I started doing intermittent fasting in June 2016 and it has been quite a journey. 8 months later I’m down 8 kilo (17 pounds for you yankees) but it hasn’t been a straight line and in the mean time I’ve noticed a number of other benefits that have little to do with weight loss.
In this post, I share my personal experience. None of this should be taken as advice. Find out what works for you and consult your doctor if needed before doing anything drastic.
Follow me on my journey towards a better life.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is fasting for a limited period of time. You can choose how long and how often you fast. It is not a fixed regime, there are a lot of different ways to do intermittent fasting. I will go into some of these in this post.
The best source I found about (intermittent) fasting is a book called The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung.
It’s a great book that I can recommend to everyone who wants to learn more about fasting before trying it. Continue reading
I was listening to a podcast interview with Adam Robinson the other day and something he said really struck me.
He mentioned an epiphany that he got last year and that he converted in his new personal mantra.
“Learn to focus on the needs of others over needs of the self.”
This one thing helped him overcome depression and be more happy in life, but also more successful.
I think this could pretty well be the biggest secret to happiness in life. Continue reading
Systems beat goals anytime.
I’ve written before about systems and goals, but in this post, I will discuss the difference between the two.
I finally got around to start reading Scott Adams’ book ‘How to fail at anything and still win big‘. In this book, Scott writes about the benefits of having systems instead of only chasing goals without a system in place.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams
And when I look closer to my own relative successes and my not so relative failures, I noticed that there was a system behind every success and a lack of system behind any failure. Continue reading
A false start
I started the idea challenge back in December 2015, but that time I failed to make it a habit. My last recording was early March 2016.
Until last week when I started reading a book by James Altucher and decided to include the idea challenge to my daily ritual (I will write about my daily rituals some other time).
What is the idea challenge?
The idea challenge is very simple. Every day write down 10 ideas. Let your mind go, there is no such thing as a bad idea (in this phase of the process).
Outliers , a book by Malcolm Gladwell, covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from: their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing.
This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.