Friday, December 27, 2019



     Now that you have reevaluated the past year, it is time to reformulate a plan of action. Reformulate, according to google, means to formulate again or differently. Simply put, you must, in some way, change your old way of doing things. You cannot expect change in 2020 while doing everything the exact same way you did it in 2019. Therefore, take your past plans and modify, revise, and tweak them until they are in line with your expected outcome. Sometimes, it may even be necessary to rip them apart and start anew.

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2)

1. Set realistic goals. 

By February 2020, I’m going to lose 5 pounds by briskly walking for 30 minutes 3 times per week .

Starting New Year’s Day, I’m never going to miss a day of working out.

2. Set measurable goals. 

I will reduce my caffeine consumption so that (by March 1st) I’m only drinking one caffeinated beverage daily.

I’m never going to drink caffeinated beverages again.

3. Prepare ahead for dealing with setbacks. 

     Anytime, you’re striving for success, understand that every day will not go according to your plan. You may stumble. You may fall. But, whatever you do, don’t give up. Instead of giving up and throwing in the towel - get up, brush yourself off and start again! 

Until next time, 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Goodbye 2019!

     As 2019 hastens to an end, many of us will take this time to review the
past twelve months. We will assess the effectiveness of things we’ve tried
and determine if we’re going to continue those things in the upcoming year
or get rid of them. Oftentimes, because we haphazardly reflect upon the
past year, we fail to adequately assess.
And, as a result, we make short lived resolutions based on unrealistic goals
that were set. Today, I want to give you some tips that will help you to change
this never ending cycle that many of us find ourselves in year after year. Today,
we will focus on re-evaluating.
     To properly re-evaluate, one must consider answering the right questions. What
are the right questions? I’m glad you asked!

Answering the Right Questions

     In the past year, what has worked for me? What did not work for me?
I will divide the remainder of this post into these two categories. 

What worked?
      Since it worked, do I plan to incorporate it into the upcoming year?
Do I continue to utilize it as is, or do I make improvements? If it worked,
you may want to stick to it. You do not have to jump on the next bandwagon
just because others are doing so. What works for one individual may not work
for you. If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it!

What did NOT work? 
     Determining how to proceed when something does work is often easier than
deciding how to proceed if it doesn’t work. More times than not, we want to
continue doing the same thing but expect a different outcome. Simply put, most
people want results. But, most people hate change! So, what do we do when we
want change – when we want things to work for us? First of all, we have to identify
what no longer serves us/ works for us. Then, we have to disconnect from things
that no longer serve us/ work for us.

Identifying What No Longer Serves Us

      Things that no longer serve us can be (but not limited to) any of the following:
· Abusive relationships (emotionally, physically, or verbally) 
· Addictions,
· Attending events and going places (when it is no longer beneficial) because it
is the “correct” thing to do, 
· Bad habits, and
· Toxic energy

     In conclusion, as we near the end of the year (in this case, the end of a decade),
let us be mindful to review with a purpose in mind. And, that is to find out what
works – continue to do it and improve it. Identify what does not work, and
disconnect from it!
     If you have read the entirety of this post, I hope that you will re-evaluate the last
twelve months so that when December 2020 rolls around, you will NOT regret the
actions and decisions that you made throughout the year. 

Until next time, 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Keto Diet

Keto Diet Worst Side Effects

Proverbs 4:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and
with all thy getting get understanding.

As of late, the Keto Diet is very common among those who
want to lose weight while continuing to feel satiated between
meals.  For many, the Keto Diet has yielded much weight loss.
As with any fad diet, it also comes with some cautions and
should be carefully implemented.  According to research,
dieters should NOT remain on this diet long term.

Elimination of fiber-rich beans, grains, and vegetables leads
to fiber deficiency which causes constipation.

Vitamin Deficiency
The body sheds fat, water, and glycogen.  As this happens the
body loses sodium, potassium, and magnesium.  When the
body runs low on these key electrolytes, you will most likely
feel sluggish - experiencing headaches and extreme fatigue.

Muscle Loss
There is ongoing research about muscle loss on the Keto Diet.  
Some research suggests that ketogenic dieters lose muscle even
though they continue resistance training.  After a workout,
protein alone is LESS effective than a protein carbohydrate

The ‘Keto Flu’
Symptoms that include fatigue, brain fog, dizziness,
vomiting, nausea and stomach pain are not uncommon
within the first couple of weeks of the Keto Diet.  
These symptoms clear up after a couple of weeks for those dieters
who do not give up.

Kidney Damage

Too much meat (especially processed meats)
and NOT enough water can lead to the formation of kidney stones
and gout.  This occurs when there is too much uric acid. The kidney
is unable to efficiently eliminate uric acid. Many foods that are
excluded from the Keto Diet such as apples, berries, cherries,
pinto beans, fiber, vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables, etc. help
to normalize uric acid in the body.

This information was taken from a February 15, 2019 article written by
Stephen Johnson at Big Think.

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only.  It is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional
medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice
of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with
any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or
treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen,
and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in
seeking it because of something you have read on this website.