Today’s emotion that I would like to have on my plate is COMMITTED. I kept my commitments all last week - writing a blog every day, doing a daily Facebook live and doing my coaching homework - all when, sometimes, I felt like doing none of it. As a result, when I did my homework, every single day I felt productive and good about myself. Yesterday I needed my feeling to be loose (and I did not blog or go to Facebook at all), the resultant feeling was relaxed. That is just what I needed in order to get back to work today (Monday, of course) and make a commitment to success in the week ahead.
Using the feeling of committed with Keto
Well, it goes without saying, what that means. Of course we all want to make a commitment to our eating plan. But, what makes us want to be committed to our eating plan? First of all, look at that chick in the picture. What would happen if nature did not drive that chicken to the commitment of breaking through the shell? It can be a metaphor for all your life: If we didn’t break through shells and barriers we would never grow, advance, become anything but a latent dead chick in an old dried-out shell. Use that breaking-through metaphor to examine your eating plan. Are you getting a nice variety of Keto foods? Are you trying new recipes or even new foods? If you had told me a year ago I would be eating sardines and avocado for breakfast I would have said you were nuts. But, that is what was on my plate this morning and not only did I enjoy it, but it will fuel my day until dinner. Make a commitment to break out of your shell (i.e., rut or comfort zone) and try new things - not just foods, but behavior. If you have been a slave to tracking, try a day without doing it. If you have been doing “lazy keto” why not try a day or two of tracking just to make sure you are taking correct portions and eating enough (or cutting back if you need to). Try new recipes. Try new foods. Do something behaviorally that might be out of your comfort zone: If you grow as a person you will breathe new life into your Keto way of eating too.
Committed = Excitement
Actually, instead of being in the doldrums at the start of a new workweek, I am excited to face it and breathe new life into my Keto way of eating through some commitments I am making for this week. There is a Keto book I have had in my library for months that I intend to start to read today, a schedule of YouTube videos I am going to work out, two exciting people I am going to approach to be on my podcast, and two recipes I with new ingredients I have never used before that I am going to make this week. I am not dreading all this stuff, I am excited and looking forward to it. I have commitments for non-keto things as well: I am making a one-year “aneurism survival anniversary” party for my husband - I am going to find a restaurant this week and make invitations. I am looking for furniture for a new house, as well as making repair lists for this house to get it ready for the market. I have the grandkids coming this weekend and I am going to figure out some arts & crafts activities for them (way to cold to go to the park!). And of course we have the mundane things that we don’t think of as commitments but they are: laundry, house cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. But if you look at them all as things that enhance your life and you can commit to doing them well, you can find excitement in even stepping back from a clean room and saying, “Whew. Good job! I don’t have to tackle this again until next week.” Try to find the excitement in even the mundane. But definitely pepper it all with commitment to find and do things that may be out of your ordinary day. Everything - Keto or not - will thank you for it!