Organizing our tiny home: a new challenge

I know that posting a blog this near a weekend is a mortal sin in some circles but I have decided to take my chances because things are happening in a way that doesn’t necessarily conform to traditional publishing schedules. After arriving in Utah with plans to be here for about a month, our first order of business is organizing our tiny home. I have to be honest and say that it’s been punishing emotionally. It’s more than just having fewer things–but this part of the process is about completely reshaping the way we see space. A friend commented on an Instagram post recently: “I envy your lack of things, but I’m not sure if I feel the same way about your lack of space”.

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Meet our tiny home!

After months of trepidation and wondering–talking and scheming, the day to pick up our new home has arrived. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit nervous. Almost all of this is new to me. Everything from setting up a living space the size of your bathroom to making sure that the strain of towing the trailer won’t blow up my engine–it all leaves me feeling like one of those dreams where you show up to work naked.

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The journey begins!

The first leg of my journey begins with a stop in at my dad’s place where I ate some chicken soup to help ward off a cold that I’ve been battling for a few days now. I struggled with the desire to capture the trip out to Minnesota to get the trailer because after all, it’s not anything grand and not too adventurous. Right? As it turns out, learning how to shoot, edit and post from my phone in a pinch is good practice for what lies ahead. Besides, it’s important to capture the less polished moments of the adventure because that’s what we are all about!

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One year down, lots to go

I love bringing you guest posts from others who are using adventure to take control of their lives and health. I met Zach Buckmaster through Instagram a few months back and I believe that you will be reading and seeing more from him in the near future. This account is about his adaptation to year one of life with type 1 and I hope that you will find it as inspiring as I have.–Steve–

Diabetes and climbing. Most see no correlation between the two. But for me–and many others, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Comfort optional

The hitch is on and the car is mostly loaded. It’s packed full of enough climbing gear to assault El Capitan and enough media equipment to make a movie about the effort. Clothing has been pared down to one small tupperware apiece and I even manage to narrow down my library selections to the bleeding necessities because my love for paper books does not make them travel lighter. The Yakima roof box is been patched up with silicone sealant and loaded with outdoor gear. All that’s left are some housewares that are currently in use and my computer. Also my insulin, test strips and remaining sensors will be among the last items to be packed away. I’m ready to go home.

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New tweaks to the keto diet and updates to the vlog

In the last week or so I have been forced to reckon with the fact that my cholesterol is high and the keto diet that has enabled me to dial in my blood sugar–may be the culprit that is creating chaos in a different area of my bloodwork. Since I ultimately may have to choose between the lesser of two evils, I have decided to tweak my ketogenic diet to see if my elevated cholesterol may be due to specific items within this diet rather than the entire way of eating. Here are the steps that I have taken:

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Ketogenic diet and high cholesterol

I recently got some blood work back and I wanted to share my results in hopes that it may offer some insight to others who may find themselves at the crossroads of the ketogenic diet and high cholesterol. I have been following a low-carb high-fat diet since July and generally speaking I have been really happy with how it has impacted my body composition, athletic performance, energy and blood sugar control. I’ve written a lot about it and I want to be fair and share the challenges that I’m having as well. What I am presenting here is in no way advice or even a solution that I have found for myself–but rather a question that I am working through. I’ve always had elevated cholesterol (last 10 years) and I’ve always prioritized my blood sugar management over cholesterol. Simply put, there are more questions about the risks of cholesterol than the risks of elevated blood sugar, so I focus on the “devil I know”.

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Are New Years resolutions a good idea?

I deliberately make new years resolutions that I know I can’t keep. I specifically set goals beyond my limits because I don’t think the point of this yearly ritual is to check a box or accomplish a task. The point is to become a different person entirely. For example, if you want to be a high level athlete, you must first become the type of person who is capable of becoming a high level athlete. Then, meeting the specific goal of athletic performance becomes an extension of the normal that you’ve created for yourself. To quote Abraham Lincoln, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” These resolutions are how I sharpen the axe–and are not meant to be mistaken for the process of felling the tree.

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Extraordinarily normal

In my most recent blog post I talked about my travel video setup and why I wound up going with a smaller, lighter setup over the absolutely highest rated sensors and optics–which come at a cost logistically. Of course I’d love to encourage you to check out the evolution and function of this equipment by subscribing to our YouTube channel–because I’m going to be updating weekly with videos. Ideally I’ll be able to post 2 videos weekly–but either way it will be a different, more interactive experience of our journey. Before embarking though, I wanted to finish up a video project that I started back in 2014 and I recently posted a video which allowed me to use my new setup to complete this existing project!

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Light is right: my travel video setup

I recently spent a lot of time fixated on the decisions facing me about putting together a travel video setup. Trying to determine the “best” of anything is that much more difficult when you’re talking about the tools being used for a creative pursuit. Like Casey Neistat says, the gear doesn’t matter–which tends to validate every opinion. Clear as mud, right?! Everyone is right-everyone is wrong. The best camera is the one that you have with you. My decision ultimately came down to a setup that will allow me to have a camera with me almost anywhere–the best camera possible that won’t slow me down or interfere with the adventure! Make sure you subscribe to the LivingVertical YouTube channel to see where this goes!

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