Observations Round 2.4 – Growth Mindset

The growth mindset is a scholastic concept developed by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck on the perspective of student’s ability to learn versus their innate capabilities.  Dweck believes it is best to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning to ensure that they are not driven by external praise.

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Building A Foundation

The blog for Virta Health recently published an excellent article of The Ten Defining Characteristics of a Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet.  It definitely worth the read.  I have a few to add to this foundation.

Clarity and understanding of YOUR goals.  I firmly believe that individuals needs some level of understanding of the human body and the resulting impact our dietary choices.  If science is not your thing, you are not off the hook.  Take the time and make the effort to find reputable, simplified explanations in a book, blog post or podcast.  The aforementioned Virta article is a great resource if you follow a ketogenic dietary lifestyle.

Commit to consistency.  Your chosen dietary lifestyle, ketogenic or not, will require that you make a commitment to being consistent.  Practice, practice, practice making the choices that support your goals.

Cooking as a tool.  The value in practicing your kitchen prowess is hard to measure.  I find that it is a privilege to be able to actively choose what I am eating and to learn about and have awareness of ingredients.  Processed, packaged foods contain a myriad of unknowns. Conventional whole foods beat processed food every day.

Identifying an anchor.  An anchor is something that you can commit to doing every single day that will keep your goals in the forefront of your mind; a reminder of why you need to do what you do.  Your anchor could be whatever you choose as long as it is meaningful to YOU in the sense that it is that thing that would help you right the boat, help you prevent or end drifting from your goals. An anchor may be an affirmation or mantra, a specific question or set of questions to ask yourself, journaling, or posting picture quotes on Instagram (wink).

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Observations Round 2.3 – Inside Job

I am applying for a passport ID card to have as an alternate form of ID.  I grabbed my old passport book by mistake and I found an extra copy of my passport photo taken when I renewed my passport book in 2014.  The timing of this find is good.  Why?  It became clear to me that despite my current challenges on my journey, the progress I have made is unmistakable.  The reminder is a good one.  The reminder is a needed one.  Having to put down my current pair of jeans is also a reminder.

The reminder is I need to be more deliberate.  Embracing my struggle, dealing with my drift, I came across the following meme that is right on time:

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My Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring Experience

Several years ago, I randomly came across the movie The Widowmaker on Netflix.  It was very informative and quite frankly concerning but not shocking as I was already solidly skeptical of many aspects of healthcare and modern dietary recommendations.  About a year ago the screening identified in the movie, the calcium score (also called coronary artery calcium score, cardiac CT or CAC) resurfaced on my insulin resistance/ketogenic journey.  I made a mental note to put that on my list of things to check out about myself.  I recently found a radiology center where I  was able to have a scan performed as a self-pay customer without a physician’s referral.

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Redux Round Three: Affirmations and Why’s

Observations 2.0 inspired me to update my affirmations and why’s!

Believe it. Say it. Repeat it. Repeat often!



  • I own everything I say, do and think
  • My daily choices support building physical and mental health and wellness
  • My health is an investment, not an expense
  • I make healthy food choices to express love and respect for myself
  • My self talk is friendly, loving, supportive and accepting
  • Movement and exercise are blessings
  • I create thoughtful pauses in order to bring forth calmness and remain less reactive
  • I express gratitude daily, throughout my day, for all things big and small


  • Normalize glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
  • Decrease the impact of degenerative and age-related diseases
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Heal my body physically and mentally
  • Strengthen my body physically and mentally
  • Lose body fat
  • Preserve brain function and cognition
  • Minimize my need to become a patient
  • Inspire and teach others how to be better and healthier

Believe it. Say it. Repeat it. Repeat often!

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Donating Blood – My New Habit

I wrote about donating blood for the first time in my post My First Pint.

I gave my second pint on April 11th.  Thankfully, it went smoothly.  The day before, I made sure I consumed a lot of fluids and the hydration train kept running the morning of (smile).  I choose to stick to my norm of not having breakfast so I would learn if I needed to have breakfast on donation days.  I even wore a sleeveless shirt for easy access.  I did not experience any dizziness or light headiness.  In fact, other than the Band-Aid on my arm, I felt no differences and my blood sugar was just fine.

So far, I have donated whole blood via a OneBlood bloodmobile.  I need to learn more about the four methods of donation are available.

Cool beans.  I will make donating a regular occurrence.

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