January 17

Enlightenment on the Couch: Lessons for Low Carb Success


A Lesson in Potential: Beyond the Real Estate Ad

There I was, lounging on my couch – the same place I’ve spent countless hours for my leg treatments – when I stumbled upon this gem of a real estate ad:

“Investors stop here! This home will be perfect after some improvements! As-is!’

And I just had to chuckle.

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Think about it: what isn’t “perfect after some improvements?” That’s literally everything and everyone, right?

This ad wasn’t so much about the house’s current state, but rather its potential. Not its flaws, but its possibilities. That’s clever marketing – focusing on potential, not deficits. (And not a bad life strategy overall, I’ve got to say.)

The Beauty of ‘As-Is’: Rethinking Perfection

But it highlights a mistake we all make: life’s not about chasing perfection. It’s much more about appreciating the “as-is.”

We’re all living, growing, and evolving. Being alive means being in a constant state of becoming. Every step we take, we’re on our way to becoming something new, something more.

Life, in essence, is the journey. We’ve heard this so many times, but it’s not just an empty platitude. The journey itself IS almost the entirety of existence. Those ‘perfect’ milestones? They’re just pit stops, snapshots in time, places to take a breather and appreciate how far we’ve come. They’re not the final form of perfection we need to chase.

So, do we sulk about not hitting certain goals (yes, bathroom scale, I’m looking at you) and keep promising ourselves we’ll be ‘better someday?’ Or do we relish the journey, find joy in our ‘as-is’ state, and just live our best lives day by day?

That doesn’t mean we don’t have (and execute) personal renovation plans. Growth is satisfying! We can always improve where we’re at. It just means we don’t devalue the right now. The process of becoming can (and ideally should be) satisfying, too, as it represents our ongoing journey towards personal growth and self-discovery.

Here’s a little truth bomb: Life becomes much, much easier when we’re happier. We tend to think it’s the other way around, but that’s just not true.

But don’t just take my word for it. Test it out! Find the perfection in who you are right now, your ‘as-is’ and see what I mean. That’s where true perfection lies – in living your best life.

The bonus is that from this basis, improvements become easier and more joyful at the same time. That’s the ultimate win-win.

Healing One Session at a Time: Personal Reflection

Speaking of journeys and embracing our ‘as-is’ selves, remember how small, consistent steps can lead to big changes? Well, that philosophy isn’t just for personal growth. It’s a perspective that can be applied to anything.

Even crummy experiences can surprise us with gifts. And I’m talking about spot-on, exactly-what-you-need kind of gifts.

See, I’ve had plenty of time to mull over this idea. Every day, for half an hour, I camp out on the couch with my leg machine to help the bones heal. It’s been over 160 days now. That time adds up.

So, picture this: I settle onto the couch, wriggle into this insanely pricey gadget that radiates invisible electromagnetic rays, and strap in. A couple of button presses later, and bam – we’ve got a 30-minute enforced chill session.

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During my ‘leg therapy’ moments, I’ve had a realization: it’s the little things, the small actions, that really stack up.

Just a half hour, a tiny slice of the day, right? Not that big of a deal. But it’s the regularity that’s key. Missing a day here and there isn’t a dealbreaker (though I don’t skip intentionally – I’m all in for healing, it’s been over a year already!). But the point is, I am consistently showing up for this.

The Power of Consistency: Small Steps, Big Impact

This approach works for any kind of self-care. It’s not about life requiring grand, flawless gestures to have an impact. That approach is actually less effective because it’s much harder to maintain and much easier to become disheartened when we inevitably fall short of perfection.

Let’s be real – how sustainable is it to remain perfectly focused and perfectly dedicated every single day? Life throws curveballs – interruptions, fatigue, a million other things vying for our attention.

But a small, steady action? That’s doable. Especially when you’ve got a strong reason behind the action and are committed to the goal. This is key.

So, whether it’s rehabbing a leg, staying hydrated, cutting carbs, or catching enough Zs, don’t stress about the big leaps. Focus on the manageable, the modest, and the consistent, day by day. That’s the secret sauce that makes everything else fall into place.

Just like those daily half-hour sessions have been crucial for my leg recovery, making small, consistent changes in our diet can have a huge impact on our health and well-being.

Culinary Adventures: Easy, Healthy Eating with DJ’s Cookbooks

And speaking of journeys, we don’t have to go it alone! That’s why I’m always chatting up DJ’s low carb cookbooks. They are like a trusty companion in your kitchen adventure.

Each one is packed with delicious, easy-to-make, low-carb recipes – perfect for anyone looking to make healthier food choices without feeling overwhelmed. Think of using these cookbooks like a ‘daily half-hour’ for your diet. Whether you’re taking baby steps towards a low-carb lifestyle or just looking for some tasty, healthy meals, these books are here to guide you on your culinary journey.

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DJ sure whips up some pretty food in THE FAKERY!

If you’re ready to take some small, consistent steps towards better eating, check out any of DJ’s cookbooks, like the epic, 574-page TAKING OUT THE CARBAGE. Or maybe you’d prefer some baking in this weather! ‘THE FAKERY would make a perfect choice.

But whatever you do, do something! Because your journey towards a healthier, happier you starts with just one choice. Or just one recipe. It’s all up to you.

Key Takeaways: Embracing Life’s Journey

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  1. Embrace the ‘As-Is’: True perfection lies in appreciating ourselves just as we are, imperfections and all.
  2. The Power of Small Steps: Consistent, small actions, whether in healing, self-care, or eating habits, can lead to profound changes.
  3. Life as a Journey: Embrace each moment and challenge as part of your ongoing journey, finding joy and learning in every step.

Each step, no matter how small, is a part of our extraordinary journey. Let’s cook up some magic! Remember, I’m cheering for you every step of the way!

Enlightenment on the Couch: Lessons for Low Carb Success

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