It seems like the moment that Christmas is over, the conversations automatically shift to New Year’s plans and (of course) New Year’s Resolutions. Every year, I try to start my New Year’s “Resolutions” early so that by the time the New Year rolls around, I am already in the habit and not burning out by March.
I thought I had my 2015 goals set until one tiny conversation with my hubby last week. Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE sweets. I have to make truly conscious efforts to avoid + crowd out the sugar in my life. I can easily pass on potato chips and fries, but ice cream and cake is another story. With the holidays last week and family in town, there were plenty of sweets around the house – a birthday cake for Mr. C who just turned 1, cookies that were given as gifts, and fudge on its way to be delivered to neighbors. Needless to say over the course of a few days, I was doing a little bit more than sampling…
My hubby who has the willpower of Superman, said “Why don’t you just NOT eat it?”
As if it’s so easy…
We all have our struggles and in order to experience success, we need to find a way to manage them. For me, sugar is a weak point. One of the ways that I manage it, is by NOT bringing it into the house. Of course, there are special occasions when we have a sweet or two in the house, but for the most part, you wont find it in my cabinets. There are occasions where we will have dessert at a celebration meal or if I am REALLY craving something, I’ll purchase a single serving size. When it’s gone – it’s gone.
Why is it so easy for some of us and so difficult for others?
So, I found yet another way to help me manage it – I found a partner and yes, it’s my hubs.
Like me with sweets, he occasionally smokes cigars. It’s usually on the golf course or a get together with friends. It has been a point of contention for a few years because I just don’t understand how someone could enjoy cigars – probably much like he can’t understand “Why don’t you just NOT eat it?” when it comes to me and sugar.
That being said, we joined forces and decided that for the next year, he will help me help myself by not eating sweets and he is not going to touch a cigar. Talk about a win win!
Oh, it makes me nervous, the potential to fail is so great. I know that both challenges will only make 2015 better + healthier, but I still find myself thinking about what if I slip up. That’s why I NEED your help on this one too!
We should all be able to give up sweets for a year. Just to be clear…these are processed sweets that are clearly not healthy (i.e. cookies, cake, ice cream, brownies – gosh that’s hard to say). Fruits are allowed and as I am writing this, I am already thinking about some delicious Maverick Pears that I had a few months back that were BETTER than ice cream (thanks Mom!).
I officially Quit Sugar!
What are you going to do to make your 2015 even better than your 2014? How are you going to do it and what support system do you have in place? Let us know in the comments
Live your WHOLE life!
Meg + Shannon