How Geofencing, Journaling and a Cultural Calendar Changed My Life

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In 2018 I hit a midlife crisis. Some people get a red convertible; I started to pay attention to my health. I began exercising and paying attention to what I eat. Now, I keep away from carbs (mainly flour), sugar (mainly deserts), dairy, and red meat – I am at war with cholesterol, and so far I am winning.

In 2019 I started to geofence my diet. Let me explain. I stick with my diet religiously when I am in Denver, but when I travel I have no diet; I can eat anything my stomach (or brain) desires. I instituted this strategy because I found that it was often difficult, inconvenient, and frustrating to stick to my diet when I am not in Denver. Altogether, I travel about a month a year (this includes vacations). If I stick with my diet eleven months a year – that is, 92% of the time – then I’ll achieve my goals of keeping my weight and cholesterol down.

My initial concern about the geofencing strategy was that I wouldn’t be able to switch back to the diet back when I’m in Denver. That has not been an issue – I match the diet to the environment. When I get on a plane or drive for at least four hours, no diet; but when I’m home I make myself be good.

There is another benefit I’ve discovered with the geofenced diet. But first, let me tell you a story.

When I lived in Soviet Russia for the first 18 years of my life, I only had a soda (a Pepsi) once. I remember how much I loved the tingling sweetness of the magical drink– I was 12. But neither Pepsi nor Coke were to be had in Soviet Russia.