My picky eater, Adela, is such a wonder. She loved my cooking habits this school year. Yes, there were MANY chicken nugget nights, or noodles, or quesadillas. So, now that I’m back to the habit of cooking for the family three square meals, Adela has had to broaden her pallet because her growing active body demands fuel. Already this summer she has found three new foods that she had deemed “disgusting” before. Yes, I’ve done a very dorky mommy-dance each time. However, that lack of her normal options forced her to grow forward.
I might not be a nine-year old, but I know the same is true for me. When I make a permanent change, it requires me to investigate new possibilities. When I took a break from sugar I discovered that I love black coffee. When I took a break from secular fiction books, I discovered Christian podcasting. When I decided to stop checking social media right before bed every night I found sleep came quickly and deeply.
Don’t let this six week journey just be about knuckling down and refusing old patterns. Instead, explore new roads. One of my favorite analogies for the work I do with those that I coach is telling them that habit change is just like a country road. A road in a pasture is easy to see and easy to use if it is traveled often. However, the more we stay off it, the more the bind weed and yucca’s take it over and there might not be a road at all one day.
Proverbs 4:26, NIV, says, “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Find a new road, my dear. Make one. Take hold of each new discovery of health and let it be precious.
I want you to get a page in your journal, tape a note to the fridge, or start a note on an app for listing all the amazing discoveries you will find in this journey.
This is your journal prompt: What are you learning from this challenge that has surprised you? What are you doing or learning that you will continue even after this six-week period is over? What are some new discoveries about your health, your personality, your support system, and your dreams?
by Lora Armendariz
You Can Do It!
Do you want to fall out of love with a destructive habit? The first 42 episodes of this podcast are a resource for anyone who wants encouragement and information as they take a six week break from a habit in order to fall out of love with it.