Monthly Archives: June 2013

Food stuffs

One of the things that’s probably holding me back is that I don’t eat a very nutritious diet. So I’m trying to fit more fruits and veggies into my diet. I figure that’ll help with the joint aches and pains and my energy levels. So I ended up getting a little blender that uses it’s own bottle so you just swap out the lid and you’ve already got your stuff ready.

It’s making me think about food on the trail. It’s such a specialized thing, you want to have low weight things, stuff you can cook on a small stove, and that isn’t going to rot. I know I”ll need to do a lot of research to figure this out. It makes me wonder how people ever figure this stuff out.

Of course I need to get to the point where I can walk for an hour or two, let alone all day, before it matters. But I need to get back on track with everything. So my plan is at some point in June to make a list of gear I’ll need just for day hikes and put it in the list in priority order.

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Habits

It’s too difficult to change habits, that’s the thing I’m running into the most with this. Recently I found a printable .pdf that was meant to be a habit “checklist” to help you keep track of what habits you were succeeding at and which you weren’t. The trick was 1-you’d have to print the checklist every single week, what a waste of paper and 2-they were charging for it.

So I took the basic idea from a few printable checklists that I saw and made it into a very simple Google Drive document, which you can look at here. You should be able to save your own copy that you can edit and keep track of yourself as well.

Also, I’ve been trying to use Evernote to keep a food, sleep, and exercise diary since I can access my Evernote notebooks through multiple devices. I’ve not really gotten that down, but I think I’ll add “update Evernote” to my habits list. But what I’ve been doing is pretty simple. I just have a notebook that is my food/exercise journal. Then each day gets it’s own note. The first line is when I slept the night before, then a list of the foods I ate and when I ate them (I’m not keeping track of quantities right now, I don’t want to be too obsessive) and then a line at the end for what exercise I did that day. Partially I’m doing this to keep track, but I’m also working on figuring out what food and exercise changes might do to my sleep schedule, and how I’m generally feeling. I’ve seen some spreadsheets that work in a similar fashion, but they usually have a bunch of lines I don’t feel like filling out.

My husband is on vacation this week, so we’re going to be taking more walks, and see how it goes. So next week hopefully I’ll have something more than “this is how I’m trying to even just remember to do what I’m supposed to do.”

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