Simplification Week in Review 6-26-11
|The yard a couple of weeks ago – hshawjr
I enjoy running too much not to run again, but will try to be smart about it (something different for me) and not go overboard and try too run fast or far anytime soon. One mile a day is a good distance for a while with all the other stuff I do. I probably will do a lot more walking and hiking than running in the long term, I just want the option to be able to run and do it relatively pain-free. I just have to remember to have rest days built into the weekly schedule, so I don’t break down as quickly.
Now if I could just get myself to go in the back of the garage more often to life weights. I have always hated lifting weights, even though I know that it is good for me and that I should do it more than once or twice a week. Oh well, maybe that is something as I relax a bit more and figure out that I have more time than I used to, that I make time for.
I am not hitting the geejunk machine at work with all those unhealthy choices. I have cut waaaayyyyy back on my potato chip eating (my addiction), by having a small bowl instead of the whole bag, when I had them this week, and putting them on the grocery list – see my I ADMIT IT – I AM A CHIPAHOLIC post from June 16, 2009 (it is still pretty accurate). I have been eating salads fresh from our garden, eating less meat and trying to avoid pre-processed foods whenever possible.
The other thing is that I am not trying to wolf down my food in less than 18 minutes at lunch time. This is what happened during lunch when school was in session, there was no time to relax, just wolf your food and get back to it. I had just enough time to walk to the teacher’s room, heat up my lunch, walk back to my room, eat my food and have a couple of minutes to screw my head back on, then students started to show back up. Now I am taking my time, eating in a relaxed manner and feeling a lot less stressed about lunch.
This past week we processed about 50 pounds of rhubarb into non-alcoholic cordial, sauce, and freezer chunks, it will taste great during the winter. See Rhubarb Processing is Finished post.
Over the course of the summer we plan to do strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, along with our garden and whatever else we can glean from the local area. So we have a lot of food processing left to do. We started buying our eggs from a neighbor this week, there is a noticeable difference, between the fresh eggs and the one you get at the store, plus we are supporting a local small business this way. The quiche that Mary made from those eggs was very different tasting (for the better in my opinion) and had a lot more color than we were used to.
|My archery range as seen from 20 yards|
I need to put a couple of stands up and get permission from the local land owners to go out back to do some still hunting. Eating stuff I kill in the woods during hunting season has to be healthier alternative, than the mass farm raised meat that we get at the store, with all of the medications and additives to their food that those animals have. I have a feeling that I will need to improve my hunting skills a great deal to provide much meat for the table though, but that is something that I will have time for.
No I do not ever see me ever becoming completely vegan, so hunting will be a part eating healthier and hopefully help lower our food costs for meat.
I finished going through all my books and have another large pile to give away to one of the local book sales. Heck I even got my desk area semi-cleaned up so that it looks presentable when someone come around or if I “heaven forbid” have to work at my desk.
|My desk, still got some work to do here – hshawjr|
Finally, I re-imaged my MacBook Pro and got rid of several programs, files and assorted junk on the machine. Re-imaging my Mac has really helped its performance and forced me to look at what software I really need instead of just keep putting “stuff” on my Mac. See my Re-Imaging My MacBook Pro post.
Although my resignation is not effective until August 17th and it has been an extremely busy week, even so I have noticed that there has been a significant reduction in the stress levels that I was feeling. Who knows, I might finally loose a pound or two as my stress levels go down. After next week, I see my/our life starting to slow down a lot more.