At least it feels that way! KetoKhemistry® should have spread its wings weeks ago. Truth is, I have a number of blogs I haven’t published simply because I wanted them to be perfect, and that idea has been exhausting. THERE IS NO SUCH THING! Even worse, the more time that had passed, the more the trajectory and cadence of my weight loss journey had changed. *rolls eyes* The added stress of trying to update everything from my Day1 – Day36 certainly didn’t help.
*cue: bright shining lights and an angel standing there with her arms out to her side, eyes closed with the angelic sound ahhhhhhhhh.*
Update: Last night, I listened to “Killshot” by Eminem. I knew it was coming, but my god!!! No matter what the world says, once a GOAT, always a GOAT. Sometimes you have to remind everyone exactly what that means. After my third replay, the cerebral side of me starting firing non-stop. There was something about the audacity of MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) taking aim at Em with the song “Rap Devil“, and the anticipated return fire from Eminem that reminded me of why I started this journey to begin with. It was about me, not being perfect, but sharing my perfectly imperfect journey – the good, the bad, and the ugly, in order to help other bada$$ women! Simply, the audacity to go for it! In return, given my body of work and ambition, it would turn out great and my results would be incredible. Instead, it began to morph into something completely different, because I started listening to “they.” You know “they,” right? “They“ know
everything, what you should be doing, how you should be doing it, ect. Wrong!
*cue: a car coming to a screeching halt!*
I take full responsibility for that. When you’re in unchartered waters, you begin to have those “what if” thoughts volleying back and forth in your head. You (by you, I mean me) begin to seek outside counsel for direction, failing to remember (even if for a brief moment) how badass and resourceful you are!! I am a firm believer that it is never a lack of resources, only a lack of resourcefulness! So, I am scrapping everything today 11.11.20. In the meantime, remember: “You define your body, it doesn’t define you!” I will make this post into one of its own, I definitely want it on record.
Here are four methods I will use to be more efficient and effective at getting KetoKhemistry® up and running without the overwhelm:
1// PLAN PLAN PLAN
Every Sunday, I plan my days with the precision of a surgeon. As we know, things happen, and it is the reason I also believe in bookending my days. I have no control over what happens during the day; however, I have absolute control over how I begin and end the day. I don’t have a to-do list, I have a calendar, and what’s on my calendar gets done.
2// WRITING FOR THE TRASH
All of my blogs sound so serious. I like to think I’m light-hearted with an important message to share, but cerebral by nature. The last thing I want is for my message to be lost in the delivery. As I write this, I’m not thinking about well-positioned words or phrases. I’m just getting my thoughts out of my head and on screen. I’m cringing inside, but done is better than perfect? This will be the method, until I find my writing voice, using the pitch, pace, and syllables that activate my ambitions and feel authentic to the journey.
3// GOING BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL
Not literally, but figuratively. Peter Voogd always says “As time decreases, focus increases!” It is 1000% true. It was an understatement to say that plight for perfection was/is exhausting. When I was in high school I was taking 6-8 classes, participated in extracurricular activities, did my homework, worked 30+ (no child should) hours a week, and held a great social life; all while maintaining good grades. In undergrad, I worked 40+ hours a week between two jobs, carrying 15-18 credits, achieved deans list every semester (except the very first), and most importantly – worked out every single day, sometimes twice a day without fail. The only exception to my workout streak was periods of time I was in the hospital.
How? Planning, focus, and execution. There was minimal room for error, especially when I didn’t have a car the first few years. Any deviation from the schedule would cause a domino effect for the rest of the day. Time blocking in increments of 1.5hrs seems to work best, and in recent times I’ve introduced the S, M/W/F, T/H, Weekend only blocks as well. Before any of this a concern, my princess and time spent with her reigns supreme.
4// USING A TIMER
Peter Voogd also shared ‘If you don’t make a plan to interrupt your interruptions, your plans will always be interrupted.” Statistics show we are interrupted every 11 minutes. I began using a timer for two reasons. When the timer begins, I am in complete do not disturb mode. The law of diminishing returns rings true if I focus on a task for too long. I need a 15+ minute break to come back to the task or begin a new one with fresh eyes. The second reason is to mute the idea that I have all day to get it done. Remember, as time decreases, focuses increases. Placing a hard stop forces my mind to get after it instead of making it perfect. It will be left undone and on my mind the rest of the day, otherwise, adding stress I. . . .do. . . .not. . . . need!
Can you relate? Let me know in the comments!