I am pre-diabetic.
As a thin, fit vegetarian woman, this was news to me when I found out 3 years ago.
Yes, I had gestational diabetes with my second child, but there was no way that I, the former fitness coach and still athlete, could become diabetic.
At least, that is what I told myself.
When I got the news, I decided to take on the infamous KETO diet, which many people use to lose weight, and is also used by many to curb high glucose levels.
I didn't want to take meds. Food is medicine.
And at first, it worked.
In three months, my levels dropped from just into the diabetic range, to pre-diabetic.
And they've stayed there ever since.
No matter what I ate, or didn't eat, my levels never budged into the normal range.
It was only this summer that I woke up to the fact that Keto wasn't working for me.
It took me 3 years.
In Greg McKeown's book Essentialism he says:
In the same way that our wardrobes get cluttered as clothes we never wear accumulate, so do our lives get cluttered as well-intended commitments and activities we've said yes to pile up. Most of these activities didn't come with an expiry date.
My going on keto didn't have an expiry date, so I just kept at it.
Too often we stick with plans that are no longer working for us, simply because we made them, or simply because we don't take the time to reflect on that original commitment or decision.
We keep engaged in ways of working that aren't serving us, or those we lead.
In McKeown's book, he invites us to create space to be more intentional about what we are doing and how we are spending our time.
He gives an example of Jeff Weiner, the Executive Chairman of this very platform, who schedules up to 2 hours of blank space in his calendar every day.
According to McKeown, Weiner thought this was an indulgence and a waste of time, but eventually realized it was "the single most valuable productivity tool."
Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better agrees.
In his book, he says that one of the major factors in contributing to greater productivity at work isn't about doing more work, but about thinking more deeply.
So, here are 2 questions for you:
1) What is one habit or activity that you currently engage in that doesn't have an expiry date?
2) When will you create space to think more deeply about how and if this activity is truly serving you and others. Is it the "right activity" for you?
Originally posted on LinkedIn with comments.
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I am Theresa Destrebecq (I dare you to try to pronounce it...)