"I said all I need
Is the air I breathe
And a place (like TrackYourPlaque) to rest
I said all I need
Is the air I breathe
And a place to rest
My head (And heart)
Do you know what your fate is?
And are you trying to shake it?
You're doing your best and
Your best look
You're praying that you make it
Whenever the end is
Do you think you can see it?
Well, until you get there
Go on, go ahead and scream it
To Y'll... do you think ur an Ego-TrYP'er?
"Do you know where your heart is?
Do you think you can find it?
Or did you trade it for something
Somewhere better just to have it?
Do you know where your love is?
Do you think that you lost it?
You felt it so strong, but
Nothing's turned out how you wanted
Well, bless my soul
You're a lonely soul
Cause you won't let go
Of anything you hold"
In one of my favorite books (all time global best seller) a dude (Paul) was telling a story about how his friend JC (sort of the 'owner/bouncer' at the time) was advising someone about entering into the place across the 'velvet rope' so to speak. The Man was a rich guy. And a bit of an ego-tripper. However, he really really wanted get in to the 'VIP' area and stated he was willing to do anything to get in. Well, JC told the gentleman that he had done a fantastic job so far -- fulfilling many of the requirements already -- however one thing existed that he had not accomplished yet. He had been trained to do so (on his own and by many 'trainers'), but failed so far to complete the task. JC tried to explain that actually it is always hardest for a Man like him, wealthy and affluent (big ego, big wallet), to enter this swanky section. Apparently, no one can 'buy' their way in. JC told the man what he needed to do but the man looked at him... and sadly... walked away. It turned out the man could not part with what he wanted desperately to hold on to. Guess what?
In Track Your Plaque, plaque is obviously evident with high tech EBT scanning (granted one has 'scannable arteries' -- un-stented, un-bypassed) and likewise the amount stabilization/regression. Some may wonder why stabilization/regression may not be achieved in a 2-4 year period of time as predicted. Or why achieving the magic lipoprotein markers 60-60-60 in 6-12 months doesn't happen instantly. These individuals I've concluded have failed to be 'trainable'. Not to say that can't be changed or altered. Absolutely! Just as plaque is stabilizable/reversible. These earnst TYP'ers enlisted help on the forum -- personal consults from many peers and experts -- and read ALL the books and TYP Special Reports. Studied and graduated from our extensive curriculum and matriculated magna cum laude at 'TYP University'!
Why? People don't intentionally approach TYP with big egos... but a failure to be trainable can lead to drastic plaque consequences and unmitigated growth. Follow the path...
Get the Basics right. Get the Basics down. Veering off on plan B (ie, your plan) may cause delayed treatment outcomes. Or worse no outcomes at all. Dr. Davis' plan is plan A. (Plan A to get to Pattern A and hold it there forever.) Honey, there is no plan B.
Can you have your regression and your CAKE (wheat and carbs) too? What happened to the Queen? It's possible but you'd be pretty lucky SOB I think (and the other f-word...f-o-o-l. (I admit -- I was once a fool, like.. a month ago) Can you have regression... and a sedentary lifestyle? No way Jose.
The worst trainees are the ones who think they're 'highly trainable' when they're actually the 'least trainable' (at the current status). It's like us girls...when we think we're low maintenance *ha! haa!* (may I have a Caeser with the dressing on the side, and baked chicken not grilled and no anchovies? from when G-Love met JJ). You can tell who these individuals are instantly... when you request clinical data and...
--'my dog chewed up the blood glucose (BG) logsheet' they'll say!
--'Ooopss' I left my glucose meter in the car...and I parked my car half a mile away today
--'did you say you wanted to see my home BP records at every visit?'
--'you said to cut back on bananas, so now I'm eating 3 oranges everyday...' what?!
It seems to me like the biggest challenges often faced are the below (ie, so focus on these)...Success and how quick stabilization/regression occurs is often relative to how fast these important factors are achieved:
--wheat cessation -- complete 100% to 120% (are you holding on too tight?)
--vitamin D normalization
--fish oil EPA+DHA
--carb restriction -- starting counting carbs -- buy a $4.99 book at Borders or Walmart and start counting and eliminating carbs, esp refined processed carbs
--adequate fatty acids incl EPA + DHA
--adequate non-starchy veggies
--adequate protein (ie Paleolithic eating and lifestyle)
--exercise exercise exercise/10,000 steps or 5 miles or one-hour daily
--strength train 2-3/wk
--attitude of gratitude/OPTIMISM
--adequate fasting (but only when mental stress is minimal)
--minimal mental-stress (often the hardest -- focusing on getting your paleolithic 'clan/tribe/network/congregation' involved and emotionally supporting you; reach out and don't isolate yourself)
I've noticed that those TYP'ers who are open to being trained, grasp the simple ideas, follow directions quickly, and follow through on execution, are the ones who achieve the most regression. They adapt...survive and THRIVE. Don't be a paleolithic prey... Be a predator and conquer... crusade against plaque actively... Then share your experiences! Others may also want to live better longer and fitter than they are currently living. Personally, I find that I have the best outlook, health, and interpersonal relationships when my ego is subdued.
--service... serving my family, friends (incl web pals), colleagues and community
--stop talking (listen)
--putting action where my big phat hawt-air mouth is
Don't feel guilty or despair in paralysis. You're empowered now move (move on)... take one step at a time... and eventually you'll get there!
Don't let your ego obstruct the path and prevent entry into the stabilization/regression-zone...
Or the swanky life!