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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Larry Sleznikow

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Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 402 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    315
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    252
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Larry's Actions

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 15 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:28 AM
    I was reading that meditating can lead to a conservation of gray matter in the brain that we lose as we age. Those in their 50s who have meditated for a number of years have maintained the gray matter in important cognitive parts of the brain. They have the same amount of gray matter as a 25 years old...someone half their age. That sounds like a real benefit to meditation. Having an active, healthy mind is so important to well being as we age.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:22 AM
    The Coulee Region is blessed by adequate clean, fresh water. But the Wisconsin has not taken care to preserve and regulate its aquifers in the middle of the state. Some industries are pulling huge amounts of water from the ground with little oversight by the DNR and other regulatory agencies. This needs to stop. There are also states looking to draw upon the Great Lakes as a new source of fresh water and this needs to be carefully controlled. Moving toward more water conservation is important as well as keeping our fresh water free of pollutants, agricultural run-off, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:17 AM
    I know I was not addicted to sugar, but I thought I ate more than I needed to. As I reduced my refined sugar intake, and sparingly used other sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, it felt good to move in that direction.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/22/2018 7:33 AM
    "Necessity is the mother of invention." You have to love that proverb. We don't know who originally said it.

    When it comes to practicing simplicity effectively, one has to be creative and inventive. There are many ways to accomplish something without first heading to amazon.com and entering your credit card information. 
    • First, ask yourself, do I really need this. Really???
    • If the answer is yes, what are your options, i.e. buy used, check out garage sales or resale shops, check on craigslist.
    • Do you already have the tools/materials you need to fix or build something? 
    • Can you borrow what you need from a friend or neighbor? 
    • Can you barter to exchange skills with others without resorting to buying something new.
    You also can be creative by doing the same or more with less.  There is so much information online about living a more simple life and minimalism. Living more simply feels good, is challenging, and rewarding. And there is something new to try every day.  


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    Larry Sleznikow 10/22/2018 7:20 AM
    It's amazing how many times a day we flush the toilet. When you start to pay attention to it, we really use a lot of clean, drinkable water to flush our waste into the sewer or septic system. I remember hearing a saying once about flushing the toilet, used in California during a severe drought situation, "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down." It really makes so much sense. And the idea of using gray water for flushing should be looked at in any new construction or major remodeling jobs.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/11/2018 7:34 PM
    My brother and I are in the process of finalizing our parents' estate. While they were both living, they managed to accumulate a lot over the years. We ended up with the responsibility of selling, donating, or giving away almost all of it. It's taken most of the summer and continues this fall. I do not want to burden my children with that, so I'm working to down-size my possessions. It will take some time, but I feel that if I start now, I will make the conscious effort to purchase less and sell or give away that which I no longer need. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/04/2018 5:50 PM
    I need to spend more time thinking and reflecting on what is really important in my life and prioritizing my time accordingly. It's too easy to say yes to too many things rather than limiting one's commitments to that things that really matter.

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    Larry Sleznikow 10/02/2018 6:31 PM
    I'm looking forward to beginning the EcoChallenge and my daily challenges. They will bring living sustainability to the forefront of my daily routine.