So as most of you know this month I have been giving my liver a rest and so far it has been great. I’m sleeping much better, waking up much easier and I also have a whole load more energy throughout the day. My idea for the month was to cut Alcohol out entirely as well as taking liver cleansing vitamins. Now I have to be honest with you at this point, and hear me out before you lose faith in my resolve. I have had a drink…. Now that the shock has settled in I will explain. As I have previously explained beer is one of my favourite things and as I have also explained I am well aware of how bad it is for me. However this never stopped me from drinking pint after pint and bottle after bottle. I was also aware how it was affecting me but I was enjoying it at the time and once you have had one it makes it easier for the next and so on. The difference though this time was that I only had a small amount and knew when to say enough. In comparison to a week ago instead of drinking until I physically couldn’t fit any more in, or quite often until the sun was coming up I had a few small beers with my food and then stopped.
Breaking the rules
Now this would usually be one of the first straws that would eventually break the diets back. My mind would say well you have failed at this task so overall you will fail at being healthy so you may as well give up now and save yourself the hassle. Scraping what I had achieved up until that point and resuming with the life I wanted to change. This time though things were not this way. Yes I had broken my plans and I did still feel massively guilty. But I didn’t think about giving up. Something my mum had said was ringing in my ears ‘Everything in moderation is the only way to keep you sane’. So this got me thinking if you do enjoy something then the idea should not be to cut it out of your life entirely. It’s to find a healthy balance that allows you to have the odd treat here and there. We are all human at the end of the day and will always be tempted by things we shouldn’t have. The thing is to know when you can and can’t have these temptations and how sometimes more importantly how much. When you start banning things you love from your diet, or your life in general you will only want them more. And it is these bans that push people to break their diets and then once they have broken them spiral in to self-deprecation to the point of packing it all in. Well at least this is what usually happened to me.
Planning for a bumpy road
So with my newfound approach to changing my life one step at a time I decided to allow for the odd stumble. If I now accepted that they might happen then I wasn’t failing at all and if I didn’t succumb to temptation then I was doing better than planned and would have more mini victories instead of failures. For me it’s all about taking it one step at a time and changing my whole approach to everything slowly. I know I am not perfect and won’t get it 100% right on my first attempt so I’m planning for that. If you don’t make a plan then you’re only planning to fail. It’s about being realistic in what you want, and I want a healthy life. I no longer want to just lose a few pounds or build bigger muscle. I’ve proved to myself before that I can do this but that was all short term and now I am playing the long game.
Since saying to myself that it’s not the end of the world if I do have the odd stumble and that my new lifestyle will not come crashing down around me I have had much less desire for the things I have banned. Now don’t get me wrong on a hot summers day I will still want a nice cold beer but I will make a more informed decision if I have one or not. And if I do decide to have one then it will have been my choice to and not a failure.
To some this all up I will just say for me the key to finding a happy and healthy lifestyle is to find the right balance.
As always a new post will follow soon as I am off to get my liver checked professionally. Follow me in the meantime for more updates