“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” –Theodore Roosevelt. “Continuous effort– not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
~Winston Churchill. “All things are difficult before they are easy.”
My weight went up this morning. I suspect the sausage and bread I ate yesterday was the culprit.
A New Start on My Day
Today started with Perfect Start: make the bed, get dressed, take early morning meds. My husband needed me to dress him, too, so I accomplished that as well.
I decided to proceed and get a second Cronometer app. I could give it a name. Let me call it Vibractivity. I have already used it this morning to start my day. I have one routine (recipe) so far: Perfect Start. Making routines is recommended in Tom Ziglar’s Choose to Win. I also mention it in my free ebook (which you can download) Joyful Vibrance: Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!
Attitude, Effort, and Skill
I set the fasting timer to time my work. The shaded areas you see on the weight graph above are periods of fasting. My Vibractivity app will shade the time I work on my business. I will see at-a-glance how diligent my effort is. Tom Ziglar taught three components for performance: 1) attitude, 2) effort, and 3) skill. The three parts multiply, so keeping them in balance with each other will maximize their impact. If you expend a lot of effort without acquiring abilities, your efforts are wasted. If you have tremendous effort and skill but a lousy attitude, your performance will not mean much.
I ate a Mini Joy with hemp seeds for breakfast. It was delicious, but I feel like I need more. Is that because my medication is affecting my brain’s reward center again? So far, I have not been free of hunger while stabilizing my weight. What can I do? I would like to figure it out so I can teach you as well. Most people that lose weight gain it back again within a year. There must be a reason for that. I think the problem is that when they try to maintain their weight, they are still hungry. How can hunger be resolved without a concomitant weight gain?
Joel Fuhrman, MD, who wrote The End of Dieting, believes that getting off processed and onto nutrient-dense food is the answer. He says that is the end of dieting, but I think it is another diet. It may be the answer to my hunger problem, however. If you solve a weight problem without solving the cravings, you are only half-way there. I may have to change grocery stores.
Seconds ago, I ate some hummus and crackers, which took my calories up to 604, and it is not even 10:00 AM yet. It satisfied me, but I may have to wear some of the calories later. I do not want that. Should I get rid of the hummus and crackers? My husband likes them. Let me think about what to do about that. I already know that if I eat his potato chips, I am in peril. I did that one night and lost control of my eating and gained weight the next morning. Dr. Robert Lustig MD says that potato chips and French fries are responsible for most of the weight gain in America1.
I am getting used to using Cronometer to plan and track activities. I got the desk decluttered this afternoon, which is an accomplishment.
Minutes ago, my husband ordered and received Kentucky Fried Chicken. It is tempting, but I am fasting until tomorrow. He can have the chicken.
By evening I was hungry. I got into my husband’s KFC chicken. I pray the consequences will not be dire, but it seems that they always are. We will see what the morning brings.
My day’s activities went so so. I got some office work done: decluttering the desk and handling the snail mail. My Cronometer log below shows the planned activities as notes and the actual tasks as items that have grams (minutes).
I expected the mail to take 50 minutes. It took 34 instead. However, most things took longer than I predicted. Meals took a total of 194 minutes, at least according to this record, and that was with KFC’s help.
In any case, I can plan ahead about 90 minutes with notes and rearrange them later to reflect on what actually happens. The object is to work on more of my long-term goals. I put twenty-four goals from my Aspirations notebook into the custom foods.
Here is a list of my custom foods (activities) so far:
* Walk to Library and Park
* Strategic Attention
* Integrated Reasoning
* Register for Medicare Part D
* Affinity Designer
* Read Relevant Material
* Facebook – Share Blog
* Blog – Share Recipes
* Publish Vibrancy
* Write Books
* Publish Joyful Vibrance on Amazon
* Take Care of Husband
* Blog – Post a Blog Entry – Save Images
* Blog – Share Loss Journey
* Blog – Share Loss Journey – MailChimp
* Meals Green Drinks
* Fast Intermittently
* Maintain Loss
* Lose to 50 kg
* Get Drinks
* Blog – Post a Blog Entry
* Office Work
* Blog – Share Loss Journey
* Check Weather
* Take Early Morning Meds
* Get Dressed
* Make Bed
Would I not have been ecstatic if all of these activities could have been in Cronometer for today? Getting these activities logged into my daily record will be the effort part of attitude X effort X skill. It is past bedtime now, so I must continue this in the morning.
The KFC chicken was not a total disaster for my weight. However, I could have done better. My weight is now at 51.9 kg.
Yesterday, I tried some new things. I checked an additional book out of the library, Carson Tate’s Work Simply. From it, I learned about prioritization.
I went ahead and got a second copy of Cronometer for my Time Log. To run both copies at once, I need to run one in a different browser.
I plan and track 90-minute blocks with notes. Using food records for activities, I map grams to minutes.
Projects and Categories
The other fields in the activity (food) records can be assigned to one or more projects or categories, which can be tracked with graphs. Cronometer has far more fields to work with than my former program. So far, I have used only two of them.
Spiritual, Mental, Physical
I can rate activities on whether they contribute to spiritual, mental, and/or physical development. I will map spiritual to fat, mental to carbohydrate, and physical to protein. Then a pie chart will show these values in relation to each other. So far, I have not rated my activities in terms of their mental, spiritual, and physical components, but I plan to.
I have set up one routine so far, using a recipe. That is a Perfect Start, what I do first thing in the morning.
The fasting feature can map how many hours I put into my business, showing shaded regions on the graphs. I have only begun to exploit this feature.
Exercise and Biometrics
I can probably use the exercise and biometric records as well but have not yet.
Productivity and Accountability
It may seem like a lot of work. However, I have done something like this before, and it increased my productivity and accountability. So far, it probably has not improved my productivity. However, it has given me a space to plan ahead about 90 minutes at a time.
A time log is one of the suggestions in Tom Ziglar’s Choose to Win.
I pray I have made a wise choice in going ahead with this. I think the rewards will come.
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me. I do not claim that it will work for you. Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care. These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease. If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.