Some days I feel like I’m in a battle with myself. Should I eat the cookie? Should I ignore the cookie? Really I think, “Should I really have to battle with myself over a cookie?” But the fact is, I do. Change is difficult and my body is just as stubborn as my mind. My body says to my mind, “I want a cookie!” and my mind rationalizes, “So what’s one cookie? One cookie isn’t going to affect my whole life.” as my body rants on “I want a cookie!” Maybe it’s so hard because my body is so insistent and has only one thing to say. While my mind must work through all the pros and cons and make a decision when in reality, the decision has already been made. I made the decision to eat healthier.
Eating healthy can mean a lot of things depending on who you are and where you live, but we all know that if you have a weakness for cookies, you should probably avoid them. So, I’ve decided that, for the most part I need to avoid sugary foods. I have a weakness for them. We can’t give up food altogether, but we can recognize where we have the most problems and take steps toward avoiding those foods that tempt us the most.
The battle rages, but I’m charging forward knowing some things are worth the fight. My health is one of those things. My first weigh in since I started up again is Monday. Wish me luck!
My daughter asked me this week if I was proud of the progress I had made this week. Have I been doing what I set out to do? Well, I’d have to say I’m at about 50%. Did I eat breakfast everyday? Yep. Did I exercise 3 times this week? Nope. Have I tried to look my best everyday this week? Uh, everyday but one. I even wore jewelry! I NEVER wear jewelry. And, as for updating my blog, you can read for yourself. 🙂
So, what will I do differently next week? Here are my goals for next week:
- drastically reduce the amount of sugar in my diet
- plan meals for breakfast lunch and dinner
- drink more water!
All of these goals go along with the goals I’ve already set, so I feel like they’re doable. I just have to start paying attention to the details. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I have come to realize that everything–and I mean everything–needs a plan, right down to the way you organize your desk. I thought I could just keep one leg hanging and kind of dance my way through life. I guess there’s some of that too, but mostly life needs a plan. Get it in your head now. Don’t wait till you’re 50 to figure it out. Make a plan and act on it. One more time–Make a plan and ACT on it. You can, I can, we all can make a plan.
I was talking with my first graders about resolutions and they decided the best resolution was just to be a nicer person. Well, I guess that is a great resolution. We can all afford to be a little nicer to each other, but it’s not very specific. How am I going to be nicer? So I decided we needed to look up the definition and post it on our vocabulary board. Here’s what we came up with–in first grader language. A resolution is when someone is determined to make a change for the better. That word DETERMINED caught my attention. I think I often have good intentions for change. I often am willing to make a change as long as I don’t have to be DETERMINED to do it. So then it begs the question: What can I be determined to do?
Here’s what I’ve decided. I am going to give myself 3 months. 3 short months. In those 3 months I am going to change my habits for the better.
- Habit change 1: I am going to have something for breakfast everyday, even if it’s just a piece of fruit.
- Habit change 2: I will do some type of exercise 3 days a week. This does not count walking my dog, which I do anyway, unless it’s an extra or longer walk.
- Habit change 3: I am going to try to look my best everyday. This means I will wear mascara, jewelry and nice clothing to work and I won’t stay in my jammies on weekends.
- Habit change 4: I will commit to updating this blog every Saturday with trials and successes and hopefully a good story or 2. 🙂
I feel like I can do all of these things for 3 months. Anyone can do something for 3 months. Right? After that I will reevaluate what to do next. Consider being determined this year as you make your resolutions. We can be determined together!