Quitting Sugar? Talk about a happy Independence Day!
You know we love a good celebration at Beacon, and Independence Day gives us a LOT to celebrate. Overcoming your issues with food and weight comes with a lot of cash and prizes – but what is really at the heart of this journey, what gives the greatest reward, is the freedom from the bondage and entrapment of your diet drama and diet trauma. It’s really the best thing since sliced … watermelon! #yeswedid
And boy can we lose sight of the value of that freedom fast. We can get into the compare-and-despair and the not-good-enough’s and it-isn’t-working-fast enough’s in a heartbeat. And that beyond belittles the amazing work you’re doing and certainly takes you further from your long-term goals. So, let’s get skillful about honoring our independence. Because, as we say at Beacon, it’s a problem to be solved.
C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E. We’re a bunch of behaviorists at Beacon, and what science (this is my favorite article on it) tells us is that people, dogs, dolphins, all do better when they are positively reinforced. So all that self-shaming and internal-name-calling, is scientifically founded to be super ineffective. Oops. Solution: celebrate! Planned for the Fourth of July party? Give yourself a high five! Called a Buddy when you were feeling lonely? Give yourself a pat on the back. Been following a food plan for 3 months? Get yourself a massage! Celebrating begets celebrating – and you should be celebrated. #treatyoself
Compare yourself to … yourself. Successes come in all shapes and sizes – I’m certain you’re not who you used to be. If you’re rocking the road of recovery after quitting sugar, take a look at how far you’ve come in the last 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years. And don’t just look at the externals: have you become more open? Are you more willing to take suggestions? Are your relationships deeper? Are you more excited about life? Are you more inclined to take risks? These are amazing accomplishments, Buddies, and not the ones that you may have thought come with taking this brave path of overcoming your issues with food and weight.
You always have today. Reading this and feeling really really down? Gotcha. Remember, you can be doing something at 2:00 in the afternoon and be doing something completely different at 2:01 – the beauty of life comes in our ability to repair – especially with ourselves. So, if you’re feeling like you’re back in the bondage of your food and weight issues, that can change with one better choice, one phone call, one skill. Recovery is yours for the taking.
Remember, Buddies, it’s about LIBERATION, not deprivation when it comes to quitting sugar. Take a little time to celebrate all that you’ve done, all that you’re doing, and all that you are becoming. You’ve given yourself the greatest gift by taking every step on your path of recovery. You seriously rock. #nojoke