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:
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.