Today I listened to a Spark Radio program about the worst habits of Americans, and how to change a bad habit. They suggested writing down everything you have to gain by giving up your bad habit, and everything you have to lose by giving up your bad habit. By focusing mentally on what the deal is really about, you can train your mind to see the value in giving up a short term pleasure for a long term goal. That made sense to me. Like, you can ignore all kinds of things that you really want and forget about them moment to moment. To strive toward something you want to attain, you really have to want it enough. It has to be a top priority.
My bad habit is drinking a lot of soda every day, and pretty much every day I really want to. I thought it sounded like a good exercise for me to go through, so here you go:
Things I have to gain by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-fitting into my wedding dress by June for our ten year anniversary
-Confidence that I can do the things I put my mind to
-a positive influence on my kids eating habits by example - more is caught than taught
-living a life that is free of vices - this is really the only thing that makes me feel jittery and out of control if I don't have it.
-room in my diet for truly filling, delicious, nutrition-rich foods
-stable blood sugar, and hopefully with that - more stable emotions/overall mood
Things I have to lose by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-At least 10 pounds
-The flubbery stuff that hangs over my undies:)
-a risk factor for things like diabetes and heart disease
-guilt about a bad habit that my kids and husband tease me about
I might add to this list some more later, but I think it was a good exercise.