Observations Round 17: My Own Paper

Keeping my eyes on my own paper.  Keeping my eyes on my own journey.  It is month 17 and I happily report that the plateau continues.  Well who in the world would be happy about still experiencing a plateau of many months you ask?  This girl.  Now let me share why this is my case.

I would be lying if I wrote that I was not frustrated.  However, my frustration level is not too bad, landing somewhere around 4 out of 10.   The reason I am not too frustrated is because I have, in fact, maintained my progress achieved so far.  I am actually accomplishing the maintain piece of Obtain and Maintain.  Thit makes me happy!  I may not be making more progress, but not regressing IS progress.

My commitment to my lifestyle is level 10 out of 10.  I attribute my commitment to a number of elements:

Practicing gratitude

For several months, I have been practicing gratitude journaling daily.  This practice has genuinely made a huge difference in my perspective and I highly recommend it.  Recently I bought the Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal: Questions, Prompts, and Coloring Pages for a Brighter, Happier Life.  Though I do not do the coloring part, I have found this to be a great addition to my gratitude practice.

Mindset

I do a lot of work with regard to keeping my mindset fortified.  I practice my anchoring behavior of at least one quote graphic a day expressing where my thoughts are with regard to my goals, positive thinking and gratitude Sundays.  I find that reading and listening to topics related to the ketogenic lifestyle motivating, even the information heavy on science that I may not quite understand.  I have an appreciation for the profound complexity of our bodies and become inspired to do what I can to repair damage done and improve my future outcomes

Clear goals

Feeling overwhelmed is often a product of lack of focus.  I practice drilling down and getting super specific with my goals.  The more specific I am, the better I can be at developing tools and strategies to achieve my goals.  I also make sure I am focusing on building on 1 or 2 things at a time until it becomes a habit.  I don’t want to “lose weight”.  Way too generic!  I get specific like: learn what foods spike my blood sugar after a meal by testing consistently, do not snack between meals, try 1 new non-starchy vegetable every month, identify what triggers my emotional responses and practice being less reactive, gratitude journal once a day, read for 10 minutes once a day.

In the school of life, I continue to encounter challenges, find the opportunities in these challenges, learn from them and keep moving forward.

Let’s go!

More to come…..

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