The BigRigg Challenge – Let’s Lose Some Weight!

For anyone who has been hanging around for a while, you might remember the RagamuffinTop Challenge from last year. Basically, it was a way for me and anyone else out there who wanted to lose some weight to do so with online accountability. For me, it was a success. Since starting it, I have managed to lose around 55-60 pounds, and I feel better than ever.

Lately, though, I have been slipping a little, so I think it’s time to start a new challenge.

So I present to you the BigRigg Challenge.

Why “BigRigg” (and for that matter, why 2 “g”‘s in “Rigg”?)  Well, my nickname has been BigRigg since middle school, and it is fitting, being that I am a big guy and all.

So here’s how it works for anyone wanting to participate:

  • Get a scale
  • Set a goal for how much weight you want to lose.  Maybe 10% of your total weight.
  • Weigh yourself every week on the same day, and videotape it if you want
  • Comment on my blog posts with your progress, or post it to youtube, Twitter, or post it to your own blog if you want to.  The point is, get that video out there so we can all see your progress
  • If you still are confused, watch one of my old RagamuffinTop Challenge videos.  It’s simple.

See, if you know that you are going to have to post video proof out on the Internet for ALL to see, it makes GREAT incentive to try and eat healthy and exercise during the week.

Now, please take note of this:  You will have successes AND failures, and that is ok.  THAT is why we are all here… to celebrate the successes and to encourage each other through the failures.

Ok, who’s in??


Rock Band for iPhone : a review

Released recently for the iPhone was Rock Band (iTunes link), the game that has brought music nerds together for the last couple of years.  Being the RB addict that I am, I immediately purchased it from the iTunes Store for it’s very modest asking price of $9.99.  Being so used to holding a guitar and playing it like that, how would an iPhone version of the game hold up?  Would the songs be ones I had actually heard of?

Here are my thoughts on it.

The first thing you notice it that this is Rock Band.  From the sound effects in the menu to the graphics, this is the game you have played on other systems.  The only difference is that now it is on a smaller screen and you are using your thumbs to tap the screen rather than pressing buttons on a plastic guitar.

There is the World Tour, otherwise known as the story mode, where you go to different cities, play a set, then unlock other cities.



Once you select your song, you can then select which instrument you would like to play: bass, guitar, drums, or vocals:


My only complaint here is that you can’t select which character represents you.  It doesn’t really matter in the game, but I would like to NOT be the girl, being that I usually play the guitar in the game.

Now, for what matters most, the gameplay.  Here is a video of me playing “Everlong”, by Foo Fighters.  As you will see, and like I said before, it IS Rock Band (click the “HQ” for best quality):

One thing I quickly noticed is that even though “vocals” is an option, you don’t actually sing into your iPhone, in which I was a little disappointed.  Instead, you have to press on the screen based on the pitch that is being sung.  Hard to explain, but here is what it looks like:


Trust me, it makes more sense when you actually do it.

So how does it play?  The feel of it is great.  I have big hands, but I didn’t really have a problem accurately pressing the right buttons when needed.  Another thing to note is that just like in the console version of the game, you can tilt the phone up to activate the “Overdrive” mode.  If you have played on the Consoles, you know what I mean.

There was no lag whatsoever, the graphics are great, the song selection is what you would expect from a Rock Band game, and extra songs are available for purchase if you so desire.

I have not had a chance to try out the multiplayer mode yet, but from what I have read, you can play against people you connect with on Facebook or over Bluetooth.  I would love to test that out, but as of now, I don’t know anyone else that has the game.

The common complaint I have heard is that the game itself costs $10, and for me, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask for a game that will do all that this one will do.  It comes with about 20 songs to play around with, 4 instruments to play them with, and 3 difficulty levels to master.  That is a lot of bang for the buck (or ten) if you ask me.

Overall, I have to say that this is the most fun in a game that I have experienced thus far on my iPhone.  It’s pretty awesome to have an app that will let you see a million faces… and rock them all (anyone?)

Rock Band is $9.99 and is available now from the iTunes Store.


To anyone that has messed up…

A quick reminder to anyone that has messed up in life…  As cliche as it may sound, there isn’t anything we can do that will make God love us any less.  In fact, not only that, but in times of need and in times where we feel like we can’t get any lower, God will sustain us if we let him.  That’s something we could all stand to remember at times.

Here is a beautiful song that I was introduced to at just the right time that reminded me of that very truth.  I hope it can do the same for you.

(click the little play button next to the name)

I Will Not Take My Love Away (Matt Wertz)

I will not take my love away
When praises cease and seasons change
while the whole world turns the other way
I will not take my love away

I will not leave you all alone
When striving leads you far from home
And there’s no yield for what you’ve sown
I will not leave you all alone

I will give you what you need
In plenty or in poverty
Forever, always, look to me
And I will give you what you need
I will not take my love away