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As you go about your business today, always keep in mind how you can be of service to others.  Service doesn’t have to be something huge or costly.  Holding the door open for someone walking behind you is being of service.  Smiling at someone who looks like they could use a happy face is being of service.  Simply taking a moment to truly listen to someone is being of service.

There are two reasons to be of service to others. The first, and most important, is it’s kind.  And we should always strive to be kind.  Kindness reflects well on you, and it’s contagious.  There is just never enough kindness in the world, so feel free to spread a little around by being of service.  The second is karma.  You receive from the universe what you give out.  But here’s where it gets tricky.  If you are of service to others because of the expectation of return on investment, then you’re actually being greedy.  And the universe will be greedy towards you as well.  To truly be of service it must be done with generosity, selflessness, and again, kindness.

So as your day progresses and you see an opportunity to be of service, no matter what that opportunity may be, take it.  They’ll be happier.  You’ll be happier.  And that makes the world a happier place.  Have a great day.

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Monthly Update with Pics   2 comments

Time now for the monthly update.  First, this week I weighed in at 272.2 pounds.  That’s a one pound gain from last week.  Not sure why that is.  My speculation is that I’ve been going a little too low-calorie and my body has slowed down my metabolism to fight back.  It would explain why I’ve been a little more tired lately.  So I will be more mindful to keep properly fueled.  For last month’s check in I was 277.2 pounds so I’m down 5 pounds on the nose for the month.

For muscle mass I was 27.7% this week, 27.8% last week, and 27.2% a month ago.  In pounds that’s 75.4 pounds for all three measurements.  So no real changes there.

For body fat I was 36.4% this week, 36.3% last week, and 37.3% a month ago.  In pounds that’s 99.1 this week, 98.4 last week, and 103.4 a month ago.  So 4.3 pounds of body fast lost in the last month.  So that’s good.  Since the beginning of the year I’ve gone from 52% body fat down to 36.4%.  Nearly 16 percentage points, about 1.5 percentage points a month.  In pounds of body fat that’s from 183.4 to 99.1, 84.3 pounds difference.  That’s a lot of fat that I gladly don’t carry around any more.

I have improved energy, mental clarity, and a way more positive outlook on life.  I just got done doing my evening workout and that was jumping rope.  I can’t do that consistently for my 15 minute workout but I couldn’t do it all when I started, so progress.  And that’s what this has been all about. Not worrying about where I was but being happy for where I’m headed.

My mental improvements are moving along steadily.  I meditate every day at least once a day.  I’m doing a lot better about catching myself being negative during the day and replacing that with positive thoughts.  Things are not bothering me like they used to.  It’s kind of weird because I still notice it, but only to think “that used to bother me.”  Do I occasionally slip and get a little upset, sure I do.  But I do a lot better about getting right back on track.

My new projects, the book and the YouTube channel, are coming along well.  Nearly at 200 total views on the YouTube channel.  The book is getting finished up.  I think it’s looking a little more like it’ll be published at the beginning of next year, but I might still be able to pull off before year’s end.  We’ll see how that goes.

All in all, with a month to go, I’m feeling comfortable calling this a great year of progress.  I can’t imagine anything that could happen between now and the end of the year to change my mind on that.  Especially since my mind is more and more wired to see things in a positive light.  With what a great year 2018 has turned out to be I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me, just around the corner.

So without further delay, I will wish you all a great day and leave you with the progress pics.  Starting with the orange shirt at the top (the current photo) they go back in time as you go down thru the photos.  I think the smiles in the recent pics sums up my year.  See you soon.

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If you’ve spent any amount of time driving I’m sure this has happened to you at least once. Maybe it’s a billboard you’re trying to read, the police pulled someone over and you just had to see who, or someone on the sidewalk you think is attractive. For whatever reason your eyes go from straight ahead down the road to the right side of the road.

What also happens, although you didn’t intend it to, is your hands go right as well. You generally find this out when you look forward again and realize you’ve drifted to the right. But occasionally you find out when your tire hits the shoulder and your attention is snapped back forward by the sudden change in road feel.

This is the nature of focus. Whether you intend it or not you head in the direction of your focus. And how far off the path you go is directly related to how long you lose focus on your true goal.

So for today make sure to stay focused on your true goal. If your goal is to be more positive, every time you catch yourself looking at negative “billboards” off to the side say to yourself, “remember, eyes forward” and refocus on being positive. If your goal is to lose weight, when you see that fast food outlet coming up, look forward down the road to how you’ll feel in your new body.

Whatever you’re doing keep focus on where you want to go. Because the reality is you’ll wind up where your focus is whether you wanted to go there or not. Have a great day.

Weigh In 11/27/2018   Leave a comment

Sorry for the delay.  My brother is visiting from Alaska so my schedule is a little off.  But I wanted to make sure to get my weekly update on my progress posted.

This past week is of course the week that Thanksgiving occurred in.  I took my day off from keto for this month for Thanksgiving so I was prepared in advance to be forgiving of myself when I weighed in yesterday.

Turns out it wasn’t needed.  I weighed in at 271.2 pounds.  That’s down .8 pounds from last week.  So I enjoyed the holiday with the family and still managed to go down in weight.  Something to definitely be thankful for.

This weigh in my muscle mass was 27.8%.  That’s the same as last week.  So the difference in pounds is negligible.

Body fat percentage also stayed the same as last week at 36.3%.  This, plus a little water weight, would account for the .8 pounds lost.

So while the overall results barely moved the needle, it still did move in the right direction.

I was very good about exercising and closing my rings.  I closed all three rings on 6 of the day this week.  I closed the stand and move rings every day of the week.  I missed out on closing the exercise ring once because I only did one workout on Friday.  I didn’t complete the second because that was the day my brother flew in to town.  On my days off I got three exercise sessions in each day so my average was over 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Not a lot to say about meditation.  Same smooth, but slow, progression there.  This is in regards to both quality and quantity.  It is also a good description for my improvements in mood.  Getting just a little bit better every day.

Some of that has to do with the job hunting as well.  That’s been ramped up, including going for an interview tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

This brings me to my final update, sleep quality.  I’ve noticed that I’m getting better rest.  Even on the nights I get up more often because I’ve had too many fluids during the day, I still get a good night’s sleep.  I wake up rested and ready to go.  So when I’m sleeping I must be sleeping deeper.  That no doubt is improving my mood as well.

Speaking of sleep, because I do have the interview tomorrow I’m going to keep this post short so I can get to bed.  I’m not sure if I’ll know right away if the interview was successful in getting me the job but I’ll post how I felt it went either way.  If I do get the job I’ll need to wait a day or so to post on here as I will need to notify my current employer first.  But after them you guys will get to know as well.  Hope you’re having a great day and I’ll see you soon.

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.

Weigh-In 11/19/2018   2 comments

Made a little progress with today’s weigh in.  Last week I was 273.0 pounds.  This week I weighed in at 272.0 pounds.

For muscle mass last week I was at 27.7%.  This week it went to 27.8%.  In pounds that’s 75.6 for both.  Not a gain, but not a loss.  I’m good with that.

For body fat last week I was at 36.6%.  This week it went down to 36.3%.  In pounds that’s 99.9 last week and 98.7 this week.  So while I dropped a pound of actual weight, I lost 1.2 pounds of body fat.  So I must have put on a little water weight.

Progress was made, so that’s good.  Would have liked a little better progress but I’ll take what I can get.

Strategies for getting the ball moving faster again include kicking up the cardio.  I mainly walk which keeps using extra fat, but I want to burn faster.  So I’ve gone from using just the basic step to adding the first set of risers for it.  So now it sits 2 inches higher.  And while I do more body weight exercises, I think I’ve been doing it a little too haphazardly.  Now I intend to do them more on schedule.  That way I’m both being more consistent and more accountable to myself.

In the mindset game, positivity is paying off.  I have decided to be out of my current job and into a new job by the beginning of next year, before January is over.  I’ve been keeping a positive outlook about my chances, and I’ve just gotten positive feedback.  A coworker clued me in about a job I was completely unaware of.  It doesn’t pay as high as my current salary, but it does have benefits, and I think I’d be happy doing it.  It also strikes me as a job where I might have free time during the job to work on my writing, which is also good.  So a good lead, out of the blue, on a job that’ll pay pretty well for what I’m doing, and is located where I work now so it’s a commute I’m used to.  I’m very grateful for this lead, and my application has already been submitted.

I also realized today that I’m back to having fun at work again.  At least with a few of my coworkers.  Which shows a mindset improvement of its own.  I am where I am and will be for a few more weeks so why not make the time happy?  All the work I’ve done with meditating and positive affirmations has sure made it easier to be happier in all situations.

So to wrap things up, I’m very happy with the way things are going in my life right now.  It looks like things are only going to get better.  Stress is down and fitness/overall health is improving.  And I look pretty well set up to hit the upcoming 2019 year running.  Hope things are working out well for you, too.  Have a great day.

New YouTube Videos Up   Leave a comment

“Keeping Your Headlights On” and “Using a Victory Log” are now up on YouTube.  The first video talks about how your being happy isn’t just for you.  The second video expounds on the concept of a Victory Log, that I mentioned in the first video.  Check them out.  Like and comment if enjoyed the videos.  Subscribe and click the bell for notifications on YouTube if you want to be notified every time I put up a new video.  Have a geat day.