My Current Favorite Games On My iPhone

I consider myself a casual gamer and as such I easily get tired of games after a while. Which is why I rarely buy them because then I feel like it was money that would’ve been better spent. Somehow Zynga found a way to make games that have me come back over and over again. I think the crucial element in their games are the fact that they are interactive and you can play them at your leisure. The current Zynga games that I can’t get enough of are:

Words With Friends

This game is a version of Scrabble.

Hanging With Friends

This game is a version of Hangman with a twist. You’re represented by an avatar that’s suspended over a volcano with balloons. Every time you lose a round you loser a balloon. The loser loses all their balloons and plummets into the lava.

Scramble

This game is a version of Boggle. For some reason I never got into this game in my youth but I can’t get enough of this now.

These games are easy to play, have fun animation and you look forward to your next turn. I can’t get enough of them anyway, What are your current favorite games?

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Week 2 Of Weight Training: 4 Pounds Down

For the second week of my change in diet I decided to be more diligent about what I would eat. Not starve myself but be more in control of my portions and avoiding as much junk food as possible. Also, I made efforts to remain more active and on days I didn’t exercise I did walk a decent amount.  I have to say I was proud of my efforts this past week and the results were satisfactory.

So for my second weigh in, I am down 4 pounds (239lbs). Of course the scale also says that my body fat % is up to 39 this time around (see what I mean how I don’t know what to think about its accuracy). Anyways, I did well on week 2 and I’ve gotten some validation for my efforts. Now I must remain focus. This is still far from over.

Week 1 of Weight Training: Inspired To Get Fit

Recently, I heard about how Jennifer Hudson lost 80 pounds using the Weight Watchers system. I found that to be amazing especially because of all the tragedy that surrounded her the past year or two. Lesser people would’ve went into a downward spiral of depression and given that she was overweight to begin with, that would’ve been an easy choice, to go on a food binge.

But instead, Jennifer Hudson found the resolve within her to shed the weight and improve her lifestyle. I have none of the problems she’s faced and I no longer have the excuses I used to have to fall back on for my flawed weight issues (lack of time because of commuting, lack of sleep etc). After two months and some weeks of slacking off I finally got off my lazy butt and decided to seriously take some action.

Now I’m not using the Weight Watchers system like Jennifer Hudson did. Instead I opted for the free iPhone app called Lose It! At the start of this past week, I was 242 pounds with 42% body fat. My goal is to lose 50 lbs in 50 weeks. It’s a moderate goal of 1 pound a week but I don’t want to discourage myself so early in the game.

For the most part I kept to my daily calorie count. Some days I even had hundreds of calories to spare. The one day that I fumbled a bit was on Friday, but I made it up by punishing myself with an hour of the Tae Bo instructional DVD. Needless to say, I’m sore all over. I’m even feeling soreness in places I didn’t know had muscles.

So today was my weighing day for my first week to see how I did. I ended up with 243 pounds and 36% body fat. Now I’m not sure how accurate the body fat sensors of my old Tanita scale are but  the optimist in me wants to believe that the extra pound in weight is due to muscle mass. Only time will tell. In the meantime, I can’t let this get me down. I need to move forward and I intend to walk it off later today. Probably some calisthenics as well.