So yesterday’s emotion of determined turned into a feeling of accomplishment. I did what I set out to do, and finished all my projects! Most importantly, I just showed up. 99% of success is showing up - whether that is a job, a project, your eating plan, your day’s activities, or in my case, doing a FaceBook live! I don’t have enough fish in the pond (followers) so that when I show up live there are not enough people on line out of those followers who will see it. I tell myself, just keep showing up. I felt so accomplished (I also wrote a blog, watched an entrepreneur webinar, coached clients, finished one of the texts for my coaching class, and bought some office supplies that I needed) and today’s emotion is building on that one. I am revitalized!
Feeling revitalized with MY Keto
This is the time of year with restarts, challenges, quick-start guides and all manner of Keto blogs, videos and FaceBook groups popping up. For me, right now, I just want to show up for my own things. As I said above, I will keep doing FB live events - whether or not anyone is there with me. I also am committed to writing a blog every day for the rest of the month to explore my feelings and to discover what moves me forward. I am committed to my YouTube videos every week. My podcast, Chew the Fat with Granny Keto, is moving along nicely and I have two fabulous interviews scheduled (that will air in March). I love my coaching class and look forward to that every single day: writing, reading, webinars; I am really invested in it and I look forward to every day. But what about my Keto? I am just Keto’ing on but with a twist. You all know by now that my strength is not tracking (and teaching my clients how to find success without tracking), but my coach training is teaching me about protocol. We have all heard the word protocol: The official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions. Okay, so I’m the queen of my universe, and that makes me a diplomat of sorts, and my food protocol is my system of rules for governing the meals of said queen. How is this different from just writing food in a journal either before or after it has been eaten? It’s not just the list of food, for starters. It is actually the rules that guide what I eat. I already have several guidelines which I am sure you all do too: Don’t eat when not hungry, keep carbs low, make sure I have enough fat, stop when satisfied, etc. But my revitalization has injected some new blood into those rules. No, I don’t have more of them, but I have ignited my awareness. I opened the fridge today expecting to have some breakfast. But then I stopped and asked myself where I was on the hunger scale and how I expected my meals to unfold (e.g., would I be away from home and not eating until late or could I grab something if I found myself hungrier in an hour or two). Was eating at that moment my best (and only) decision?
Revitalization = Excitement
I never really stray from Keto and so I don’t need quick-start or quick-restart or new year’s challenges that are all over FaceBook, YouTube and websites at this time of year. But I need something to relight the fire. This whole revitalization process seems to have done it for me. I am trying new things, moving out of my comfort zone which means embracing discomfort that moves me forward, and I am also looking inward to find my intentions and goals and to have the courage to state them. No one is responsible for the weight stall I have had for months - and I am certainly not going to blame the process of the ketogenic diet, because, if truth be told, although I have been eating only Keto foods, I have not been following the Keto protocol - which is more than a list of food. It’s the system of rules using keto foods. I can eat Keto foods till the cows come home, but if I don’t closely monitor my carbs, and have a working awareness of the amount of protein and fats I am eating, then yes, I will stay in ketosis (which I have been), but no, the weight won’t budge. I feel like I have gotten a shot in the arm to get that scale moving again - I know what to do and now I am going to do it. What can YOU do to revitalize your Keto journey?