“We need a clear-cut way to ensure that we consistently live the values to which we have committed ourselves, and a way of ensuring whether or not we’re actually achieving that value on a daily basis.”
Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
Today is a beautiful day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Happily, my weight is still less than 52 kg. My husband is in the living room, watching his fireplace on TV. While posting my blog journey, I am in the office listening to classical music. I decided to write rather than posting all the time. It gives me self-expression, and I need that.
We ate well for Thanksgiving. I stopped short of eating sugar. I am glad I did that. Sugar makes me gain weight and messes up my mood. I do not need it anymore. I made a spiced pumpkin shake instead, and my husband liked it.
Now it is time to get ready for the Christmas season. If I can get through it, too, without gaining weight, I will be delighted. I plan to do intermittent fasting.
This week I learned from my eye doctor that she suspects I have a non-cancerous growth in my pituitary caused by Risperdal. She wants to schedule an MRI to be sure. This may necessitate another medication change. I am a bit apprehensive as I do not typically do well when switching meds. However, I have already lost some peripheral vision, and it is time to stop that. So pray for me, will you? I want to get onto another medication smoothly (if it is a problem) and recover the visual acuity I have lost. I also want to get rid of the pain this causes in my left eye and sometimes my right.
Problems with my eye aside, thankfully, I can still see pretty well and even do not need eyeglasses for distance.
Activities to Values
I am working on a second copy of Cronometer, which is associated with a different email account.
I am entering my activities. With 12 of the 19 amino acids Cronometer handles, I associate each amino acid with one of the following values. Recently, I re-determined my values. Here they are, color-coded.
I am assigning my activities to one or more of these values in the amino acid fields. Then I can see how much emphasis I am placing on each value throughout the day or whenever I want to look back.
Today, I am putting the most significant emphasis on fasting (TRE), then love, then health. Every day will be different. Yesterday, happiness got the highest score; health is second; rest is third.
If I want to, I can assign a score higher or lower than 1.0 to show how affiliated an activity is linked to that value. For instance, my green drinks are connected to eight different values: faith (.5), love (.25), wisdom (1.0), happiness (.5), health (3.0), creativity (3), and a nutritarian diet(3).
I ate my signature green drink and Mini Joy for breakfast and lunch, respectively. Eating 12 grams of almonds made it Almond Joy. By the time I finished eating lunch, I was feeling happy. Part of it is the harmony I have with my husband. Part of it is the joy of working on this blog again.
So far today, my values look like this:
I hope this is not gibberish to you. I have not done this long enough to assign targets for each of these values. However, I probably will. Fasting has a large value because I assigned many points to it for fasting 18 hours last night. Fasting for 12 hours gets 8 points; 13 hours 16 ; 14 hours 32; 15: 64; 16: 128; 17: 256; and 18 a whopping 512.
It is beneficial to fast for 12 hours and twice as health-promoting for each additional hour. Up to how many hours, I am not sure, but I wanted to encourage an 18-hour fast, so this is my method. The fast had the effect of getting my weight back down to below my target weight of 52 kg.
I assigned leucine in my Dishes and/or Clean Kitchen activity to three grams per minute for cleanliness. That encourages me to keep the kitchen clean.
Rest gets one gram of alanine for each minute of sleep. And so on. If you want to do this, you can set up your activities and values any way you choose. The important thing is to consistently do activities that support your values. If you want a method of accounting, here is a possibility. However, you may know of software that does it even better. If you do, leave a comment below.
For now, I will continue to exploit the Cronometer app because I know it well.
JV Life Tracker
I have not yet scored my JV Life Tracker (Vibrancy) app today. It may seem redundant after putting my activities into Cronometer. However, I think, for now, it still has a place in my routine.
I scored it for yesterday and got 227. I have not been as steady with this app the past 10 days, probably because I let my blog lapse. The Vibrancy tool helps me ascertain my mental stability. I will get myself back in gear! Fortunately, I am still capable of high scores.
I ran a Trend nutrition report from Day One. For the days I kept a complete Cronometer record, I did well. Here it is.
I could get a better potassium/sodium balance. I will work on that through the coming Christmas season. The rest of the report looks fantastic. I kept a complete Cronometer log 89% of all days. Maybe I could do better than that. However, I have been about as thorough as is humanly possible.
Walk to the Library
The temperature this morning was in the mid-30s F. However, my walk to the library was sunny and pleasant. I am planning a green drink for lunch today. I have tried several times to get all my nutrients without a green drink. I think I have failed every time. Even with such a nutritious meal, I still need a few supplements. I need to re-commit to a green drink every day, even though I have reached my goal weight.
Today is going well. I am keeping my Vibractivity log, my second copy of Cronometer for activities rather than food. My highest scoring value so far is for my time-restricted and nutritarian eating. I fasted more than 17 hours since yesterday, which gave me 256 points. My second highest score is for rest. I slept until 6:30 AM this morning, which helped with that.
I plan to keep my log all day, every day, unless I get too exhausted to do it. (It can tire me.) Yesterday, I scored 310 points in Vibrancy without giving myself extra points for doing Vibractivity. If I get 200 points, I am doing well. The log encouraged my most valuable activities.
Will it help me achieve my goals? For now, it is allowing me to focus on my values.
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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.