Sometimes I move so far away from the general theme of my blog which or course is all about the journey to a simpler life after the age of 50 due to so many other subjects that I am passionate about like living healthy, eating healthy, working out, fighting Type II Diabetes and reducing stress. I suppose that in the grand scheme of things these are all related to simple living and I shouldn’t be to concerned, but still after reviewing many of the posts that I write I find that my site really is a mixed bag. I am by no means going to change this because typically when I sit down to write a post it is something that is on my mind and comes from the heart, but I am going to work on better ways of organizing everything.
After a year plus of blogging I find that my theme is still true as my main objective in life is still simplification and working a little bit each day towards a more minimalist lifestyle. I am now 54 years old and as I look back at my own generation and realize that we were a very wasteful and self absorbed generation. The “Me” generation loved attaining bigger houses, nicer cars, and lots of stuff, but also the very thing that comes along with all of this stuff, Debt. Although I was never one of those to fully engage in this type of lifestyle and always tried to stay within my means, I certainly did my share of spending money on crap I did not need.
We all like to play the “What if game”, and think about how our lives would be different should have we lived our lives a little differently. But I will not go there as it really doesn’t make any difference at all. Thinking about what I should have done will not increase my bank account, or pay off my mortgage. It won’t move me into a position where I can retire and feel comfortable with my finances knowing that there will be enough income each month to afford me all of my needs which include health card, healthy food, clean water, a comfortable home and a healthy community to live in. It does not get me any closer to knowing that I can take a vacation now and then to see loved one’s who live a distance away. No looking back will do non of that. The only thing that will get me closer to all of these things is “Action”.
So rather than looking back at all of the mistakes that I made in life I tend rather to look back at all of the emotions that causes me to makes such foolish decisions. I examine that emotion and try to remain mindful of not making the same mistakes again.
I deserve that:
This happens when you are working hard each day and feel as if there is no reward for your hard work. The answer to this feeling is of course “gratitude”, or taking a good look at your life and being thankful for what you already have.
I want what they have:
When others seem to have nicer things than we do it is easy to believe that they are in a better position. Jimmy next door just purchased a Mercedes, so he must be doing so much better than me. Later we discover that Jimmy is filing for bankruptcy and getting a divorce.
The Christmas Case:
We buy it and love it for a week and it ends up in a closet until we sell it at a yard sale. The only excitement we get out of it is the excitement of opening the box and knowing we just got something new. I call this the “Christmas Case”, as we try to regain the feeling of opening gifts on Christmas morning.
Shopping is fun and everyone does it:
Shopping should be done when we need things, not when we want them. I could fill my closet with beautiful, expensive clothes but only ware a tenth of what is in my closet. Still the thrill of looking at ourselves dressed in these new clothes as some special event.
If I own nice things I will feel rich:
Feeling rich is the observation of how we think other perceive us. If we look wealthy they will believe that we are wealthy. The truth of the matter is that no one really cares if you are wealthy or not. The social stigma attached to this is creating envy amongst our peers. Sooner or later the truth will always come out as no one can maintain a lifestyle they cannot afford
There are certainly many more emotions that stir within us that cause us to make the mistakes that we make. The key is to learn what they are and take the action necessary to create the positive changes to reverse them. Are you still living in a 2400 square foot home but your kids have moved out years ago. Why? It is time to downsize that home. Do you have three of everything when you only use one. Why? Are you spending your weekends working on the yard trying to keep everything just right? Do you have a cars, boats, motor homes that are just sitting on your property that you never use? What is it that really brings you joy in your life? Are you pursuing these things that bring you joy, or struggling with maintaining those things that don’t?
Look, you can sit around thinking about all of these things like I know you often do, or you can make the decision that it is high time to take action. Life is way too short to be living someone else’s life or the life of someone we believe that society deems acceptable. It is your life and you know deep inside what it will take to make things happen to bring you closer to those dreams that lie within you. Start taking action now and believe in what your soul has been crying out for all of your life. Yes, it is time to take action.
I am still struggling with hunger during the day and although I set out on a positive course yesterday I still had problems. I remember when I first adapted to getting into ketosis I had stopped all workouts for about two weeks. I concentrated on just eating those foods that delivered me into the state of true fat burning, then slowly resumed my workout. I once again have to go through this and call it a reset. I will never give up on this battle and will do what needs to be done to stay in a healthy position in life. I am not feeling this way lately as I have somehow got back on the sugar/carb cycle and observing the negative consequences each day. For the next two weeks I will lay off of all exercise and concentrate on my eating habits to return to a state that showed great results for winning the war on high blood sugars.
Blood Sugar- 131, Weight- 175.0
NO WORKOUT TODAY
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Meatloaf, Peas
Dinner- Chicken Caesar Salad