Thinking This-February 2020 Recap

Clear Thinking Leads to Grounded Action

Here is a recap of February’s messages for the collective. If you haven’t been following along, remember that ultimately the dates aren’t important. What matters is this moment of now so it’s never too late.

One thing that stands out about February’s messages was the preponderance of the fire element. The suit of wands appears the most among the minor arcana cards. In fact, all 6 of the major arcana cards drawn have the element of fire or wands represented in their imagery as well. This tells us that this February time period was transformative, encompassing all aspects of life.
We were given guidance for directing our energy towards the highest good, whose emphasis was on trusting the clarity of our thoughts and the importance of our contribution to the world. Click below to see more.

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Back in Control

I’ve been banned by Facebook for 3 days (this time) for sharing this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFlbb9bQjOE (contains male nudity)

This excellent video is a sexual education video created for children in Norway who are learning about puberty. Because there are many intact penises featured in all their nakedness, I violated Facebook’s community standards once again.

Part of what has limited my blogging is whiling away hours on Facebook. It’s been so easy because of my phone. However, technology has advanced quite a bit since I started blogging and it’s got to be much easier to post from your phone where-ever you go. So this ban will help me direct my energy where it most benefits me- creating content that I control and if I’m smart enough, I can make money from. Here, my own judgement rules. I know the difference between arbitrary and educational nudity. And I don’t over-police educational nudity in favor of objectifying female nudity to the point where people are so desensitized by it that they don’t even bother reporting it. Except when it involves nursing a baby. They’re still all over that. Dorks.

I’ll miss hanging with my “friends” but I won’t miss clicking and sharing so that targeted ads can be peppered through everything.

Win Some, Get Lazy, Lose Some


September

Last week I was finally able to run 20 minutes straight at 6.0mph. It has taken about 4 and half years to achieve it. Not bad given I couldn’t even run one minute back then. I felt that extra three minutes later on in the day and took a nap.

I haven’t had a chance to try it again. I hit a workout slump because I was tired. Perhaps it was just a challenging weekend. I did have a lot of going on and more physical activity than the usual. I also started a 30 Day challenge (on September 1st) where I am awake by 7:00am each day regardless of a late bedtime. There were a lot of those. I was feeling bad about being too tired to workout but having realized that it could just be recovery from a busy couple of days, I feel a lot better. I also read this blog about the Tired Fairy that gave me a boost.

I’m still working on those pushups. I can do 30 of them consecutively judging from today’s exhaustion test.

I’m about to start The Specific Carbohydrate Diet for the kids and I. I hoping the diet will help me address my energy issues and the kids’ behavior issues and food intolerences. I won’t go into the whole premise since this website does a good job of doing that but basically all grains are stricken from the diet with caloric needs coming from vegetables, nuts, fruits, legumes, and animal protein. The diet appears to be in line with what the Metabolic Typing Diet suggests for me, although the Metabolic Typing Diet doesn’t eliminate grains completely. My plan is to start on November 1st. I’m using this time to gather recipes, learn what I can, and start trying out some dishes.


Now

30 Day Challenge Update

My 30 Day challenge of getting up by 7:00am lasted 23 days. That is the longest I’ve been able to maintain a 30 day challenge. My alarm is now permanently set for 6:30am on weekdays.

I’ll be starting a new challenge tomorrow morning of getting up upon waking even if I don’t have to be up early. I’ve noticed that sometimes I wake up after 5:30am and I’m not tired. However since I don’t have to be up that early I’ve gone back to sleep only to wake up exhausted at 8:00am. My plan is that this challenge will remedy this.

I’ll also be applying some techniques to get my body used to getting up right away instead of hitting the snooze and going back to sleep.

Tell That Tired Fairy to SHUT UP

October and November were very slack for me exercise wise. I did exercise weekly but I averaged only about 90 minutes per week. The core of my workouts were not at the gym because I didn’t get up early enough often enough. This of course means that at this point in time, I have been unable to repeat my accomplishment of 20 minutes of running at 6.0mph. I’m able to run for 15 mintues so I hope to regain that ability by January. Obviously, I must be consistent.

There’s been no improvement on the pushups. Again, due to the fact that I wasn’t exercising enough.

Strange Things

Today was the first day of us (me and the kids) on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s been difficult for me to maintain my patience level. It’s been difficult for my kids to accept the meal preparations. You are advised in the beginning to bake, roast or broil all meats and use oils sparingly. I typically saute our food.

Raw fruit and vegetables are not permitted in the early stages and that is also difficult for my kids to accept. They found the fruit stash and “cheated” which means that they aren’t hungry enough to try the new food and that the initial cleansing stage is a wash today. So I guess today was the practice run and tomorrow will have to count as Day 1.

I feel strange. I have a mild headache and I’m tired. I’ve read that while the harmful bacteria in the gut are starved there might be temporary side-effects. But the fact is that before this diet I was perpetually tired and did have the occasional headache. It’s part of the reason I’m going on the diet as well.

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Before and After

Well, I had to stop my blog every day for 30 days challenge. I was going to bed way too late because blogging would be left for nighttime after all of my other obligations were met. This of course made it really hard to get up early enough to exercise. At this point it is more important for me to hone this exercise habit until it’s second nature because it is so important for my mental and physical health.

Another reason the challenge wasn’t working for me was that my blog posts can get quite long which means that substantive posts will take about 3 to 4 hours to write. This translates of course to taking three days to write a whole post. Which coincidentally happened on Day 11 of the challenge, when I wrote a book review about Enzymes for Autism: and Other Neurological Conditions. I worked on it for an hour each day so it wasn’t completed until Day 13.

Anyway, I finally got around to taking “After Weight-loss” pictures on Saturday. So here it is: Before and After.

Down 29 pounds.
Down 29 pounds.

I’ve lost a total of 31 pounds since I started taking fitness seriously.

  inches lost

Bust

3"
Waist 6.25"
Hips 3"
Left Thigh 2.5"
Right Thigh 2.75"*

* My right thigh was always slightly bigger than my left however, exercise has made them measure the same.

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GOOOOOOAL!

Day 10:

I reached my goal weight of 145 today. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to go to the gym tomorrow. My focus now will be on toning and reaching my fitness goals. With the pushups, my arms are looking really nice. I had the beginnings of cellulite on my triceps when I began this weight loss journey, now it’s gone. My plan is to complete the hundred pushups challenge and then do 100 pushups once a week.

At some point this month I will try the exhaustion test for the two hundred squats challenge. I have a feeling that I’ll be able to do 200 in one shot already. A few weeks ago I made it to 150 and I could’ve kept going. Once I can do those, I’ll do 200 squats once a week.

I will continue to train on the treadmill to increase my speed and incline. Once I get to running 20 minutes at 6.0mph I’ll start utilizing the other equipment at the gym like the stair master, elliptical and bike. I’ll also be using the weight machines once or twice a week.

In terms of diet, my plan is to transition to a diet of mostly whole grains (I don’t plan on giving up that occasional cup of white rice) and setting goals like getting my daily 8 cups of water and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

A fellow pear shaped friend asked me if I’d found any interesting diet information specific to pears and I’ve decided to mention it here.

  • I had obvious success when I would evenly space out my calorie intake for the day. In the past I naturally didn’t eat breakfast (especially on days that I didn’t get up first thing to go to the gym) because I wasn’t hungry that early. I was more of a “bruncher” eating about 200 calories at 10:30-11:00 am and then having lunch around 1:00pm and a large dinner (usually two helpings).
  • Low calorie salad dressings and snacks DID help me. As well as measuring and limiting white flour and white rice. I only allowed myself one cup of white rice and no more than 4 slices per day (or 1 bagel) of white bread. If I had one, I didn’t have the other.
  • Reading the information in this article about how enzymes are produced during interval training made me decide that taking digestive enzymes on an empty stomach would be a good idea for weight loss. I noticed that in the weeks that I would take the enzymes, I lost more weight.

    There’s another benefit of interval training for Pears: enzymes. Enzymes act as keys that open certain locks in the body. You can think of fat-burning as a sort of locked door that needs to be opened by enzymes.

    “One study found that certain substrate enzymes were increased in the high-intensity interval training group, compared to the steady-state group,” says Olson. “The interval group … lost significantly more fat from these different areas. So much of the fat loss had to do with changes in the enzymes and other kinds of things that you don’t see when you’re exercising.” In this case, the interval group actually burned fewer total calories during exercise, but the post-exercise effects of interval training made them fat-burning machines.

  • That same article gives recommendations for Pear Workouts that I’m thinking of incorporating. Essentially you lift heavy for the upper body and use lighter weights with more reps for working the lower body.

    A Pear might work her lower body with a weight-loss, high-energy-expending type of program, but her upper body might need a completely different approach. Olson recommends trying a more traditional workout for the upper body, with heavier weights, three sets and a lower rep range.

    “There’s an idea that your whole body needs to either be on a strength program or a muscular-endurance program. No, no, no! It doesn’t have to be that way at all. You really have to think of yourself as having two personalities, since a ‘one size fits all’ weight training approach may not work for Pears,” concludes Olson.

  • I also want to share some of atypical things I did to improve my likelihood of reaching my goal.

  • I made a collage body parts depicting how I wanted to sculpt myself. I included arms, legs, butt, thighs and breast photos. I put this picture in my PAS where I would see it on a regular basis.
  • I had a handful of people that I would get into the minutiae of exercise with whom I would communicate daily.
  • I put up a picture of myself pre-kids when I weighed close to my goal weight on a highly visible spot on my office wall.
  • I said affirmations from Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life regarding the body parts that I wanted to focus on.
  • I started chanting Om Mani Padme Hum, especially when I was feeling down.
  • Since I haven’t had time to measure myself or take a final “after” photo, I’ll have to share those final stats later on this week.

    © copyright 2010 www.thinking-this.com GOOOOOOAL!

    BUSY

    I’ve been extremely busy this weekend with updates for the Joven website. It’s finished for the most part but there’s always something more to do for a website so it’s never really ever finished.

    I did blog, even though I didn’t update here.

    Day 8: Crocheted Butterfly Purse at Joven’s blog.

    Day 9: Another Joven blog post advertising Joven’s major sale.

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    Hot Hodge Podge

    Day 6:

    It’s too hot to write anything coherent. My air conditioner is broken. It’s hampering my productivity significantly. Having a gym membership has saved my workouts this week. My husband bought fans today so tomorrow should be better. It’s bathroom cleaning day tomorrow and I’m going to have the fan pointed directly at me.

    A friend of mine wrote an interesting blog entry (I never promised myself a rose garden) about parenting. It is sort of the opposite sentiment of the one I wrote earlier this week. It’s really well written and a nice dose of reality for the childless.

    Speaking of parenting I’ve realized that I have some unresolved Daddy issues. I’m glad to be able to pinpoint the origination of some of my thought patterns. I literally laughed out loud when I realized it. I’ll write more about it in the future.

    Tonight we watched Star Trek VIII: First Contact.

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    Fear is the mind killer.

    Day 6:

    Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
    – Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.

    When I read Frank Herbert’s Dune I knew I was hooked once I read the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. I was fascinated by this world that incorporated all of the mysterious abilities human beings can cultivate. There’s a part of me that knows that I came from a place like this.

    Anyway, what’s cool is that tonight I watched the Dune movie with my eldest. It obviously pales in comparison to the book but it served as a tool to get him interested in the novels. He seemed to like the concept of the super-being. Little does he know that there’s nothing super about it. He couldn’t believe me when I tell him that there are people who are telepathic and whatnot. I explained to him that in order to achieve this you need to learn to shut off your mind chatter so that you can listen to the world around you.

    I’ll be teaching him how to mediate- first through movement (he’s very kinesthetic) then later through stillness. This is one of those things that will be so cool to explore together. We’ll be starting with Tai Chi.

    Here’s another great quote:

    Many have marked the speed with which Muad’Dib learned the necessities of Arrakis. The Bene Gesserit, of course, know the basis of this speed. For the others, we can say that Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson. –from “The Humanity of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

    © copyright 2010www.thinking-this.com Fear Is the Mind Killer