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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.

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New Vlog Up on YouTube.   Leave a comment

My latest blog is live on YouTube.  It’s about setbacks.  No matter what goal you are trying to accomplish there is always the possibility of setbacks.  The easiest way to deal with them is to plan for them.  There’s nothing wrong with doing so.  It isn’t negative or pessimistic, it’s about being prepared.  I expand on this point in my vlog this week.  I hope you enjoy it.  If you do, please leave a like on my YouTube channel.  If you agree or disagree I’d love to hear your opinion on the vlog, so please leave a comment either on here or on the YouTube channel.  If you like the vlog enough that you want to follow my journey on YouTube please subscribe there and by clicking the bell you’ll be immediately notified every time I post a new video.  Have a great week.

Quick Thought   Leave a comment

I’ve talked a bit about the Law of Attraction.  I’ve mentioned how it’s important to have faith that the things you wish for will come your way.  Jumping without a net level of faith, even.

That’s a very high level of faith.  And you might think that I’m saying it will only work if you’re willing to put all your eggs in one basket without any concern for the future.  To be clear that is not what I’m saying.

Nothing in the LOA says that you have to put yourself in a tenuous spot for it to work.  Nothing in the LOA says that you can’t prepare a little just in case.

Think of it this way.  The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a pretty fast car.  It can go from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.  So just a little faster than my Prius.  It is a well-built car with many safety features like ABS brakes, traction control, and Active Handling.  So it’s designed to be driven hard while maintaining a good level of safety.  And I like to think of myself as a pretty good driver.  One would think between my good driving skills and the Stingray’s safety features there’s going to be little chance of a crash.  And yet I still put on the seatbelt.

I don’t put on the seatbelt because I don’t have faith in the Stingray’s design.  I don’t put on the seatbelt because I lack faith in my driving skills.  I put on the seatbelt because it’s prudent.  Because no matter how much faith I have in the myself and the Stingray there’s a world out there beyond the two of us that we have to deal with.

So don’t mistake me for saying that if you want to become rich with the LOA you need to take all your money and invest it in something risky because that’s the only way to show true faith in the LOA.  Feel free to invest some money with absolute confidence things will turn out well, but hold a little to the side.  Again it isn’t a lack of faith, it’s just prudence.

The LOA is here to help you, not ruin you by taking unnecessary risks.  Just know that when you do use it that the LOA will provide, and it will.  But feel free to be prudent and wear your seatbelt as the LOA sometimes gives us what we need, not what we asked for.  Have a great day.

Is This Or That Food Keto?   Leave a comment

One of the questions I get the most by people considering going on the ketogenic diet is if certain foods are keto or not.  The reason being of course that they’re concerned about what they will have to give up.  The problem is the answer will always be the same, no matter what food they mention.  And the answer is no.

That’s because no food is ketogenic.  There isn’t some magical keto ambrosia out there that will instantly make you the Greek god of ketosis.  There isn’t a food out there that will put you into ketosis just by eating it. That’s not how the ketogenic diet works.  Ketogenic is an overall principle or lifestyle choice.

When you eat a diet that is high in fats, moderate in proteins, and very low carb you enter the state of ketosis.  While there are foods that are certainly more friendly to a state of ketosis, and conversely ones that are very averse to ketosis, any food can be included in the ketogenic diet within certain boundaries.

I’ll give an example.  Tonight for dinner my Dad made a pot roast with potatoes and carrots.  Now the pot roast of course is very ketosis friendly.  High in fat, moderate protein, and no carbs.  The carrots are in the middle.  In small quantities they won’t hurt your state of ketosis.  The potatoes on the other hand are not ketosis friendly.  High carb (as vegetables go), low protien, and no fat.  Having said that I could have had a small bite or two of potatoes and been fine.

So make your decisions.  Ketosis unfriendly foods in very small amounts won’t take you out of ketosis.  But where’s the line between being in and out of ketosis?  And if you have that small bite, will the small bite be enough?  Or will you indulge?  If it’s in the middle, like say a Halo Top Ice Cream, than sure, give yourself a treat, but keep it in moderation.  And of course if the food is ketosis friendly you can eat away, just don’t exceed your caloric needs for the day.  And that’s the answer to “is this or that food keto?”  Have a great day.

First Vlog of 2019 Is Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

I’ve posted a new vlog on YouTube.  It is the first of 2019.  It covers how I did in 2018 in both body and mind improvements and a general overview of what I want to accomplish in 2019.  My YouTube channel is a big part of the improvements I want to make for 2019.  I’d like to see it grow and reach more people.  I have received a lot of help from family, friends, and people who have followed me along the way on my social media.  That has helped so much with the gains I’ve made.  And I’d like to return the favor with as many people as I can.  So I hope you follow me along that journey here.  I’d also love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel and follow my journey there.  That helps me reach more people, which I’d love to do.  If you ring the bell on YouTube it will tell you immediately when I post new content on YouTube.  I hope you’re having a great day and I’ll see you soon.

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.

The Year In Review   Leave a comment

Well, most of the year anyway.  I didn’t start using the blog again until March.  However I have been tracking my weight from day one of 2018.  And here we now are on day 365. A lot of progress has been made.

On Day 1 I weighed in at 352.6 pounds.  This morning I weighed in at 267.8 pounds.  Just shy of 85 pounds by .2 pounds.  Just over 7 pounds a month.

On Day 1 I was 52% body fat.  I was carrying around 183.4 pounds of body fat.  That’s a good-sized adult’s body weight, just in fat.  When I weighed in this morning my body fat was 35.8%.  In pounds that’s 95.9.  So I’ve lost 87.5 pounds of fat, 2.7 pounds greater than my total weight loss.

Unfortunately my body composition was outside the parameters of the scale I use for keeping track of my improvements.  So I can’t say for sure what that 2.7 pounds of difference is.  I have worked out a bit so it could be muscle mass.  Then again it could be water weight.  Or some combination of the two.

I see greater muscle definition as I lose weight so I’d like to believe the 2.7 pounds is muscle growth, but I recognize that as I’ve lost a lot of body fat I could just be getting a better view of what was there all along.  What’s important is I’m loving how my body is changing, so the details are just details.

My exercise game has improved greatly.  At the beginning of the year I failed to meet my move goal on 5 days of the month.  The move goal is measured in calories.  At the time I had it set for 680.  The exercise ring, which is measured in minutes has a 30 minute goal.  I only reached it 12 days that month.  The final ring is the stand ring. It makes sure you stand for at least a short time for 12 hours of the day.  I closed that ring every day.

For December I’ve closed all three rings on every day except one.  On the 7th I nodded off and failed to get my second workout in.  My move goal has been increased to 770 so I’m not only meeting my goals, they’re harder goals to meet.

Also, when I started my exercise consisted completely of just walking.  Now I do body weight exercises, jump roping, and some weight lifting.

As for who I am on the inside, well that’s changed a lot, too.  At the beginning of the year I’d do my best about trying to get in at least one meditation session a day, but often fell short of the goal.  Now I get in at least one session a day, often times two, and occasionally three.  Quality wise it’s a little harder to record because it’s a subjective analysis, but I do think that’s improved as well.  While my mind still wanders substantially more than I’d like, it doesn’t wander nearly as much as it used to.  At the beginning of the year I was happy with a 10 minute session, and now I go for 20-30 minutes when I meditate.

I feel better and more positive.  Again, it’s a subjective measurement, but in this case subjectivity is ok as if you feel you’re happier you kinda are happier, or you wouldn’t feel happier.  If that makes any sense.  I know I deal with things a little more calmly, and certainly get centered again quicker then I used to.  And I feel a lot more positively about my future.

Finance wise, I’m doing better but still have ways to go.  I’m getting bills paid off and credit card debt down.  I will be switching jobs sometime in the near future so we’ll see how that affects things.

So that’s the year in review except for the final thing, the review of pictures.  They will go from the current (olive drab long sleeve t-shirt) back in time to my oldest, the Flash t-shirt.  Feel free to leave a comment on how you think I did this year.  Or suggestions on ways to improve going into 2019.  Here’s to an upcoming great year.

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