Have you ever noticed that sometimes "working things out" is not as active as you would think it is? Yes, sometimes it involves just sitting and thinking...or reading and thinking...or sitting and reading and thinking.
I have a fitbit that I'm only just now figuring out how to use. I've had one since last Sept. I lost that one due to a defective wrist band, so my hubby loved me enough to get another one for me for Christmas. Both have been waterproof, but it doesn't work well with my kind of water work outs even though my work outs are awesomely active. And fun! LOL! Gotta' have the fun element because I've always hated exercise, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE water dancing. SO...I'm figuring out how to log in data using this gizmo. I think the SparkPeople trackers are much easier to use. but I'm gonna' work it out, and maybe I'll use both.
Also, I'm reading a book, The Complete Guise o Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore. The answer to all important diabetes questions is in this book. I'm angry because if they KNOW this, then why aren't they treating diabetes like this? OMG...the research studies are really interesting. Dr. Fung is also using fasting to increase efficiency and speed with the effectiveness of chemo. There are different kinds of fasting--intermittent, alternate-day, and extended day. I'm going to try this and keep some data on blood sugar just to see how it affects my body. Intermittent does not seem very difficult. It's like what you do when you are fasting for blood work. Then I will see about increasing the fast time. My blood sugar tends to go down, so we will see. If nothing else, it might provide a little "jump start" for my doldrums I've had lately.
I do believe the doldrums are related to my gremlins. LOL! I haven't processed all of this book yet. I will probably have to read it twice, but I do intend on writing about gremlins and negative self talk. Personally, I believe that has to do with 90% of my weight problem. I also think that is true for so many folks who struggle with weight, food, and exercise. "Figuring things out" is not just about the scale, food, and exercise. It's about changing my life in a way that I understand WHY I ended up with this problem and finding solutions that work for me. It's also not all about a "lifestyle change" because that usually is addressing nutrition and exercise. It is also about the gremlins that make a lifestyle change so difficult. People, it shouldn't be this difficult. Guess who makes it difficult" [Everyone point a finger at self] Yes, we make it difficult for ourselves unknowingly because we are not usually aware of our gremlin. We have to teach ourselves self awareness before we can battle and slay the dragon.
So...working things out can connect to food, diet, nutritional plan, exercise, gathering new information, data, gremlins and negative self talk, but most of all it is KNOWING yourself because you are unique. Each of us have different needs, different backgrounds, and different issues we deal with on a daily basis. The is no one-size fits all for all of us. We have to seek knowledge and tweak it for our own use. Keep that in mind when you try something new and it doesn't work. That is NOT failure--that is knowledge that what you tried is just not FOR you. It might've work well for someone else but that doesn't mean it's meant to work for you. Don't get discouraged and fall into that negative word pit that plays out when we think we've failed. Actually, it is just as good to rule out strategies as it is to find what works. It you keep track of what DOESN'T work, you may detect a pattern.
We live day by day, in the moment, and there are numerous challenges we need to be aware of, observe, and commit to our "keeper" bin or trash can. Figuring out self awareness is, I think, an important part of successfully transforming my life into something that works for me.
God bless. Have a GREAT Monday and a fantabulous week!