The month of January has come and gone. What are some things that you have done as you embraced the journey of self-transformation?
At the beginning of the month, I invited you all to join me on this “no sugar journey.”
How did you do?
Were you able to resist the sugar call late at night… or at the crack of dawn?
Did you have some weak days where you just gave into your desires?
Desires… we want what we want and very often we give into our desires with little thought of the ramifications that come along with our decisions.
My very first blog of the New Year entitled, “Our Worst Enemy” talked about the debilitating effects of sugar. I embarked upon a “no sugar challenge”, where I pledged to eliminate processed sugar from my diet.
Welllll……..I was doing awesome… up until last Wednesday when I ate 4 homemade cookies back to back. It was like an over indulgence… fulfilling an immense craving. After 4, I still wanted more, but I had to stop myself.
After a thorough assessment of why I fell so hard in the home stretch, I realized that I wasn’t in a state of balance. I totally omitted cakes, cookies, and candy from my diet. I also consumed miniscule amounts of sugar (from smoothies).
Starving myself from sugar made me want it more and more. At first it was easy to resist, but soon after the urges became so real and a piece of fruit did not cut it. LOL.
As I pondered some more, I came to a deeper realization. I realized that in order for us (you and I) to be our very best selves, we need to establish a state of homeostasis… in essence we need complete balance.
Life is filled with a plethora of foods, and activities. If we don’t seek to establish a state of balance, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
As most of you know, my family and I are now vegans… well better vegans than last year…. ok, ok…. still aspiring, but you get my point. Lol. We’ve been vegetarian for 9 years but now we’re committed to living a vegan lifestyle.
While becoming a vegan has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, it has also been one of the worst.
The reason why I say this is because I have been suffering a great deal from excessive bloating and discomfort that has become rather overwhelming. I’ve learned of the association between beans, lentils and nuts which include almonds with increased bloating, and gut problems. The discussion on the reason to why these foods cause this reaction will be saved for another blog in the near future.
Being that these foods are not agreeing with me, I need to find a balance with the foods that I presently eat.
That is my current challenge.
Pray for me y’all!!
Balance does not only equate to food but to everything in life.
As I continue on this journey of self-transformation, I am learning that I need to have balance with my relationships. I am often found running around with my kids, teaching a class, being at home doing my motherly duties, or teaching at homeschool. I am not one to go out and socialize with the friends that I have and that is terrible. About a week ago I had the opportunity to go hang out with a couple of my friends at a bowling alley where we fellowshipped, laughed and watched a boxing match. I didn’t have my kids with me and I was able to be free and tap into the self that I had not seen in a very long time. It was at that moment I realized I needed to find balance in my relationships. Even though it’s understandable that I have responsibilities, I also need to ensure that I make time for relationships as that will help me to establish mental homeostasis. Most people who don’t socialize tend to feel lonely and isolated and sometimes even depressed. As I look back retrospectively, I can attribute some of my sadness and loneliness to the fact that I didn’t do anything. So, if you find yourself imbalanced socially like me, let’s get it together.
I am going to try harder to incorporate socialization in my life so that I can be a balanced person.
Another area where I feel that I might have some balance issues is in my activities, specifically exercise. I enjoy working out and I know that it is good for me. However, the thing is that I work out 5 to 6 days a week which takes up a lot of time that I could be using to do other things that need to get done. As a result, I find myself always rushing, feeling like I don’t have enough time, and just overwhelmed. Who said that I had to work out 5 to 6 times a week?
I need to find balance there. If I work out a little bit less I would have the time to do more things, I enjoy doing.
The last area I feel that we need to find balance in is getting adequate rest. I know for a fact that there are not enough hours in the day and there is just so much that needs to be done. However, if we do not receive adequate amounts of sleep, our body will not be able to maintain a state of homeostasis. This imbalance will create an environment for disease to develop and will cause us to get sick. If we are sick we will not be able to do anything that we are staying up late to do. So, I am doing my best to make sure that I get to bed at a reasonable time so that my body can rest and heal and rejuvenate itself, so that I can be of good use the next day.
In order to be our best self, we have to find a place of balance. We need to find a place of homeostasis. I challenge you to continue to re-evaluate your life as you self-transform and find ways to make sure that you are living a life of balance.
Love is still the answer