October 11 - October 25, 2017

Anthony Yeznach


"We live in a finite world. Everything you do or touch matters. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 762 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    spent outdoors



Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.



Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 30 minute(s) per day for two weeks.



Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.



Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% more energy.

One-Time Challenge


Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

One-Time Challenge


Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) per day.



Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.



Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 8.58 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



  • Anthony Yeznach 10/25/2017 1:36 PM
    Given that this is the last day, ask yourself: Which of these things will I continue to do?  It can be all-the-time or some-of-the-time.  Seriously, stop and give it some thought.

    • Peggy La Point 10/25/2017 8:51 PM
      Well, I won’t carry my garbage around everyday but I now have a better idea of where my waste comes from and I’m adjusting what I buy because of it.

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/25/2017 11:49 AM
    I went out walking early this morning in anticipation of *possibly* seeing the aurora borealis.  In the Portland area we are pretty much at the bottom end of where it would be visible.  While I was concerned about light pollution from Portland itself, it turned out not to matter, as we had enough fog to prevent viewing.  But the walk was great none-the-less.

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/24/2017 5:10 PM
    Just prior to starting this "challenge" I subscribed to a recipe service that delivers 3 recipes (plus two bonus ones usually) along with a shopping list for them to your email each week.  The recipes are completely plant-based.  Additionally, the individual issuing the recipes prefers not to use refined oils - so the recipes are really very healthy.  While I have always been one to "eat my vegetables", this is being a real eye-opener, or maybe a mind-opener.  I've used these recipes in my two weeks of meatless living.

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/24/2017 4:52 PM
    About to head out for an evening walk in the wonderful weather.  Last evening my walk netted me enough wild mushrooms to make a small batch of mushroom rice. Who am I to throw a gift away?

    • Anthony Yeznach 10/24/2017 5:14 PM
      Hi Rebecca! I've been picking wild mushrooms all my life so for me it's second nature.  If you really are interested, there are resources locally that can help you learn.  And that is the best way to learn, in my opinion, learn from someone who can guide you.

    • Rebecca Snook 10/24/2017 4:55 PM
      That's so awesome you have the ability to do that. I am jealous, but happy for you!

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/22/2017 2:42 PM
    I forwent the unbridled pleasure of a second walk yesterday afternoon in the pouring-down rain. C'est la vie!

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/20/2017 7:46 PM
    How is my challenge going? Really good, but not perfect. I can live with that.
    Like: I get almost 2 hrs between the two walks and working out for what amounts to quiet (decompression) time. Diet is primarily plant-based.
    Dislike: The time squeeze that creates. The issues preventing me from riding my bicycle to work, or taking public transport. (In-town here in Wilsonville, the bus is free.  Neener-neener.)

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/19/2017 5:05 PM
    It's about time, isn't it?  I find the most difficult part of this challenge is squeezing in the extra time.

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/18/2017 2:38 PM
    You can purchase abalone often at H-Mart in Tigard and at Uwajimaya's in Beaverton.  The abalone in these stores is commercially grown (aquaculture), indoors,  on the northern coast of California.  There is a very limited commercial fishery for wild abalone in California, B.C. and Alaska, but to get wild abalone is rare.  The fishery is very limited and highly regulated.   The abalone in stores is smaller than the commercial size limits but still a good size, and it is reasonably priced.

    • Anthony Yeznach 10/19/2017 2:46 PM
      Years ago I have enjoyed wild abalone while it was still readily available. I have also had some of these farmed abalone.  I found them to be delightful, but the time between having wild and having the farm-raised was too long to make a comparison.  If you want a quick introduction to it, go to a good sushi restaurant and ask for awabi.

    • Heather Reinhart 10/19/2017 9:07 AM
      Thank you Anthony :) Have you eaten it?

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/16/2017 9:30 PM
    Hey! For folks who have opted to watch a documentary, may I suggest the film "Forks Over Knives"?!
    You can pick it up on DVD from your local lending library. It makes an incredibly compelling case for plant-based diet.

  • Anthony Yeznach 10/16/2017 9:14 PM
    I took the opportunity to eat lunch outdoors today in a local park. Quiet, sunny, beautiful. As much as I love the rain, these last 'gift' days of clear sky and sunshine are much appreciated.