My New Life Plan

In the past, I would often sit down and start a list of new things I was going to start doing and behaviors I was going to change. The list would look something like this:

  1. Eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Take vitamins
  4. Quit smoking…

Today, I sat down with the pen and notebook to begin yet another list, having failed to comply with all of the previous plans. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I have been going about this in the wrong way and focusing on the wrong things. My old lists were really all about what I didn’t like about my life and what I wanted to change. Although written in a “positive” format of doing “positive” things, my lists and plans were really all focused on the “negative.”

Therefore, I have created a new list. Maybe my LAST list. I am going to focus on the “positive” this time and, in time, I’m sure that all of the things I wished to accomplish through my previous “life changes” will come about very naturally as a result. I am embracing my life and loving myself instead of trying to change my life and myself. I hope you too will find it thought-provoking and inspirational.

New Life Plan

  1. Worry about money less.
  2. Listen to more music.
  3. Read more books.
  4. Complain less.
  5. Smile more.
  6. Dance!
  7. Laugh!
  8. Stop criticizing (myself included).
  9. Stop second-guessing myself.
  10. Feel and show GRATITUDE.
  11. Worry less about EVERYTHING.
  12. Enjoy and appreciate the wonderful Gift of Life.
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List O’ Fears

As part of my plan for changing my life and reinventing myself, I know I must overcome certain fears that I have (and that’s quite a few.) Following is a list of fears that I have that stop me from doing the things I want to do and need to do in my life. This list is by no means a comprehensive list, and I will therefore be adding items to it from time to time so check back often.

I would certainly appreciate any comments that you wish to leave giving me tips or pointers for conquering any of these fears. At some point, I am also going to be giving myself “assignments” which will, more or less, force me to face some of these fears.

  1. Driving on highways
  2. Driving at night
  3. Driving at all
  4. Parking in crowded places
  5. Going to the gas station
  6. Being rejected by prospective employers
  7. Being rejected by prospective clients
  8. Being rejected by people in general
  9. Airplanes
  10. Germs
  11. Failure

Daily Meal Log 9/29/11

Today’s Meals

Details

Breakfast

None

Snack

 

Lunch

2 veggie burgers, cottage cheese, olives

Snack

Pepperoni slices.

Dinner

3 pieces of “bargain” beef, big bowl of onions & peppers, a black plum

Snack

Pepperoni slices

Beverages

Lots of water & one cup of coffee

I am going to stop eating the veggie burgers (after I finish what’s in the freezer) and maybe the cottage cheese (once I finish up what I have). Something gave me a little bit of heartburn after lunch yesterday and I think one or the other of those was the culprit. I have suffered from terrible, chronic heartburn for years but have not had ANY at all since starting my Paleo diet – until today. Also, I will never again buy or eat frozen onions & peppers – they were terrible – there is nothing like the fresh raw version!

I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks now. Not very long, I know, but I have never felt better in my entire life. I have tons of energy, my brain fog and depression are gone, my allergies better, and (as I said above) I have not suffered any heartburn or digestive complaints. The Paleo Plan is fantastic! I have also gone down a size and lost 5 pounds. Thank you Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and especially, David from http://davidisfat.wordpress.com !

Daily Meal Log 9/22/11

Today’s Meals

Details

Breakfast

Nothing

Snack

 

Lunch

Some pepperoni, cottage cheese & an avocado

Snack

 

Dinner

 

Snack

More pepperoni, dried beef, almonds & 2 squares of dark chocolate

Beverages

Lots of water & one cup of coffee

Didn’t do very well today. I skipped breakfast & dinner and pretty much snacked all day. I think I’m probably eating too many processed meats and too many almonds. I think I need to think about changing to two protein shakes a day, a healthy lunch & one snack or something like that. I was a little busier than usual today which is why my diet was so lousy – I need to work on taking care of myself first even when there are things going on in my life. I think that should be my number one priority. In fact, I read a good article on that this afternoon which was written by Colin Barnes on his website. He makes some very good points and suggestions for taking care of oneself even when it seems natural to put your health on the back burner while taking care of “more important” things.

Starting My Version of The Paleo Diet

I started on my own version of the Paleo Diet yesterday. I call it “my” version, because I’m not 100% sure about what the “official” diet is yet, as I haven’t finished reading The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan by Mark Sisson, yet. What I’ve read and researched so far sounds really good, though. This sounds like the diet plan for me – one that I could follow for life and not just for a few months. It also sounds pretty healthy and goes with the idea of The Lost Diet that I talked about in a previous post.

So, basically, what I’m doing is this: I’m cutting out all the pastas, potatoes, starchy beans, cereals, chips, crackers, sweets and most dairy. I will be eating (mostly) lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, yogurt & protein shakes. Honestly, after only two days of following this plan, I already feel better. I feel more energetic and less “heavy” feeling.

What I ate yesterday: No breakfast. I had broccoli-slaw, chicken breast, and a plum for lunch. For a late afternoon snack I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate. Dinner consisted of some beef jerky and a pear.

What I ate today: No breakfast. I had a handful of walnuts & pecans as a mid-morning snack. For lunch, I had some more broccoli-slaw, dried beef, cottage cheese and an avocado. Once again, I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate as a late afternoon snack. Dinner consisted of some more dried beef, avocado & cottage cheese with the addition of two plums and a few raspberries.

I drank lots of water and one cup of coffee on both of these days (which is typical for me, anyway.)

What makes these two days of healthy eating really special for me, is that my diet for the past several years has consisted mostly of the worst junk food you could imagine: McDonald’s burgers & fries, cheese steaks, pizza, fried chicken, potato chips, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, candy bars. Seriously. No wonder I feel so much better today.

I Think I’m Going to Try “The Lost Diet”

I’m pretty sure that I’m making this up myself here as I have not read this anywhere else, but if someone else has already “invented” this diet, then I apologize.

I have recently been catching up with the tv series Lost on Netflix because I stopped watching the show after the second season. As I’m watching the show I am checking out the natural island diet of the castaways: fruit, vegetables & fish, and thinking to myself, “wow, that sounds like a really healthy diet!”

So, I am going to try it out. I need to lose some weight and wouldn’t mind feeling a tad healthier and more energetic in the process. I’ll let you know how it works out. As a side point, I should also save a lot of money on this diet too.