Advertisements

Archive for the ‘doing’ Tag

Weekly Weigh In 2019-04-15   Leave a comment

This week’s weigh in is up on YouTube.  Great gains (or losses I guess) made this week.  Last week my weight had gone up quite a bit, and I did manage to lose most of it again this week. Made some gains in happiness, too.  Figured some issues out I was having with exercise.  All around a pretty good week.  Let me know what you think of it with a comment here or there.  If you enjoyed the video please leave a Like.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Thanks for all the support.  I hope you’re having a great week.  Peace.

Advertisements

Isn’t Your Life Path More Important Than A Physical Path?   Leave a comment

So I’ve been in Orlando (well technically Lake Buena Vista) for just under a week now.  I’ve spent most of the time here at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort as this is both where I’m staying and where the training is being held.

There are a lot of options for feeding myself around here and I’ve gotten to them just by walking there.  The weather has been most agreeable to walking from place to place.  I’ve also walked down to the local Winn Dixie to obtain stuff I’ve needed.

Now I’m still relatively new here so I’m still occasionally getting mixed up about what direction I’m headed.  This morning after trying a different place to eat (the Black Angus Steakhouse nearby had a wonderful breakfast buffet I wanted to try) I needed to go to the Winn Dixie to get some heavy cream for my coffee.  So I started walking and when I got to Palm Parkway I turned left and headed toward the Winn Dixie.

I was walking down the road when I realized it didn’t feel right.  I stopped, looked around, and realized I had gone the wrong way.  Realizing my mistake I kept going down the wrong path, farther and farther away from the my destination.

Of course that’s not really what I did.  Upon realizing my mistake I turned back around and when I got back to the intersection I went the correct way.  It’s only common sense.  And yet when it comes to our life’s direction we seem oddly content to do what I had suggested I did.

We are creatures of habit and even when we know that the direction we are metaphorically headed is moving us away from the place we want to be in life, for some reason we just keep walking down the same path.  How do we do that?  We associate with the same people who led us to where we are in life.  We engage in the same activities that have not gotten us the results we want.  We think the same thoughts about ourselves that have led to the devaluation of worth we feel towards ourselves.

So think about this.  If you’d feel silly continuing to walk down a physical path that you know doesn’t lead to the physical location you want to be, why are you content to stay on a life path taking you from the life you want?

Look at the life path you are on.  Do your friends help you get to the life you want?  If you answered no, maybe they aren’t the friends you need.  Do you engage in activities which move you closer to the life you want?  If you don’t, figure out the activities that do.  You only have 24 hours a day.  Fill those hours with activities that create the life you should know you deserve.

Do your thoughts move you forward on your life path?  They should.  If they don’t start paying attention to your self talk.  When thoughts creep in that have you taking the wrong turn at an intersection, get your bearing and replace them with the thoughts that have you moving down the correct path.

Don’t settle for less in walking your life path than you would walking a physical path.  Being on the wrong physical path just wastes your time.  Being on the wrong life path wastes something a lot more valuable.  Hope you have a great week walking the path taking you to the life of your dreams.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog 2019-03-27   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is up on YouTube.  It’s about worry and what you can do about it.  Hope you enjoy it.  Leave a Like if you do.  If you agree, or even if you disagree, leave a comment here or there.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Hope you’re having a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Weigh In 2019-03-18   Leave a comment

Here is my weekly weigh in video.  Very happy with this week’s results.  Also happy with a new product I’m trying.  Watch the video to get the low down on how things went this past week.  If you enjoy the video please leave a Like.  Subscribe and click the notification bell on YouTube if you’re interested in being immediately notified every time I upload a video to YouTube.  Hope you’re having a great day and a great week.  Peace.

Quick Thought   Leave a comment

Having a rainy day is ok if you can see the silver lining.  Take today for example, was a literally rainy day.  I had decided earlier in the day that I would do a jump rope workout today.  I was getting ready to do it when I heard the sound of pitter patter on the roof.  It was raining outside.  It would have been easy to decide to do an easier indoor workout.  In fact I had contemplated the idea.  And then I realized it’s just a little rain.  I had decided to do a jump rope workout for a reason.  It burns more calories and strengthens the body due to the impact from jumping.

The downside of not working out with the jump rope was fewer calories burned and less progress in my fitness program.  The downside of doing the jump rope workout was I’d get wet.  Getting wet seemed the lesser evil so I grabbed the rope and went outside.  It was a better workout than I had imagined.  That was the silver lining.

For one, going out in the rain to work out showed willpower.  And willpower is a muscle all its own.  The more you work it out the stronger it gets.  And with it the positive mindset and happiness of knowing you did the right thing.

Second, I had to learn to adapt with the jump rope.  The rope I use outside is a leather jump rope.  And the thing I learned today using the rope in the rain is that the leather jump rope absorbs water really well.  And that throws off the timing because the rope got heavier as the workout moved forward.  It was fun having to mindfully adjust to the changes as the rope got heavier.

Next, along with the rain was the wind.  That throws the motion of the rope off a bit, too.  Unlike the rain which slowly made the rope consistently heavier the wind picks up and recedes so the effect was erratic.  Again, it taught me to be more mindful of how the rope was swinging and how I was controlling it.  Bonus.

And finally, the rope wasn’t the only thing getting heavier.  I was.  As the rain soaked my clothes I was getting a little heavier.  Not a lot mind you. It wasn’t like the rain added 20 pounds or anything.  But as the workout went on and I was naturally getting more tired it did make it a little more taxing then if I had jump roped on a dry day.  So it took the workout up a notch.

So there you have it.  A rainy day didn’t have to be a bad day.  In fact it was a great day because it made me a little stronger and a little better.  The silver lining in the rain cloud.  Hope you had a great day, rain or shine.  See you soon.  Peace.

Hanging Tough   Leave a comment

There used to be a show on I loved to watch called American Gladiators.  The show had many events all of which were designed to pit weekend warriors against the professional gladiators.  The idea was simple, compete in an event against the gladiator doing the best you can and if you did well enough you’d get points. Collect enough points and out score your fellow weekend warrior and you won.

Each individual event had its own challenges.  Powerball required you to be fast, but also agile.  You had to meet the dual goals of getting soccer balls into the baskets and avoid being train wrecked by a gladiator.  Or Assault, where you had to advance toward the gladiator who was shooting tennis balls at high speed your way.  Get hit you were done.  To take it up a notch you’d have to stop at certain stations to attempt to shoot and hit a target located right behind and above the gladiator.  Assault required you to stick your neck out to make the shot.  The event I’d like to focus on today is Hang Tough.

Hang Tough was simple in concept.  You start on one platform holding onto a gymnastics ring.  And then you’d swing from ring to ring, attempting to land safely on the platform on the opposite side of the field.  There were a couple of minor hiccups, though.  First, you were working against the clock as you were holding up your entire weight by the hands as you went from side to side.  Anyone who’s been on a jungle gym knows that the longer you go the more tired your arms get.  If the warrior’s grip gave way before he or she reached the other side they’d fall and lose the event.  Oh, and there’s the small issue of a gladiator coming your way on the rings from the opposite side, intent on taking you out.  And I don’t mean dancing.

The rings were spaced such that you could reach the next ring while still holding on to your current one.  You didn’t have to let go until you were assured you had a good grip on the next ring.  But the presence of the gladiator could rock that boat.  Sometimes you’d have to quickly move from the one ring to the next and couldn’t test your grip first.  And on some occasions the warrior, in an effort to dodge the gladiator, would have to let go of one ring before even grabbing the next.

Life can be like Hang Tough.  It’s nice when you have the time and energy to go safely from one life choice to the other.  Being in a position where you can test your “grip” on the new life event before releasing the past one is awesome.  But sometimes life throws you a curve and you’re left with a decision.  Go before you know, or stay the steady course and risk the gladiator.

Maybe you get lucky and dodge the gladiator safely.  Maybe you get lucky and the gladiator’s grip gives way before yours.  If you’re not so lucky and the gladiator catches you, now you have a lot of extra weight on your shoulders to deal with.  The gladiator, and life, try to drag you down.

Then again maybe you’re that person who decides to be bold and go for it.  You understand the risk.  If your grip isn’t true you fall.  But if you grab that next ring securely you’re past the danger and on your way to victory.  You just have to be willing to assume the risk and live with the consequences.

The consequence, of course, being you fail, and fall.  Cool thing about Hang Tough was that many a warrior fell, but all would go on to compete again.  Failure was embarrassing.  A bit regrettable.  But never fatal.  So they’d pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and get right back to competing.

What set the risk takers apart from the guys who played it safe wasn’t so much that they’d take the risk, it was the understanding that even if you risked it and failed, you still could come back and succeed.

So remember this week to Hang Tough.  And if you’re the risk taker, do so boldly, knowing that as long as you’re willing to accept the risk, even if you lose you can still win in the end.  Have a great week.  Peace.

Doing Your First Fast While Keto Adapted.   Leave a comment

So I’m on a 24 hour fast.  It’s not the first one I’ve done.  It’s not even the longest I’ve done.  I’ve made it over 48 hours fasting.  Being fully keto adapted I can go a day or two without food easily.  And I do so regularly to promote autophagy (your body killing off unnecessary cells) and weight loss.

When I first started fasting as part of my ketogenic lifestyle, though, it wasn’t so easy.  I was keto adapted and used fat as my primary fuel source.  I had plenty of fuel on board.  So going without food intake wasn’t a physiological issue, it was a psychological one.

In our society we’re used to having food available at all times.  Which means we’re used to eating any time we want.  The idea of willfully going without food just went against my mental programming.  And that’s not even counting the way our brains are hardwired.

Your brain fears scarcity.  And there’s a good reason for that.  Way back in the day, food wasn’t available 24/7.  So when you had a chance to eat your body sent you signals to make sure you didn’t miss out.  Who knew when the next available meal would come along.  It’s a survival mechanism.  The first time you fast, and probably the second and third, you’re going to be fighting some pretty strong urges to stop fasting.  So here are a few suggestions on how to start fasting in a way that’ll be easier on you.

First, eat a big meal right before your first fast.  I know this seems a little counterproductive but the idea is to make the first fast easy so that you lessen the urges and get your mind comfortable with fasting.  If you start out on a nice, full stomach your brain is less likely to panic and you’ll last longer before it becomes concerned about the lack of food heading its way.

Second, and it goes hand in hand with the first step, make the big meal breakfast or early lunch.  This is all about timing.  Have the meal timed so that by the time you’re starting to waver on your commitment you’re about to go to bed.  Sleeping gives you eight easy hours of fasting.  If you started the fast around 8am or 9am and go to bed at 10pm you’re only having to hang in there for 13-14 hours, a little over half a day.  Then you add the 8 hours of sleep in and you just fasted 21-22 hours.  Even if you go with the early lunch plan because you’re a little wary, and eat the meal at 10am or 11am, your first fast would be 19-20 hours.  You’ve taught your brain you can go nearly a day without food and be fine.

Third, have distractions ready.  If you’re just sitting there thinking about how you’re fasting you’re thinking about food.  And that’s just making it harder on yourself.  So have pre-planned distractions.  Like a book to read to keep your mind off of things.  Maybe have a Sudoku app on your phone to play if a hunger pang arrives.  Play a round or two to get yourself past the urge.  Just make sure that whatever your distraction is it doesn’t play into the desire to have food.  Like if you must have popcorn when watching a movie at the theater, that would clearly be a bad choice.  Or hanging out with someone who you usually only meet for meals would be a problem because you’ll focuse on the food you aren’t having this time.  Also, avoid strenuous activities like hiking or other sports as that will increase your bodies desire for food making things rougher. On a side note, once you’re used to fasting you’ll be able to exercise during a fast but I’d still avoid heavy resistance exercises.

Fourth, stay hydrated and keep your belly full of acceptable liquids.  Water is fine on a fast and won’t end it.  Coffee and tea, so long as you don’t add anything to them, can also be consumed on a fast.  And they have the added benefit of encouraging fat burning.  So drink enough to give your belly the sensation of fullness.

The final step is to be mentally prepared in advance.  Tell yourself to expect the hunger, and remind yourself that it’ll be more psychological than physical.  If you’ve mentally prepared it won’t be as much of a smack in the face.  It’ll be part of the plan.  When the hunger hits, and your brain is demanding food, you’ll remind yourself that you expected this.  You just need to be patient and the hunger pang will go away because you know you have plenty of fuel on board.  Even someone of lower body fat who has keto adapted for the health benefits has way more fat on their body then they could go through in a day.  So just know in advance that you’ve got this and you will muscle through.

Those are my go to suggestions for handling your first fast.  And probably the next couple of fasts as well.  After I had fasted a few times and built my time up I stopped having issues sticking with the fast.  And now I just fast for as long as I choose no problems.  Give it time and you’ll get there too.  And don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t make it all the way on your first few attempts.  Go as long as you can and know you’ll go a little longer the next time.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you have any other suggestions for making a fast easy please leave a comment below.  I hope you’re having a great day.  Peace.