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- Out of Bounds
Yesterday, I let my glucose reading get so out of control I have to return to a water fast or some non-carby veggies at least for today.
- Losing the Diabetes War
So many gurus. So little time.
I’m so hungry. The downside to eating a total vegan diet is that you have to eat a lot of food. No matter what I eat in the way of starches, it drives my blood sugar up. I am sleeping more, and fighting off headaches.
I know what works for me in the way of controlling diabetes. I have done it many times, but every day it gets harder and harder. I just don’t want to do it.
Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution is the most appealing. Eat corn, rice, beans, oatmeal, potatoes, and sweet potatoes as the mainstay of your diet. So far, I can’t make it work. I know most people who reverse diabetes using his plan begin in a clinic on a 10 to 21 day fast to break diabetes hold.
I can do 1 to 3 day fasts standing on my head. A 1 week effort is possible, but it makes me a little sick. But the time may have come. In my mind, a 21 day water fast might be the answer.
I will find out tomorrow if and when I have surgery for my right side inguinal hernia. That would be a great time to not eat since recovery will take several days, and I remember being weak and dizzy after the left side was repaired several years ago.
Fighting diabetes is not a secret. If I use portion control like the nutritionist told me, walked and exercised daily, and use fasting if needed, there is no way this disease can beat me. I take my meds now, but I hope a serious effort will eliminate the need for them.
Part of the problem I am having is separating diabetes from the rest of my life. Each person is a single unit of mind and body. My personal system for beating the disease has to include all of the elements for creating the ideal IBM*.
I have to dig deep into Stoic, Buddhist, and Jain philosophy, and turn ideas into modern rituals. I hate the idea of strict rituals. I’m not a monk, and don’t want to be one. However, rituals can take the willpower out of positive actions you need to do to improve the rest of your life.
At my age, making sure I walk and lift weights and stretch and do calisthenics is easier if I have a plan to do it early in the morning before anyone else is awake and making demands on my time.
Part of being an IBM* is developing a side hustle, either online or offline. I think Walkabout Solopreneur can be the basis for individuals to learn marketing for their products and services. Best practices for individual marketers will concentrate on old school direct marketing but modified for pre-selling of affiliate products online.
- Daily Reinvention
I have been fighting diabetes for 10 years now. Sometimes with meds, and sometimes not. No insulin yet, but I am heading in that direction.
It seems the only way I can get a handle on my blood sugar is via fasting, either intermittent or for up to 7 days. I just don’t feel well fasting. If I eat whole plant foods, walk 3 to 9 miles a day, lift weights, and take my meds, I can keep it under control. But I just don’t want to all the time.
Today I woke up early, walked to the gym, worked out lightly, and walked home. Even with meds and exercise, the blood sugar numbers did not drop much. I don’t get it. I can’t believe how tired I am after so little exercise.
If I’m not careful, insulin may be in the cards.
But that’s not enough. I have to track my food intake, amount of exercise, and hours of walking. I don’t have stats on what works best for me.
I feel like I’m in prison, but if I am to be the ultimate IBM*, I have to escape my current prison and build the minimum rituals I need to control diabetes, fulfill tasks to make Walkabout Solopreneur a success, and get prepped for travel abroad.
What I haven’t done yet is put my diabetes control system to the test. It involves eating a whole food, plant based, low fat vegan diet number one. But that’s just the beginning.
I will fast until my blood sugar is under 100. At that time, I will eat all the rice, soup, vegetables, and fruit I can. Two hours later, test again. Chances are, my blood sugar will still be high and not ready for a second meal. I am sure that for a period of time up to 30 days, I will be limited by my disease to one meal a day. So be it. It’s better than fasting.
Actually, it’s a type of intermittent fasting. Don’t eat until your sugar is under control. It can take up to 3 days at times.
- go through my emails and delete any subscriptions that I no longer read
- create an admin email for each domain I own
- make sure all of my domains are up to date on renewal
- in my spare moments, clean up Pinterest boards
- Up at 3:13 to the sound of Ebony banging on the screen on the bedroom window. Sugar is up because I gave into the dark side last night after 24 hours of fasting. Will have to make adjustments today to keep it low, maybe even going 36 hours before eating again.
- The country has gone tech Coronavirus hysterical. We are going to spend billions to prevent something that is less virulent than the flu. People are obsessively hand washing and washing down tabletops with wipes that do not kill the virus.
- “Much of the American population is in debt, has no savings, and can barely live week to week, so what will happen when they have no jobs, no food, and no staples required to live? How will they heat their homes, buy groceries, pay their bills, and handle medical costs for themselves and their families? How will the elderly fare when they are locked up in their homes and isolated without the ability to be with their families? With mass restrictive laws, and with no ability to travel or receive visitors, how will people cope? The economic reality that is America today is one of debt and consumption, and this extends well into the current middle class. By some studies, 70% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings, so how can a forced economic shutdown caused and implemented by this evil government not cause more sickness, poverty, and death than is possible with any viral concern?”
Now is the time to practice poverty, even if only once a month to teach yourself how to do it. Wear your worst clothes. Go to the Public Library downtown and observe the homeless. Fast, or maybe buy a couple of bananas. Find out who gives away free coffee, or sells it dirt cheap.
You don’t need to sleep under a bridge to see how close you could be to that reality.
- I’m not that good at sales, in line with my introverted nature. But copywriting and selling, or pre-selling, online is well within my comfort and sales skill set. After Walkabout Solopreneur is in place and settled, I can look to hire true salespeople abroad.
- Notes from Dean Holland speech:
Without profit, you cannot make your side hustle work. You cannot help your family or even yourself.
Too many marketers pay out and receive less back. A hobby.
The Perfect Offer:
The best products are digital. Pays better.
Power Word: Free
Get buyers to your funnel by leveraging free.
Need to give away a free sample ebook to get people to IBM*. Radical IBMs* is going to be my flagship book, but I need something controversial re OK Boomer or something to show IBMs* how millennials are coming for our power and money.
What’s your biggest problem I can solve?
Free will get them to take a look.
Free gets people to get into your business.
Low risk to customers. Could also be a 99cent Kindle ebook being pushed.
Who do you want to attract into your business?
Where are they? (Lew Rockwell, Townhall)
What can you use to attract them?
How to fulfill it?
Where do these customers hang out?
What is the ideal FE product? What will they pay for?
Your funnel will depend on your business.
To make profits, you have to have more stuff to sell them.
Upsells start immediately – DH uses 2.
Adding the shipping offer increases sales.
You can then outspend the market.
What’s the catch?
Use a fulfillment house to deliver the books.
Consider creating a digital stick for WS which includes a raw outline plus a number of free ebooks and upsell pro products.
Don’t overthink. Get it set up.
I think I can set up something for diabetic products like socks, lotions, and vitamins.
For WS, we can create a subscription on CB that reviews new shiny objects and maybe even gives away the FE for free.
- Passive Income Freedom notes:
- Why do intelligent people think they can succeed online instantly without training, expertise, and a learning curve?
- For any other profession, you expect a period of time to thoroughly learn the ropes.
- Online businesses are treated like slot machines. You spin the wheel and hope.
- Learn from those who are successful and master your trade.
- You can make a full time income within a few months, but there is a learning curve and a need to set a firm foundation.
- Take continuous baby steps, but keep moving.
- Smart marketers find a need, find customers, and then find or create products to fill the need.
- Pay attention to what people really care about, and reverse engineer it.
- Caring deeply about something bigger than yourself to keep you working.
- Financial Freedom Formula:
- passive income – money on autopilot
- build the asset
- No matter your path, you should learn affiliate marketing first.
23 Passive Income Blueprints:
- Video Magic
Create and sell stock video images. At this time, videos sell much better than photos.
- AirBnB Arbitrage
- Freelance Arbitrage
- Fiverr Arbitrage
- DFY Arbitrage
- Software Riches
- Piano Empire
- Rent Your Ride
- Merch by Amazon
- Shopify POD
- Bestseller Riches
- Join the Club
- List Riches
- Referral Riches
- Content Empires
- Instagram Madness
- Private Label
- Sell that brand
- What Can Happen In 365 Days?
Setting a time frame for a personal reboot concentrates the mind. Unfortunately, it can also set one up for failure. When you set goals that are based on end results that you don’t control – like New Year’s Resolutions – failure often comes early and often.
Over 184 days, I want to blast diabetes out of my system for good. Over the past 3 months, my A1C dropped from 8.5 to 7.1, and I really didn’t do that good of a job of managing my diet until the last month.
Setting a hard A1C goal like 6.5 is counterproductive. While I would love to have that number in 99 days, forces beyond my control will make that number higher or lower. At my age, the doctors are happy with anything below 7.0.
To knock out diabetes, I have to stick to my whole food, plant-based, low fat vegan diet.
The secret is having at least 2 of my trays a day – salad, steamed vegetables, roasted vegetables, beans, and fruit. The downside to a vegan diet is that you have to eat a lot of food.
For the 365 days, I have to avoid processed foods and grains which run my sugar up.
As for fasting, intermittent strategies don’t work for me all that well. As an alternative, if my sugar gets out of whack from potatoes or something, I will do a 36 hour fast to drop the blood sugar number.
When I have the desire for crunchy snacks, I will limit nuts or banana chips to one handful. Right now, I can eat a half a pound of banana chips in one sitting.
But I do like the crunch.
Keeping my blood sugar under 100 is the incentive not to have to fast.
There is no reason why I cannot keep to this diet for the rest of my life if necessary. I don’t want any violations for 365 days. I tend to act like an addict. If I give in to a cookie or a piece of pie, I keep going. The real incentive is that at the end of this personal test, I should be able to tolerate beans and rice or pasta or noodles without triggering diabetes.
While traveling the world, you can always find rice and noodle dishes to stay vegan.
Everyone has an idea of what their goal should be, whether is it becoming healthier, productive, starting a business, being happier, spending more time with family and friends, traveling, becoming financially free, improving relationships, and career.
You will learn four things from here: 1. How To Assess Time & Set Goals 2. How To Stop Doing Activities That Don’t Support Your Goals 3. How To Optimize Activities That You Have To Do 4. How To Efficiently Execute Activities That Support Your Goals
What makes that person incredibly successful is that he/she has learned how to use his/ her time efficiently and (has) created a habit out of it.
The moment you wake up, you have a clean slate. No matter who you were the day before or what happened, the moment you open your eyes, you have a whole new beginning.
Most people do not take action, because of two reasons: 1. Fear of failure 2. Fear of success (lesser known cousin)
Next thing is to define biggest time wasters (activities that you spend time on, which are not contributing to your goals).
One useful way for me to combat this was to utilize Google free extension called StayFocusd (not misspelled).
This allows you to set a limit on time and websites you do not want to spend time on.
Once per week, sit down for 30 minutes or so and go through the week: • When was I most productive? At what hour? • What made me productive? • What was unproductive? How can I improve? You can also ask yourself these questions after every day.
That is why you need to intentionally set direction in life, without allowing the life, environment and dynamic change to set it for you
That is why it is so important to purposely allocate your resources so they line up with your long-term goals. This is important because if you know what you are striving to achieve, you will be able to direct your attention toward it.
When it comes to setting goals, there are tons of guidelines. However, I would keep it simple here. Make your goals specific, and phrase them in a way as if you have already achieved them.
Focus on one year ahead, and set three primary goals.
You can define more goals, but three should be your keystone goals, for which you know that during execution and through accomplishment, it they will have a massive impact on every area of your life (i.e. becoming financially free).
To make this easier, I suggest you asking yourself: 1. If I could do only one thing from that list all day long, which item would add the most value and help me get closer to my goal? 2. Then, ask, if I could do one more thing from my list, what would that second activity be? 3. Finally, ask yourself what is the third most important task.
What skill can I learn that will make my number one goal easier to accomplish?
not only don’t support your goals but push them away. So your priority should be to slowly start reducing each one of them, starting with the one that takes the most of your time.
Gradually reduce it, until it is eliminated, then you do the same thing with other harmful activities. Write down the items you want to eliminate from your life (and this becomes your GIVE UP LIST): • The Social Media • Television • Poor Diet
And every day from then on. Don’t start eliminating all of them at once; it will overwhelm you. Start small, with just one.
There are certain activities that we have to do, but don’t support our goals directly. I am referring to basic needs, our need to sleep, eat, drink, have a shelter and stay healthy. Since they happen by default, most of us do not think that these activities can be optimized. However, they can, here’s how
By “optimizing sleep,” I mean that you should find the perfect time you should go to bed each night, and discover the ideal time you should get up to maximize energy and health. Try to hit sleep cycles, which lasts for 90 minutes (1.5 hours), (and) it would look something like:
For me, establishing a habit of getting up early had the biggest impact on my life, because it allowed me to focus several hours on myself and my biggest goals.
Pro tip: if you experience a sudden drop of energy, take a 20-30 minute nap.
Dedicate specific time of the week to do the following: • Grocery Shopping • Apartment Cleaning • Decluttering This way, you will save a massive amount of time a week, instead of going every day, buying/doing one thing at the time
SAY NO TO THINGS THAT AREN’T SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS
Beyond diligently tracking your progress, the biggest thing that will help you stick with your resource allocation is learning to say no and keeping your life as simple as possible.
SAY NO TO EMAIL UNTIL YOU FINISH YOUR MORNING ROUTINE – 3,000 words
I suggest looking at your day in three parts. 1. Morning Routine 2. Daily Routine 3. Evening Routine
THINK ONLY IN THE 24 HOUR SPAN OF TIME Your job is not to think three months or a year ahead.You have already done that. Your job should be to focus on 24 hours ahead of you and do the best you can to get closer to your goals, by improving 1% every day
When your day starts, just focus on the morning routine. Once it’s time to start working, make a transition to your daily and finally to evening routine.
ELIMINATE, DELEGATE & AUTOMATE
Moreover, run them through these three filters: 1. Can any of these activities be eliminated? 2. Can any of the remaining activities be delegated? 3. Can the remaining ones be automated?
Your rituals should be created out of the high leverage activities you have defined above, which help you achieve goals.
DESIGN A DAILY ROUTINE When you come to your working environment, make sure to revisit your priorities for today. Then choose the main one for the daily routine, and break it down into 1.5-hour blocks.
not possible for me – carve out blocks each day as needed
DECLUTTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT (PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL) Make sure that your working environment (both home and office), is simple and contains only the items that you need for the task at hand.
keep laptop in backpack while at home – use only away
My personal preference is to have only the laptop (maybe an additional screen, if needed), headphones and water on my table.
ORGANIZE YOUR COMPUTER
The first step, delete everything that you do not need – files, apps, and old movies that you watched two months ago. The second step, what remains, place in folders, that are specifically created based on your priorities.
get rid of games
And when working, don’t open ten apps, open only the ones you need for the task at hand. Once you finish, close off every app which isn’t needed for the next task. Same thing applies for open tabs in the browser, just imagine how much time you lose while trying to find the tab you need, when 25 tabs are open. These things add up.
I use Evernote (I am not an affiliate) because it has an option to access it offline. Here I have a list of high leverage activities in a sequence. *use google docs
HOW TO DEAL WITH PERFECTIONISM
I’ve changed my article “13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful”, more than 40 times after it was published. Because people noticed mistakes, and they were kind enough to point them out.
DO A TECH DETOX (i.e., enter “Amish hour”)
An hour before you go to sleep, turn off your laptop, phone, and all electronic devices.
That is why you need to have a short-term strategy for things you cannot control, and a long-term one on how to remove them or learn how to manage them.
No matter what your goals, and priorities are, tell people around you what you’re doing.
Not every minute of your life should be planned out. After a productive week of work, reward yourself with a lazy couple of hours, just like a cheat day in fitness. Binge watch an entire season, stay in for cuddling time and eat that ice cream. Or, all of it.
Consistency is what’s important; it is better to do even a minute, then to skip it for a day.