Posts Tagged ‘self discipline

23
Dec
15

Again/self motivated

Why is it so easy to motivate and stay positive for others but not yourself?

I was having a conversation with a cowoker the other day and he was telling me he was an artist and writes his own music and other stuff; I was encouraging him to share his work, come to an open mic and put himself out there. We ended up having a really indepth conversation about life and reality versus our dreams, he told me at the end of the conversation that I really inspired him to put himself out there. I felt so good after that conversation that I went home and began to throw myself into my own work. Now I sit here and I contemplate why it took me motivating someone else to be motivated myself. I mean why can’t I give myself the same peptalk when I’m having writers block or a lack of self discipline.

I suppose that’s the way our brain, well my brain works.. It’s not until I’m scrolling through tumblr and looking at hot girls that I remember I have a gym membership. It’s not until I read something someone else has written that I am inspired, or its not until I help someone see their potential that I remind myself of mine. Are you self sufficient, self motivated? My first thought is yes of course, but then again am I really; are you really? It’s not bad, it doesn’t have to be at least, there are plenty of things in life to motivate and inspire you when you don’t have the energy to do it yourself. My concern would be becoming dependent on it… I want an equal balance, I want to be inspired and I want to inspire myself.

 

 

 

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03
Apr
15

Again/success

Well wordpress, I did it ! It was not easy, there were a few times to many that I wanted to pull the plug on the whole fast but I stayed strong and disciplined and I completed my challenge and I couldn’t be happier with myself.

Coming off the fast I’ll ease myself back into solid foods giving my digestive system some time to adjust. Today and tomorrow I’ll consume fruits and juices and veggies and I even had soup tonight. By Sunday I should be well adjusted and can consume things like dairy and beans and sugar. I feel good though, strong and steady. I only managed to lose a few pounds mostly which was water weight and will come back in next week or so, so that’s a good sign as well.

This was the first step in many more that I want to take in remaining true to myself and staying self disciplined. You don’t have to starve yourself to begin the change within, for me it’s a very good transition from where I was to where I want to be; no matter what point I’m at in life. Almost like a start over, that’s why I’m a fan of  these fast and will continue them in the future. Nonetheless hope this provided some insight to something new and thanks for the support!

30
Mar
15

again/fasting

This is not the firs time I’ve done this, but it will be the first time I’m recording it. I’m choosing to do so because the last few times I’ve attempted this I have not had the self disciple to see it through, so I’m hoping posting this will hold me more accountable and remind me why I chose to fast in the first place.

For the next 72 hours I am going to consume water and only water, for a couple reasons. First It’s a natural detox that flushes the body of toxins and such and if not abused can actually be really healthy and aid in preventing future disease. Second, it takes a lot of self discipline and typically I will set a goal that I’m fasting for that encourages me to remain strong through out the fast. I also use the time I would spend eating or thinking about eating focusing on that set goal (I’ve done it to cure writers block, or finish a project or force myself to focus on something personal I’ve been avoiding).

The Physical Process *

DAY 1: The primary form of energy the body uses for energy is glucose; most of this is extracted or converted from the food we eat. Throughout the day, the liver stores excess sugar in a special form called glycogen that it can call on as energy levels fall between meals. There is enough of this sugar source for 8-12 hours of energy and usually, it is completely exhausted within the first 24 hours of fasting.

DAY 2-3: Once the liver’s stores of glycogen are gone, the body begins to shift over to what is called ketosis (or ketone) production (the use of fatty acids as fuel instead of glucose.  The body then accesses glucose from two sources it first converts glycerol to glucose but this is still insufficient so it makes the rest that it needs from breaking down the amino acids in muscle tissue.

DAY 3: From the third day onward the rate of the breakdown of fatty acids from fat tissue continues to increase… (This is where I stop but if you were to continue) after the body has shifted completely over to ketosis, is where the maximum breakdown of fat tissue occurs. As part of protein conservation, the body also begins seeking out all non-body-protein sources of fuel: nonessential cellular masses such as fibroid tumors and degenerative tissues, bacteria, viruses, or any other compounds in the body that can be used for fuel.

*http://www.gaianstudies.org/articles4.htm

My fast begins will begin today Monday beginning at 7 am and I will consume food again Thursday at 7 am.

Wish me luck!