November 5, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
First off, I’m a big believer in resolutions, which is why I don’t make them often. And which is also why I don’t wait till a special day to make any. I make them as the occasion demands.
Earlier this year, around the 8th of January, after thinking I would have no resolutions for 2014, I made one- one that might sound even silly- and it was to drink eight glasses of water a day.
It might seem so unserious, but given my struggle in 2013 with ice cream and all things soda-ey/ sugary, my thinking was that the only way to wean myself off those harmful liquids was to drink eight glasses of water a day. Only after I’d taken the eight glasses would I permit myself to take anything liquid that wasn’t water. Which sounds easy to maneuver, until you realize that your stomach really does not have much “liquid capacity” left after downing eight glasses of water everyday.
So to make a long story short, my little resolution worked! In as little as three weeks of practice. Before I knew it, I was walking past the aisles in the grocery store and the lines of chocolate, ice cream, soda, even cakes didn’t ignite a pang of want in me. I still have those snacks once in a while, but only in social settings and always in small quantities.
I would love to say this is the end of the story, but then, no thanks to the stress of studying for my upcoming exams (which btw, has been upcoming since forever), I developed a new addiction.
I tweeted the first in March, and the second in May, but it’s still a problem- and it was actually one of the three issues I was thinking about when I uploaded my cover photo on facebook, which is about God giving us power, love and SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Oh the word.
Especially given that I’ve added about 3 to 4 pounds since I came to the US, which I so want to lose, without working out (that would be another resolution of mine once the time is right. Trust me, one day it would).
So I’ve made a new resolution.
I’m only permitted to have 128 calories worth of cookies a day. I bought these low-fat, low-sugar cookies from Publix, of which every four is worth 64 calories (I usually have 4 cookies with my morning coffee). So I can have four more cookies in the course of the day as snack, and the rest of my snacking would be fruits.
So far, it worked today. I had both green and red seedless grapes, papaya, strawberries and pineapple (the mixed fruits package from Publix). All for less than 90 calories, and healthy calories at that.
I’m hoping it’s become a healthy habit by the end of the year. Heck, I’m hoping I even keep up with it tomorrow because right now, it feels like the hardest task I’ve ever set out to do in my life.
You know, because self-discipline is a pretty hard business.
So now, I leave you with a picture of my pretty friend.