Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stuff and junk

I basically have nothing to add this week. I’ve generally decided that my first step is not actually to walk every day (though that is PART of my first step). My first step should be to take care of these health issues that are making everything more difficult for me.

So, in order of importance, I have to figure out how to deal with:
1. My issues with sleep, and getting on a sleep schedule that works for me.
2. My problems with not being hydrated enough ever.
3. Eating a more well balanced diet in general and learning to love some trail foods even off the trail.
4. The migraines and light sensitivity.

Most of these I can’t get real medical intervention for until December, because my insurance would consider them pre-existing conditions (yeah, we don’t need health care reform). But I can take a few steps myself.

My the hardest part is figuring out this sleep problem. It’s three decades worth of problems and I’ve tried to solve it in multiple ways but just never quite manage. I know every single tip in the book on sleep hygiene and everything people have to say about how to get better sleep. I know them all, trust me.

So now I just have to figure out what little piece of the puzzle I’m missing…and it’s probably just will power.

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Everything costs something

I’m starting to worry about the costs involved in this hike. Not just the costs for gear and food, which will be substantial, but then there’s the fact that for around six months while I’m on the trail I won’t be earning any income.

Of course, my bills don’t stop while I’m out. Sure, I won’t be buying random stuff because I won’t be at stores. But I also still have to pay my health insurance (it becomes MORE important at that point). I still have to keep paying my student loans. My husband will be living in our house paying our mortgage.

So now I feel like I have to save up not just the money for gear and food, but also six months worth of my contributions to our bills. Which is difficult because right now I’m still in the hole (majorly) from my last film project.

This is definitely a “what was I thinking” kind of day.

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Weather

I think the hardest thing is going to be dealing with the summer heat. Which is making me wonder if going Northbound will actually be better. But the thing is, no matter what, I’ll be hiking in the summer. There’s no way around that part, and it will take all summer no matter what.

So I just have to figure out how to deal. I’m sure better clothing will help, stuff that is designed to help you keep cool on hot days. Wearing shorts might help, but I’m not sure if I can handle doing shorts and being terrified of ticks.

But going out this weekend just to walk the couple hundred feet or so to the Farmer’s Market and back was almost insufferable. The bright light is definitely part of it, and I think that won’t be as big a deal because I’m familiar with the type of woods and it’s as much bright direct sunlight.

It’s possible having a destination will help too, because at the Farmer’s Market it’s a lot of standing around and looking at things, and being crowded by people (which I don’t handle well).

But I’m definitely at a phase of “I don’t know if I can do this.” And I need to figure out a way out of it.

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City vs. hiking

I spent last weekend in New York City with my best friend. I had a fantastic time, but one thing I did notice was how easy it was for me to just decide that walking someplace seemed quick and simple. We consistently walked a mile or two to get places, or at least it felt like a mile or two. I’m planning to map out how far we actually walked.

We did use our GPS to get around quite a bit, so I’m definitely more convinced I need a really good stand alone GPS before I go out into the woods. It got way too easy for me to get turned around. Especially after I also went the wrong way in DC last week too.

But the good news is I probably did walk a mile a day for most of last week, it was just city walking and not hiking, so not quite the same thing.

I’m completely exhausted now though. And I had on really simple sneakers that had no support at all, so definitely need to remember to wear the shoes I have for walking.

Random site update: I’m changing the update schedule for this blog to be once a week on Mondays. I don’t have any readers and I’m definitely running out of things to say for now. So Mondays only starting today.

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