Goal: Staying Alive

Staying Alive

This is day 11 of my keto eating style. As I have posted in a previous post, I have not had the easiest time of this. It’s taken me all the way to day 11 to even hit ketosis of some form, and I don’t stay in that state the entire day. Only yesterday, day 10, did the mighty scale tell me I lost 2 pounds! Normally, within the first week a lot of people see up to a 5 lb weight loss. I haven’t seen that. I know some of that is water weight for people but I haven’t even lost water weight until yesterday! I have one of those scales that breaks down the fat, muscle, water, bone ratios reflected in the total weight, and I am happy to see that my body fat % is going down and my percentage of muscle is going up so I know things are happening under my skin.

At first i was disappointed because I was really paying attention to what the scale was telling me was not happening, instead of focusing on what my body was telling me was definitely happening! Body says, you are shrinking in places And feeling stronger! I am feeling healthier, I am feeling very positive, and I have a lot of energy, along with mental clarity and focus.

Nothing seems to be able to pull me away from positivity! And I am definitely enjoying this happy positive state of mind. I tend to be a positive person anyway but I am really feeling healthy and positive, with so much energy!

I know the keto is working from the inside out! I have kept up my weekly cycling ride. That is something that I do for myself for a couple of reasons. I want to stay mobile. I want to keep my joints healthy and I want to get in a little bit of cardio to keep my heart and lungs strong.

The rides are tough, but I get a Zen after affect when I complete them. I feel very peaceful and very calm and I enjoy that! I don’t want to give that up. I don’t know if cycling has been slowing down my weight-loss progress and I don’t care if it is. I know that I’m gaining a little bit more muscle and muscle weighs more than fat yada yada yada all of that!

The bottom line is that, for me, this is not about losing weight or looking good. It’s about mobility, and it’s about feeling good. Its about being able to move my body in the ways that I need to. To be able to squat, bend, stoop, run, and walk.

Doing all of that without incurring joint pains and stiffness or having my body play an entire chorus of crackles, creeks, pops, and snaps that come with aging.

I’m not breathless when I walk, what more can you want? And my clothes are beginning to feel a bit loose on me so I know something is happening!

The key for me is to conquer my mindset! Getting my mind in a place where it understands who’s the boss! I am not going to allow my mind to tell me what to do! I have to tell it what to do! Mind shut up and be quiet!

It is a process of dealing with my demons and the demons are those mental voices that say “oh my God I’m too tired” or “oh my god this is too hard”, “oh my God I’m not gonna make it” “oh my god my joints, my knees, my calves, or my muscles are on fire!” “I don’t think I can make it.” “I’m so thirsty”, “I have to stop!” Those are ugly little bugger demons that pop up in my head to mess with my ride, and I have to flip those words and move past them, and continue on my way. I discipline myself to just ignore them and instead counter the attack with positive talk. I repeat goal setting affirmations to myself and I keep on moving.

Until next week, enjoy and soar!

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