I am travelling to Florida to visit family.
The plane flight was ten hours long.
I've been very active since I arrived, and have had a lot of fun!
This week, I plan to learn to surf. I want to catch at least one wave.
I've been trying a ketogenic diet lately. For those not in the know, it's very similar to the Atkins diet, ergo an extremely low carb diet, high in fat and proteins and with no sugars. It's prescribed for those with epilepsy to stop seizures by normalizing mental energy levels. It also can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and help build up loads of lean muscle.
So far, I'm loving it. From my research, I should be in an energy slump at this point in the diet while my body adjusts to ketosis, but I'm not feeling it at all. My emotions and energy levels feel more stable than usual, I'm able to focus easier, and my anxiety is way down.
Figuring out what to eat hasn't been that difficult either, considering the extremely limited food selection available. I've been able to stick to the diet on the last legs of my Florida vacation, and even on the plane flight back to Washington, with minimal effort.
I've also learned that I fucking love salmon. I always thought fish was gross, but after being forced to eat loads of it, I'm realizing that it's really not bad. Years ago I had fish and got stabbed in the top of my mouth by a sharp, unexpected bone. I think that that experience is the reason I've had such a strong distaste of fish. Well, no more! Thanks weird fad diet!
Tonight I'm going to get a Ketosis stick at Walgreens to check if I've entered ketosis yet. It certainly feels like I'm there, or at least that my body has dramatically changed for the better in how it weaves energy.
I got a ketostick this morning to check whether I'd entered ketosis or not. It was awesome, because I got to pee on it.
The results are in! Ketosis has been achieved!
Not that I needed to pee on a stick to know that.
My mental energy levels are extremely stable compared to usual, and I feel a lot calmer and more zen even. My workout this morning felt different too. I was able to go way faster than usual on the stair-stepper, and I kept pushing myself until I couldn't feel anything anymore and I accidentally dropped a 45 lb weight on my hand, at which point I was forced to stop working out. Ouch, my hand!
One of the coolest things is that my social anxiety has completely been eliminated. My mind completely ignores social fears and focuses directly on the matter at hand.
I've been feeling extra lethargic today and really don't want to be, so I decided to Google around for examples of how other people salvage days like this. It turns out that there are a lot of posts written about how to salvage "bad" days, ones in which you have a good reason to feel awful, but there aren't many blurbs about how to salvage low energy day.
What's interesting is that I'm pretty sure if I followed any of the advice given for salvaging a bad day, I'd end up in a worse predicament. Most of the suggestions had the goal of improving happiness, rather than getting back into the game.
"Eat some icecream", "Complain to a friend", "Watch television".
I know that if I did any of these I'd end up just feeling worse. I try to avoid things like this as much as possible. It's all self-destructive stuff at best. I do indulge sometimes, but it's to savor an experience, not to just get my brain's happy-chemical levels up.
So here's some things to hit up to salvage a low-energy day:
I'm going to move my posting over to my own site and minimize my blogging on sett for now.
I be here: http://lambdanaut.com/
I finished your book on habits recently and gained an immense amount from it. Though, one thing that I felt was lacking was a discussion on what is to me the most danger to the livelihood of new habits: The weekends.
I have a solid list of triggers that I go through on weekdays that 95% of the time gives me good results and a near 100% completion of all habits. The triggers are highly tied to the fact that I come to the office to work every morning.
On the weekends I lose all of these triggers, and I'm lucky if I even get out of bed on time. My habit tracking highly reflects this truth.
I realize you don't have weekends because you work from home and keep a mostly constant schedule, but to the average 9-5er this problem is the equivalent habit-buster to having to travel every single weekend. It throws you in a chaotic situation where your triggers aren't around to help.