Sunday, January 1, 2017

It Doesn't Have To Be A New Year For New Beginnings

Are you a resolutions kind of person? I used to be, but then realized I didn't keep most of them. Or I put too much pressure on myself to try to change too many things at once.

If you make resolutions - great - do whatever works for you. But I'd like to add that it doesn't have to be a new year, or a new month, a new week or even a new day to decide to to make a change.

For so many years I told myself "I'll start tomorrow... Monday... next week.. whatever excuse (because for me personally that's what it was) that I could try to validate. "I'm going to eat the rest of this bag of candy, and once it's gone I'm going to eat healthier." And that my friends is how I started binge eating.


Call it what you will. But yes it was a binge. Eating an enormous amount of something just because or because of some emotion is a binge. And I did it time and time again. I don't know how many bags and boxes of junk sweets that I have eaten to get rid of it so I can start tomorrow or to eat it just because.

And then one day, after a binge of too many candy bars to count and cookies on top of that, I looked down at my swollen hands that I could no longer bend. Sure I'd been having pain, and the pain this time was the worst, but it was the swelling that scared me. I could barely unbutton a button. I felt tears come to my eyes as I looked at what I was doing to my body. I heard myself mutter underneath my breath "You are killing yourself and all because of sugar." And it was in that moment that I decided to make a change. And How I Am Going To Overcome Sugar Addiction was written. I didn't finish off the cookies or the candy bars. I didn't wait until tomorrow or some other event passed. I decided in that moment it was time to make a change for me, for my health and for my family. And I asked you to join me, and I am so very thankful that I took that step. (What Happened After 14 Days Free of Sugar)

Overall, I'm mainly free of sugary junk treats. I am allowing them here and there in moderation. I'm still working on moderation, and I'm finding dark chocolate (80% or above) is fulfilling any sugar cravings that I'm having.

And I've also added other goals in my life.. and you can read those here (Making Goals A Priority).

But the point of this post is that you can decide at any moment of any day that you want to make a change. Whether you want to break a habit or create a habit or whatever it is in your life that you would like to see different, it all begins with making the decision.

Once the decision is made, put a plan in place, follow the plan and extend grace. Small changes can give big results.

Here's to New Beginnings....



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2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're doing well with the no-sugar diet. I've getting a lot of advice about RA and a lot of people have told me to adhere to an antiinflammatory diet. I already eat pretty healthy--I don't know if I'm willing to give up everything, tho! We'll see how it goes.

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  2. No not really a resoulutions person either but I do like to make small goals throughout the year. Happy 2017

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