It's taken me two weeks to realize that this has broken a lot of the healthy life routines that I'm used to.
- I used to take morning hill-walks up Bernal Hill, which is next to my house. I had recently been using the hill-walks for walking meditation experiments.
- I've been using a makeshift sit/stand desk at home; I modified a cheap IKEA desk to let me switch from sitting to standing in a couple of minutes. About a month and a half ago, I started developing pain from sitting too long, and this became very motivating.
- I have been making most of my own meals, and I've found a range of ingredients that is very healthy yet easy to prepare.
- I have been going to the gym regularly. It's very near my house, so going there has been very convenient. In addition to the rock climbing, I have been following the protocols from Body By Science, which is deserving of its own post. In any case, I have continued to build a modest amount of muscle despite only going to the gym once a week.
Anyway, all of these routines are now broken because I'm rarely home now, and I've realized just how much this is affecting me.
I've been working on fixing them:
- Hill-walks -- Morning hill-walks are still feasible if I get up earlier. Once I move to the south bay, this will be more difficult. I've found walking on flat ground isn't physically invigorating enough, and running doesn't have the same meditative aspects.
- Sit/stand desks -- I'm about to drop $600 on the frame for a GeekDesk. It's the cheapest motorized sit/stand desk I can find, and the option to buy just the base is not linked to from the rest of their site. http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp?cont
- Food -- I've worked with the people at our startup incubator office space to set up the components of a real kitchen. The social pressure to go out to eat with others is strong though. :-)
- Gym -- I work from home one day a week, so that's giving me some time to get to the rock gym. Otherwise the gym is usually closed by the time I get home from work. There is a rock gym in the south bay, but it's way down in Sunnyvale, which is 15-20 minutes from work (more during rush hour).