"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

June 28, 2017

I decided to start video blogging again.

But this time I'm vlogging on a new channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/BerryvoxReviews

February 11, 2017

A Gallon of Water a Day (Day 16)

Hello blog!

This is a wildly long entry and you certainly don't have to read it if you don't want to.

Awhile ago, I came across a challenge where people try to drink a gallon of water a day for 30 days.  I attempted the challenge once but I didn't get very far because tracking how much I drank was tedious.

Recently though I came across a YouTube video about someone doing the same challenge.  Underneath was a comment (from somebody whose username I can't remember) about how they just split the challenge into 8 16 ounce bottles a day. I thought, 'That's the way to do it! Guzzle one bottle an hour and you've done it.' And so now I'm currently on Day 16 of the challenge.

Supposedly there are a number of health benefits to doing this challenge, clearer skin, dark undereye circles disappearing, weight loss, etc. While all of those things would be nice, my main goal was to lessen my Diet Coke addiction. I drink 8+ cans of the stuff on a light day. If I was guzzling a 16 oz bottle of water once an hour though, there wouldn't be much room for soda.  And it's worked. I still drink a few to chase back the caffeine headaches but I've definitely slowed down on the soda.

And even though tracking the water was an issue my first time doing the challenge, I've actually been great about tracking how much I drink this time.  At first, my entries were pretty wordy but as I've gotten more accustomed to the change, I simply write down the times I drink a bottle.

Here are a few of my entries for those interested: This is the condensed version. I'm sure you don't want to read long days of "9am: bottle #1, noon: bottle #3, etc."

Day 1

12:15 AM: I've decided to do a 30 day challenge. For the next 30 days, I will drink a gallon or more of water each day. If I drink 8 - 16 ounce bottles, that will be one gallon or 128 ounces. I have just guzzled down my first bottle.

1:20AM: I just downed a three egg omelet and my second bottle of water. I had a bit of heartburn while making the omelet. I'm not sure if that is related to the increased water intake or the vegan 'beer brat' I had late last night.

1PM: I wake up. I woke up a couple of times throughout the night to go to the bathroom. I absolutely expected that though. I also guzzled my third bottle.

2:30, 3:30, & 4PM: Bottles 4, 5, and 6. I'm going to the bathroom soooo much.

9:30: I've finished the final two bottles and I've decided that I'm done until midnight.

Day 2

2:30AM: I've already drank two and I'm starting my third bottle.

3AM: Third bottle down and I'm going to sleep.

1PM: I wake up. (Yes I have a strange sleep schedule.)

By 11PM, I've downed 7 bottles. I've had a mild headache all day. At first I wondered if drinking so much water was the cause of the headache but I think it's actually caffeine withdrawal.

Day 3

2AM: My first bottle. I've been procrastinating on it. Should I just guzzle the next one as quickly as I can instead of sipping it slowly?

By 11:30PM, I've finished my gallon. I've also noticed that my lips which are often dry and chapped look and feel much better than they normally are.

Day 4

I actually drank 9 bottles instead of 8 today.

Day 5

Drank them all. I want a Diet Coke so badly. I've had a few cans but I would love another. I suspect my desire is more psychological than physical.

Day 6-14

I stop writing notes to myself and just note the times I drank a bottle.

Day 15

I've noticed something strange, a benefit I really didn't expect. I think my sense of taste is improving. I quit smoking many, many years ago and one of the benefits to quitting was supposed to be regaining your sense of taste. I never experienced that then. But now because I'm not constantly sipping a can of Diet Coke, the taste of the soda isn't overpowering my tastebuds. Cream cheese and peanut butter are even more amazing than before.  Also I haven't had a problem with heartburn since I last mentioned it.

That's it for now. I'll update when I hit Day 30 of the challenge and see if I notice any other benefits or drawbacks.

July 10, 2016

Pokemon GO

Apparently my life is now devoted to Pokemon GO. Goodbye productivity.

May 24, 2016

101 goals in 1001 days (May 24, 2016 - February 19, 2019)

Hello, citizens of the internet! (Okay, that was a weird phrase.) I've made a decision. I'm gonna start blogging/vlogging again. The problems I've had with blogging before is that I don't usually have that much to talk or write about. So I decided to attempt doing the '101 goals in 1001 days' project again. I don't think I need to really explain that, do I? It's pretty self-explanatory. Complete 101 goals in 1001 days.

My unordered, completely random list is below. One day I'm going to order this into categories like fitness, finance, and travel. I have things to do today but once I get home, I'm gonna try to put together a YouTube video about it too. (Edited: Here it is)

May 24, 2016 - February 19, 2019

Do yoga every day for 30 days.
Drink a gallon of water every day for 7 days straight.
Ride a century (Bicycle 100 miles in one day)
Bicycle across America.
Run a 5K.
Walk or run a marathon.
Read 100 books
Read a book in a day.
Watch 100 movies
Go to 20 concerts.
Write 5 short stories.
Finish my novel.
Publish a novel. (Could be self-published)
Visit Miami.
Go on a cruise.
Visit England.
Visit Australia.
Visit France.
Visit Mt. Rushmore.
Visit Washington DC
Go (back) to Las Vegas.
Go (back) to Los Angeles.
Visit Lily Dale, NY
Visit Bryce Canyon National Park
Be in Times Square for NYE.
Go to Mardi Gras.
Go to Carnival in Rio
Cook 100 different foods
Go totally vegan for a month.
Eat 50 different meals from restaurants.
Drink 100 different drinks (could be alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Make $5000/month for 5+ months.
Pay off credit cards.
Have a three month emergency fund.
Buy a house.
Blog for 30 days straight.
Vlog for an entire month.
Take an acting class.
Take a (fiction) writing class.
Go rock climbing
Finish a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Finish a 10 generation Sims 4 legacy challenge.
Go a week with no cellphone, computer, or TV.
Attend a midnight movie premiere.
Go kayaking.
Drive a car to another state and back (can't be a connecting state like WI or ND).
Get a massage.
Buy a flat-screen TV.
Get a blu-ray player.
Go to a play or musical.
Attend a Reason Rally.
Get a manicure.
Do a grocery haul video.
Make 50 YouTube videos.
Don't eat out for one month.
Play poker (either in Vegas or at Canterbury Downs)
Play bingo.
Grow a vegetable.
Get a 30 day badge on 750words.com
Eat at Wicked Spoon (the buffet at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas)
Get my eyebrows waxed or threaded.
Go on a zip-line.
Learn to drive manual.
Crochet an afghan.
Crochet a sweater.
Completely clean my (mess of a) bedroom.
Volunteer at an event.
Go scuba diving.
Do a cave tour.
Get a new phone.
Go to a standup comedy show.
Go to sleep by 10pm every night for a week.
See a Broadway show.
Hike either the Appalachian Trail or the PCT. (Not necessarily all the way through.)
Visit at least 3 museums.
Buy a Fitbit.
Vote in 3 or more elections. (Easy. I always do this anyway.)
Spend $100 at Dollar Tree in one trip.
Buy a guitar/keyboard.
Learn to play a song on a guitar/piano.
Go to a book fair/convention.
Go to a blogging convention.
Visit 3+ zoos/aquariums.
Do 100 situps at one time.
Do 100 pushups at one time.
Go caffeine free for a month.
Play 20 different games.
Watch a season of The Simpsons that I haven't seen yet.
Do the Sky Jump at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
Buy 10 vinyl records.
Go swimming in the ocean.
Bike across a European country.
Try a barre class. (This should be comical.)
Get rid of my old computer equipment that's sitting around in my closet cluttering the place up.
See Nine Inch Nails/How to Destroy Angels 3+ times (assuming they tour).
See Pet Shop Boys in Europe (assuming I have enough cash when they're touring)
Visit the state capitol in St. Paul.
Bicycle through Central Park.
Watch all three seasons of the original Star Trek.
Ride the green line light rail from downtown Minneapolis to the end of the line in St. Paul.
Start a new 101 in 1001 list when I finish this one!