Making small accomplishments the new norm...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
With reframing my thinking and self-talk I'm also working on making small accomplishments "normal" for the new and healthy way of life that is my goal. When I say small accomplishments, I mean:
Having carrots as a snack and not giving in to the temptation for a chocolate marshmallow egg.
Exercising over my lunch hour with a walking video or something I can do in my small office.
The salad to accompany supper instead of chips.
The two cups of water I drink before I will allow myself that second cup of coffee.
Before my son's afternoon nap, we share a piece of fruit instead of a convenience food that is easy to consume but not as healthy.
Going to the store over lunch and walking every isle if I need to get a few things helps get my exercise in for the day.
I want these things to be automatic choices over time instead of something I have to plan and think about. I'm getting there and the more I stick with it, the easier it becomes. As proud as I am about not beating myself up over unhealthy choices, I am more proud of the new normal I am creating. As I type, I realize, the new normal wouldn't be a possibility if I remained a slave to guilt for choices that cannot be remade. So, I step bravely toward the future and will continue to add to the positives I have begun.
Many thanks to SP and the lovely humans here who inspire me and give me new ways to tackle old feelings and behaviors every day. The things people share may be old hat or even common sense to them, but it may be new to me and helpful in this lifestyle change where I am creating a new norm.