Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201902

Personal Update 201902 | 28 Feb 2019 | Thursday

Greetings! I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read this month’s update.


This past month I’ve been focusing on adjusting my wellness program. For several months I tried lifting heavier weights and doing more repetitions. I started noticing some micro-injuries, so I’ve cut back slightly on the intensity of my strength training by reducing reps and take some days of rest. The days of rest seem to give the muscle sufficient time to rebuild. There are no more micro-injuries.

The most impactful wellness practice is the most elusive one. It’s not in a pill. It’s not in a gym. It’s a mindset or a zone one needs to get their attitude focused on. I’ve been working on intermittent fasting and the mindset required for that. I’m combining intermittent fasting with reduced carb and reduced calories. One of my sources for creating a wellness plan is the Dr. Berg Healthy Keto approach which results in the body reprogramming its physiology to run on fat for energy rather than sugar and carbs for energy. Once this transformation takes place, then it is much easier to go for extended periods (20 hours per day) without food and eat within a 4-hour window from 1PM to 5PM. It’s not a restrictive diet. The body still has the same amount of nutrition and energy to draw on, but it’s much more efficient — like a race car compared to a lawn mower.

According to a talk by Dr. Sarah Hallberg, our typical American eating and lifestyle habits are creating a massive health epidemic and the medical guidelines and practices are sometimes making the problem worse.

This week Fed Chair Jerome Powell:

The single biggest thing that drives our fiscal unsustainability is healthcare delivery. We deliver healthcare outcomes that are pretty average for a well-off country but we spend 17% of GDP doing it. Everyone else spends on average 10% of GDP. That’s way more than a trillion dollars every year that we spend delivering healthcare. … It’s not that the benefits themselves are too generous, it’s that we deliver them in highly inefficient ways.” (Source)

We’re spending more and we’re getting sicker. Not only is the system inefficient in delivery, it’s often counterproductive — as explained by Dr. Hallberg.

Monthly Emails

I’ve been using Yahoo Groups for about 20 years as a system for sending out monthly newsletters. It’s worked okay, but recently their system hasn’t been consistently functioning properly. So, in 2019 I’m switching all my mailings over to Mail Chimp. To signup to receive my monthly email, please click here.

The monthly emails are important because they offer a less intensive subscription for people who don’t want to receive updates every time I post something to my website. One email a month is more manageable.


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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 19 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.