I had a bit of an epiphany this week that completely altered the way I am looking at my healthy journey. I think it is the kind of breakthrough that is a game changer when it happens. It’s a breakthrough that makes the journey finally become a lifestyle and not some sort of diet.
This week, I changed both my internal dialogue and the way in which I express myself to others.
For the longest time, my approach to being healthy has been filled with the words “I can’t have.” These words make health become a restricted punishment. They take something that is supposed to be good for you and turn it into a constant struggle.
I can’t have cake.
I can’t have a cookie.
I can’t have that slice of pizza.
I can’t have those chips.
“I can’t” is very defeating. It wears a person down. It suffocates you.
This week, I made an effort to change all of that. Instead of telling myself that I can’t have things, I have begun saying “I choose not to.”
Game changer. For real.
I’m not trying to diet myself into oblivion with this ban on fast food and sugar. That is insane. I live in reality where I know there will eventually be an occasion in which I may want to indulge. But I do want to be healthier and continue to feel good. And since I kicked fast food and sugar, I have felt incredible!
So these days when I am met with a cookie or ice cream or those well known golden arches, I just say, “I choose not to have that right now.”
I have the power!
I am making the choice!
I am not being deprived. I am not dieting. Rather, I am making a life altering decision that benefits my health.
And one day, because my kids do have birthdays and there are other times when a treat is acceptable, I will tell myself that I choose to have the treat.
And that is ok.
In making choices rather than restrictions, the guilt of a choice vanishes.
I choose not to eat garbage right now. I choose not to feel terrible inside.
I choose… not a diet plan or some fitness guru.