there’s no way I’m doing two thousand pushups in five hours. I’m just not at that point physically. I don’t think I’ll even do them in five days. But I plan on working out a little more regularly than I currently am. With that, I’ll incorporate pushups into the workout. I’ll also do them when I’m not working out. If I’m at home playing World of Warcraft and I’m taking a flight path, I’ll knock out five or ten pushups while my toon is in the air. If I’m in a BG and I’m waiting for the start timer to tick down, I’ll bang out another quick few.

What’s the point, you might ask? It’s about two things really: getting stronger, and getting active. It’s something anyone can do. If you started today and did six pushups a day – we’re talking two when you wake up, two at lunch, and two before bed – you’ll Achievement Ding your 2017 pushup goal by December. And you’ll be 2017 pushups stronger than you were in 2016.

As gamers, that’s what we do – we build up our avatars by gaining experience points and improve their weapons and gear. We make them stronger. I plan on doing the same thing with myself.

That’s the bottom line, whether it’s in WoW or RL – Get Stronger.

I’m planning on doing the challenge this year. I will succeed. I will get this achievement. How about you?