December habit – letting go

I had originally planned on making my December habit one of decluttering, as I do tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff”.  But, to be honest, that was horrendously daunting – an issue to discuss with a professional, I’m sure.  But the sea change habit is “letting go”, and I thought a lot about that on my drive home from North Carolina.

Two things really stuck in my brain: sugar and my need to “be connected”.  I started wondering, out of nowhere, really: could I go without sugar for a year? I’d really thought about doing a whole60 from Dec through the end of Jan, but at the end of the day my demon tends to be sugar.  So that’s the plan for now: no refined sugar.  Alcohol is okay in moderation, but no baked goods, ice cream, sweets, etc. Muffins are basically cupcakes you eat for breakfast, so those are out as well. I’m going to stick with it for the 30 days and evaluate – but I’d like to see what I could do if I stayed off it for a full year.

I’m also basically addicted to the internet, my phone, and most forms of electronic gadgets.  I’ve decided to turn off all electronics at 8 pm, and attempt to be in bed by 9 am.  I’d really like to reset my sleep schedule and have more time in the morning to Get Stuff Done.  I just find I’m more efficient this way.

There are two exceptions to this rule:  one – my old-school kindle; and two – audiobooks on my phone.  Reading is something that’s okay to do to wind down at night, and isn’t really a constant connection use of electronics.  If I’m listening to audiobooks on my phone, I will set my phone into airplane mode so that I am not distracted by the alerts and such from all my social media.

And with that, I’m 6 minutes over my 8 pm deadline, so I’ll write more later about how it’s gone so far!


5 Responses

  1. I have done the declutter path and am still trying to stay committed (you can read about it here for inspiration) and I gave up my largest source of sugar (coca cola) in February. I have stuck to it reducing the content of sugar in other things and I am 2 dress sizes smaller and approaching my 3rd. I must admit it was truly horrid at first (headaches ) but now I don’t crave it. Good luck with your ventures :)

  2. You need to gain momentum with change. Start small, and build up after you have gained the required momentum. Try eating a small amount of good dark chocolate for your sweet tooth. Once you eliminate all the refined foods, and replace with whole foods, your taste buds will begin to change and you’ll come to appreciate a more natural diet!

  3. We did a 90 day no sugar (except for in my tea, not going to miss sugar in my morning tea for ANYTHING lol). I am a sugar addict, and I can admit that I am a sugar addict. The first 10 days were really really hard. Like kids asking if I would please just eat some chocolate so I would stop yelling. BUT after that, it was pretty easy, and I was able to function so much better. Good luck, stay strong and realize it will get easier :)

  4. I found this fairly amusing. How did it/is it going?

  5. Hey there, very honest blogger, your prose are fine and your content is finer still. Blogging is a great outlet for our fingers to say what we can’t sometimes. And I suffer from sugar-love too. Sugar might as well be labeled the only legal white granular high. I love sweet and it’s a hard thing to give up in any of its forms. I especially adore chocolate. But man you hit 50 years-of-age and neglected body parts follow the trajectory. So now when I eat chocolate, I make my feet pay and take me for a run (or a walk if I’ve eaten too much).
    Blog on and eat well and think good thoughts
    newbie blogger and fellow sugar junkie

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