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Weekly Vlog Up on YouTube 2019/02/20   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is up.  It’s on tracking your weight loss and why going strictly by the numbers isn’t the best approach.  In it I discuss other options for keeping track of your progress.  Check it out.  Like and leave a comment to let me know how you’re doing.  If you dislike the video or disagree with anything I said then leave a comment so we can discuss it.  Subscribe and click the notification bell to be immediately notified every time I post a video to my YouTube.  Have a great week.  Peace.

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Quick Thank You   Leave a comment

So I’ve been tracking how my YouTube channel has been doing in terms of views and minutes watched.  I have a little spreadsheet I made just for that purpose.  And this morning when I entered the numbers I saw that I had reached a happy milestone.  I’ve gotten over 500 views.

I started my YouTube channel last October.  It’s just barely over 4 months old so that’s about 125 views a month.  I’m very happy with that number.  Some channels may be growing way faster than that, but I also know that a lot of channels get started and never make it to 500 views.  So it’s a good first big hurdle to have gotten over.

At the beginning of the year I decided to recommit to a full year of producing content for the channel at a minimum of 1 vlog per week.  Now I’ve decided it’ll be 2 per week as I’ve started doing my weekly update in video form.  If I manage to get a review video in at least every other week that would mean over 100 more videos to go before I make the final decision about the channel.

But honestly I think I’ve already decided.  Every week the channel starts growing a little faster.  The number of subscribers keeps slowly increasing.  And at a certain point I’m guessing things will start increasing faster and faster and I’ll reach more and more people.  In the end though, come December 31st if I still have one subscriber following me I think I’ll keep going because as long as I’m helping someone it just feels good to do.

I really hope that I’m reaching a lot more than 1 person of course, but even 1 will be enough.  There’s 10 more months and some change to go and I look forward to spending it sharing with you guys who’ve made this journey worthwhile for me.  I thank you for your support in watching my videos and following this blog.  In a little over a month this blog will hit one year since I restarted it and I’ll do a thank you post and recap at that time.

To end this one I’ll thank you again real quick.  If you have any suggestions or comments about the YouTube channel or this one, feel free to leave them here or there.  I hope you’re having a great day.  I know I did starting it out with that great news.  I look forward to seeing you soon.  Peace.

Are You Really Too Busy?   Leave a comment

Have you ever scheduled a gym session in for the day and by day’s end it just didn’t happen?  Did you ever plan on meditating to start your day but by the time you got to work you realized that instead of clearing your mind first thing it actually just slipped your mind?

We have a lot of rationalizations for these scheduling shortcomings.  You got out of work late so you didn’t have time to stop by the gym on the way home.  Or you got home and now you have other things to do so you just don’t think you’ll be able to squeeze time in for meditating.  Or there are a backlog of other obligations you need to attend to and the gym and meditation room just aren’t high enough on the list to make the cut.

You really believe that you want to do these activities, if only there was time.  But try as you might you just don’t seem to be able to find any room in your schedule to accommodate these activities.  If only there were more time in the day.

Is that really true though?  Is it absolutely impossible to work in anything more to your schedule?

Ask yourself this.  What if, instead of meditating for half an hour, you were told that you’d be put in a room with your favorite celebrity for that same amount of time?  I bet your schedule would be empty enough to fit that in.

Or if your hour of gym time, that you couldn’t possibly make today because your booked, suddenly become an hour alone with your fantasy crush.  Would you text your crush to tell them that you just can’t spare the time?  Probably not.

In reality we know that we could make the time for the activities if we were truly motivated to do so, we just aren’t.  If you allow yourself to be fooled by the excuse that you just can’t find the time then you never look hard enough to find the real reason you don’ t do these beneficial activities.

So spend a little time considering why you can’t make that time.  There are many reasons why people can’t find the time, but the only one that matters is the reason you’re not finding it.  When you get your reason take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the center.  On one side list the ways this reason is benefiting you, and on the other a list of how it’s hurting you.  Keep the list with you and when you find that you “don’t have the time” to meditate or go to the gym take out your list and read it.  I’m guessing the list of benefits won’t take much of any time to read, but the list of hurts will.

Hopefully when you’ve had a moment to see how your “reason” is affecting your life you’ll be motivated to get to the gym or clear some time to clear your mind.  Do this often enough and you’ll get into the habit of going to the gym and meditating.  And once it’s a habit you’ll easily find the time for it, no matter how busy your schedule really becomes.  Have a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is about time and how it relates to your self-improvement journey, with plenty of nerdy references to everyone’s favorite Time Lord Doctor Who.  If you have the time give it a watch.  Like if you enjoy it.  Leave a comment telling me what you think.  Also if you have any suggestions on how I can make these vlogs better leave a comment on that, too.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video.  Have a great week.  Peace.

Quick Thought   Leave a comment

It’s all very well and good that you want to lose weight to be healthier.  Who wouldn’t want that?  How many people do you know who go around thinking “If only I were less healthy how much better would things be?”

Don’t just focus on being healthier.  Consider what you mean by being healthier.  Does that just mean being lighter?  Well if you lose a couple of pounds of muscle you’d be lighter, but I’m guessing you wouldn’t really be happier.

Does being healthier mean being sick less often?  Does it mean running faster?  Perhaps, to you, it means changing, lowering, or possibly even not having to take medications you’re currently on.  Or even just sleeping better.

There aren’t any right or wrong answers here.  Just follow the train of thought where it leads.  You start out with wanting to be healthier.  Healthier to you means having lower body fat.  Better muscle definition.  A chiseled jaw line.  You realize you want to be healthier to be more attractive.

Or maybe carrying all the extra weight you do means you don’t move as well.  So you want to be healthier to be more mobile.  And once you become more mobile you’ll go out and do more in nature.  You just want to be able to explore the world of nature around you.

Again, there’s no right or wrong here, just follow the path to the end.  And when you arrive mentally at your destination put a pin in it like you would on Google Maps to always have it available to look up later.

Because some days you may not feel like eating as healthy.  Some days you may be tired and don’t feel like exercising.  Some days you might not feel like taking a few extra minutes out of your day to do a blog post.  You’d rather call it an early day and get to dreaming.

And then you pull out your mental map with the pin in it.  You remember where you’re headed.  You recall how much you want to be there.  Suddenly that cheat meal doesn’t seem so tasty.  Suddenly you realize you need to at least start the workout and see where it goes.  Suddenly you know that the dreams will be waiting for you in a few minutes, after you’ve shared on your blog.

Nice thing about maps is that they’re there when you need them.  You don’t have to study it all day.  Just occasionally take a gander every now and again to keep yourself on track.  Check your map every so often and you’re sure to reach your destination.  Have a great day.  Peace.

Quick Thought   Leave a comment

I’ve posted before about goal setting and checking your course every now and again.  It’s important to know where you are, where you want to be, and if you’re on the right path to get there.  Being on the right path, though, isn’t enough.

Will Rogers famously said “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”  And that’s a very important message.

Think about this.  Perhaps you’ve wanted to lose weight and you’ve heard about the ketogenic diet.  So you get a curiosity about you on the topic and start looking online for information.  You find a blog or two about the ketogenic diet and you scroll through the posts and check out all the progress pics.  It certainly seems like the real deal.

You start following people on YouTube and Instagram that are living a ketogenic lifestyle.  From them you learn about their journey and what they’re doing daily to meet the goals of being keto.  You look back to past posts and videos and you’re amazed at how far they’ve come.  Clearly you can lose a lot of weight on the ketogenic diet.

But you’re a nuts and bolts kinda person so you download a few books on the ketogenic diet to your Kindle and get to reading.  Some of the books are broad and give sweeping advice, others are more narrow and scientific.  Altogether they have given you a complete understanding of how the diet works.  You understand ketosis like a pro.  You can develop ketogenic meal plans in your sleep.

Over the last month of information consumption you’ve become a storehouse of ketogenic knowledge.  I could ask you questions about gluconeogenesis and you could tell me for a guy my weight what level of protein to stay below to avoid it.  I could ask you the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis and you could expound on that for an hour.  I’m at the store and want to buy something new, but I’m not sure if it’s keto friendly.  One text to you and now I do.  You’re clearly on the ketogenic track.

But you look down at your belly and you realize you haven’t even lost an ounce.  Why?  You’ve been so busy learning you haven’t been doing.  Having knowledge about a subject is great, but putting it into practice is better.  You need to take the first step and begin walking the path.

This applies to anything you might learn or think about.  Got goals?  Well if you aren’t taking steps to achieve them you’ve actually only Got dreams.  Want a calmer mind?  Sitting around thinking about a calmer mind pretty much is the opposite of what you’re after.  Thought about learning a new language?  Downloading Babel+ won’t get you any closer to that if you never open the app.

Don’t just find the path, walk it.  Don’t wonder how your life could be, live it.  To quote the great philosopher, “Do or do not, there is no try.”.  Take that first step down the right track today and you just got one step closer to the life you want to live.  Have a great day.  Peace.

The Power of Positive Thought   Leave a comment

Here’s to the power of positive thinking.  As those who regularly follow me know I have a YouTube channel where I post a weekly vlog about the ketogenic lifestyle and living a more mindful, conscious life.  I started it back in October to create a bit of accountability for me (as the camera will show my progress) but also as a way to try to give back to the community of people out there, some I know really well and some who were complete strangers to me, who’ve helped me along the way.

I try to spend a little time each week working on ways to better track how things are going on my channel and ways I can improve it.  I realized that the app I use to track it is nice but I wanted to see the big picture in a different way so I created a spreadsheet to track my views each month, and the minutes people watch.  Putting it together I noticed something interesting that made me smile.

Keep in mind that since I started back in October I’ve put at least one video up every week on Wednesday.  I have added a few extra videos in there on top of that.  But my uploading has been consistent so none of what I’m about to tell you could be explained by being off schedule or failing to upload during the week.

When I first started I was of course nervous, but also very excited about the project.  And the numbers reflected that. My channel had the most views and minutes watched since I started.  I was very positive about the channel.  My introduction video had gotten a lot of views but over the next few weeks the views tapered off a bit.  Which of course made me a little nervous.  The next month the views and the minutes watched dropped significantly.  This added to the nervousness, and the next month (December) the numbers were even lower.

And then a funny thing happened during the first video I did in 2019.  I don’t script my videos (as is apparent at times I’m sure) I simply have a topic I want to cover and just talk to the camera.  When I first started my channel I had committed to 52 videos, one per week.  So I would have been done at the end of September 2019.  But as I was talking about 2019 in the video and what I wanted for this year it came to me.  I committed in the video to a full year of videos starting with that one so that all of my 2019 journey would be on the record.

Why did this happen?  As I was filming the video I had become positive again because it was a new year with new possibilities.  And I was excited about tracking them all, not just up to October.

This morning I looked at the number of views and minutes so far for this month and that’s when it hit me.  My numbers were back up again.  Here we are only two-thirds of the way through the month and my numbers are already beating my second month’s numbers.

I’ve done a little research.  January is supposedly a lull month for YouTube so my numbers should be flat or even down.  But they’re up.  And I think it’s no coincidence that if you track my views, the minutes watched, and how positive and sure I was about my channel you’d see the exact same graph each time.

Could there be other explanations.  Sure it’s possible.  But as there’s no real downside to being positive I think I’ll just keep on with that game plan as the numbers keep getting better.  If you haven’t seen my channel before, I’ll leave my latest vlog below.  I hope you enjoy it and I hope you have a happy and positive week ahead of you.  Peace.