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How to Get Your Mind Right for Keto

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Creating a Diet Plan that Works Series: Post 3

This is the third post in the series linked here. You will find more details about this series at the bottom of this post.

How to Get Your Mind Right for Keto

Most of what we do as humans is driven by psychology. We’re creatures of habit. Because of that, often, we act without even thinking about it. It’s also for that reason that it’s an effort to get into the right frame of mind when we’re starting something new. This becomes even more difficult if, like me, you’re stubborn and don’t like change.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

~Albert Einstein

Is your health a problem right now? Are you carrying extra weight? Are you sick? Lack energy? Yeah? I know how you feel. I was there too.
You HAVE to change the way you think. One of the wonderful things about being human is that we get to make that kind of choice. Let’s talk about getting into the frame of mind that will allow you to make that choice.

Be Open Minded

“Son, a wise man will sometimes change his mind, but a fool never will.”

~My Dad

I don’t know if he got that out of a fortune cookie, or maybe his dad. It’s a grassroots kind of wisdom that makes a lot of sense though. In my experience, fools remain foolish simply because they refuse to change their minds or try and look at the world in a different way. Maybe it’s that lack of objectivity that gets people stuck into a rut.
The first thing you need to do here is simply open your mind and allow it to be flexible. Tell yourself that you ARE willing to consider something new; to think about a change from the way you’ve always done things.

 

“But how do I open my mind!? I’m so stuck in my ways!”

~You

If you read the first post in this series, maybe you wrote down why you want to focus on your fitness; your reason for wanting to become a healthier version of yourself. Your “Why”. I find that looking back at my “Why” helps me get out of that mental rut when I’m feeling stubborn. It makes me more willing to think about trying new things and getting away from “the way I’ve always done it.”

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.

 

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Be Willing to Put In the Work

Fitness isn’t easy. You’ve probably seen a couple billion article titles like,

“10 Easy Fitness Steps”

or

“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. 

Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. This will take hard work.
As I’ve already said, if you don’t change the way you’re thinking about this, you’ll slip right back into your old way of doing things the second you lose focus.

 

If you want to affect your physical fitness in a meaningful, long term way, you have to make up your mind that you’re in it to do some hard work.
You will have to apply some discipline. It will require some sweat and sometimes it might hurt a little

You will pay the price for your fitness in the precious coin of time.

Whether it’s by spending a couple hours to educate yourself, dedicating extra time to meal prep each week or by getting off the couch for 20 minutes every day, time is a factor.
Rather than looking at these things like something that just sucks, think of the work you have to do as your right of passage.
When you achieve those goals, you will have something that a lot of other people just sit around and wish for.
Those are people who aren’t willing to make any sort of effort to improve their lives. They refuse to take responsibility for their future like you are willing to do.

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

When it comes to your health, you can’t keep the same eating and exercise habits you’ve always had if you want to improve your level of fitness. And you can’t change anything if you’re not aware of it.
There’s a fantastic book that I highly recommend call, “The Power of Habit” (affiliate link) by Charles Duhigg. In it, the author discusses  a number of case studies regarding habit and explores some of the discoveries we’ve made on that subject over the last couple decades. The book is a pretty quick read, very well written and extremely interesting.

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!

If you sign up for Audible, you can get two audio books for free. I liked “The Power of Habit” (affiliate link) so much, I got it on audio book too. It’s well read and worth it, especially if you get it free! If you sign up through the link below and end up keeping the subscription, Amazon will give me a small commision. So we both win. And I appreciate the support.

I’m about to ask you to write something down. While it isn’t entirely necessary to have read that book, if you have, this exercise may be a little more fruitful for you because of the insight you may gain from it.
What I mean by insight is how well you know your habits, what they really are and what triggers them.

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.
These were my habits; things I didn’t even think about. I just did them as a matter of course through my day to day life. Is it any wonder I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and bad cholesterol?

Using the plan that we’re talking about in this series, however, I’m excited to say, I turned all of that around.

Write your list of habits and think about  each one. These are the things that you are going to have to change. You have to be willing to do this.

No excuses.

No “what ifs”

No “buts”

If you’re not willing to break these habits and build new ones, there’s no point in even getting started because you’ll eventually just fall back into your same old routines; the routines that made you unhealthy in the first place. Having this list in front of you will help you outline your strategy.

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.

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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.