As I discussed here a couple of weeks ago, there are certain aspects of our unique wiring we may not be able to, or even want to, change. We have certain God given strengths we can finally embrace and quit spinning our wheels trying to be someone we’re not.
However, there are other habits and traits which could use some adjusting. Mine usually fall in the category of health in all areas: body, mind, and soul. Today I want to focus on physical healing as I truly believe it sparks hope in the two other areas as well.
Recently I came across the concept of Living As If, meaning to live in the same way that someone with your desired habits would. Let me tell you from recent success, this works.
When thinking over the daily habits of people I want to emulate in the health arena, sugar kept popping up. I have always been a sugar addict and one important thing I’ve learned is one bite of dessert can set me off on an all out binge for hours (days, weeks…). Healthy people do not binge on sugar and they certainly don’t have daily dessert, at least the kind I was consuming.
So transferring this to the Living As If concept, I decided to take on the simple mantra: “I don’t eat sugar.” This revelation happened about a month ago just a few days before my daughter’s birthday while I was at Walmart buying her Oreo ice cream birthday cake. Yes, you read that right: Oreo ice cream cake, what timing…
I’m happy to report I didn’t touch that cake outside of cutting it and serving it to my family. It even sat in our freezer for over a week after the party as I anxiously awaited my people to finish it off. Whenever I wanted to take just a little bite, I reminded myself “I don’t eat sugar.”
Over the past month, as I left restaurants passing by giant peppermint bowls or ran across those same tiny red and white wrapped villains while walking into our church’s sanctuary, I muttered under my breath, “I don’t eat sugar.” A mint may not seem like a big deal to many people, but to me it can wreak absolute havoc on my choices the rest of the day.
I’m allowing grace for myself in this endeavor. I’ve found small doses of honey don’t set me off so they remain on the ok to consume occasionally list. Cereals and sauces with small amounts of sugar are also on that list. I’m still in the experimenting phase with this.
Here are some ways to implement Living As If for yourself:
- If there is a healthy change you want to make, decide on a short mantra and live as if it’s already true. I exercise daily. I start every day with a green smoothie… This will magically transform an “I want to” or an “I should” into a beautiful resounding “I am.”
- Start changing what you share on social media to reflect who you want to become. If you have been here before, you may have noticed a big shift in this online space. I used to have a focus of DIY and crafts. Over time these projects have faded out while being replaced with my thoughts on health. Learn more about this exciting transition here.
With this change, all of my online hangouts will reflect my new healthy Living As If lifestyle. Even my Pinterest boards were recently overhauled. I deleted all of the tempting sugary pins from my sweet treats board. (I must admit that hurt a little.) Now that board is healthy sweet treats or at least desserts that I can transform into healthier options. I would love for you to pin with me!
- Clean out your kitchen by throwing away everything with your addictive substance. This can be difficult when our people really love our offensive ingredient, but your success demands it. I let my family keep a few items they really want, poptarts for instance, but I buy the kinds I don’t like. Compromise…
- Surround yourself with people who are living the lifestyle you want. This can be done through friends, books, blogs, following them on social media… In this online, easy to access world we live in, this is not difficult to accomplish.
I hope you will journey with me in this new Living As If plan. Do you have a new habit that immediately comes to mind? Let’s discuss it in the comments.
If you haven’t visited the new Facebook page, please join me there! I’m hoping to set up a community in that space where we can support each other on a daily basis.