More for 2013, courtesy of Mark Sisson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I thought the cold I came down with was on it's way out, but it turns out it was working on turning into more of a chest/throat thing, so I'm sidelined today and not getting much exercise above and beyond surfing the web. I've seen many recommendations to read Mark's Daily Apple, but having read the Primal Blueprint cookbook and not gotten much out of it, I hadn't bothered with the website until today. There's a lot of good information there, and I spent probably an hour this morning just reading some of the many great success stories. So with yesterday's blog, I got to thinking that I posted my goals, but not really any concrete actions that I'd be taking to reach them. Mark's Daily Apple included a post on 21 things to do to prepare for 2013, so I'm going through and taking actions to check off as many of these as I can.

Here is the list and whether I'll be doing it, have done it, or will do a different take on it. You can find more detail at the link.

1. Install F.lux on your computer.
I will do this as soon as I'm finished with this blog post - F.lux downs the monitor light output around bedtime to help with sleep.

2. Buy blue-blocking glasses.
Not sure about this one. I don't watch a ton of TV, and tend to sleep pretty well, so I doubt I'll be traipsing around in blue blockers, but worth a shot for those with sleep issues.

3. Find a local grass-fed beef supplier.
I'll probably purchase a beef quarter in the fall. We did so for two years in a row, but didn't this past year because I was getting more interested in vegetarian foods. Lately I've been buying ground beef that is pasture-raised and comes from just across the state line in Oregon. Need to up my efforts to purchase other cuts of meat this way as well.

4. Buy a chest freezer.
We've had a small one for a few years and I can't live without it, but getting a larger one is definitely in the plans this year before getting another beef quarter.

5. Buy a journal.
I'm more likely to write in blog or some other typed, rather than hand-written format. I'll add a reminder to journal a few times per week to my Google calendar.

6. Get a library card.
Have one, never use it even though I pass the library every day on my way home. Make a point of going to the library at least 1x per month this year. Also, work through the backlog of books on my Kindle.

7. Find out where and when all the local farmers markets are.
I know this, but need to put it in my calendar until going becomes habit. This year I did Bountiful Baskets almost every week, but haven't been eating enough fruit lately to keep up with them, so switching to a farmers market makes sense. I've also purchased all of the vegetable seed I will need, have a new flock of laying hens and built a greenhouse last fall, so we'll be getting a fair amount even more locally - right from the backyard!

8. Treat yourself to a few quality cooking tools.
Done and done! I have fantastic kitchen gear and really don't need anything.

9. Find an Asian market near you.
Know where one is, and need to go there much more frequently. I need to find out what the whole fishes are that they have for sale, because they aren't really labeled. Their produce like baby bok choi and snow peas are way cheaper than the grocery store.

10. Look for a seafood wholesaler.
There's one downtown; need to make more effort to get there though it's inconveniet. Try for 1x per month.

11. Browse Meetup.com for relevant local groups.
Hmmm, I will keep this in mind but I'm pretty busy lately...

12. Start drafting a Friday “Success Story” to submit.
I like this idea!

13. Join a gym if you haven’t.
I belong to a gym and use it probably 2x a week. Plan to continue that.

14. Browse Craigslist for used fitness equipment.
I am on the hunt for a barbell right now, and would love to add a rowing machine and squat rack, though maybe not this year. I already have kettlebells from 15# to 50# in my home gym.

15. Find info on all the adult sports leagues nearby.
I took the plunge this morning and joined Boise Run/Walk to train for Robie Creek. It will be nice to have company on long runs, and meet some other runners! Training starts next Saturday!

16. Clean out your fridge and freezer.
I clean out the fridge pretty regularly, but there are some UFOs (unidentified food objects) in the freezers. They need to go and soon!

17. Get your knives sharpened.
I saw a knife sharpening place down the road. I have good knives and need to take better care of them.

18. Spend a day or two recharging in nature.
Maybe this summer.

19. Don’t indulge too much.
This shouldn't be a problem, we'll be hosting kids and non-drinking guests who'll be tired from traveling all day.

20. Go for a long walk.
I wish I was feeling well enough to do this today

21. Get ready to take advantage of The Primal Connection promo on January 8th.
Ummm, I guess I'll check it out?
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  • JLITT62
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! Unfortunately, I just love to shop. Period. But I enjoy the thrill of the hunt for a good bargain & most of my wardrobe comes from Marshall's. H&M can be kind of hit or miss, but I've gotten quite a few $7 dresses there!
    1967 days ago
    I love MDA. I hang out there often :)

    So much info there. That is how I found out about Perfect Health Diet. Mark wrote a terrific forward for the 2nd edition of Perfect Health Diet. You might check out that webpage as well. They will be adding a forum soon but there is still alot of info there. The reviews are saying that PHD is "Paleo Perfected" :)

    Anyways, love MDA :)
    1971 days ago
    This is a great list to get some ideas from! 3 and 4 were actually already on my list for this year. There are a couple suppliers right near my house (I live in a subdivision in the middle of nowhere that is surrounded by farms/ranches), and we've been talking about heading over to the scratch & dent appliance places to find an upright freezer. BF took up deer and elk hunting this year and while he didn't get anything this season, he plans to next season so we'll definitely need a freezer then! I also signed up for a library card a few weeks ago, I just have to go pick it up! I plan on checking out cookbooks to try them out so I don't spend so much on buying them and then making one thing and never looking at them again.

    Also for your knife sharpening, check out your farmers markets. Many of the ones I used to go to (still figuring out where they are where I live now), had mobile knife sharpeners that will sharpen while you shop.
    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2012 12:39:51 PM
    Library card? LOL I also don't understand the dimming moniter light at night. I turn mine off everynight. But some of the other ideas aren't bad. Mostly common sense though.
    1972 days ago
    emoticon you have some great ideas here.
    1972 days ago
    Cool. I need to wash down the front of all my kitchen cabinets, lol, they are old and dirty.. so I'm glad I didn't see that one on this short but sweet list of yours! ;) emoticon For the New Year!! emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    I love Mark's Daily Apple! He has some great blogs! I liked the 21 list also but don't plan on doing everything. It was a fun read though!
    1973 days ago
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