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Quick Thought   2 comments

So I applied for a job last night that requires good typing skills.  Not exceptional typing skills but good ones.  I’m getting up early tomorrow to go in and take a typing test before I head to work.  As such I decided it may be a good idea to take an online typing test to see how rusty I am.

Turns out I’m plenty rusty.  The last time I took a typing test to look for a job was over a decade and a half ago.  Adjusted for no errors my typing speed was 67 words per minute.  I was actually faster than that I just oops’d a few times knocking my score down.  When the woman told me my speed I was a little disappointed.  I knew I was faster than that. She was surprised.  She said my speed was well above most who tested for the job (Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, if you were curious).  That was my last official typing speed test.

Tomorrow I have to beat 35 words per minute. Remembering my last official test I wasn’t too worried when I heard that.  After a few practice tests online, I’m still not worried, but also not quite as cocky as I was earlier.  My first go was 45 words per minute, well under my old speed.  And my accuracy was just a smidge over 90%.  Not my best showing, even if it would have counted as a pass on the typing test.  I did the test over a few times and I’ve gotten my speed back up to 64 words per minute over a couple of tests.  So I’m certain I’ll do fine on the typing test.

Why do I bring this up?  Simply, I had a good skill back in the day that I lost to a certain extent because I didn’t make use of it.  I typed all the time back then.  I was in college and had tons of papers to write.  And a very bad habit of putting them off until the last minute.  So quick typing was a necessity.  Now, aside from the blog, I just don’t need to type that much.  So my skill has waned a bit.

Happiness works the same way.  You can’t practice happiness until you get a good “happiness speed” and then coast on it.  It’s a skill you need to hone every day.  If you aren’t practicing happiness and gratitude daily, over time you’ll lose the “skill”.  You just won’t be as happy.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson.  I’m going to test my typing skills regularly.  Maybe even invest in a good typing program to challenge myself.  I’m also going to take this little epiphany to remember to also keep up on my happiness and gratitude practice.  While keeping up my typing skills may land me a good job tomorrow, keeping up my happiness and gratitude skills will land me a good life.  And it can for you too.  Have a great day.

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Quick Thought   Leave a comment

In the United States yesterday it was Thanksgiving. A day to spend being thankful for all the blessings you’ve received. Here’s the thing, you can be thankful any day, and every day. Whether you live in the U.S. or not. So why wait for that one day a year. Find things to be thankful for every day. After all you attract into your life what your mind dwells on. Have a great day.

A Quick Thank You.   5 comments

I restarted this blog on 03/28/2018 to document my keto and mindfulness journey. When I did I had assumed it would probably take a long time to gain any traction. And now, less than 8 months later, I’ve already exceeded 500 views and have 50 followers. Maybe that’s actually lower numbers than I could or should be at. Maybe they’re really good numbers. What I do know is I’m grateful for all the times people stopped by to view my blog, and I’m grateful for the 50 people who decided to come along for the journey. When I get to my first anniversary (of the restart anyway) I hope to have come farther still. Thank you for your support. Have a great day.

10/29/2018 Weigh In   Leave a comment

I did my weekly weigh in this morning.  I came in at 274.4 pounds.  I’m very happy with that as it’s a 2.2 pound loss from last week.  My muscle mass went from 27.2% to 27.4%.  In terms of pounds that’s pretty much the same muscle weight, but it is the one percentage I do like to see go up.  My body fat went from 37.5% to 37.1%, or from 103.7 pounds to 101.8 pounds.  So most of my weight loss this week was body fat.  Great news there, and I’m excited to be so close to having less then 100 pounds of body fat.

Exercise wise I was a bit under expectations.  I traveled to Nashville on Thursday and caught a bug while I was there.  Spent a couple of days in bed, so very low activity level.  On the plus side, being in ketosis I weather being in bed much better.  Back on my glucose diet that would have led to me being starved by the end and making really bad food choices the day after recovery.  On the ketogenic diet my body just relied a little more on itself for fuel, which explains the 2 pound fat drop, even though I didn’t exercise as much.

Meditation wise I did improve.  When you’re laying in bed for a couple of days you have plenty of time to get some done.  I think that also made the recovery a lot more agreeable.  Even when sick, if you’re keeping a positive, meditative mindset you still feel happy overall.

On the YouTube channel, I’m doing really well.  Already up to four videos and I’ll post my fifth in two days.  View wise, things are going well better than I had hoped.  I had planned on real slow going at the start. Maybe 5-10 views tops per video.  My lowest views is the last video I posted at 13.  Altogether I’ve gotten 116 views, nearly triple my highest expectation.  As of last night my videos have been watched for a total of 385 minutes.  I even have 6 subscribers, and I thought it would take a month or two before getting my first.  This is a situation like I talked about in yesterday’s post.  I just set an intention for success on my YouTube channel instead of specific benchmarks and the universe is providing better results than I imagined.  I still understand that this is a long-term success project, and I’ll keep putting up new videos every week, but I’m certainly satisfied with how things are starting.

On the book front, sadly the results aren’t as good.  When I got started on the YouTube channel I let that take priority.  And it became my sole focus.  While the book is mostly complete from a first draft perspective, it should be in the final draft stage by now.  Since the YouTube channel is moving along nicely I’ll devote more of my time in the next few weeks to the book.

On the money front, some old habits crept back in.  Mainly in the form of books.  I enjoy downloading samples to my Kindle so I get an idea if I’ll like a book before I buy.  Unfortunately some habits die hard. After reading a few samples and liking the books I jumped on Amazon and bought them.  Although the books are ones that are good reads for being a better person, they weren’t necessary purchases so they were a violation of the rules.  So I’m posting it here for accountability reasons.

That wraps up this weeks update.  Had a few shortfalls but mainly I feel like this week was a move in the right direction.  I’m focusing on keeping it going and closing the year out strong in these last two months.  Next week will be my monthly update with pics.  See you then.

Smile More with Journalling   Leave a comment

I’ve been using the Five Minute Journal each day as part of my journey to better myself.  It’s a really nice journal and really easy to use.  It comes in a physical version or an electronic version.  I prefer to use the electronic version as I can add a daily pic to my journal.  Also, the physical version also only has so much space whereas you can keep writing and make each entry as long as you want on the electronic version.

Whichever one you choose, the idea behind the journal is to be able to jot down your thoughts in about five minutes in the morning and another five minutes in the evening.  Depending on how creative you are, possibly five minutes total for both.  I’ve not owned a physical copy so my comments below will be about the electronic version.

At the beginning of the day I open up the app.  It provides an uplifting or thought-provoking quote on an openning splash screen.  You close that screen to get to the Timeline.  The first thing I do is click on the menu and pick my pic of the day.  Although the actual content of the picture will vary it’s always a picture that makes me happy to look at.  Every time I go back into my daily entry I am greeted by that image.

I then proceed to fill out the morning entries. First up is a list of three things you are grateful for.  I love this. You’re starting the day on a positive note by focusing on things that are good in your life.  And there are no boundaries here.  If what you’re grateful for takes a single line or five to type out the space keeps expanding to let you keep creating.  Having said that the overall idea of this journal is to not take up more than five minutes to complete so try to keep it short and sweet.  The principle here is that if you make it quick and easy to do it becomes that much harder to make an excuse not to do it.

From there you’re asked to jot down three things that you will do over the course of the day to make the day great.  Again, the skies the limit.  In this section I find myself repeating things I’ve done before.  Sometimes because they work so well (like smiling more), and sometimes because I don’t feel like I’ve completed the task well enough to move on (like smiling more).  What you choose is up to you, just make sure that it’s something you feel in your heart will improve your day by doing.

The morning section is rounded off with a daily affirmation entry.  It starts with “I am” and then a line to write down your affirmation.  As with the section on things you will do, there’s no problem with recycling here.  If you want to improve your attitude you could make your affirmation of the day for a week or two “I am a happy person.”  In fact reaffirming the same affirmation over the course of days could actually set it more firmly in hour mind.

After completing the morning section I just go about my day.  It’s just that easy.  At the end of the day within a few hours from bedtime I’ll bust out the journal and start working on the night entries.

This night section is a little smaller and a little quicker.  You list 3 things that happened that day that made it amazing.  For this section I definitely recommend avoiding using the same stuff over and over.  If you’re always putting in the same three things it’ll become way to easy for you to feel those are the only three good things going on in your life.  It’s not that you can never repeat in this section, it’s more why would you as the more varied your entries the more substantial your sense of gratitude will be.

Below this is a one line entry about how you could have made the day better.  This section isn’t about recrimination or beating yourself up.  Don’t be negative in it like “I could have been less stupid” or “I could have not eaten so much”.  Instead use it as a short space to set your mind on making small changes from day to day to improve your life.

That’s the whole process for the day.  Pretty simple.  Do it daily and in short order you will start seeing results in your mindset.  Whether you write it in a physical copy or type it into an electronic one, just make sure to get your daily entry in. On the plus side, in both the physical and electronic copy you can go back and complete an entry from a prior day if you missed it.  That’s the only back tracking I recommend with this journal.  I’m strongly against going back and editing entries.  I think your first entry will always be your most honest entry so you should always go with it.

Which reminds me of another great benefit of going with the electronic version.  It’s pass code lockable. That should help to increase your comfort level wtih being honest.  After all this process only works if you’re being honest with yourself.  If you’re being dishonest with yourself by editing out things because you’re worried someone else might see them, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  So be honest, but stay safe by pass coding the journal.

If you want to get a hard copy of it, they are available on Amazon.  Just search for “five minute journal” and make sure you get the one by “Intelligent Change”.  Others will appear that are similar but it’s the one from Intelligent Change that you want.  I’m not including a link because my Amazon associate account is temporarily inactive.  I’ll let you guys know when I have it back up and running.

If you want to get the electronic version it is available in both the Google Play store and the Apple App store.  Just do a search for “five minute journal” and again make sure to get the one by Intelligent Change.

Whichever format you choose I highly recommend this journal and wish you the best of luck with your journalling.  I know it’s improved my mind and my focus and I hope you find the same success with it.  Have a great day.