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:
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.
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
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.
More to come…..