Happy Thursday fellow readers. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful week. I unfortunately have let my madness consume me this week. Which brings me to today’s topic. I am only human.
When I write to my readers I want to be able to give you 100% of my attention and make sure that the words I am sharing with you are coming from not only my heart but also from my knowledge base, and this week I could not offer that to you. So I chose to be away a couple days and work on my head space. Sometimes life just grabs you and decides to throw you for a few loops, and those loops may be fun and exciting or plain out frightening. In my case this week it has been a jumble of the two. I have some exciting things coming, but I can’t quite share yet. I’ve also had a lot of stressful and bad things going on as well. All of that all at once and my body feels like I have been in a blender for a few days.
I am proud to say that for the first time in a very long time I did not turn to food to find comfort. Generally I would have dove off the deep end and binged until I was miserable. Instead I took on a fasting challenge and I stuck to it. I also didn’t veer from my keto/carnivore food items. I am glad I stuck to my guns on this because as much as stress is a trigger for a binge for me I know that in the end it just makes me feel even worse in the long run. Then I end up feeling guilty and wanting to punish myself. So this time around I get a pat on the back for being strong.
With everything that was going on and the toll it took on my body I haven’t even had an opportunity to take in a yoga class. This actually makes me sad as I was finding my way into something that my body was loving and it was opening up to thinking more deeply and more clearly. So I plan to get back on that horse as soon as possible. I feel that the further I dive into my yoga experience the more open I will be and the more I will be better equipped to handle weeks like these.
This week has also been a testament to how important it is to surround yourself by positivity as much as you can. I don’t have a close circle of friends that I can turn to always for support, so by seeing others successes I am able to use that as a fuel to realize that my struggle is temporary and there is a bright light at the other side. I just have to keep pushing toward that and never give up. I will never get were I want to be if I give up.
So I ask you all to forgive me for my absence and know that I have new material up and coming. Sometimes we just need a break to be human and I needed that this week. I needed to be vulnerable and deal with my head space so that I could come back and give you all 100% of what you deserve. So until next time …. What’s your confession?
So a lot of the material as focused in on the good that has came with my choice to switch to a Keto lifestyle, and while I know the importance of positivity you all need to realize it’s not all roses all the time. There are great days, good days, meh days, bad days, and horrible days. You have to be able to mentally prep your self for a roller coaster of emotions throughout the process. You have to remind yourself you are human and you are going to make mistakes. You also most importantly have to understand that your journey is just that yours, not anyone elses!
Yesterday I made a new weekly goal to work on kicking my habit of an afternoon cup of coffee. Well yesterday dealt me a bad hand and I caved and had my coffee. Did the world stop spinning? Nope it kept going and tried to throw me off! So today I will try again. The point is you can’t give up. Once you set the goal you have to stay focused on it and don’t give up even when you fail.
Another key thing for me is to make sure my goals are realistic and I don’t overwhelm myself with them. I have a complete list of goals I want to reach, but I only focus on a couple at a time. Your goals need to be attainable and reachable. Sometimes that means taking a larger goal and breaking it down. Example, I need to lose 100 pounds. That is a large goal. Instead break it down to 10 pounds at a time. That seems much more realistic to reach. You can apply the same to almost every goal you have. The important part of it is making sure you do whatever you can to reach it even if you have a couple missteps along the way.
When I first started Keto if I had a $1 for every mistake I made I would have quite a nice stack of ones right now. As soon as I thought I had it I would try a new recipe and realize it didn’t fit in my macros for the day. I would buy a new ingredient and find out a week later you really shouldn’t eat that. One great example is I thought I was confident in making a Keto Starbucks order. So I went in ordered what I thought was keto and guess what? I blew my entire fat macro for the day at 9AM with one drink, all because I received some bad information. Did I give up that day and quit? Nope I kept going tried to minimize and additional fat for the day and focused in harder the next day. I also didn’t say screw it for the day and jump off the Keto wagon and carb up.
There have been days at work when I have walked by the vending machine ten times thinking just one candy bar wouldn’t hurt. The truth is it would and I knew that deep down and I was able to focus and not give in. I also learned that I needed to avoid the vending machine area when I had a bad day or cravings are strong. If your a recovering alcoholic your not going to go sit in a bar. If you on Keto don’t go sit in a bakery. Try to place yourself in situations that you can handle and you can walk away from. If you do cave though and eat that cookie, shake it off and move on. Remind yourself why you don’t need that cookie and move on. You made a small mistake don’t let it snowball into a larger one. Only you can control what you do not anyone else.
In summary you are human you will make mistakes. We all have good days and bad days. Make your goals realistic and reachable. You are you not anyone else! Until next time Keep Ketoing On!