What made 2017’s New Year’s Resolution so successful? Why giving up alcohol for a year was the perfect resolution and how the exercise of my willpower muscle led to other successes. What lessons can I learn as I consider my resolution for 2018?
I have battled with being overweight all my adult life. Looking back my resistance to changing my eating patterns mimic my reluctance to give up smoking….for the same reasons. My biggest issue with food – was my addiction to sugar….and make no mistake….sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine. Like any addiction the fear of giving up the drug is sometimes what stops us trying.
The lifestyle of Brits living abroad is very social….a half bottle of wine is often included in the price of a “menu del dia” – as is a sugar laden pudding and an alcoholic shot to finish the meal. Many of the people I met, insisted that “they don’t drink much”….but acknowledged that it was almost impossible to resist the wine that came as part of the meal….or the complimentary Baileys that landed at your seat without having to ask. This habit of drinking without conscious thought is something I hope to break with my year off alcohol.
I’m still astonished at the difference that one simple change has made – and not just to my weight. My skin is much much clearer, my temperature regulation has improved, arthritis symptoms in both my back & knees have reduced and my alertness after hours at my desk has increased.
Self denial has never been one of my strengths. Hence the 17 stone weigh in when pregnant with my first born….only 6lb 8oz of it was him.
I was in my mid 40’s and without conscious thought, my journey was heading towards type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and Alzheimer’s