Here we are – the official start of the Keto Cleanse Challenge!
It’s been a few months coming, but it’s finally here and I know a lot of people are VERY excited. I for one have mixed feelings of excitement to get back on track with Keto, crossed with a bit of nervousness.
It’s that old feeling of… will I fail? It’s not a nice feeling, but for those of us (most of us!) who have been on a weight loss roller coaster, or who have fallen off the Keto wagon, it’s a feeling we know well.
I sent an email yesterday encouraging you to set some goals, which some people did, but I really want to dig into this for Day 1.
Goal setting is incredibly important to us as humans.
Our brains are wired to give us little boosts of feel-good chemicals when we achieve goals, no matter how big or small. Let’s link those goals to Keto.
We are MADE to have direction and drive, because otherwise we can feel a lost and aimless.
I know I’ve experienced this before after my wedding. Leading up to it I had the best motivation ever to eat well and exercise. I fell in love with feeling healthy and was really proud of myself.
Come post-wedding (and post-honeymoon which was one food coma after another!) and the motivation slipped massively – after all, I didn’t have a goal. I didn’t have a date, I didn’t have a dress, I didn’t have any pressure.
Now, some people operate perfectly fine without having defined goals but it’s not many of us! (Lucky you if you are one of them) 😀
An amazing thing about having goals is that we even get a little burst of those happy brain chemicals when we write our goals, and even when we think about them! Our brains are wired for this.
So, if you’ve read this far, I challenge you to ask yourself…
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
Why are you reading this?
How is it making you feel? Let’s dig deeper on those feelings – do you feel guilty for not having goals?
Do you feel proud because you’ve set some goals already?
How will you stay on track with them? What changes are you going to make?
I encourage you to grab a pen and paper and really spend some time thinking and writing about this. Journalling is proven to be a really handy tool when you are sorting out your thoughts and finding direction.
Here’s some questions to answer if you’re a bit stuck:
- How does my body feel today?
- How does my mind feel today?
- How are my energy levels?
- Is this normal? Do I feel better or worse than ‘usual’?
- When did I feel my best?
- When was I most proud of myself?
- When did I enjoy food the most? What was I eating?
- Where do I want to be in 5 years?
- 1 year?
- 1 month?
- 1 week?
- What am I going to do today to get there?
Save these thoughts, stew on them and really get to know how they are making you feel.
Every action we take is either a step towards our goals, or a step away from them. It’s all a choice, what will you choose for yourself today?
Share your goals over at the Facebook Group, or share them with your private journal. Whatever you do, set them and refer back to them constantly.
The Aussie Keto Queen