During 2015 I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of muscles and stamina during pregnancy. I love my body, and am grateful for the gifts it has given me, the strength to bear children and to survive two very difficult pregnancies.
From the time I was 13 until I was 19 I was morbidly obese. I was never really bothered by it, other than annoying comments from certain individuals who mostly projected their insecurities on me. I learned at a young age to see through them. Nobody bullied me in fact I was blessed with plenty of good friends, I wasn't particularly suffering health wise, and my biggest issue was finding a good pair of jeans.
So when I started college and the student +15 kg became the student -35 kg I started to realize what a strange and wonderful world it was to be in a "normal" BMI range. I felt less tired, more alert and dared to do a lot more sports, and I found the love of running. Suddenly 10k or even 30k didn't hurt my knees! I never (other than to curb peoples disbelief that one could achieve all of that without a special diet) made a side to side pic of myself to show off the "new" me. Because there was no new me. Doing so would mean that I reject the person I was when I was heavy, and I loved that person, even if when she was way too emo for her own good.
So now that I'm back to being less fit and having frail hips, I see how my body has taken a toll and I remember what it once was able to do....like Aikido 3 days a week. Last week I went to a Krav Maga class and only lasted for 9 minutes! And it made me miss being able to fully utilize my body, to the fullest.
So I've made a promise to myself. To thank my body by rebuilding it again, step by step. I want to climb trees with my kids and chase them up and down the street without having to catch my breath every few seconds. And I want to grade in Aikido. I really miss it. It will be what i'm working towards.
My journey begins, with small but decisive steps. I will write about it time to time. You won't get; pictures of diets, shakes, protein updates, low carb rants, fat anxiety or gym pics. That I can certainly promise you.
Pic of ME before AIKIDO class in 2012
Undoubtedly VR is going to be the x-mas present of the year. And I doubt that Oculus Rift or HTC Vive will be the ones in the lead as they are still high in demand and low in production. However, enthusiasts and curious tweens are not going to wait, for either the prices to drop or the production speed to increase.
This means that there is an excellent opening for headset brands which have not yet brainwashed themselves in to our consciousness. If I was such a brand, I'd work swiftly to catch this up and coming market, particularly since many of these brand have larger brands behind them.
Because let's face it, it's the consciousness penetrating brand managing that plays a key role. I play on a Sega Dreamcast, the gaming generation that came after me doesn't even know what that is.
So which VR headset brands are likely to end up being just as obvious as a HTC Vive or an Oculus?
So those are three potential contenders to join the big leagues, but why does the title state "game of phones"?
The smartest strategy is adapted by OnePlus Loop VR. Recently they announced that they would be giving away 30 000 samples of OnePlus Loop VR headsets, which are compatible with the OnePlus phones and other smartphones its size. They ran out of stock immediately, and are now going to either make or break once word of mouth starts spreading. Not only are they going to grow in a new market, but only providing a simple headset, gives them the opertunity to grow as a brand and become affordable to consumers who are not as tech saavy, until the day they drop a more extensive VR headset. So I predict that OnePlus Loop VR is going to be the thing under most x-mas trees this year.
What the actual future entails? We'll just have to wait and see in 3D..