Health -Things to improve my health, physical or mental.

August 16, 2008

Bicycle 101 miles.

Do this in one year. This will actually be harder since it's work to take my bicycle places.

I've been using it a lot more around the neighborhood so it's been easier to get in the miles. I had originally thought this would require me taking the bike places to do this.

This one wasn't hard at all, I go so much farther with my bike. I've probably been driving it at least 10 miles a week most weeks so I'm probably more in the 200 mile range just from this year.

December 25, 2006

Go two weeks without Coca Cola.

No other caffeinated beverages, either.

So I finished this up a few days ago but it's hard to tell the impact that it had. I wasn't feeling well during part of the experiment, so in the end I don't know if the lack of coke really helped me or not. I'll have to experiment more in the future....

December 20, 2006

Get an eye examination.

It's been a long while and the close stuff is fuzzy sometimes...

I got it done! Everything seems fine except I'm having some near vision problems (which I knew) but I'm still 20/20 at the farther stuff. The Doctor told me to just get some reading glasses for when I need it. Generally it's just a little fuzzy in the morning sometimes and some evenings. I wish I had made the appointment in the morning instead of the middle of the day since it's usually fine then, I just wasn't thinking.

October 23, 2006

Take a yoga class

Just take a short community class to try it.

I've been in it four about 4 weeks now. They keep bumping classes later (I think my 10 week class is going to take about 16 weeks). It's great so far. I'll definitely do it again sometime. I guess it's not "done' yet, but since I plan to complete it and I do enjoy it, it fits the reason I put it on the list (to try it).

September 18, 2006

Drink a half gallon of water a day.

Do this for three weeks and see if you feel better(?) or how you feel..

After 3 weeks I've got some results/conclusions:

  • When I drink that much water, I drink less soda (which is probably good).
  • It makes me need to go to the bathroom more.
  • I think generally got to sleep earlier (maybe to to lack of caffeine or at least it being washed out of my system).
  • I think I slept better (although I attribute this to the lack of other caffeinated drinks more).
  • My neck/shoulders probably bothered me just as much as normal (I think OMT and Chiropractors recommend lots of water).
  • I have very mild psoriasis (dry flaky skin) which comes and goes and thought the extra water might help, but if anything during that period it's gotten a little dryer.
  • My stomach seemed more sensitive to spicy and junk foods than normal.
  • I think slightly overall, I did feel a little better.

    Once again it was only 3 weeks and I didn't expect any miracle in terms of changes. And this wasn't a double-blind experiment or anything, it was just me drinking lots more water. I didn't intentionally cut out other drinks but as a result I probably drank less (but I know of some days I drank as much I just had to force the water down later). Some of the above could be attributed to being tired or stressed from work (it was the start of the school year). So no big results other than the sleeping I'll be keeping an eye on that.

    I will continue to drink more out of habit (I already am today), but I won't be forcing myself to catch up in the evening.

  • November 11, 2005

    Sleep better.

    Try at least three new gimmicks/systems/drugs/etc. to see what might help.

    Rollerblade 101 miles.

    Do this in one year.

    Walk daily.

    Walk daily (1-2 miles) for a month and see how you feel.

    Eat Healthier.

    Do this by going three weeks with no fast food.

    Get my hearing checked.

    It's been years.

    Roller Blade more.

    Once every two weeks in the summer (for some 4 month period).

    Recently Completed

    My 101 Things (click for the FULL LIST with explainations).

      • 05/25/06 Complete a 26 Things project.
      • Create a new 101 in 1001 list that starts on September 9, 2008.
      • Post a review for each of my 50 favorite movies.
      • Post a review of every book I read.
      • Post a review of every movie I see in a theater.
      • 03/08/06 Post this list on-line.

      • 01/01/08 Do the Hines Drive lights drive again.
      • 10/05/08 Go to the Detroit Zoo.
      • 12/17/07 Go to the Greenfield Village Christmas celebration.
      • List 50 favorite films, buy them!
      • 12/08/05 See Anna Nalick in concert.
      • 07/01/06 See Audra Kubat in concert again.
      • See Blondfire in concert again.
      • See Conjure One in concert again.
      • See Delerium in concert again.
      • See Liz Phair in concert again.
      • 07/14/07 See a movie every day for a week.

      • Have the extended family over once a year.
      • 12/25/06 Host family Christmas at my house one year.
      • 09/15/07 Make sure I see Mom once a month (and get a meal with her).

      • 08/16/08 Bicycle 101 miles.
      • 09/18/06 Drink a half gallon of water a day.
      • Eat Healthier.
      • 12/20/06 Get an eye examination.
      • Get my hearing checked.
      • 12/25/06 Go two weeks without Coca Cola.
      • Roller Blade more.
      • Rollerblade 101 miles.
      • Sleep better.
      • 10/23/06 Take a yoga class
      • Walk daily.

      • Clean out the junk room.
      • Decide if I might actually want to live in Costa Rica.
      • 03/15/06 Frame all of my college degrees.
      • 12/20/06 Frame more vacation photos.
      • 12/25/06 Get a better kind of projector for the living room.
      • 03/03/06 Get a new carbon monoxide detector.
      • 01/15/06 Get a new desk chair.
      • 03/11/06 Get a new desk for the landing.
      • Get new living room couch and chairs.
      • 08/08/06 Get new living room tables and end tables.
      • 08/08/06 Get some kind of window drapes/treatments for the living room.
      • Get the drywall re-taped and painted in my condo.
      • 08/16/08 Move somewhere else local?
      • Paint the inside of the garage
      • Reverse the door on my office at home.

      • 08/16/08 Adopt a Baby?
      • Attend church every week for a three-month period.
      • Find a church I like (try several new ones).
      • Get some new suits.
      • 03/16/06 Order the brown dress shoes that I like.
      • Release at least 50 bookcrossing books.
      • 06/02/07 Take another community education class.
      • Take at least 10 photos a day.
      • Take lunch to work everyday for two weeks.
      • Try ice skating.

      • 04/15/06 Do my current taxes.
      • 03/11/06 Do my taxes for last year.
      • 02/17/06 Do my taxes for the year before last.
      • 02/07/07 Do my taxes in 2007.
      • 02/09/08 Do my taxes in 2008.
      • 03/06/06 Figure out a plan for my mortgage.
      • 08/17/08 Go one week without using any cash.
      • Make Money On-Line.
      • Sell at least 15% of my comic books.
      • Sell something on eBay.
      • 12/11/07 Switch to a charge card with better rewards.

      • 08/02/08 Change all exterior bulbs in my car.
      • 01/24/07 Clear out my Amazon Wishlist.
      • Get some updated content going on all the web sites that I own.
      • Get up the minute that the alarm goes off.
      • 10/22/06 Take my telescope out of the city.

      • 05/31/06 Be an early adopter for the next new Palm OS phone.
      • 10/02/07 Figure out a better backup system for my computer info
      • 12/09/07 Finish converting my Xbox into a media system.
      • 05/24/08 Get Mom hooked up with a TiVo or something similar.
      • 03/02/07 Get Mom using the Internet.
      • 04/06/06 Get a new battery for my digital camera.
      • 04/07/06 Get an SLR digital camera.
      • Get most of my digital photos online.
      • 05/31/06 Get some kind of faster Internet connection for while I'm on the go.
      • 08/17/08 Get something for my car to integrate my iPod better.
      • Scan my old photos.
      • Upgrade (replace) the desktop Macintosh computer.

      • Attend Burning Man.
      • Attend SXSW.
      • Fly first class.
      • Get in the car and just travel for 10-14 days.
      • Go back to the kite festival in Grand Haven.
      • Go to France.
      • Go to a Hot Air Balloon festival.
      • 11/27/08 Live out of the country for at least two weeks.
      • 08/16/08 Take Mom to England.
      • Take a Geek Cruise.
      • 12/30/06 Take a warm vacation in winter 2006-07.
      • 12/09/07 Take a warm vacation in winter 2007-08.
      • 04/18/06 Vacation in Egypt.
      • 12/30/06 Visit Costa Rica again.
      • Visit Roswell, New Mexico.
      • Visit friends in Boston.
      • 05/10/06 Watch all the Egypt specials I've taped.