Week 1 Review
One down, nine to go! I want to do a little self-assessment at the end of each week to monitor progress towards goals, investigate success and challenges, and tweak my course going forward each week. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know there’s been a bit of chaos this week – but overall, it’s been a pretty fun and successful experience thus far. Here’s my personal assessment:
Victories and Successes
- I managed to stay completely on-point with food, regardless of circumstances, stress levels, life chaos, or traumatic events (see post regarding laser). This is my top priority, and it was a total win during week 1. Nice work, me!
- Morning and evening routines are getting there. I meditated on most days, did my Qigong and rehab for the most part on most days, and have learned how valuable/important a solid morning routine is to my overall well-being, productivity, mood, and ultimate success. There is room for improvement here, but I’m happy with how things have gone so far!
- Have been in bed before 10pm most nights, by 10:30pm every night. The least amount of sleep I got was just over 7 hours, and I’m averaging right around 8. We got a new mattress/bed, and I got a new pillow. I now sleep on a cloud and it’s awesome. Good job, me!
- I’ve written in my Five Minute Journal every morning except one. This is a great way to start the day. It leads me through a little exercise on gratitude, positivity, and visualization.
- I’ve remembered to do oil pulling (good for teeth/mouth – I use organic sesame oil) almost every day. This is probably more times than I’d remember to do it in the last 6 months… so I’ll consider this a victory!
- I’ve averaged over 60 minutes of walking per day, with at least 45 of those minutes being in the daylight/Sun, which is great.
- Been doing a lot of bouncing on my cloud! (Bellicon rebounder)
- I had two amaaaazing sessions with Lucas Hausler, LAc, my local Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture wizard. Thank you, me. (and Lucas!)
- I’m still struggling with optimal productivity/efficiency and finding a system that works for me. Improvements have definitely been made, and I’m going to continue trying new “systems” or structures until something really resonates with me and works. I’ll give myself a ‘B’ on this, which is far better than the ‘D’ I would have given myself a week ago!
- I’ve stuck with this series and made a post every day! (Even though they take me a long time to create) I’m also working on a system for that, so it’s easier/more efficient!
- I’ve been very consistent with my supplementation (which I’ll outline in a future post) – probably around 80-90% on that. This is something I’ve been doing a while, so not very difficult.
- Aside from a few brief moments of overwhelm and frustration, I’ve done an excellent (it’s okay to give ourselves praise) job of remaining conscious/present in the moment, and not caught up in “life” or the chaos around me. Daily meditation/mindfulness practices are huge for this.
Challenges and Areas for Improvement
- I’ve done zero coffee enemas, and I want to do 1-2 per week during this 10-week adventure. They’re awesome for detoxification support, liver function/health, and much more. Learn about this practice HERE via Joe’s video!
- I’ve done zero jogging, sprints, home workout, have only been to two yoga classes, and haven’t gone hiking. I’m going to look to work those things in more during Week 2.
- I’ve maybe spent a total of 2-3 minutes under cold water in the shower. I’d like to get more of this in, and maybe borrow some of Mira’s bravery and go swimming in the ocean (very cold now).
- I want to go to the beach more, and watch more sunsets. I live 3 blocks from the ocean, and rarely go over there during the “off season”. It’s beautiful, great energy, and extremely peaceful. I spent my whole life with pictures of beach sunsets and the ocean all around me as motivation/inspiration. It’s now down the street and I rarely go over there. C’mon man!
- I just started coloring mandalas today (Day 8), and am going to now make that part of my morning routine. It’s extremely meditative and relaxing. A great outlet for creativity and mental stimulation.
- My night time routine has not been anywhere close to as strong as the morning. I’ve been on the computer too late (usually writing these posts), caught up late doing dishes, cooking, whatever… And I’ve forgotten to write in my journal every night except 1. Really looking to improve in this regard during Week 2.
- I haven’t read or learned. Not even a little. I need to start writing time for this into my schedule. This is where I really struggle – I’m about 1/3 of the way through at least 5 different books right now. Looking to build more regularity and consistency here.
- I already have at least 90% less shoulder pain than I did originally. (Thanks Lucas and Dr. Laura and Wobenzym and Turmeric Complex and CBD Oil and ME!) Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to some fun training and activity sooner rather than later!
- Work productivity has increased a little bit, and same with efficiency/time management. Still have room to improve here.
- My itchy scalp/yeast situation is probably 30-50% better already, after one week. There’s probably a plateau of how “good” this can get without lowering my iron… but this is a great sign, and welcome relief!
- I’m down approximately 6 pounds since I weighed myself on the morning of Day 1. Already 30% of the way to my goal!