Alphabet Soup: D

I’m feeling the urge to explore the next letter in my alphabet series looking at the words and concepts that help me stay on the healthier path. I wonder if it might have something to do with this:

d made of candy

What can I say, it was marked down to $1.00 a box in the clearance aisle. :)

But that’s okay. I’ve got a couple of ‘D’ words to help me keep my focus.

Discipline: Such a negative word if you think of it in terms of punishment or penance (I’ve tortured myself enough over the years, thank you very much), but when I think of discipline as a code of behavior, it becomes a power word. My behavior is a debt of honor I owe myself, not a tool with which to whip myself into shape. With that in mind, discipline is important as a daily action, but far more important as a means of returning to center when I’ve strayed away from it.

Determination: For many years, I believed my stubbornness to be a negative trait, but I realized early on in this adventure that it could be one of my most powerful assets. Making a big change of any sort requires a single-mindedness and unwavering resolution to see it through.

Delicious: I could have called this one ‘diet’, but I’m long past over that word. There’s an old joke that if the food tastes good, it can’t be good for you, so spit it out. Ha-ha, right? Well, for many years, I tried to lose weight by eating foods I didn’t enjoy. No wonder I couldn’t/wouldn’t stick with it. I know I’m not the only one who got caught up in that mindset, because I’ve read and heard other people say things along similar lines. All of us are/were wrong. Eating should be a joyful experience, not just a exercise in consuming minimal calories or points. Everything we eat should be delicious. Or, if you’re a marginal cook like me, an attempt at delicious. :)

Vitamin D I don’t want to overlook this powerful ally! A daily dose of sunshine–even as little as 10 minutes per day in summer–can protect against many diseases as well as help combat depression and insomnia. (I don’t know about you, but when I have insomnia, I often end up in the kitchen with my fingers in the almond jar!)

Those are the ‘D’ words that helped me in the past and continue to keep me on track. Now it’s your turn to amaze me with your insights.

15 thoughts on “Alphabet Soup: D

  1. Thanks for the reminder about vitamin D! Whenever I’m tempted to say I’m too tired to take a walk, I will think “walk = sleep!” I loved all of these D words, and love the phrase “eating should be a joyful experience.” Yeah!!

  2. Can you believe, I’ve never tried a Skinny Cow dessert?

    My D word is DO – because sometimes I get stuck in decisions (ah, another D word) and don’t actually DO anything to move forward.

    • Good one, Shelley! Sometimes people ask me what they should DO to get started, and I tell them to just DO something! Anything to get the ball rolling!

      The Skinny Cow candy tastes like regular old mainstream candy to me, but in a smaller portion than the normal candy bar. I don’t normally buy it because a) I don’t like the name and b) I’m cheap. It’s usually priced at $3.50-$4.00 for a box of 5 or 6 bars. For those prices I’d rather buy Ghiradelli or Lindt. :)

  3. D = D’uh. As in keep it simple.

    I don’t eat Skinny Cows anymore because I think they have sucralose in them? That taste bad to me. They didn’t used to have it and then snuck it in there.

    • I agree, no need to complicate things. :)

      I’ll check the label the next time I have a bar to confirm the sucralose. I don’t notice it, but that might be the distraction of peanut butter or caramel. :)

  4. Delicious is oh so right! How about Distance, Distract. They have to do with cravings or food obsessing. Distance = get out of the kitchen. Distract = go do something else, especially something that involves the brain and the hands. Like quilting! Or do both and go for a walk.

    • Ooh, distraction is a good one for me. That’s one of the reasons I try to save my blog reading for nighttime, when I’m especially snacky.

  5. I love Vitamin D – especially when it comes in the form of sunshine!!!
    I was going to say exactly what Carla said – Dreams!
    I think another one is Desire or Drive – we have to have the desire/drive to push forward – whether it is making changes or just keeping on the way we are going!

  6. Saving your blog reading for when you’re snacky? Brilliant! That happens to me in the middle of the afternoon, so I’ll give that a try :) So my D word would be “diverting,” as in diverting my attention from my stomach to my brain.

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  8. I AM BEHIND!!!!I l loved this!!! I see nothing wrong with discipline either! :) I was trying to find words with D that fit into weights or cookies or coffee! 😉

    I would say determined too cause I was determined to lose the weight, get fit & then get muscles. :)

    Maybe now I can say DID it. :)

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