Choosing Your Attitude
Making changes is hard. Especially when you want to make changes that are permanent. Making a choice, though? That seems totally doable, right?
This is a concept I read about in Jon Acuff's brilliant book, Do Over. It's as simple as making a choice, time and time again, will lead to lasting change. The whole it's overwhelming so why bother concept is thrown out the window when you're asked to make an intentional choice in the moment.
I'm committed to putting this practice into place in my life around my eating habits. I snack way too much and I eat a lot of sugar-y foods, especially late at night. To change those behaviors, I decided to try intermittent fasting. I make a daily choice to only eat between noon and 6 pm every day.
I've been at it for over a week now and this is what I've found. Instead of chowing down on 4-5 snacks a day (between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and dinner, after dinner, etc), I might have a snack between my big lunch and dinner. And, since I'm only eating 2 full meals a day, I make sure my snack of choice is something healthy, like nuts/fruit, or a green juice. Chips and dark chocolate covered almonds and granola bars be gone!
Here's what I've found so far...I've lost some weight, I have enough energy to get me through the day, and I'm sleeping better (when our 8 week old kitty decides to leave my feet alone that is). I find I hit a wall where I need to go to sleep about 9:30 or 10 at night, which is way earlier than I used to, again, helping me not succumb to bouts of late night snacking.
Another area where I'm trying really hard to make an intentional choice to create a permanent + lasting change is around listening without judging/speaking + having patience with people in my life. To be completely honest, I'm still struggling with this one. I say things I regret, causing hurt to those I love, instead of asking more questions to better understand and empathize.
I realize I'm human + a work in progress. I hope to have this one mastered asap though, because when I hurt someone's feelings, I carry it with me throughout the day, which ultimately isn't a super helpful thing to do. I realize making a choice to be a more patient listener is key to a life I'll be happy to look back on.
What choices can you make in your life that could lead to some impactful changes in your life?