As a coach, I am always on a quest to gain ever more insight into both personal and professional growth. So, recently I read the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and listened to over 30 episodes of Geoff Woods’ The One Thing podcast. I immediately recognized how their program would improve the outcome of my approach to wellness; Choose one thing to change, make it simple, do it until it’s a habit, then choose the next change.
The One Thing program added fuel to my One Simple Change philosophy! They recommend setting a time on your calendar when you focus only on that change, and track it for 66 days! Only then do you choose your next thing. They recommend choosing something that will make everything else easier or unnecessary. Just so you know, it’s often not the first thing you choose, but as you move through the process, an awareness grows and you wonder why you didn’t see it from the beginning! (No snickers from the peanut gallery when you hear my Ah Ha! moment!)
I journal every day. It’s been my practice for over ten years and has led me to new levels of self-awareness. However, it sometimes takes awhile. 😉 My first 66-Day Challenge was to plan what I’ll eat during the week on Saturday, shop and cook over the weekend, then each morning plan my day’s food by putting it into my tracking app. (I use Carb Manager, but My Fitness Pal works great as well.)
I printed out my 66-Day Challenge chart, stuck it on the fridge, and found some gold stickers … I was pumped! I started on September 1st and did it religiously for several days! Trouble was … I didn’t follow the plan!
Ah Ha! … I now have TWO 66-Day Challenge charts on the fridge: One is for creating the plan and the other is for FOLLOWING the plan! I now have gold stars on both, and the result? The weight loss stall that I was experiencing is over and I’ve added 3 pounds to the loss column!
I have to follow a low-oxalate, diary free, gluten free diet. I’m sure you can imagine that my food list is restrictive. Recently, despite my former edict that Keto was the devil, I decided that my food list would probably work best within the framework of a Clean Keto plan (I was close to it anyway) and it’s been working quite well for me. I don’t experience cravings, have tons of energy, no longer feel like an afternoon nap is necessary, my fasting blood sugar is in the 80’s (it used to be 102) and to date I’ve lost over 14 pounds.
More importantly is the sense of calm that I feel. The lack of cravings is totally unreal! I can sit with friends, surrounded by chips and salsa, bread on the table, or the most delectable-looking desserts and I DO NOT CRAVE THEM! I am no longer eating after dinner and that allows my body to rest better at night. I learned that I don’t need to be full or worried about the next time I will eat because my blood sugar is stable. I feel calm.
Speaking of going out with friends, there are Keto-friendly alcohols. Not that I indulge often, but a flavored vodka with plain soda water, dry white or red wine, or a whiskey on the rocks … yup!
In The One Thing, they compare your one thing to the lead domino … knock it down and all the dominoes behind it fall down seemingly without effort. Strangely, because of my one thing, creating a meal plan, I am better able to focus on everything else in my day. My office is more organized, my home is more organized, this blog got written … I do not feel like I’m crazy busy chasing things every moment. I know it sounds a little strange, but my entire being, mental and physical has relaxed. The dominoes keep falling!
Prior to Clean Keto and the One Thing, I ate a primarily Mediterranean Diet and when I tried to lose weight I was overcome with cravings and could barely move the scale. If there was a chip in front of me, I was going to eat it. I couldn’t stay out of gluten even knowing it wasn’t good for me.
Today, I eat better quality EVERYTHING, in the right proportions, and find it quite simple. I cook meals that I’ve always made, minus the heavy carbohydrates.
Oh, and I take my Juice Plus+ Blends every single day! Those capsules, brimming with over 30 varieties of fruits, berries and vegetables, add to my nutrition in such a big way … I would never go without them!
Here’s a sampling of my week: pastured organic chicken cacciatore, mashed cauliflower, broccoli with butter, wild caught salmon with butter, garlic and lemon, organic grass fed steak, organic grass fed meatloaf, cabbage soup made with organic grass fed ground beef, pastured organic chicken wings, blueberries and organic cream, homemade waffles with no-sugar-added ice cream, organic pumpkin seeds, raw coconut butter, and coffee with organic cream.
I’ll update you as I go along and let you know how things are progressing. I am hopeful that everything will continue to get better and better!
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You can get the book for free by listening to the podcast. You’ll get a PDF of the book by following the simple directions. Find it here! (Listen to the first episode and they tell you what to do.)