Ha ha. Sorry I just had to use that title since it seems to be the most popular term on the internet. Actually in this case it’s true, and maybe saying it will get me a little SEO love today. This post is an update from early December since we really got more serious with Our Plan and then took on No Impact Week at the New Year. So what all has happened?
I lost 11 pounds in two months without really trying.
I’m pretty bad about weight loss because I’m always hungry and I love to eat. Seems though that I’ve started to reverse the trend and now I’m losing weight. There are several contributing factors, like light, irregular exercise, but my guess is that eating breakfast everyday and eating better overall is probably what’s doing it. For breakfast I’ve been having oatmeal, or some kind of raw cereal, and throughout the week we’re having several raw dishes with our regular meals. We’re also having less dairy. I’ve been known to drink coffee all day long, and I dropped the half and half except maybe at a restaurant or a weekend morning. I’m not using milk in anything except the Kefir, so we use only organic milk. By the way, if you really want some quality probiotics, start making Kefir. Some sources estimate that live Kefir will give you many, many times the amount of beneficial probiotics than anything you can buy in a store, including pills, and will only cost you 1 glass of milk every other day.
The improvements in commuting are still improving.
When I wrote on No Impact Week, Day 3 about trying to improve my energy usage and fossil fuel consumption I was a little tongue-in-cheek about my lack of options. Never the less we tried to stick to the goal of (maybe) 1 day per week of telecommuting, and 1 day of carpooling. I now have a commitment from someone I work with to carpool on a second day. Since most of my driving is for a normal 5-day work week, this is about a 60% reduction not just in fuel, but in the expense. And nothing really beats getting to work in less than half the time. Heck yeah.
We’re realizing the savings.
Roughly it looks like making our own Kombucha costs about .22 cents a glass instead of $3.00 a bottle retail. We’re seeing the same kind of savings for Kefir, Sauerkraut and organic beer. Last year when organic Heirloom tomatoes went up to almost $5 a pound we were laughing all the way to the bank when we picked them from our backyard. We’re getting more savings with fuel for commuting, clothes at Goodwill, growing and fermenting our own food. When I wrote Fun With the Smartmeter a couple of weeks ago, that’s when we realized we were using 12% less total energy than a comparable home in our area, and a whopping 45% less on electric.
Most importantly I’ve been consistently writing about this during my ‘free time.’
Writing is cool. It makes me think about what I’m doing in a different way and takes me off autopilot. It also puts me in a good place to capture new ideas when I’m recapping what we’re doing, which is hard when I’m actually out doing it. You know the feeling when you think of a great idea but you know by the time you finish moving the compost pile and washing the muck off of your hands it will be gone forever. Try writing about your project and hopefully you’ll find as I did, that it all comes back.
Of course the other part of writing that’s cool is that hopefully people can see that, heck, if this guy can do it, anybody can, and probably better. Let’s all look like foolish idiots together while we learn to live better — misery loves company, or something like that.