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.
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:
Am I moving forward, in the right direction? Yes. However, my velocity when measured in terms of fat loss has slowed. So what. I am training my mind to look for the opportunities. And I am training myself to get real…..and keep it real.
I am grateful to be marking 2 years of awareness, choices and decisions! I understand and accept that my journey actually never ends. Reaching one goal brings about the next. Obtain and maintain this. Move on to obtain and maintain that.
A powerful Tony Robbins quote reads “It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”. Synonyms for consistent are persistent and steady. Currently experiencing what feels like the worlds longest plateau (smile) I am keenly aware of the value of remaining consistent and how consistency empowers me to keep moving forward on my journey.
I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts. With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.
Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones. I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language! But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets. My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.
I think of my goals as threads. A thread being a strand of fiber that represents something that I want to achieve. Threads in a loose pile or tightly woven and organized on a spool have limited utility. This is also true of my goals. Continue reading
With the correct perspective, I use quantitative measures to reinforce choices that I have made, develop future modifications, and create personal conundrums when my progress does not match my linear expectations (smile). Scale weight, macro tracking in Cronometer, blood glucose checks, occasional blood ketones measurement, periodic lab tests, and body measurements a la “how my pants fit” are the parameters that I track to gain insight into my important journey to better health and wellness.
I am back from attending the ASCEND workshop in Boston hosted by Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential. This workshop was an opportunity to meet the podcaster who is playing a big role in my mindset transformation. Many thought provoking topics were covered and I took away a number of ideas to reflect on and strategies to implement going forward. One of the things that Elizabeth does that I love is put forth ideas and strategies in the form of questions. One question that really struck me was “what do I want to be true for myself?”.
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.