Sunday, August 30, 2020

Quitting Soda: End of August Update

Daily uploads were a bad idea.

It's not about the accountability thing. It's more that the honest truth is the fact that day-to-day real life is boring. It's hard figuring out things to talk about on a daily basis. This is 100% why I'm bad at writing journals. I'm not beating myself up for this, to be clear. I'm actually laughing.

So instead I'm just going to give a brief follow-up on how I'm doing. No real weight loss so far but to be honest I haven't been doing much to work on that front besides quitting soda, which is my primary project at the moment. So far it's going well. The headaches and fatigue have mostly gone away. Occasionally I get the cravings, especially when I'm stressed, but I think the big lesson that that's taught me is the fact that real life doesn't stop just because you're making positive changes to your life.

This is both good and bad news. We'll start with the bad side, that being the fact that, no matter when you start something, it's not going to be easy, but the good news is the fact that once you accept that, starting a new habit and committing to it isn't so bad.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I guess...if there's something you've been wanting to do that will make your life better, just do it. After all, the rest of the world will go on either way. So many things are out of your control. So many things are going to go wrong no matter what you do about them, whether you chalk it up to God's plan, living in a fallen world, or just sheer randomness, you may as well just take what little control you have and go for it. Even if you slip up, who cares? In the real world, failure doesn't really mean much unless you stop trying. Life goes on with or without you.

From my own religious perspective, the thing that makes humans special is freedom of choice, and while that doesn't necessarily free you from the consequences of your own or others' choices or things just happening, you will always have control over yourself, and that's not something anyone can just take from you unless you let them. Don't be afraid to take the wheel.

I'll probably release more sporadic updates. I'm alive. That's probably enough for the time being.

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