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Powerless

Powerless

The power’s been out for 31 hours as these words are written. Got some snow overnight. This morning it’s partly sunny and cold.

Foodgasm: Nanaimo Bars

Foodgasm: Nanaimo Bars

My wife and I are from the Pacific Northwest…she born and raised in Ketchikan, me in Seattle…so British Columbia was somewhere we both traveled fairly often through the years. But for some reason, neither of us ever tasted a Nanaimo Bar.

Until today.

Whoa! Talk about orgasmic food. Damn. We each got two bites but they were heavenly.

If you’re wondering why the accompanying photo is of My Beloved on the Cedar River Trail and not a shot of those delectable pastries, it’s because the food was gone in an instant. The 1.45 mile walk to help erase those calories took us 40 minutes.

Life: Think About It

Life: Think About It

Read a BBC post this morning that caught my attention:

What’s interesting about this otherwise typical ‘tips for improving your health in the new year’ is that none of them involve doing strenuous workouts. It’s all about thinking more, sleeping better, smiling, etc.

The tip about being mindful…that’s the most important, I think. Being mindful encompasses quite a bit, but the focus is on journaling and thinking about all the little things one does each day.

In other words, gather data about yourself. Do what Facebook and Google and Amazon and the rest are doing constantly. They want to know everything about you, all the little things you do so they can better serve you so you will continue to engage with them.

If you turn all of that inward, do exactly the same thing but just for you, then you’re better able to make adjustments in your life that improve it. Cut out things that are destructive. Increase things that are beneficial.

None of those little things are huge. But add them all up and it’s gigantic. 

Tracking Habits

Tracking Habits

Capsicum is a new journaling app, although that’s not the best description for it. It does more than that. It’s a to do app, journal, events, calendar, planner, and more. The more is what got my attention.

I’ve been keeping track of my health in recent months and have lost a lot of weight and generally felt better as a result. It occurred to me that keeping track of everything is what made the difference.

That’s why when I saw what Capsicum does with habits my interest was piqued. It kicks it up a notch. Viewing the accumulated data is what may help make this a lifelong thing rather than something that goes away after a awhile.

We’ll see.