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.
My 16-month mark falls on the Labor Day holiday and I am inspired to explore the meaning of the word labor and how it is connected to my journey. As a verb, labor means to work hard; make great effort. Synonyms for labor are grind away, struggle, strive, exert oneself. I would say that labor is the perfect word to describe actions needed to build a strong mindset. Laboring on mindset, working hard on what I believe it takes to achieve my goals has been a game changer. Mindset, I am continuing to learn, is the cornerstone of my journey.
My recent Crononmeter post describes 2 features of this tracking app that I am finding valuable – adding notes and biometrics. The biometrics menu has an option to track mood, quantified in milligiggles. I love it! I am finding that simply pulling up this tracking option makes me smile.
One year and 2 months following my adopted lifestyle of nutritional ketosis finds me experiencing a plateau with regard to scale weight loss. Good thing I am not too concerned. Good thing that fat loss/weight loss is not a linear process, as are most roads to achieving goals. Good thing that, THIS time, I fully embrace the concept that I am building a lifestyle that I will not turn away from.
One of my favorite quotes is credited to Thomas Edison: Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Simply stated and very true. There is no substitute for consistently doing the work.