The List – A Sad Update

When I first started this blog almost two years ago, I put together a list of things I wanted to do to make our lives greener, healthier, better.  Some of those things I’m happy to say worked out.  Some didn’t.  Some I made progress on and slid back.  So I figure it’s time to revisit the list and set some priorities so we can live a better life.  Here’s where we are:

Items I’d say are Done:
1.  Recycle more, throw away less
2.  Reduce the number of one-time use bags we use
3.  Stop using SLS based shampoos and soaps
4.  Begin using a natural toothpaste
7.  Use primarily cloth/hybrid diapers until baby is potty trained
15.  Switch to cloth wipes

Items that were improved upon but have since slid back:
5.  Eat homemade dinners at least four nights each week
10.  Limit fast food to once a month
11.  Limit soda to once a month
12.  Reduce the amount of high fructose corn syrup in my diet
13.  Exercise
15.  Drink more water

Items that were never addressed:
6.  Reduce our water consumption
8.  Reduce electricity consumption in the house
9.  Compost

I think pretty much everything on the section where I slid back will make an appearance on a new version of the list.  I’m pleasantly surprised that I made progress on most of what was on the list.  I just need to go back and fight gravity to make that second section come true and stick.  I do wish I had conquered more and stuck with it.  Stay tuned.  A new list is in the works.

the little engine that could

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