Keto as a Way of Life
How to Get Your Mind Right for Keto
Creating a Diet Plan that Works Series: Post 3
How to Get Your Mind Right for Keto
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Be Open Minded
“Son, a wise man will sometimes change his mind, but a fool never will.”
“But how do I open my mind!? I’m so stuck in my ways!”
Sometimes, taking a look at the results other people have had can encourage you to want to try something new. ‘Before and After’ pictures, transformation videos on Youtube. Things like that.
The things that encourage me, may not work for you. Everyone is different. What motivates you? Is it your kids? Your spouse? Your work? Your love of fishing? Taking care of your parents?
Find that. Let it change you. And write down how you plan to open your mind and keep it open.
Be Willing to Put In the Work
“10 Easy Fitness Steps”
“Easy Way to Lose 20 Pounds”.
If it’s a fitness article and it has the words “easy” or “simple” in the title, then it’s bullshit.
If it has the words, “fast” or “quick” then it doesn’t address your mindset at all, because that just isn’t something that changes quickly.
You will pay the price for your fitness in the precious coin of time.
People like that typically blame everyone and everything else for their problems. They believe that when good things happen to others, it’s because of luck. Since they aren’t willing to work hard, they don’t recognize it when other people do it.
Decide not to be one of those people.
Make up your mind right now.
Tell yourself that you are willing to put in the work.
Then repeat that to yourself.
Every. Single. Day.
Be Willing to Make Some Changes
After reading it, I was able to put a finger on some of the triggers that caused me to act out my habitual behavior. Very eye opening!
I want you to think about and write down the habits you have right now which affect your health.
To get you started with an example, I’ll list some of the habits I had before I began making any kind of fitness effort.
Acknowledging these as habits helped me to change them. And it helped me to avoid the triggers that caused me to engage in the behavior.
- Overeating: My habit was always to clean my plate, even if I was full. I couldn’t leave that last morsel of food just sitting there uneaten.
- Never exercise: I had a desk job and was an avid video gamer.
- Eating too late: If I was hungry at midnight, guess what I did?
- Poor sleep: This is why I was hungry at midnight, usually. Sleep was for people who didn’t have a video game to play. Hot Pockets, anyone?
- Not paying attention to the types of food I ate: I loved fried and starchy food; the richer the better. And I lived on fast food and frozen food.
- Sweet tea: This was a bad habit! I had to have it. Lots of it. ALL the time. And the sweeter it was, the more I liked it. I /am/ a southern boy, after all.
- Emotional eating: happy, sad, stressed… even bored.
Using the plan that we’re talking about in this series, however, I’m excited to say, I turned all of that around.
No “what ifs”
KEEP IN MIND
Old habits die hard
New habits don’t form easily
This won’t happen fast.
It won’t happen easily.
It will probably become discouraging or even aggravating
You may stumble or backslide or fall.
If that happens, it just means you’re human.
Getting back up and moving forward is part of that work that you said you are willing to do.
Thanks for Reading
You may have noticed that, even though the title of this article mentions Keto, the piece itself isn’t specific to that diet plan. This series is a little more generic. If you write down the things that we ask you to write down and use that as a guide to plan your fitness course, you may decide Keto isn’t the best path for you. That’s ok. Keto may not be for everyone. You may find something that works better for you. One thing that all fitness plans have in common, however, is the need for dedication, education and the right mindset. We hope this will encourage you to do your homework, plan accordingly and come up with a strategy that will put you on the track to the healthiest possible you.
If you’re following along in this series, please leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you and know if the plan is making sense and working for you.
About this Series – “Creating a Diet Plan that Works”
This post is the second installment in our “Creating a Diet Plan that Works” series. This series is designed to give you a plan that you can stick with, regardless of the diet or fitness program you chose. Hopefully, this series will give you the tools you need to choose the diet or fitness program that is right for you and ensure that problem will line up with the desires and needs you have for your health.
Each post will have a question or two for you to answer. I want to encourage you to write those answers down. When we finish writing the series, we will offer a downloadable worksheet with all of the questions combined in one place. This will give you a convenient reference point that will help you move through the strategy you will develop here with us.
We’re looking forward to completing this project and hope that it will provide you with some helpful tools to develop a solid, logical, strategy-oriented approach to your fitness. Please feel free to read through our other posts in this series, linked at the top of this post.
Check out some of our other Keto Life Posts
Take a look at some of the most popular sweeteners on the market. We’ve created a tool to help you see how they compare to one another in light of Keto.
How to Get started on the Keto Diet. It’s easier than you might think. Don’t let all the jargon confuse or discourage you. If you start simple, you can grow from there. Let us help you.
Selecting which meat is best to help you hit your Keto macros can be a little confusing. Our Keto Meat List will help you plan & optimize your choices.
These 7 reasons to set health and fitness goals will get you started in the right direction and set you up for success with your diet and exercise plan.
This is the first post in our “Getting Started” series for Keto, but it’s actually relevant for any diet or fitness plan out there. Before you jump off the deep end, however, there are some steps you can take to ensure success. Read about how to get started with those steps here.
We take a look at some of the reasons most people have tried a Keto Diet and we discuss our personal experience with those. We’ve seen a lot of personal health improvements, so we wanted to share.
It’s tough to get started in something like a Ketogenic Diet when you don’t understand all the terms that get thrown around by people in the know. We took some of the words that confused us most when we started Keto and defined them for you.
Welcome to Keto Ginger; a blog about our journey along the Keto Road. We hope our research, experience, and recipes will help others who have started down the same path, or who are simply Keto curious.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake. If you ask me, aside from “I love you” there aren’t three words that embody the same feeling better. We say “I Love You” in Keto
These Keto Maple Breakfast Sandwich Muffins are a yummy & easy way to make a low carb breakfast that you can take with you on the go.
Chicken salad is an easy, ‘make on the weekend’ dish that makes weekday lunches super easy. Our recipe is simple, low carb, and yummy with a bit of a twist.
Cornbread & Chili go together like peanut butter & jelly. Our easy keto cornbread recipe has half the carbs of traditional cornbread & all the flavor.
Butter is so simple to make & nothing tastes as good as the fresh homemade brand. Butter is a staple for a low carb healthy fat diet so give ours a try!
A few of our readers asked us what we’re using to test our blood for Ketones. We did a bunch of research and found that Keto Mojo (affiliate link) had great reviews. We ordered one and started using it. We’ve been really happy with it, and I have no problem recommending it. It’s far more accurate than the Ketone strips you pee on.
The downside is that the strips themselves are a little pricy, especially if you’re checking your ketones every day. They’re worth it, though, if you want to keep an eye on how certain foods effect your blood and make sure you’re not being knocked out of ketosis by something you’re eating.