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Your Brain the Hard Drive   Leave a comment

When your phone or computer starts running out of storage you’ll get a little message telling you so.  The device is prompting you to look at what you have on it and determine what you feel is important and what you can afford to get rid of.  And then you start deleting to make more room.

In a way, your brain works the same way.  It’s constantly determining what’s important and what isn’t.  What you want to keep, and what you can get rid of because it isn’t serving you anymore.  The big difference is how it goes about doing it.

Your phone or computer, should you ignore the initial warning, will simply send you another message soon enough.  Storage is full.  It won’t allow you to add anything else until you take the steps mentioned before to create more room.

Your brain does this automatically.  It’ll just start deleting things it feels you don’t need anymore while increasing the storage density of the things you do.

So how does your brain determine what’s important and you should keep?  Or how does it know what to delete?  It’s all summed up in the old phrase “use it or lose it.”

If you spend your day focusing on negative thoughts it assumes negative thoughts are important to you.  So it starts doubling down on saving negativity.  The areas of your brain focused on negativity will actually become more dense.  Your brain will start making connections between this negativity and that to reinforce the negative mindset for you.  And the more negative you get the less your brain feels you need positivity.  So guess what?  It’ll start spring cleaning out your positivity in favor of making room for more negativity.

The thing is that it works just as well the other way around.  If you focus on positivity your brain will assume that’s important to you.  It’ll make the areas of your brain focused on positivity more dense.  It’ll start viewing negativity as unimportant and will start deleting the negativity files on your brain’s hard drive.

The easiest way to accomplish this goal is planned input.  Start a gratitude journal so you have to focus on what’s good in your life.  When you find a positive affirmation you like write it down on a piece of paper and hang it where you frequently walk by so you’ll be constantly reminded of it.  Get a blank business card and write something motivational on it.  I carry one around in my wallet at all times.  On one side I wrote my name over the title “YouTube Influencer”  because I’m trying to grow my YouTube channel.  Every time I look at the card I’m not only reminded of that goal, it’s presented to me as if it has already occurred.  On the other side I’ve written my favorite affirmation.  “Every day in every way, I AM getting better and better.”  I look at that a lot too.

Maybe you’re more visual.  Keep pictures around your house that give you happy thoughts.  Make a point of stopping in front of them and take time to appreciate them.  Watch videos on YouTube that increase your positive vibes.

Maybe you’re more auditory focused.  Perhaps the Superman theme song gets you revved up and motivated.  Play it in your car on the way to work.  They make apps that recite positive affirmations for you.  You could play that as well, or instead.  Have an area of your life you want to improve on?  Find a podcast devoted to that area and take time each day to listen to it.

However you accomplish the goal of adding positive input into your hard drive you’ll slowly build up the positive connections in your brain.  Over time that will tell your internal hard drive management system to free up more space for it.  That means you’ll start being less negative naturally.  And a snowball effect will occur.  With less negative programming in your brain you become more positive.  When you become more positive your brain increases the positive files and density.  That in turn makes you less negative.  And again and again.

Your brain has been working this way all along, you just may not have been mindful of the data you’re inputting.  Make a choice today to only upload that which benefits you.  At the same time you’ve made the choice to release that which does not.  Over time, if you stick with the program, you’ll become the person you want to be instead of the person you happen to be.  And hopefully that’ll be a very positive person indeed.  Have a great day.  Peace.

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Day One   2 comments

Today is the first day of the new year, 2019.  You have 364 more days to come after this one.  If you’re like most people you made a number of resolutions today on what you’d like to accomplish using those 364 remaining days.  Here are a few tips on how to do just that.

First and foremost, reconsider your resolutions one more time before you set them in stone.  Are they reasonable?  If you resolve to lose 200 pounds next year, maybe you need to take it down a notch to a more reasonable 100 pounds.  That’s still not an easy task and will challenge you to accomplish it, but it can be done.  200 pounds, not so much.  Are they within your power to accomplish?  Even with the law of attraction you need to believe you can get it done.  If you resolve to do something that your heart doesn’t truly believe you can, you’re setting yourself up for failure.  So if your resolution is to find the love of your life, but you doubt your ability to attract the love of your life, change your resolution to something that helps you move towards that initial resolution, and you feel you can accomplish.  Perhaps resolve to have greater self-love.  Or resolve to build a characteristic of yourself that you think will help attract the kind of person into your life that you’d like to have a romantic relationship with.

Second, once you’ve settled on resolutions that are reasonable and that you feel you can accomplish, create a game plan for how you can accomplish them.  Give each month, or week if suitable, a mini goal that moves you towards accomplishing your resolution.  By breaking it down into more manageable steps you’ll not view that task as so daunting.  It’s the difference between trying to jump to the second floor versus taking the stairs.

Third, track your progress.  Keeping a journal of your journey serves two purposes.  First, as you accomplish each goal you create a reminder of it for yourself to review in the future.  Feeling a little stuck or unsure if you can reach the next mini goal?  Just go back and look over all the progress you’ve made in reaching prior mini goals to remind and motivate yourself.  Second, it gives you a better overview to see what is and isn’t working.  An example would be in your journal you see that every time you have a cheat day your progress lags a bit.  So obviously you’d want to forgo the cheat day.  Or maybe you’ve resolved to be more positive, but you’re struggling a bit.  You look back at your journal and see that when you hang out with a certain friend your mood gets dragged down.  Time to start making tough decisions about who you spend your time with.

Fourth, remember to be flexible.  You thought that your resolution was reasonable and achievable but a few months in it’s clear you aimed a little too high.  It’s okay to change the resolution to a more reasonable and achievable one.  Or hopefully it’s the other way around.  Your resolution turns out to be a little too easy to achieve.  Move the goal posts farther away.  Maybe four months in you realized that what you thought you wanted to achieve with a resolution isn’t your true goal.  Your resolution was to live a more minimalist lifestyle.  You’ve gotten rid of a lot of your stuff but you don’t feel better for it.  Then it dawns on you that it wasn’t the clutter in your apartment that was bothering you, it was the apartment itself.  Change your resolution to finding a new apartment.

Finally, and this goes hand in hand with flexibility, remember that Day One isn’t the only day you can make resolutions on.  Anytime during the year you realize that a resolution isn’t working out for you, drop it.  But replace it with a new one.  Halfway through the year you’re well on your way to meeting your resolution to be a better athlete and you want to up the ante.  Make a resolution to enter a Spartan race before year’s end.  Three months in and you’re making excellent progress on writing that book you resolved to get done before 2019 is over, resolve to start another book as well.  Or maybe resolve to increase your creativity in another area like drawing or painting happy little trees.  You could be doing really well with resolutions in one area of your life, like finances, and decide you’d like to improve other areas, like fitness.  So create a new fitness resolution.  You don’t have to wait until Day One 2020 to do that.

Hopefully these tips will help you along your journey with your resolutions this year.  But the most important tip I can give you is to take the first step.  Michael Jordan correctly said that you miss all the shots you don’t take.  So try.  Even if you don’t complete the resolution, if you’ve moved from where you were to down the road a bit to where you are, you’ve done a great thing because you’re better for it.

And that’s the resolution we should make every day.  To be a little better than we were the day before.  So here’s to being better.  Have a great day.

12/17/18 Weigh In   Leave a comment

So my weight went back up again.  I was 269.6 last week and I’m 271.4 this week.  So almost 2 pounds.  Not sure why.  I’ve been in ketosis the whole time according to my Keto Mojo ketone meter.  I’ve felt pretty good, and my clothes feel like they’re fitting looser than last week.  I’m not sure if it’s me or maybe the scale.  I’ve decided not to worry too much about the number quite yet though.  As long as I feel good and it’s clear the clothes are getting looser, not just feeling that way, I’m not going to let the roller coaster effect the last few weeks get me down.

Last week my muscle mass was 27.9% and that didn’t change this week.  Pound wise that amounts to a .3 pound muscle gain.  I’m guessing that’s within the scales margin of error so I’m calling that breaking even.

Body fat wise I was 36.1% last week and 36.2% this week.  So basically a pound of body fat gained.  So the remaining .5 pounds must be water weight.

Exercise wise, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve been on point.  I closed all three rings each day last week.  And on three of the days I was at 150% of my move goal for the day.  And on my weekend I got three workouts in each day.  Not sure if the up/down plateau I’ve reached means I need to dial it back or ratchet it up.  I’ll try ratchet it up first as I don’t feel fatigued or burnt out.

Meditation is progressing at its usual slow but reliable pace.  I have added one change I’ll mention here.  I don’t know if I’m being too critical with myself but I do feel I should be doing better about my thoughts not wandering so much.  To help with that I’ve given myself something to focus on.  I downloaded a fireplace app to my Apple TV.  So now while I meditate I play that and can focus on the flames.  I think that’s helping so I’ll keep it up.  Side benefit is it adds a cool ambience to the room when I’m not meditating.

Food wise I’m keeping it pretty keto.  My only thing is I really need to start tracking it better.  I think one of the problems I could be having is I’m guessing on calories from day to day.  I may be underfeeding and that could be holding me back.  I’m pretty sure I’m not over consuming, but can’t say for sure.  I didn’t like weighing everything at first which is why once I got in the habit of eating foods that had the proper macro ratios I stopped tracking.  However, if my progress keeps stalling like this I’d rather deal with the nuisance than the lack of progress.

That’ll wrap it up for this weeks check in.  Thanks for coming along for my weight loss journey this year.  Just two more weigh ins to go that’ll be the icing on the keto cake I’m sure.  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.