Posted by Scratch | September 11, 2019
PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Before I even begin this post about intermittent fasting and how to make it a habit of excellence, I wish to acknowledge the excellence given by those that made the ultimate sacrifice in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City. This day as horrific as it was brought out the excellence of first responders, fire fighters, police officer and many others.
Today, I dedicate my effort to be excellent to those that gave all to help others that day. God bless you.
Developing Excellent Intermittent Fasting 20-4 Habits
Developing permanent immutable habits for excellence is where I am routinely punting, fumbling the ball, in my health. This failure is and maybe holding me back from the success I am pursuing on other projects. Man, I am big dreamer, but am a routine executor, a daily practitioner, a doer of excellence?
Not lately on intermittent fasting 20-4.
Earlier in the year, I ran off 36 days of intermittent fasting on the 20-4, OMAD approach. It occurred to me that my successes because I developed a habit. I was working on a diet. I was working on a routine.
It got easy—too easy. And, I fucked it all up.
I recall giving up one day when the streak ended merely because I was getting complacent, perhaps, even bored with the success I had. Everyday had been a touchdown. Jeez, after two months of piss poor results, I will would love to get back into that grove.
If you have been following me on my weight loss journey this crazy year of 2019, I have stalled for the past couple months. Hell, I even gained some weight. Still, I am inspired because I am one winning streak away from getting back into the routine-the routine of excellence—to get and stay healthy.
I want to make that a habit.
Ultimately, I think successfully establishing a routine is why people have success on intermittent fasting. More than anything, it is an easy habit to develop if you are committed to doing just that one thing.
Is this some kind of new insight that will help seem me to the Super Bowl of Health? I am not sure. But, I can see then where folks can give up on counting calories and restricted eating. Intermittent Fasting 20-4, OMAD style, is more a habit than a chore, a task, an eating plan.
Intermittent Fasting 20-4 Habits For Success
That is where I found success on the 36 consecutive days of Intermittent Fasting 20-4 OMAD style. I was making it a habit. However, I blew it. I screwed it all up. It didn’t last.
What the hell happened?
I lost the habit. I lost the excellence of developing that habit. Instead, I started making it a chore. I started counting every calorie. I started averaging those calories. I tricked myself into thinking that if I went really low one day, I could go high the next. Math was my salvation and not the daily habit of pursuing excellence in intermittent fasting 20-4 OMAD style.
Back to the gym, with a focus on building an intermittent fasting routine
So yesterday I willed my reluctant fat ass back to the gym—to begin the process of recapturing that lost excellence. My goal is pretty straight forward: No more losing days this year.
At this point, I don’t care how many calories I consume daily or what the scale says. I am going to judge myself on how excellently I can develop the habit of intermittent fasting 20-4. Hell, every day I have 4 hours to enjoy food. I will strive to make those days excellent. Each day I will attempt to make those 4 hours more and more excellent. I will focus on excellence as a habit.
That first day was not easy nor was it as excellent as it could have been, but I went. When I got home, I ate a lot of food. In fact, I had some left over stuffed shells, which my wife brought home, and then I had a couple sandwiches—ham, turkey and salami if you must know. I finished off this meal with some barbecue chips. I know. That is anything but excellent right? You are right. I can’t argue. But, I had an apple.
One apple. One glorious beautiful apple, which I ate right before all the other stuff.
That was an excellent apple and today my goal is have two apples.
On that note, I have a lot to do. I have all these crazy house projects going on, have a dentist appointment today, and I have work do for my job-type-job. In all of these things, I will strive for excellence. Because, why the fuck not.
Football Thoughts Today: Antonio Brown - Not Excellent
As much as I would like to listen to sports radio all day about the latest Antonio Brown developments—this time AB being accused of rape in a civil suit—I will refrain from this distraction. I have soon learned that playing music—blues piano on my Spotify—makes me way more productive than listening with train wreck fascination what that asshole is up too. In short, I am more excellent. Plus, as much as I would like to talk about the recent events involving Antonio Brown, there is a much better thought to focus on…
September 11th - Remember the Excellence of those Who Gave
Back to my initial thoughts. This day in September being the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that are now moving into the memory banks of history, should be remembered for the excellence that so many displayed in the aftermath of this horrific event—first responders, firefighters, police officers and countless others. Because of that solemn ocassion, I wish to offer up the excellence I am pursuing today for those that were excellent in the sacrifices they made on that fateful day. God bless them all and God bless you.