Take a Look at My Insides (Plus an Update)

Today is Day 23 out of 30 of my no Keto treats & processed substitutes. I thought it was going to be a lot tougher, and sometimes I do still battle some cravings (and maybe have given into peanuts a few too many times), but it’s made fasting immensely easier. If you stall (or are stalled), the hyper-palatable foods (keto treats and bars, substitutes, dark chocolate, nuts, cheese, pork rinds, etc.) may be causing over-consumption. They were for me. I still haven’t given up cheese and nuts, though. I’m not quite ready. But I foresee that change in the future, at least for some portion of time.

I just got back from my second InBody 570 scan. This uses bio-electrical impedance to determine muscle, water, and fat by sending alternating currents throughout the body. The most accurate? Probably not, but since I can’t do a DEXA scan right now, it’s better than nothing.

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First 7 Out of 30 Days: No Sweet/No Processed Foods

As I discussed in last week’s blog, I’ve given up all things sweet, all things processed. Why? Because I’m an addict.

That may seem overly dramatic to call it that, but biologically, that’s exactly what it is. My brain gets a dopamine hit from sweet, processed foods, even if they are low or no carb. I seek out sweet taste and the comfort of a processed treat. I could be full to the brim on ribeye, but I’m going to still eat a huge hunk of chocolate or down a half (or whole) pint of keto ice cream.

I’m working slowly through a textbook called Processed Food Addiction. In the introduction, it has the following about the compulsive and impulsive nature of addiction that I’ve identified in my own dealings with sweet and processed food.

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NSVs & How To Enjoy Losing

I’m a serial loser. Sure, I’ve lost 100lbs in the last year and a half. But over my life, I’ve probably lost hundreds of pounds after a cycle of regaining and losing. One thing that is different this time is how much more I’m enjoying my losses. Part of that is focusing on how far I’ve come instead of how far I have yet to go. Part of it is keeping track of NSVs, Non-Scale Victories.

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6 Ways To Track Your Way to Success

Almost 5 days ago, I started another extended fast. This one has been particularly tough, mostly because I’m trying to hit a goal with this one, and if you read my first blog, you know how goals are never better than systems. But that’s a conversation for next week.

To get my brain on track with this fast, I’ve had to rely heavily on my tracking data. Tracking is one component that is so important to ultimate success. It not only focuses your brain on where you are and where you’re headed, it allows you to see how far you’ve come. Even if you don’t make progress, per se, tracking does a better job moving you toward your goals than not doing so.

So what are some methods you can do? Here are 6 common tracking methods for weight loss, but they may translate to other kinds of successes as well.

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