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Thinking About Starting the New Year Keto?   4 comments

As we slide in to the end of the year I’m happy to report I’ve had great success this year dropping weight on the ketogenic diet.  I’ll have one more weigh-in on Monday, the last day of the year, and barring any surprises I’ll be down just a smidge over 80 pounds for the year.

I’ve kept up with keto news all year long and the diet is only getting more popular as people see the success being had on it.  And not just in weight loss.  I feel so much better than I ever have.   Energy all day long.  No afternoon dips, or dragging my depleted body home at the end of the work day.  Why I even just completed a 48 hour fast and felt great at the end, not hungry and exhausted.  It’s just been my experience that being on the ketogenic diet is great for your body.

So perhaps you’re considering going keto for the New Year.  If so, here are some suggestions I have to start the Keto New Year off right.

First things first.  Before starting any new dietary or exercise program I’d be remiss in not encouraging you to discuss this with your doctor. When you go from a glucose fueled body to a ketone fueled one you are fundamentally changing how your body operates.  While I’ve found it very safe and effective for me, I don’t know you or your current medical situation.  So even if you have to put your start day off a little into the year, talk to a trained medical professional who is aware of your current medical situation.

Assuming you’ve already completed that step you have three days to go before January 1st, 2019.  My advice, live it up.  Probably not the advice you were expecting, I know.  But going keto means you’ll be giving up a lot of stuff you enjoy eating.  Sure you’ll get to replace it with keto friendly meals that are delicious so you will still eat well.  But there are things you enjoy that will most likely be no-no’s on the keto diet.  So take the next few days to enjoy those one last time before you commit to going keto.  Plus this will help with the next step.

Get rid of all the temptations.  If you have boxes of cereal you love to eat still in the house, you’re going to eat them.  As you transition to ketones as your primary fuel source your cravings will go up.  If the food you love is readily available you’ll fall into temptation.  And if you’re absolutely certain you can go without these foods so they won’t be a problem if they’re in the house, then why would you have a problem throwing them out anyway?  The answer is obvious, if you’re having a hard time convincing yourself to get rid of food you know you shouldn’t have, it’s because you’re inclined to have it.  Fix the problem by throwing it away.  If you’re uncertain if something is keto or not, there are plenty of online resources to answer the question for you.

After you’ve gotten rid of the bad stuff you obviously want to stock up on the good stuff.  Again, do a little research on what you can and can’t eat.  Create a short list of stuff on the “can eat” list that you love.  Have plenty at the house.  If you’re hungry and you have keto friendly foods that you love to eat already within reach you’re much more likely to stay on track.

The next step is important.  Let the people in your life know you’re going keto.  This helps for two reasons.  First, it keeps them from being a stumbling block to you, even unintentionally.  Let them know that for the next few months you have to restrict your food choices and avoid places where you’ll likely cheat.  It takes several months of adaptation before you can safely take a keto day off and get right back into ketosis afterwards.  So by telling them in advance it’ll help you avoid awkward moments when you’d have to say you have to decline their invitation out.  The second good thing is accountability.  If your friends and family are aware you’re going keto and what that means they’ll be there to help keep you honest.  Accountability was a great tool for me when I first started.  That’s why I decided to post progress pics on my Instagram.  If I strayed too much the pics would show it.  So I didn’t.

Which brings me to my next suggestion.  The first day take a pic of how you look.  You don’t have to share it on Instagram like I did, but I do think you’ll be amazed at how much support you’ll get if you do.  At least have the pic for yourself so you can take a new one every month so see how you’re progressing.  Going back and viewing my progress in pictures has been wonderful, and helps keep me honest.

Finally, mark March 1st on your calendar.  This will be the point where you’ve gotten two full months of keto under your belt, which should be way looser by now.  This is the amount of time you should be committing yourself to before entertaining straying from the ketogenic diet.  While you’ll see results in the first week or two, it’ll take at least 6 weeks before you fully adapt and are experiencing all the benefits.  If you just give the diet a week or two you’re not really giving it sufficient time to be completely effective.  So spend the next few days mentally preparing yourself for two months of dedicated keto.  And this means no cheating.  I’ve said this before, if you start a diet looking for ways to cheat you should just not start the diet.  You aren’t truly committed to it.  Two months may seem like a long time but my first two months flew by.  After your two months are up if you’d like to take a day off from keto to reward yourself, go ahead.  Just don’t go crazy when you do, and I’d recommend fasting the day after to get your right back in ketosis.

So that’s my list.  If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments below.  Agree/disagree with anything I’ve said, comment on that too. I’ve had great success with the ketogenic diet, and understand it pretty well, but I wouldn’t consider myself the final say on these things and would love to discuss any differences of opinion.  I hope you had a great day today.  I hope you have three more wonderful 2018 days.  And I hope you hit the ground running come 2019.  See you soon.

 

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Quick thought   Leave a comment

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.

The Blame Game   Leave a comment

I mentioned a few posts back that I went on a trip to Bellingham, WA.  I live in Alabama so I had to fly to get there and back.  As I was proceeding to check in for the flight home, a guy came running into the airport and ran straight up to the counter.  He stated he was on a flight that was about to leave.  The woman at the counter asked which flight, and when he told her, she stated the flight was already closed and she couldn’t check him in now.  He stated that he had to get on that flight, he just had to.  She told him there was nothing she could do about it.  He complained that she was being unreasonable and she reminded him that he was supposed to arrive at the airport two hours early for his flight.

Frustrated, the guy tried to explain the situation to her.  His alarm didn’t go off that morning so he got a late start.  He drove to the border as fast as he could but the traffic was heavier than expected and moved at a snail’s pace.  When he got to the US/Canadian border, there was a back up because Customs was going so slow.  He had done everything he could to get there on time but life had just conspired against him.  He wasn’t to blame.  Couldn’t she just help him out?

We all play the blame game.  Nobody wants to admit that they’re at fault.  It’s an ego thing.  If we admit fault we are admitting there’s something wrong with us.  We erred. And that can’t be right.

So we assign the blame to others.  Or we assign it to situations completely beyond our control.  Like the guy at the airport.  He’d made a good faith effort to be there on time but a series of cascading delays befell him.  He can’t be held accountable for that, can he?

It is true that there are events over which you’ll have no control.  You might be smitten by someone, but you can’t make them return the feeling.  You can take perfect care of your vehicle and then a defective part can sideline it.  You say or do something with one intention, but can’t control how others will interpret it. I get that.

The problem with the blame game is it cedes control to factors outside of us.  If the problem exists outside of us there’s nothing we can do to change it.  And there’s always something we can do.  After all, you at least have control over how you react to a situation.

But it’s easier to blame circumstances beyond our control.  That way we can never be at fault.  You can’t blame me for the traffic or the border.  I don’t control those.  There’s a problem with nothing ever being your fault though.  It means you’re admitting ALL circumstances are beyond your control.

You’re a passenger in your life, not the captain.  You have no determination in the events in your life.  If every time something bad happens to you, you’re powerless to stop it then you have no control, period.

Now you’re probably saying to yourself “I still make decisions.  And all the great things I’ve accomplished were my doing.  I can take credit for them.”  Even if that’s true, when you’re powerless to stop the bad things from happening, at any moment something bad can take away all that good you did.  And by your own admission, it’s out of your control and you can’t stop it.

To be able to stop it you’d have to take ownership.  Admit that there were factors in your control.  Take the guy at the airport for example.  He could take ownership of the fact that he didn’t have a back up alarm, just in case.  Or he could take owernship of the fact that both average traffic wait times, and border wait times, are available for searching on the internet.  He could take ownership of the fact that if the flight was so important he could have decided to cross the border way earlier then he needed to.  It may have run the risk of making him wait way longer for the flight, but it would have lessened the risk of being late.  All of that was under his control

So I guess it’s up for you to decide what kind of life you want.  Do you want to be the person who is dragged through life by Fate?  No real say in how things will turn out.  No real hope because you know it’s all out of your control.  Or do you want to be the Captain of your ship?  Your hand firmly on the rudder of your life.  Focused on ownership and personal responsibility.  The true creator of the best version of yourself.  Make your choice, and accept the life that comes with it.  Have a great day.