Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 25: Stand up to your giant, pt. 2

Last week, I was so encouraged by all of your comments here on the site, via email and Facebook. It always feels good to know you’re not alone, doesn’t it? I’m so glad we’re all ready to stand up and face our giants, whatever they may be, together.

I promised to tell you what happened that Monday morning after my giant revelation.

So, Monday morning arrived, and it was time to stand up to my giant of a sugar addiction. Addiction is a strong word but trust me, my sweet tooth had become obnoxious, with a mind of its own and just out of control. It had to be stopped.

I traveled to work determined to tackle my sugar monster giant head on. I, also, remembered the three pieces of Now and Later candy stashed away in a desk drawer. They were banana flavored, too, y’all. The only flavor that trumps banana is apple. You don’t hear me. I’m talking IR.RE.SISTIBLE. But I planned to go sweet-less beginning that day.

What to do? What to do?

I would tell you I marched to my desk and trashed the candy, but that’s not what I did. Nope! Instead, I decided they’d be my last treats. LOL… I’m just keeping it real. But they were indeed my last treats. Three weeks later, I’ve not had anything in the form of cake, candy, cupcake, ice cream, fro yo, etc. Nothing… Wow.

And I feel great.

So, to summarize I leave you with three simple steps to standing up to your giant:

Identify – In order to stand up to the giant(s), you have to first acknowledge to yourself what it is (or they are). It may be fear, food or procrastination. It may be a pattern of unhealthy relationships, something altogether different or a combination of a few things. The fact of the matter is you can’t face what you don’t first identify and acknowledge as a problem in your world. Know what it is and lock your sights on it. Make it personal.

Call it out – Now that you’ve made it personal, make it public. Call it out to someone other than yourself – spouse, friends, family, coworkers, church members, etc. Share with someone you trust and who you know will support and encourage you as you face your giant(s). When we call it out publicly, we put that giant on notice that we mean business. We came to fight, and we brought back up. By including others, we’re saying we want support. We want to be encouraged and held accountable. I called out my giant here on the blog for all of the reasons mentioned above, and I’m so happy to have your support.

Execute – It’s time for a new strategy. How will you move forward on a different path from the one you’ve been traveling? I decided it was time to return to my ways of old. I know that when my home is stocked with healthy food and good snacks, I’m less tempted to eat unhealthy food and bad snacks. So the plan I execute is to hit the grocery store for fruits and vegetables on the regular.

Returning to a healthier me is coming along slowly but surely. I try to consume more foods that are good for me and stay alert to foods my body dislikes (including sugar). I’ve even started exercising again. Lord, help me! I’m determined to cut off the head of this giant. Are you with me?

P.S. Special thanks to Tina Haupert of Carrots ‘N’ Cakes blog site. She doesn’t know me from Adam, but that Monday morning I stumbled across her blog post, How I Beat My Sugar Addiction, and it blessed me beyond measure. She may not view it the same as I do, but the way I see it she identified and called out her giant, and it gave me the courage to do the same. 🙂