The Dashboard of My Life – 2016

Bussiness use dashboards to make sure that their performance and profit is on track but why don’t we use one in our own life to make sure that we are reaching our goals? I decided to create my own and it was one of the most insightful things that I’ve done, helping me to sleep more, get more exercise and achieve my goals. I have been using a Fitbit and Withings bathroom scales for a number of years but in […]

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Life Experiment 13: Grass Fed Butter and coconut oil in my Coffee

  I had been hearing reports of people swearing of the benefits of butter in their coffee and I was keen to test this on myself as I weaned myself back into testing what I eat and drink after the no bars hold Christmas period. Despite drinking coffee with milk and 3 sugars at the age of 5, I slowly reduced the amount of sugar I consumed and for many years have had my coffee natural. It’s amazing when I put […]

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Life Experiment 12: 2 Pints (of water) Before Breakfast

Takeaways: Drinking one litre of water every morning provided some noticeable benefits: 1. Intermittent fasting was easier as my hunger was reduced. 2. My weight went from 162.2 to 160 lbs 3. There were no noticeable effects on my energy levels. 4. The 20 minutes in the morning when I drank my water provided an effective window to plan my day and to respond to Emails that required my attention. 5. It provided a quick way to get 1/3 of […]

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Life Experiment 11: No Sugar

Summary + 3lbs of weight lost from 151.9lbs to 148.9lbs. + Fat mass went from 13.2% to 13.8% + It was surprisingly easy to give up sugar + I had the best sleep I’ve had in a long time + After eating sugar, my head felt cloudy and ‘hungover’ +  I experienced large spikes in weight loss/gain, especially after eating sugar. One of my neighbours suggested that I attempt eliminating sugar from my diet for my next 30-day challenge. After […]

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Life Experiment 10: The Alexander Technique

      Your posture, like breathing, is something that is always with you. In life we aren’t usually taught how to hold ourselves, we figure it out on our own, and we usually incorrectly. This can result in back and neck pains as well as inefficient movements of our body. By learning  a few key principles on how to optimize our posture,  one can gain huge benefits. Imagine if you went through life without realising that your car had a 5th […]

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Life Experiment 9: Recording what I Eat

Summary: + Weight decreased from 158lb to 150.4lb a reduction of 7.6 lbs + Fat Mass decreased from 16.3% to 13.7% + I am consistently over eating fats and sugars + The items which contributed to most of my calories were: Cheese*, Chocolate*, Avocado* (not really surprising as I have 1 a day), beer, wine and yogurt*. * fatty fatty food items + I am under eating protein + I always thought I ate too many carbs, but my intake […]

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Experiment 8: Peak Mental Performance – Optimizing When I Work

Summary: 1. This experiment taught me that the ultimate productivity hack is not a tool or app, it is optimizing the time of day that I work. 2. My visual skills seem to peak in the morning / early part of the day. 3. Otherwise, I do very well until late afternoon / early evening, peaking in executive functions. 4. Executive functions are stable throughout the day but take a sharp drop at night, with a peak in the late […]

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Experiment 7: A Dry January

Summary +Reduced weight by 6lbs + My environment had a huge impact on my desires and cravings. When I was out at a restaurant, or watching a show at the theatre or playing poker with friends, these occasions were very much harder to resist and self control was needed. + Accountability increases your odds of success. + Look for triggers, including people, meals and occasions that will affect your behavior.   As I watched the clock strike midnight on the […]

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Experiment 6: 30 Minute Daily Loving/Kindness Meditation

Summary: +Less stressed +Less Annoyed +Gave more to charity than any other month. Increased feelings of: +Happiness +Understanding +Forgiveness +Love I meditate every day. It’s become a chain habit (some would say addiction!) that I will do anything not to break. Even if you can only manage to mediate for 1 minute a day, you’ll likely see huge benefits on your health and productivity. I highly recommend it. The style of meditating I usually do is a breathing meditation. I […]

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Experiment 4: Intermittent Fasting

  Summary + Gained 4.2lbs of weight + Gained  1.3 lbs of fat. + Felt healthier + Reduced snacking + Helped to control cravings for food   After watching a BBC documentary  on the benefits of fasting, I was curious to see what effects fasting could have on me and how practical it would be as part of my lifestyle. The prospect of going without food for days  was scary and seemed impractical. However, just as the thought of going vegan […]

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