Wednesday, 19 April 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Twenty-Nine: Rumpelstiltskin

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 203.8 lbs
Calories: 3000

This post is definitely not click-baity. NOT AT ALL!!! Over the past month I’ve been seeing my ideas coalesce on the screen. Often times I’ll sit down to write on one topic, and another one pops into my head which I either swap to or scurry away for later (this post was actually originally entitled “Glossary”, but once I typed it I realised how dull that was...).

I’ve noticed that I often put things in quotations marks or italics, because they’re labels for the weird and wonderful ideas and methods I’ve encountered along the way. That’s because once you give something a name you have power over it. You can identify it, and separate it from yourself, or try and engineer it if it’s a positive.

That could be as simple as cravings. Since you can name that strong desire, it’s much easier to identify and say to yourself “my body just wants this food to create fat, my mind doesn’t want it though”.

A positive example might be the good feeling you get from being part of a group (oxytocin). As I’ve written before, as you start on the health journey, in some way or another you’ll disagree with your friends and you’ll also make new ones, both in-person and online. So if you are getting the results, but don’t feel as good as you did, you might be missing oxytocin. Knowing that it’s missing sends you off in the right direction.

This isn’t to be confused with being a control freak. It’s great to go with the flow and accept things for what they are, but if you know what’s going on you can start to fine tune your efforts. That’s when you move from intermediate to advanced.

Until tomorrow,

Cowlean

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