Creating a Weight Loss for Dragons Character Sheet:
When you are playing a roleplaying game, you start by creating a character. In this book, that character is you! Instead of rolling for your stats, you need to determine them.
NAME: well, if I have to spell it out for you, then it’s G-U-E-S-T.
LEVEL: One. If you’re level 20, why are you reading this? Go get in your helicopter and sit at a beach on your island or something.
CLASS: we’ll discuss this later, right now you’re all “Novice”
ALIGNMENT: choices- lawful good, chaotic good, neutral good, lawful evil, chaotic evil, neutral evil and neutral neutral. If you go online, you’ll find some memes that will give you examples from movie or tv characters, and quizzes.
BMI: Body Mass Index. Your number on a height and weight chart that indicates whether the medical community classifies you as overweight, obese or morbidly obese. Healthy BMI range- 19-24, Overweight- 25-29, Obese, 30-39, Morbidly obese- 40 and up. BMI calculators can be found online.
BMR: Basal Metabolic Rate- this is the amount of calories you body should need to run while lying in bed all day. Note the should. Sometimes your body is better at its job (which makes sense! Famine survivors were able to keep going on little food). It’s a starting point. You then account for burning some calories with daily activities (unless you really do just lie in bed all day).
SPEED: Here’s the first “gotta get off your butt” part of this endeavor. Speed is how long it takes you to travel a mile if you had to.
To test your speed, go to the start of a measured mile, or use a treadmill. Time yourself. How long does it take you to get to the end of that mile by either walking, running or a combination of the two? (use a wheelchair? go ahead and put in your speed for manual)
- I can’t walk a mile
- I would have to rest, so about 2 hours
- about an hour (1MPH)
- about 30 minutes (2 MPH)
- about 20 minutes (3 MPH)
- about 15 minutes (4 MPH)
- about 10 minutes (6 MPH)
- about 5 minutes (12 MPH)
I’m not going to measure over 8 in speed. PLEASE, if you are out of shape, don’t overdo it! You can increase your speed, but only if you haven’t hurt yourself.
Statistics: For your stats of Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma, you need to honestly evaluate yourself.
- Poor- 5
- Average- 10
- good- 15
- astonishing- 20
Strength: your ability to use your muscles. Not just how much weight you can lift, but your ability to carry, push, pull and hold yourself in a position like a plank.
Dexterity: your balance, agility, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Also your flexibility in stretching and yoga poses.
Constitution: Endurance. How fragile are you? Do you get sick easily, pull muscles, get migraines, or have trouble maintaining mental health? How well do you bounce back after physical or emotional trauma?
Intelligence: Your ability to read, compute, remember and analyze facts, figure out puzzles, get organized, find information, follow complicated instructions and make calculations.
Wisdom: Common sense, life experience, big picture thinking and self-mastery. Noticing changes in your environment and people. Knowing what the best path is and making good choices. (being intelligent is being able to make a giant self-aware robot, being wise is knowing that’s a bad idea)
Charisma: being a people magnet. Having lots of friends, online followers, celebrity status or notoriety. Having influence over others. It doesn’t necessarily mean beauty or talent (note the reality tv stars).
Armor Class- how well can you stand up to attacks? For this we are talking about emotional and mental defenses, not actual armor. When someone criticizes you, do you give up or keep going? How do you handle insults, people ordering you to do something else, guilt trips, accusations of wrong-doing or rejection?
- 1- collapse in a heap at the slightest disapproval
- 2- sensitive
- 3- hurt by others but able to keep going
- 4- only certain types of attacks effect me
- 5- F ‘em all, I don’t care what they think.
Gear: list any equipment you have that is important to your goals. Put in parentheses anything you want to get but haven’t gotten yet.
Goals: How are you supposed to know if you’ve gotten somewhere if you don’t know where you are going? Write down your goals in increments. What do you want to achieve in three months? six months? a year? Five years? Goals should be S.M.A.R.T.- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, realistic and timely. Don’t be vague, don’t be extreme, and only put down goals you are willing to commit to.
Skills: fill in the bubble of anything you know how to do. If there is a blank line, fill it in with applicable information. Put any bonuses to the right of the skill.
- Kinda-sorta- no bonuses
- pretty good- +2
- impress your friends- +3
- impress a television audience- +4
- impress experts- +5
I bet half the people decided this was all too hard. If you kept going and filled it all in- congratulations! You now have character… sheet.
Disclaimer: The author is not a medical expert. Consult with your doctor before undertaking anything advised here. This blog is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.