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Momentum   Leave a comment

So I’ve been waiting until I get home at night to try and post and there’s one drawback to it. I keep nodding off before I post. My momentum has stopped because I’m sitting in bed doing nothing that requires energy. It wouldn’t take a lot to fix this, just a little movement. That would create enough momentum to keep me going.

How big can a little momentum be? I’ll answer that question with one of my favorite trick questions. I can give you $1 million right now or I’ll give you a magic penny that doubles in value every day that you can’t spend for the next 30 days. Which do you choose? Most people would give me a quizzical look and say “the million bucks, obviously”.

Here’s the reason it’s a trick question. While the penny is literally as close to nothing as you can get in US currency it does have value. Double that value every day for 30 days and that lowly penny becomes over $5 million dollars. If you take the million today you’re getting less then 20% of the money you could have if you were patient and waited for the momentum to build.

How does this relate to life? Well a lot of us will avoid doing small things based on the faulty premise that because the “penny” doesn’t have much value why bother. But even a penny doubled over time can have amazing outcomes. I’m not saying if you can do .01 push-ups today you’ll be doing over 5 million by the end of the month. I’m saying that if all you can do today is a penny’s worth of work do it and try to build on it tomorrow with the momentum you’ve created. Who knows how far that will take you? I do know if you do nothing you’ll stay where you are. Take care.

Discipline   Leave a comment

So I’ve been on the ketogenic diet since January 1st.  When I first started I decided to do a two day “fast” to try and switch into ketosis faster.  I put fast in quotation marks because it wasn’t a total fast.  To prime me for burning fat as fuel while still getting some calories in so I didn’t feel like I was starving I decided that I would abstain from everything but bulletproof coffees.  So I had the caffeine from coffee plus MCT oil and Kerrygold butter to help power me through.  That did make the transition easier but it wasn’t a long term strategy for success.  So on day three I started eating a ketogenic diet.  Over the course of the next week or so I fully transitioned over to being keto adapted.  And that meant slowly losing my cravings for sugars and simple carbs.  Although it got easier as I went along it still required a lot of discipline at first.  And even though I’m months into the diet and my body is happy to go along in a ketogenic state, I still occasionally get cravings.  So what keeps me from stopping off at a fast food joint on the drive home from work.  It’s the same discipline I used while I transitioned into ketosis.

One of the things that help create that discipline was certainly desire.  I was ready and really wanted to take the weight off this time.  And belief.  I truly believed that I had found the right diet that would get me the results I wanted.  I just had to stick with it.  Finally, there was Jocko Willink.

Jocko is an ex Navy Seal who’s all about discipline.  I found his book “Discipline Equals Freedom:  Field Manual” on Amazon while searching for books on discipline.  The cover image just drew me in.  It’s a simple design.  All black with the title in white typewriter lettering with a gray image of Jocko in the lower right corner. I had been also reading about Minimalism at the time and this book cover seemed to scream minimalist to me.  So I purchased it and downloaded it to my Kindle.

I started reading the book, but it was more like listening to it.  The book reads like a good friend sitting down with you to explain the concept of discipline to you.  It’s a one sided conversation of course, but why would you want to interrupt your Navy Seal pal when he’s explaining discipline to you.  They’re like the experts in discipline.  Nobody is getting in to that group without having discipline oozing out their pores.

The book is divided into two parts, Thoughts and Actions, and then finishes up with some advice on nutrition and taking care of your body.  Thoughts is about having the discipline mindset.  And if you don’t have the discipline mindset, how you go about getting one.  Actions are the works you have to perform to develop discipline.  Then comes the section I liked the most because I hadn’t expected it, the nutrition guidance.  Now he refers to it as Paleo, but he still is a proponent of a high fat, moderate protein, and low card lifestyle.  He doesn’t get into percentages so it may be more paleo then keto, but it certainly follows a keto mindset.  It makes being disciplined and staying in ketosis easier when an ex Navy Seal is pushing it as a good game plan.  The final section covering taking care of your body is the icing on the cake with some workouts at the end for the cherry.

I highly recommend this book for anyone starting a ketogenic diet or anyone just looking to keep to a tighter path in life.  Jocko preaches discipline and I think his book delivers it. If you’re interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself, here is an Amazon affiliate link for the Kindle edition.  It is also available as a hard cover for those people who still like having the book in hand. Just click on the pic below.

1st Book Review “The Year of Less”   Leave a comment

I purchased this book less then a month ago.  The whole title is “The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.”  The book is a retelling of the author’s (Cait Flanders) personal improvement plan where she gave up shopping for a year and the effect it had on her life.

As I mentioned I haven’t owned the book for even a whole month but I’m already done with it.  I started reading and got through it very quickly as I enjoyed hearing her story.  The big reason I picked this book was that my body fat isn’t the only thing I want to lose.  I’m not a bad spender by any means but I do realize that considering my yearly income I should probably be a lot better off then I am.  So I’ve been working on my becoming more of a minimalist and reigning in my spending habits.  And this book covers both topics.

It’s in a journal style narrated from the author’s perspective.  She recounts each month and the impact following her rules of shopping had on her finances, lifestyle, and mindset.  I got drawn into her story and saw how a lot of what she talks about would be applicable to me.  Especially when she talks about how she downsized her life.

I also liked how the initial project of getting her spending under control turned out to have a lot wider impact on her and taught her a lot more about herself then she expected.  If you are looking for a guide on how to improve your finances this book can help but it’s more a book about personal growth then financial success.  It’s a heart warming story about how Cait became a better person when she came to realize what was and wasn’t important in her life and the trials she went through and overcame while doing so.  I highly recommend this book, which is ironic as it’s a book about spending less.  But as the title only runs $1.99 in Kindle format I think it’s a reasonable expense even if you’re looking to control your spending too.

I am including the link to the Kindle version of the book with this post.  It’s an Amazon affiliate link so I do benefit from you clicking on the link if you go on to purchase the book.  The book comes in a variety of formats, including an audiobook narrated by the author.  So if you don’t have a Kindle you can still get the book, and yes it still would work as an affiliate link.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did if you do choose to purchase it.


Posted 04/24/2018 by senso1970 in Uncategorized

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