Experiment: The Diet Fix which has nothing to do with dieting

+10 days ago, I read about this book The Diet Fix by this doctor Yoni Freedhoff who writes this popular blog called Weighty Matters.

As someone who has a well-honed BS radar, I gave it a shot (meaning, I bought the e-book with a barrel of salt).

It was a sound investment. At least for me.

There is absolutely NOTHING new in this book. But the way he has helped me get over a certain hump is immeasurable.

I will explain in my next post. Meanwhile, I am curious about YOUR main challenge du jour?

 

 

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Experiment #1 – Blog everyday

As per my last post, I am going to start a series of 10-day (+/- as needed) challenges to keep my many persona projects going.

#1 did not start on the best note. Technically I missed the day and now at 2:30 am I am finally putting fingers to keyboard.

Today I want to write about Self-Experimentation which is kind of what I am doing now, designing experiments (e.g. 10 continuous day of blogging) on a single subject (me!) to collect data (how I feel, what I have done) to test a hypothesis (that small and regular time-based challenges contribute to lifestyle changes).

A poor diary keeper, I never bothered to keep a record of my previous “self projects”. The longest log I ever kept was the calorie/exercise count on MyFitnessPal (a separate and long story). Occasionally I would start a spreadsheet, or invest in a fancy notebook, but neither managed to change my habit.

Yesterday while googling the topic of X-day challenges, I found a series of X-day challenges templates from Checkli templates. While Checkli is designed to “make and share free checklists” (an app), their templates came up in the image search. Nothing ground-breaking but just simple, elegantly-designed, and functional. Shoutout to Checkli – I downloaded your app too!

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It is a print version only – not editable. Which may actually be a great idea – I can put it up on the wall right by my desk (no escape) as opposed to having it as one of the 20 windows on my laptop.

So, here I go, #1 challenge, day 1. Done.

 

I have not written for 1.5 years

 

My last post was in Feb 2015, a whole 1.5 years ago.

Blogging is not my livelihood; it is just a mean of sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions. To be honest, I had a hard time nailing down what exactly I was committed to share with the world.

 

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What happened since my last post was an intensive, very intensive, period of family health issues and resulting stress (not exaggerated or imaginary as I was sent for multiple cancer tests only to conclude it was a serious case of stress-induced issues). All on top of the usual work, parenting, etc.  Thank goodness for a super husband and super kids….still. Without sharing details right now, let’s say my family and I had spent a significant amount of time at the medical and various others professionals. Still, business went on, school went on, and we have all MADE IT.

I came out from this anno horribilis with more empathy, more clarity, and more ambitions. Quite different from the “hear me roar” attitude in my younger days, it is a saturated, warm and (dare I say) more mature way to progress.

It is not a flash in the pan passion. It is Simmering Goodness.