True Confessions

Finishing out my series on the self-help book Stick With It today. I have a couple of confessions to make about it, too. First, none of the information seemed truly new to me, but that may be because I am a self-help junkie and always have one on the go. To sum up, I’ll just use the “science” acronym the author employs.

S. “stepladders” — breaking big goals into small steps makes sticking to them easier.

C. “community” — sharing the goal with others inspires you to keep on the path.

I. “important” — if the goal is truly important, you’ll more likely stick to it.

E. “easy” — the easier it is to follow the new habit, the more you’ll use it.

N. “neurohacks” — switch out the usual “thought precedes action” by taking action first.

C. “captivating” — to change behavior, make the change utterly compelling.

E. “engrained” — repeating the new action will make it into a lasting habit.

While the ideas here are not new, my doctor made it clear I must change some of my behaviors, as my blood sugar numbers are worse than ever, and even if I quit sweet treats today, I might still become a diabetic. I’m so close to being diabetic that a mere one tenth of a point would bring me to that official diagnosis.

I bought Stick To It after I read over the paperwork my doctor gave me at my last visit. Then I did more research on my own. It’s no secret I enjoy a cocktail or two now and then. My Instagram is loaded with photos of pretty drinks I’ve concocted and glasses of chardonnay captured in certain light.

According to my doctor, I can still enjoy a glass of wine. One glass. Once a week. With a meal. My habit has been to drink a bit more than that, so I did further research. I was worried about the one drink limit. I tend to have a couple of glasses. And I enjoy them very much. So I wondered: am I more than just a social drinker? Do I need some type of intervention program?

So I read another book and took a quiz and found that I am not in danger of becoming an alcoholic. This was a real concern to me, as there are people in my family with the disease. Luckily, it is not my disease. Which means I should be able to change my routine to just one glass of wine. How to make that captivating? I’ll need something else to post to my Instagram account, too.

I’ve known people with diabetes. Some of them have died from it. It has affected them in terrifying ways. A friend recently had a kidney transplant. Another didn’t get one and died after years of painful dialysis. Another had her foot amputated. And those are just people I’ve known quite well. Eyesight can be ruined, too.

So what are the top two things people can do to stop diabetes? #1 is lose weight. #2 is exercise. Cutting sweet or sugary foods is also a must. My doc asked me to try the Mediterranean diet. I’ve been trying. But now sticking to my goals of weight loss, exercise, and eating properly aren’t just about fitting into skinny jeans. Sticking to the habits that will make these behaviors permanent is really about quality of life. Or life itself.

5 Comments on “True Confessions

    • Thanks for your support, Jaye! The biggest thing I ever quit was smoking. I loved smoking!! Now I love sweets almost as much as cigarettes, but I value my fingers and toes and eyes and kidneys more. So. Unless/until I get things under control, no more cake for me. I feel a little silly even talking about when so many of my friends (you for example) have had to deal with much bigger and scarier issues. You give me courage and hope. xo

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  1. Cindy, in your words I can hear your concern and your commitment to make changes. It is hard to alter our mindset and change patterns, even when it is in our best interests. I read this post days ago and your words have come back to me again and again. I laid in bed the other morning thinking about everything I had to do and how much I just wanted to stay in bed – then I stopped thinking about it and got up and got busy. Take action first or “just do it” kept going through my head. I also climbed back on the treadmill this week – not my favorite thing but necessary and I always feel better afterward. Thank you for sharing because it is helping me get back on track, too.

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    • Thank you Sharon. I thought of the “Just Do It” slogan as well this week:)) Muscle memory is powerful. Our bodies crave movement and our brains love the afterglow. Still our minds hold us back with thoughts like “I’m getting older, it’s natural to slow down.” Sometimes other things are at work…a change in medication can zap energy. (This happened to me!) Depression does it too. (Also been there!). Illness, injury, (check and check) so many reasons to slow down or stop. Like you, I’m getting back on track. And like you, too, I really dislike my treadmill. xo

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