Breaking Extreme Behavior

I used to think that I had to be all in, or not at all.  So I dieted extremely hard for 3 days, and then ate a whole cake and 3 cookies on the 4th day.

I would water my herb garden every day for 5 days, and then neglect them until they died and we moved so I was forced to clean up their mess.

I would read a self-help book and be SO ON BOARD for two weeks and then fall off completely and never return.

But one thing I am learning as a recovering quitter is grace.  Grace for myself when I mess up.  And the realization that I don’t have to be so extreme right away. work-hard-but-dont-be-too-intense

I can eat a piece of cake here, or some m&m’s there.  It doesn’t mean I failed, and I don’t have to throw in the towel.  I can have one herb to care for instead of 8.  I can start things small.  Add one habit at a time.  When I mess up, it can be just that- a mistake.  It doesn’t have to lead to me quitting altogether.  This is something I’m trying to work on.

 

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