Day 658, Consistency with Your Top 5: How You Can Get Astonishing Results

 

Tuesday Morning

Fasting

 
Last Sunday, for the first time in decades, I did a 24-hour fast.  I lost .85 kilos in the next 48 hours.  It was not as hard as I feared.  If you would like to do the same, I recommend doing shorter fasts first until your body is accustomed to getting along without food for a dozen or more hours.
 
 
Cronometer has a handy feature in Settings where you can log your periods of going without food.   Setting up a planned fast with a start time and duration provides additional motivation.  Sunday, I thought I would lose about half a pound.  Instead, I lost half a kilogram.  Instead of gorging myself Sunday, I limited my food intake to a single meal.  The next day of intermittent fasting was a bit challenging.  However, I lost even more weight.
 

Self-Mastery

 
The important thing I have gained from abstaining from food is self-mastery.  I no longer feel victimized by my body or out-of-control in my eating.  Instead, I tell my stomach, which of us is the boss.  A book I am reading about overcoming an out-of-control eating mindset is A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson.  She draws on her experience with A Course in Miracles and applies it to weight loss.  Marianne’s wisdom and the discipline of intermittent fasting are making a difference for me.  I have lost 2.85 kilograms since coming home from The Santa Fe House on May 22.  I have lost the weight I gained there.  Now I am working on the kilos I put on during the pandemic.
 

Fructose

 
I have discovered that fructose, from any source, can cause weight gain for me if it exceeds about fifteen grams a day, so I am also monitoring it.  Twenty grams a day is too much, usually causing constipation or weight gain the following day.  That may mean I cannot gorge on cherries and peaches this summer as I typically do.  Getting down to a more slender weight will be worth the sacrifice.
 
If you are on a low carbohydrate diet, such as the Atkins, Ketogenic, or Low Carb diet, this restriction will be virtually automatic.  If you follow a diet that permits more carbohydrates, such as vegan or Zone diets, you may want to additionally consider this restriction.  Keeping a diet diary for a time to see how you react to various levels of fructose can be very revealing.  If you can get away with more, be happy with it.  See what your body does.  I have read that fructose should be restricted to less than 50 grams daily.  Unfortunately, that is too lenient to work for me.
 
Since fructose is the sugar that makes things sweet, having to restrict it is a bummer.  However, the real proof of what you should do is from observing your body.  The body is designed to metabolize a small amount of fructose.  However, the amount we typically eat far exceeds what most of us can handle.  The result is weight gain and fatty liver, which set us up for metabolic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  It may surprise you that fructose is a more significant factor in high blood pressure than salt.
 

Consistency

 
Since reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, I have claimed consistency as one of my Top 10 values. Darren gives examples of how one small change in behavior has enormous effects down the road if done every day.  My consistency with my Top 5 has been notable, but until June 7, 2020, it has not been every day.   On that day, I decided to recommit to doing my Top 5 every day.  I am keeping a consistency chart.  If I neglect one or more of my Top 5 activities, I score less than 100%–from then on.  So far, I have maintained perfect consistency.
 
Here is my log so far:
 
 
Date
B%
C%
J%
M%
A%
1
06/07/20
100
100
100
100
100
2
06/08/20
100
100
100
100
100
3
06/09/20
100
100
100
100
100
4
06/10/20
100
100
100
100
100
5
06/11/20
100
100
100
100
100
6
06/12/20
100
100
100
100
100
7
06/13/20
100
100
100
100
100
8
06/14/20
100
100
100
100
100
9
06/15/20
100
100
100
100
100
10
06/16/20
100
100
100
100
100
11
06/17/20
100
100
100
100
100
12
06/18/20
100
100
100
100
100
13
06/19/20
100
100
100
100
100
14
06/20/20
100
100
100
100
100
15
06/21/20
100
100
100
100
100
16
06/22/20
100
100
100
100
100
17
06/23/20
100
100
100
100
100
18
06/24/20
100
100
100
100
100
 
The results of doing this are astonishing for:
  • weight loss
  • number of blog entries produced
  • high JV Life Tracker scores (for hundreds of activities and goals)
  • overall happiness and a sense of purpose
 
Even though my app development is not in my Top 5, it is coming along.  (It is in JV Life Tracker.)
 
What is the value of consistency?  I am beginning to see it–in only 18 days.  I suggest you select your Top 5– activities that mean a lot to you.  Work on them every day, without fail.  See what becomes of that.  Give this procedure some time.  I plan to keep this log for 100 days.  When that is over, I will probably reset my scores for a fresh start and go for another 100 days.
 
My Top 5 activities are:
 
  1. Blog
  2. Cronometer
  3. JV Life Tracker
  4. Meditation
  5. Achieve 50 kg
 
If five things seem like too many, start with one.  My Top 5 activities enhance each other.  You may have one activity that would help you do other tasks. Meditation helps me do everything. JV Life Tracker scores Meditation and everything else that is repetitive and important to me, especially numbers I track in Cronometer.  My Achieve 50 kg mind map reminds me to do Cronometer, crucial activities such as walking in the sunlight, and almost everything health-related.  All of my projects enhance my Blog.
 
You do not need to choose any of these five, but I suggest selecting activities that make a difference.  They could be things like investing money, working out, spending time with the kids, or doing the one project that could get you promoted.  Track how you are doing with those critical things, and let your consistency compound your results.
 

Wednesday Morning

 

Speak Blessing On Your Life

 
A new day has dawned, one in which I declare aloud blessings for my spouse and me.  My eyes see clearly:  light, texture, color, brightness, patterns.  Pain in my right hip dissipated as I did my four chiropractic exercises this morning.  Loving mornings, I welcome my life.
 
Taking the shortcut my neighbor showed me, I briskly walked down to the chiropractor’s office, arriving right on time at 8:30 AM, in an elevated mood, endorphins flying.   The chiropractor said, “Are you ready to be adjusted?”  I returned, “I am ready for the best adjustment ever.”  He smiled and said, “Let me give it to you, then.”
 
Now, I have returned home, passing baby cottontail bunnies along the way.  What beautiful weather!  People passed by, some masked, some not.  Dozens of honeysuckle trees lining my path released their fragrance into the early summer air.
 

Speak Blessings on the Lives of Others

 
My neighbor, whose wife is going through chemotherapy, called out to me as I walked up from the mailbox to our building.  We exchanged a few words.  His friend came near whose name I remembered.   Before they headed for the park, we exchanged greetings.  
 
I love living here.  My husband’s son takes excellent care of us.  He and his two daughters came over Sunday and brought us a succulent and pieces of girls’ artwork.  My husband is blessed to have such a conscientious son who takes good care of his dad and his own daughters.  The week earlier, he had taken his family on a camping trip in the mountains.  His oldest daughter, age six, caught her first fish!  Someone made a video of the event.  He also had a photo to show us, the featured image of this entry (used with her father’s permission).    
 

Prayer

 
 
MORNING PRAYER
 
Dear Lord,
 
The lovely summer months are in bloom.  What a blessing it is for us to be living here!
 
My productivity this month has improved.
 
This month, so far, I have logged 3552 minutes on my projects.  That number exceeds the total of any previous month.
 
Lord, the pain in my appendix area miraculously disappeared this morning when I spoke to it.  I pray I will consistently speak blessings over my life.  Let me stay 100% consistent with my Top 5.  I have done so again today.
 
Help me to maintain consistency with intermittent fasting–occasional 24-hour fasts included.  Fasting gets easier with practice.  I am getting results.  The most important benefit is that I am in control of my eating, not my body.  I love that!  I feel free!
 
Bless my readers with consistency in their top goals.
 
Amen.  
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.  If you wish to download a FREE copy of my ebook (with no need to enter your name or email), click on the book below.
 
 
 

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