Willpower is a limited resource; don’t overwhelm it.
This is one thing I have learned in my 292 non-drinking days. In other words, when you’re trying to give up alcohol, let yourself indulge in other ways. As I talked about here, I gave up sugar and white flour for awhile last year. I did feel good when I did that, but it got to be too much. Too much self-denial.
But, I feel ready to make some other changes in my life. So this week I have made a (late) New Year’s resolution. It’s to do all the healthy things for my body that I enjoy. I love taking walks, so I am going to do more of that. Going to the gym helps me clear my head, so I am going to go when I can, but only for that reason. Not to lose ten pounds.
I am going to drink more water. Who doesn’t like a nice, cold glass of ice water? I’m going to eat more sardines (for the Omega-3s!) because I’m one of those strange people that really likes sardines. I’m going to eat all the fruits and vegetables that I like.
At the same time, I am going to continue to eat dessert when I want it, eat my apples with gobs of peanut butter (this is a major weakness), drink diet soda and lots of coffee, take the elevator instead of the stairs, and veg out on the couch playing Angry Birds when I want to. And I won’t kick myself for it either.
Above all, I want to be kind to myself. Kind to my body, kind to my brain and my emotions, kind to my overstretched willpower. They’ve all served me well these last 292 days.
My mantra for this is the title of this post: low hanging fruit.