We are about to start an adventure with the diet: Robyn has found a ketosis diet that she can understand because it uses NZ ingredients. So she’s going to try it, and I will support her.
But in the meantime, some hacks that are helping. They are counter intuitive, and your mileage will vary.
- Don’t use a smartwatch. I am a fan of the Pebble, but… it talks too much. I spent too much time watching it, and counting steps not working on fitness. It woke me at night. So I took it off while travelling (changing time zones is a hassle) and found I slept better. Put it back on, same experience. So I’ve taken it off. I’m using an old automatic watch, that just keeps the time
- Slow down, way down. Over Christmas we were in Central where we have a 8 km walking track (according to Endomondo — put your phone in your pocket when you go out). We started walking it comfortably. After two weeks we were walking it fast. We did not notice the difference in perceived effort. But the fast walk left us sore for a day. Moral of the story — you need an accurate heart monitor (most wristwatches are not accurate enough, yet) or you need to go slower than you think to remain aerobic.
- Go to bed early Our weakness is that we are both night owls… but I work in with nurses, who consider my usual start between eight and nine am banker’s hours. Ideally I’d do the Tim Ferris full set of hacks. But… go to bed early, do music practice before bed (so I’m not watching screens) and keep the room cool all help. Aim for eight or nine hours, particularly if a man
- Lift heavy. For guys, it pushes testosterone up. It makes you stronger. If you cannot get to the gym, do weighted squats, pushups, situps, weighted situps, lunges. Two to three times a week, short and intense.
- Avoid sugar. I have to do this, I’ve got metabolic problems. I’m not talking about those. But if I eat the standard Kiwi junk food (A slightly less sweet version of the standard American diet) my injuries start to ache, and I get irritable. It is mucch better to be calmer. If you need calories, eat something fatty. That cake or sweet selection will make you worse, as I rediscovered working at a clinical job when everyone was bringing in Christmas cookies.
One final thing. At our age, we are looking towards function. Losing weight and being fit helps one’s cognitive skills. Playing music helps one remain psychologically flexible. Praying about your concerns means you can sleep when the stress level is high (which I was forced into over Christmas, one of the worst times of the year on my side of the family).
Prioritise these things. Work can wait.