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Whole30 Countdown Continues

Whole30 Countdown Continues Day 24

Whole30 Countdown Continues

As we enter the last week, the Whole30 countdown continues. My thoughts are in this post, while you can find my lovely wife Teri’s thoughts over here. It’s Wednesday and I am ready to start adding bread back into our diet next week.

It’s been a long day so this will be brief. Had the usual eggs and sausage for breakfast followed by stir fry and applesauce for lunch. Dinner we picked up on the run at Texadelphia. Teri had the grilled chicken and I had a turkey and avocado salad with no dress. It was surprisingly good.

Traffic around Dallas reminds us almost daily of why we do not want to retire in the Metroplex. Even the toll express lanes were slow today. We finally made it back home and are headed for bed.

Another day awaits as the Whole30 Countdown Continues

I am looking forward each day as it dawns. Bringing us closer to a less restrictive diet. I really want to find out if it’s the sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes or a combination that has been causing my joint inflammation. The complete process should take about a month as we slowly add things back into our diet.

As a good friend of mine used to say, “Film at 11.”

Until then, feel free to express your thoughts below.

Whole30 halfway

Whole30 Week 2 Begins

Whole30 Week 2 Begins

Week one is behind us and Day 8 dawns as Whole30 week 2 begins. The day begins much like the others. Eggs and sausage for me. Teri takes the remaining pseudo bacon and applesauce. Please checkout her journey here. My energy level and focus is on the upswing. Work passes quickly and lunch is turkey stir fry. How do you make stir fry with no soy sauce? Coconut aminos. Never heard of them before. Me either.

More New Things as Whole30 Week 2 Begins

Whole30 week 2 beginsAs Whole30 week 2 begins, more new discoveries dawn. Stir fry with coconut aminos is good. It just tastes different from soy sauce. Dinner is pork roast with onions, potatoes and apples. Seasoning leans toward the Middle East with coriander, salt and cumin. The roast turned out very moist and flavorful.

Definitely another keeper recipe. The Greek meatballs, not so much. They turned out a little on the bland side. Personally I think they would be okay with nice tzatziki sauce, but there is NO DAIRY in Whole30.  C’est la vie.

Better Eating Habits

So far self-discipline is maintaining our continued development of good habits. There is the reason of knowing that the other person will know if we cheated. Starting over at day  is NOT an option. We’ve made it one week and there are only 3 weeks left! That doesn’t sound as bad as 22 days.

As time keeps ticking away, our 30 day goal gets closer. We support each other and that helps a bit. It is part knowing that you have partner watching out for you and part knowing they will laugh when you have to go back to Day 1 while they keep moving a lot.

Being helpful  is a great trait. Helping someone to reach a goal, even if it is just a day at time, is a worthy feat.

Improving Yourself

Improving Yourself

Improving Yourself

Where do we start? Improving yourself is a wide open topic. There are many areas and aspects of one’s self that could be improved upon.  You can check out a list of 70 traits if you need some food for thought. My thoughts on improving are to take a broad look at your life and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Improving YourselfWhat areas of my life are not aligned with my goals?
  2. What areas do I want to improve?
  3. Which ones would be the best (not easiest) to upgrade?
  4. Are there one or two that I can get specific help with from a mentor?
  5. Am I willing to put forth the effort to find and change my habits and traits for the better?

Where to start

Once you have answered the questions, narrow your list down to the top two or three items. I recommend working with an accountability partner. This can be a mentor or a close friend. You must be able to take honest criticism from this person. Improving yourself is not easy. It will need mental effort and willpower.

TrustworthyStart improving. Repeat. It’s really that simple. Ok, the repeat part is hard to keep going. This is why you need a mentor or friend to help.

Seriously, take a leap and begin. Then work on a plan to keep the momentum going. Do one thing everyday to move in the direction you have chosen. Check with your mentor as often as you need to for support and encouragement.  If you need a plan, check out this article on tips for on strenghening your character.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ― George Bernard Shaw #quote Click To Tweet


What attitude should you take when improving yourself? I think Hemingway had a great thought when he said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

Focus on being better than you were yesterday. Do not be concerned with what your neighbor is or isn’t doing. The only contest is with yourself. Are you better than you were the day before? If the answer is yes, then you win.

What are your thoughts?

Do you have tips on how to improve? Maybe even a great success story? I would love to hear about it. If you like the post, please share it with your friends using the social media buttons.

Affirmation quotes by Rohn

8 Ways to Boost Self Motivation

boost self motivation

Boost Self Motivation

We all want to find that extra bit of motivation. It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and your productivity is nowhere to be seen. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Being motivated is all about give and take; you have to give your best to take the benefits. Don’t worry we know this isn’t simple, so here’s some tips to turning yourself into that productivity ambassador and to boost self motivation:

Okay, so this ones a bit cliché – however, it can be effective. Pick up a motivational book, if you’re lucky you’ll feel inspired and encouraged, but it doesn’t work for everyone. If you know you’re the type of person that hates being told “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” etc, then give this a miss, because you’ll more than likely just feel wound up. For others, hearing encouraging words will relax their minds and make them feel capable of tackling the task at hand.

Being organized is key. This is pretty obvious, yet not the easiest of tasks. Everyone has their own way of doing it, whether that be keeping a diary or notes on your smart phone – make sure you keep it up to date. This is important to avoid confusion, but also keeping on top of it can make you feel really good.

Also easier said than done – manage your goals. Similarly to ensuring you are organised, create a to do list of goals. You’ll know where it is you want to go and how it is you can get there. An added extra of creating goals, means crossing them of comes with a sense of fulfillment.

At this stage, we’ve gathered this is all easier said than done, but this one really does make a difference. Think happy thoughts – positivity can be the difference in a good or bad day. Realise you can’t please everybody and you don’t have to. Work requires sacrificing and having the ability to do this sensibly, it doesn’t mean neglecting something but prioritising can make it easier to feel happy about your workload and how you’ll get through it. Block out any negativity you’re feeling – it will not help.

Do the work. Deadlines won’t last forever and we all know the procrastination guilt is worse. If you don’t at least try you’ll never know your own ability.

The life long struggle of eating right and exercising also affects your productivity in the workplace. If you feel good about yourself (endorphins aren’t a myth!), then you’ll feel happier, remember what happiness means – tip 4.

Balance your time – because no one likes a workaholic. Make yourself someone people like to be around, inside work and out. Finish early on a Friday if it’s been a tough week. Or lend a friend a shoulder cry on and help them sort their problems rather than obsessing over your own.

Do a good deed or help someone. It’s actually okay to feel good about this and use it to motivate you to continue doing things to feel good about yourself.

Author Bio:  Laura Morrissey is a writer for Everything Disc She shares tips for both employers and employees in working to the best of their ability together. Her specialist areas are motivation and team building.

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