Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Fitbit Sleep Notifications

I set up my Fitbit and IFTTT to text me how much sleep I got the previous night. I never think to actually look. This is cool because it texts me in the morning when I know exactly how I feel about the previous nights sleep. The other day, it said I got 4 hours of sleep, which is how I felt. Today it said I got 7 hours, and I feel a lot better. 

I just need to make sure that I’m not just accidentally feeling how I think I should feel after getting that daily information. 

13 Personal Rules

One of the most valuable tips I’ve gotten from Craig Ballantyne (among many) is to create your set of personal rules.  It’s freeing to make some decisions for yourself ahead of time, decide what you will and won’t do, so that you can use your brainpower on more important things.

Craig’s rules govern a lot about how he goes about his day and how he creates content. Those rules work for him. I followed his example and wrote my own rules. I think mine are bit more generic, save a few, but they resonate with me and make me happy.

Here are my 13 personal rules: Read On…


Not drinking coffee means that when you do decide to have coffee, it can send you on a trip. I had some yesterday, which was delicious, but I probably shouldn’t have had that much. It almost made it difficult to sleep 6 hours later.

Running felt easy

I ran a really fast loop around the neighborhood yesterday, about 1 mile. I only went that far because the family needed me back and I wanted to get a short workout in. What surprised me is that I ran it in the fastest time I ever had before (7:40), and it felt easy. I probably could’ve gone faster.

This feels good because it means I’m building up my aerobic base. I want to keep it up and maybe do an easy 30-40 minutes of running more often.

I have adjusted my personal target of a 24 minute 5K to 22 minutes. This will be a stretch goal, but I have a few months to get into shape for it.

30 Day Challenges

I have always liked the idea of improving myself, setting goals and reaching them and seeing what potential lies inside of me. But I don’t know if others have that same curiosity. I think there’s doubt in peoples’ confidence of their ability to change permanently and therefore they don’t want to waste the effort.

That’s where 30 day challenges come in. They make it all a game. There’s no long term commitment – you only have to try for 30 days. What’s 30 days in the course of your life (especially if it can possibly change it forever)?

This comes from my experience with Lent. I gave up coffee for Lent, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever given up. I felt awful for a few days, dazed for few weeks and finally felt better after about 2 weeks without my daily coffee. Now, Lent is long over and I don’t drink daily coffee. I have it occasionally and when the mood strikes, but not daily. I don’t want to return to that dependence and those flu-like symptoms if I don’t have it.

Would I ever have tried to go without coffee if not for the “safe space” that Lent provides? Probably not. I want that experience year-round. I’ve given up other things in my life and sometimes they come back and sometimes they stay out. I have given up all animal products, TV, facebook and alcohol as examples. Animal products are still out, but TV, facebook and alcohol are back, but in a much reduced capacity. And that’s the beauty! Kicking something out of your life and going without helps you to reset your level and realize just how much you might be overindulging so that when you take it back in, you can adjust it way down as you see fit. Read On…

Wim Hof Method

I’m really interested in the physical and mental benefits of the Wim Hof Method. It’s a breathing, exercise and cold therapy program that tests your physical limits. You’re able to improve immune function, improve breath holding and improve energy levels since breathing and cold therapy are very effective. 

Running Goal

I want to run the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 5K at 24:00 minutes. My previous best is around 26 minutes and I know I can beat it. I’ve been running around the neighborhood for 3 miles at a clip. I think I can beat it by Thanksgiving and post a decent time.

There are 150 days until Thanksgiving. I am going to beat 24:00 minutes in the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 5K.

Hibiscus Tea

It’s delicious. It’s sour and doesn’t taste like any other tea I’ve ever had. It’s amazingly good for you too. Drink it.

Up all night

Not sure what brought this on, but I spent the other night feeling awful. I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t leave the bathroom. I’ll spare the details.

I went to an all day conference the next day and never hit a wall. I’m not sure how this happened. Even after work, I kept going with the kids and didn’t feel like I didn’t sleep at all the night before.

Last night’s sleep was deep and I could have slept longer if it wasn’t for work today, but I’m still a bit amazed at how okay I felt after being awake and ill all night.

Counting Calories again?

I used to count calories to ensure I wasn’t exceeding my daily allowance. It works really well, when you stick to it. It works more because you tend to eat less when you know you have to track it if you eat it. It also works because you begin to understand the relative calorie counts for various foods you routinely eat.

That fistful of almonds? 180 calories. Wow. That’s about 30 minutes of walking. Is it worth it? Read On…