Daily Prompt today is this – You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?
I have had a great deal of change in the last two years of my life. Because those changes deeply affected my life, they had to be well planned and contain a great deal of thought.
The first was the journey to lose weight. I didn’t want a quick-fix fad diet that would guarantee losing 10 pounds in 3 days, I wanted a lifestyle change and I wanted to be healthy. With a great deal of effort, I shifted my focus from ‘living to eat’ to ‘eating to live’ and it was worth doing it incrementally. I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off. Had I done the quick fix diet, I’m certain I not only would have gained the weight back, but increased my weight by a few more pounds.
The second major change was my divorce. I had slowly become a person I was never meant to be. I was drowning in a sea of bitterness and anger and those waves threatened to take any air that possibly remained in my lungs. The decision to end my marriage was a monumental change in my existence, and after many failed attempts at fixing that relationship, I had to admit that it was beyond repair. I left the broken pieces behind and slowly began rebuilding my life and rediscovering the happy person I once was.
Both of those changes deserved the time spent to follow through appropriately and go through the proper stages. I may have over-thought both of them for a while, but in the end, I am where I need to be.