I’ve been writing about making changes, New Year’s resolutions, and willpower, hopeful that I can inspire others to stick with it when the going gets rough. Today I want to share a little about my personal journey this January.
Wellness and balance. Those are my goals for 2019. I came out of the gate strong and during the 3rd week of the month I felt especially proud of the progress I’d made. Then something completely unexpected happened. A leak near our water meter meant we went 4 days without running water at our house. You may have experienced this. It sucks.
Almost immediately I noticed an ENORMOUS desire to stress eat. I wanted sugar, sugar, and more sugar. And wine. Two no-no’s on my wellness plan. Even when I could keep those cravings at bay I found I just wanted to eat. Anything. The stress was trying to take it’s toll but I was determined.
Not having water changed how and what I could cook. All my meal plans for the week went down the drain. I had to improvise in a way I wasn’t used to at all. How do you cook, but not use very many dishes or pots, and not need water for what you cook? Stress level – 11.
The first day I was sure I’d starve. At the end of day two I gained some confidence. I’d make it longer that I thought I could and I hadn’t caved. It took every bit of willpower I could summon but I did it. I stuck to my plan. Yes, it was hard. No, I wouldn’t want to do it again. The takeaway for me is that my will is strong. I can accomplish anything even in the face of unexpected circumstances. Quitting isn’t an option.
Bring on February and the rest of 2019. I’m ready for whatever the year brings!