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I Preferred Being No Impact. No Impact Week: Day 5.

I cannot believe I got through this week so smoothly. The  sacrifices of consumption that were made through this week have been phenominal! So I would like to congratulate all my friends from ENVS 101 on a successful completion of this week!

Fridays are hard. The weather wasn’t kind today too. I woke up early today. I decided to take a quick shower and head down to breakfast ( first time this month). There was no hot water. The cold shower was 3 minutes of hell for me but I survived.
For breakfast I ate fruit salad and whole milk.

After my 4 classes, I had a couple of meetings. So it was me, trudging through the snow from one …

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Day 5

I cannot believe today is the last day of the no impact week! My day began with one playing of Wonderwall, which I felt was a major achievement given what I started with. I think in the future, if I take a shower everyday between one or two repeats of Wonderwall, I would be able to save 4 minutes of shower time. Not only can I get up 4 minutes late for my 8:30 class, but also save a lot of water through keeping doing this for a year. Although I might cheat on taking one or two longer shower, at least I tried and I know I can take a shorter shower. Beyond cutting down shower time, …

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No Impact: Day #5

So It had been a long week and I hit to snooze button a few too many times. I guess this could be looked at as a positive because I skipped breakfast. I was also in a rush trying to get to class so I think that I took my shortest shower of the week. So who says that sleeping in for an extra few minutes in the morning is bad or lazy. So I didn’t eat till lunch and only at the cheese pizza. It was turning out to be my best say so far.

I guess it was good that I had little impact in the morning because when I was finished with class I hopped in the …

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Day 5: The Conclusion

Wait, we’re done?!

Today was the last day of No Impact Week and it was a busy one at that! Prelims went well this morning, other than the fact that I was swimming under bright lights and eating my granola bars. Not very eco-friendly… Lunch today was in one of Miami University’s dining halls. The food was pretty good, but I could tell that it wasn’t locally grown or even remotely organic. In between prelims and finals it was pretty easy to be no impact since we just slept the whole time. For dinner we had Chipotle, which was good, but definitely high impact. However, I did not use any paper products and also spent a limited time on my …

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Day 5: On a good note

As I sit here letting myself indulge in packaged food, I can’t help feeling a heavy twinge of guilt. More of a flinch, really. I sense that some of my goals might start sticking, which feels pretty great. I’m not sure how long the vegetarian thing is gonna last.. I decimated a Dragon Village General Tso’s combo dish tonight and it felt too good to deny. Maybe I’ll just stick with cutting back on meal size. Definitely more doable.

Our discussion in class today got me thinking quite a bit, especially about the state of our civilization and its fixation on living lives that are created by other people, especially regarding our spending habits. We’ve let other people determine when …

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Day 5: The End of the Struggle

Today was the last day of our No Impact week and I still do not quite have the handle of it. I did manage to mostly meet my goals, but I think if I ever do this project again, I could definitely set some harder and more specific goals. For example, I think I could shorten my shower further and produce even less trash.

Today I decided to curl my hair which was a pointless waste of both time and energy since my hair was completely flat again an hour later! I also managed to take a two minute and 50 second shower, which was pretty good! I also produced less trash today because I ate in the dining halls …

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Nice work, guys.

Well well well…looks like we’ve done it. Some of us with more pain than others, but we made it through in one piece. When I look back on my No Impact experience, I find myself wondering how it would have been different if I were trying this at home instead of at school. I think that I actually would have an easier time at home. First of all, I can actually control the amount of time lights are on. Second, I have no obligation to leave the house so no need to shower! I’d be able to use candles and the fireplace to light the room, and finally, I’d have endless entertainment from my dogs.

The things I struggled with …

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Day 5: Time to Reflect

Look at that, we survived!

I hope you all have had time to sit and reflect on this project, particularly after class today. There seems to be a never-ending chain of bigger and bigger questions running through my head. I never thought that this project could force me to start thinking about things that I didn’t ever think could be connected, for example the idea of community that we talked about today. I didn’t open Colin’s book and expect to question societal values and myself as a contributor to the constant cycle of waste. But I did, and ultimately the project lead to the big questions as it came to a close as well.

We all went through our own …

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Last Day! eye opening

The last day was pretty much like the others for me.  I didn’t really have any big relapses and the only thing I really struggled with was my diet.  Taking meat out of my diet will be a slower and longer process but I am looking to slowly reduce my intake.

This week most importantly was really eye opening to me.  I think its fair to say no one from the class will continue to live the life they had this week.  But I also think it is fair to say that a lot of people saw small things that they can change that if everyone did would really make a difference.  Unplugging my appliances and reading instead of just …

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Bed Time

Today was probably my most successful no impact day so far. I woke up and had a bowl of Crunch berries in my room, instead of my morning coffee at curtis. After my classes I went to Curtis again and had a grilled cheese or two. But here is the best part. After lunch I went back to my room and slept for 5 hours. No lights on, no electronic devices charging, nothing. It was glorious. And the best part of all of this is when I look out the window there is snow for days on the ground and it is still snowing. So that is super sweet. Well I have to go to work in a few short …

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