21DSD in 2014: Week 1

I hope everyone is enjoying a bountiful start to their 2014.  We are doing the same, and are refocusing our efforts on healthful eating to kick the new year off with some positive momentum.  If your holiday season was anything like ours, it was filled with positive and negative stressors, and maybe some (or a lot of) generosity with our 80/20 balance.  In the past, we’ve done a number of different diet “resets” with challenges of various lengths.  We appreciate their variety, as each has its own unique benefits.  This time around, we’re going with the 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo, as one of our biggest vices over the holiday season has been indulging in sugar and carbohydrate rich foods/drinks.  If you’re interested and want to learn more, definitely check out the details over at Diane’s website Balanced Bites.  She also has a podcast, so there are many ways to interact with her and her knowledge.

Jawbone UP: A Review

Since dialing in my diet, and finding what works and what doesn’t in a pretty large magnitude, I’ve been trying to take care of the other essentials of health: sleep and movement.  This could be considered a tool that falls within the quantified self movement, and while I’m not ready to go as far as Kamal Patel over at PainDatabase (though I love reading his material, I just know right now I’d drop the ball in terms of follow-through), this is a good start at being able to quantify your habits in order to enact change.  Working two jobs, I often spend a lot of time in front of a computer during the day, or up too late working.  It’s not always a perfect life, but I’m trying to be more aware of the time I spend idle, and the times when I don’t get enough sleep.

Since purchasing the Jawbone UP, I’ve been able to track how late I stay up and whether or not it has any tangible affect on my sleep quality or my overall mood over the next few days.  The UP is a really cool product that has a bit of a tarnished history because of it’s first generation attempt about a year and a half ago.  It had a great debut as a wearable fitness band, well before the Nike FuelBand, but the resulting product reliability took things downhill.