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How a $2 "life hack" changed everything. Thank you MJ!

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If you're not subscribed to the Fastlane Forum news letter, you're missing out!
I also have a "Health Journal". I track blood sugar weight and workout activity. Thanks to your news letter, I will expand what I document. BTW I had that same itch in the arch of my foot. Seriously one of the most irritating itches of my life. It did go away too.
But I will try out the mats you suggested as I do like reflexology and acupressure too.

The Pen is truly MIGHTY!

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Forgot to post this particular article...

From the Life in the Fastlane newsletter... {SUBSCRIBE HERE}

How a $2 "life-hack" changed everything.

I had this nagging itch on the instep of my foot a couple months ago. It got so bad that it started affecting my sleep and work. I scratched the hell out of it to the point it got calloused. Still, the itch remained and continued for months. After trying the usual modalities to rid me of this itch, like antifungals or hydrocortisone, I started testing other treatments.



Was it food related?

Was it nerve related?

Was it poor posture?



I tried various things, like a food-elimination diet, acupressure, lymphatic massage, and a bevy of strategies that might impact this nagging issue.

About 3 weeks later, the itch was gone. While I didn't discover the cause, I did find a strategy that lessened the itch and ultimately eliminated it. And it was all made possible by a lifestyle strategy you can deploy with just a few bucks: a health journal.



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I keep a tiny notebook (3x4 inch) where I journal everything related to my health. You can find these at any department store for around $2. I recommend having a physical paper journal, not a digital archive, on your smartphone. Pencil and paper are very deliberative and access a different part of your brain.

What goes into this journal, and how did I discover the solution for my itch? 

Well, I use this journal as if I were conducting experiments. Over the years, this journal has made me healthier and happier. It has uncovered some remarkable things about my life simply because I chose to document it.

I've discovered some remarkable things about my life simply because I chose to deliberately document it.

For example, if I had a phenomenal sleep the night before, I'd record what I did and what I didn't do. 


Did I eat something sugary?

If so, what? 



Did I use the hot tub or the infrared sauna a few hours before bed? 



Did I have a cigar? 



Thanks to this journal, I discovered that I couldn't take a hot bath, a hot tub, or an infrared sauna too close to bedtime; otherwise, it would impact my sleep negatively.

I also discovered that having any sugar before bed created horrible nightmares. 



The end result? 



Better health.

Better sleep. 

Better dreams.

Better performance in life.



Similarly, I have a medical cannabis prescription I use to help me with joint pain after gym workouts. (I'm over 50 now, so I'm no longer a spring chicken!) and I use this journal to document my body's reaction to certain cannabis strains. Did it help with pain? How did it affect my sleep? Did it make me paranoid or help with writing?



Also, use this journal to record food-related reactions. Do you get terrible acid reflux after eating a pepperoni pizza? Falling asleep after a sushi lunch? Document it and adjust.



Key point: this journal aims to help you discover what activities, methods, behaviors, and foods keep you in optimal (or sub-optimal) conditions.



Health is wealth.



And a simple $2 investment can do light-years for your well-being.

PS: Regular twice-a-day use of an acupressure mat* helped me ultimately rid myself of my terrible itch. On some days that this itch was so bad, I dabbled in knives and pins for relief! Anyway, the itch was less intense on days when I used the acupressure mat. After about 10 days, it was completely gone!
 

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I'm going to reiterate the power of using this simple tool.

Here's the full article...


For the last 6 weeks, I've been having muscle tightness/stiffness in my IT-band and piriformis muscle. For those who don't know what that is, that's the lateral muscle/fascia group down the side of my leg, from my upper hip down to my upper knee. It forced me to downgrade from Healthcon5 to Healthcon4.

The thing is, this thing only flared up while I slept, waking me up at 3AM in severe discomfort.

I figured it was a misalignment since I have pretty poor posture so I paid to see a chiropracter.

After x-rays, 12 treatments, and a $350 pair of orthodontics, NOTHING changed. In fact, I'd say the pain got worse.

During this time, I was also doing a lot of stretches to loosen up my hip and glute muscles.

I tried to use my acupressure mat on the area (which fixed another issue) again, it didn't work.

Nothing changed.

But all of is was recorded, and documented in my little blue book.

For the last 6 weeks, this muscle ache/stiffness/pain thing has f*cked up my sleep.

Then my wife suggested I try a new series of stretches before bed.

I did them to appease her suggestions, thinking it wouldn't change a damn thing.

I mean, why would it? I've already been stretching and paying a fortune for various other treatments to no avail.

And then, for the first time in 6 weeks, I've had 3 straight days of zero aches/pain, and slept again soundly.

Healthcon5 .... is back.

Life is all one big experiment. If you're not paying close attention, you could miss out on problem solving conclusions.

Act.
Assess.
Adjust.


This is a concept I hit hard in Unscripted and Rat Race Escape (not TMF ) -- it truly is the reiterative secret to your best life.
 

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