The reality is, when it comes to phasing out old habits and creating new ones, difficult decisions will need to be made. It may sound harsh, but there is no sugar-coating it! Habits are a blessing and a curse. Breaking them is not a walk in the park (more like marathon training). This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, or that our attitude towards changing habits needs to be negative.
Every time you make a difficult decision (ex. say NO to whatever food choice that isn’t going to serve you), you build a little more ‘willpower’ muscle! If you make that decision in the moment and it feels like torture, be mindful of how you feel 5, 10, 30 minutes later. You will probably feel like doing a little dance because WOW, you did it!!!!!! Celebrate those small successes along the way.
This process is going to continue to be a part of your life. There probably won’t come a time when you have it all figured out. Life’s ups and downs are going to have a way of creating new challenges. There is an art to being gentle with yourself, but also firm when the time is right.
Plan on making a habit of exercising that ‘willpower’ muscle…. because you are powerful! I KNOW you can do it!