Got up and this morning hung out with J’s family washed the dogs cause they were pretty nasty then headed back to the apartment. Since then I have managed to watch or well listen to Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 while packing up the kitchen. Still working on that have quite a bit packed but needles to say its been quite the workout.
With the weather being so hot a muggy 97 here in Kansas today its very important to remember that no matter if you are hiking, biking, or even packing up boxes to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of clear liquids is a must. No dark soda or booze does not count. Water or some type of electrolyte enhanced drink mix works the best. When in doubt drink more.
Spent the day up at J ( the girlfriends ) parents farm nothing really to talk a about but need to keep the daily blogging going. Spent most of the day wandering around the farm playing with the dogs.
One of the neat things that we did was attend a Eagle Scout ceremony. It was great to see all of the tradition and fellow eagles that were in attendance. The ceremony brought back lots of memories from my ceremony back in 1999.
Along with starting to prep for this adventure I am also packing up everything in my apartment to move into a house with my girlfriend. So that is quite a bit of change going on. The change is welcome but does bring quite of bit of excitement and anxiety to the mix. Having a nice kitchen is a big plus as well as a back yard to be able to grill. Down side comes lawn mowing and other house upkeep. I honestly like the law mowing and yard work. In general being outside just makes me happy. Totally opposite from my day job.
One of the things I have noticed about moving is how much junk you can collect living in the same place for a year or even two. Needless to say many trash bags of junk have been tossed out and many boxes have been packed up. I have till the end of this month (June) to get it all packed up and moved out. The renovations on the house most likely will not be done by the time I have to move out so ill have to camp out on at a friends for a few days or weeks until it is done.
Doing very well not drinking soda of any kind. I am also limiting my portions of food at each meal to help cut back on the number of calories per meal. I have also been starting to choose healthier items on the menus. Due to the move I have been packing up all of my kitchen items so the adventure into healthy cooking will have to wait a little bit.
Last night I was unable to get any walking in due to a nice spring thunderstorm. Sadly though the storm did not get rid of the humidity. I did however move boxes around the apartment and was quite active packing things up for the move at the end of the month.
Knowing that I would still need caffeine I have switched from soda to Tea. I really enjoy tea and I am going to start trying more and more types and styles. A good friend of mine over at BlogWellDone is doing a segment each Tuesday where he tries a new tea. I think that every time I try a new one I will post it here. A nice healthier solution to soda or coffee but I still get my caffeine. Last nights tea was Lipton Cold Brew. Nothing fancy but I consider it to be my safety blanket of teas always there and always supportive of my caffeine addiction. Along with the switch I am also going to try to cut back the amount of caffeine I have in my diet as well. Wish me luck.
Sitting at my desk working a standard 8 – 5 web design / development job I realized that each day was exactly the same. Almost as bad as in the movie Groundhog Day. You know the one where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over again. I left work that day and felt that there had to be something else. I continued to have this feeling day after day and deep down a little nagging monster was kept saying you were meant for something bigger. I had no idea what what something bigger was. It was not until I had switched on the TV after a particularly boring day I would find that answer. I was flipping the channels and landed on the National Geographic channel and the program was about the Appalachian Trail.
The scenery was breath taking and the stories of the different hikers was inspiring. The fact that people would spend a few days or even up to 5 months on the trail was just awesome. Meeting all kinds of amazing people enjoying each others company, nature, and pushing themselves to almost impossible limits. Seeing all of that inspired me to want that. To complete something that no one I knew had completed and to have that bond with the others who have gone before me.
At the end of the show I found my self sitting on the edge of the couch and saying to myself “I am going to hike the whole trail”.
I woke up to a nice bright sunny day. A little windy but what do you expect from the mid west in the spring. Hopped in the car and off to work I went. Arriving to work I login to my computer pull up my email nothing exciting and spend most of the time deleting spam from a company selling cheap Viagra knockoffs. Today’s goal is to not consume any soda or unneeded calories. No candy, no cookies or anything extra. Also to walk a mile this evening. Quite a pretty non fancy first post.