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Weigh In 12/10/2018   Leave a comment

Time for the weekly weigh in.  Good news this week.  As you know I actually gained a pound last week during the weigh in, and for the monthly update no less.  This week I’m happy to report that I’ve bounced back.  Last week I weighed in at 272.2 pounds.  This week I weighed in at 269.6 pounds.  So I not only lost the pound I gained last week, I lost an additional 1.6 pounds on top of that.  Sweet.  On top of that I’ve breached 270 pounds which means I’m either at, or very near, what I used to weigh in high school.

For muscle mass I was 27.7% last week and 27.9% this week.  In terms of pounds that’s 75.4 pounds last week, and 75.2 pounds this week.  Lost a little muscle possibly, but at .2 pounds that could be a measuring error.  Not too worried about it, although I’d be happier if it were definitively climbing.

For body fat I was 36.4% last week and 36.1% this week.  In terms of pounds that’s 99.1 pounds last week and 97.3 this week.  So 1.8 pounds of fat lost.  Between that and the muscle loss that still leaves about .6 pounds of weight to account for which I would assume is water weight.

So exactly three weeks from today will be December 31st.  Last day of the year and last weigh in of the year.  If I lose another 7 pounds between then and now I’ll have lost 90 pounds on the nose for the year.  7.5 pounds a month on average.  I’d be very happy with that goal.  To have lost a full 100 pounds this year I’d have to lose 17 pounds, which I don’t see happening.

Not a lot of change in my meditation or exercise routines this week other than small incremental increases.  Same with mood and mindset.  Just a little better than last week, nothing major to report.

When it comes to finances I have to admit I’ve slipped a little.  I purchased an LED salt lamp I didn’t need, I just wanted.  I justified it by telling myself that it was for creating a better ambience in the room while I meditated.  The reality is that I don’t need to create ambience, especially since I meditate with the eyes closed most of the time.  Other then that I’ve done well with spending and getting debt paid off.

YouTube is going pretty well.  Nearly at 200 views.  Excited about that.  And I’ve begun recording an extra video on Wednesday’s to put up later in the week.  Starting with the new year I’d like to make a goal of getting at least two videos up a week.  I think that by doing so my views will go up a little quicker which brings me that much closer to being monetized, which is a big goal of the channel.  The primary being to put out videos that reach people and help people.  I’d like to spend more of my time doing that and that’s why I want to monetize.  If I could make a living off of it I could devote myself full-time to it.

The book has been revised a bit, but I should be putting in a bit more time on it.  With the end of the year three weeks away I’m working under the assumption that it won’t be out for sale by end of 2018.  But it still should be out early 2019.  We’ll see how it goes.

That wraps up this weeks update.  Let me know what you think.  The final goal I’ll mention this week is doing better about getting a post up every day here.  It may just be to get a quick thought up, but I’d like something every day.  So to that end I’ll wish you a good day and plan on seeing you tomorrow.  Later.

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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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New Video Up on YouTube   Leave a comment

Did a video review/how to use of my Keto Mojo ketone/blood glucose meter.  If you’re on the ketogenic diet one of the best ways to know how into ketosis you are is testing your ketone levels.  One of the problems with that is the cost.  It gets pricey quick with some test strips running $5 a piece.  The Keto Mojo meter allows you to regularly test your ketone levels on the cheap.  And it does it without compromising quality.  I love this meter.  Feel free to go to my YouTube channel and leave comments and likes.  Subscribe if you’re interested in knowing when I post new videos.  Have a great day.

New YouTube Video Up   3 comments

I have a new YouTube vlog up about cheat days on the ketogenic diet.  I’d love it if you could listen to the whole video and tell me what you think.  Do you agree with me?  Do you disagree?  If so, I’d love to hear what you think.  Like and subscribe on YouTube if you’re so inclined.  Coming up this week I’m going to start doing product reviews.  I know in the past I’ve mentioned I was an Amazon Affiliate.  That isn’t the case at the moment.  These will be reviews of products I use regularly and like.  If you purchase them I make no financial gain or compensation of any kind.  I’m just telling you what I like about the product.  So without further ado, here is the video:

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.

Quick thought   Leave a comment

It’s easy in a moment to make a quick decision based on what’s expedient in that moment. And while that quick decision might work in the short term it can have long term repercussions. Stop and consider the long term ramifications of your choice before implementing it.

As an example, you’re tired and on the way home from an exhausting day of work. You don’t feel like cooking and you know there’s nothing meal ready at the house. In that moment it’s easy to decide to stop off at a fast food drive thru and get something quick. It’s only one meal after all. How much can that hurt?

Well, it can hurt a lot down the road. If you’re on keto, as I am, you’ve just knocked yourself out of ketosis. You’ll have to get back into it which takes time and slows progress. Also, if you’re having to tell yourself it’s ok it probably isn’t. Which means you may feel bad about yourself later. Finally, every time you take the easier route you make it that much easier to do it again later.

The decision took care of an immediate issue but created three more to deal with later. Kicking the can down the road only works for so long and then you run out of road.

It’s your decision though. You’re an adult. Make your decision and own it. But do yourself a favor and stop a moment to consider the long term ramifications of your short term decisions. 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.