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I admit it I am a tortoise, not a hare.

December 22nd, 2007 at 06:33 pm

Yesterday my husband was discussing a friends from resolution to not eat any processed sugar (or drink it). While I heartily agree in such a wonderful goal. I wonder at how long he will be able to keep up a no consumption resolution.

I myself have spent the past 7 years working toward less and less refined sugars, less high fructose corn syrup and less white flour, both in purchased and homemade products. Did you catch that 7 year part? I am a terrible dieter a terrible person for change. Now that might seem strange to many who have known me, I have changed my eating habits, my sleeping habits, my spending habits, cooking, cleaning, even my teaching habits. But I took a LOOOOONG time to do it all.

I didn't overnight go from diet Mt Dew drinking, sugar hyper, all night partying DINK, to a water chugging, whole wheat eating, 'typical' sleeping, frugal non working mom.

It took me about 18 years to formulate all my 'bad' habits (and a few good ones) and I think my slow tortoise change of almost reversing some in 7 years is pretty good.

I often wonder about folk with dramatic resolutions. Do they work? Can you stick to them? And if so, please don't expect me to! Not all folk can handle overnight change.

7 Responses to “I admit it I am a tortoise, not a hare.”

  1. nanamom Says:

    Glad there were a few good ones. I agree cold turkey doesn't work. I have been trying to be better about my eating habits and it just isn't going anywhere. I think I try to do too much too soon.

  2. fern Says:

    I think it just depends what method works for you. I hate to admit it, but i picked up smoking when i was a teen and tried numerous times to quit. I finally did it cold turkey when i was 21. In some cases, doing it gradually just prolongs the bad habit.

  3. baselle Says:

    Its funny - I'm on a plateau with the weight loss but I haven't gained & I'm still keeping up with the gym after 2 years. But I have to admit that in part the success of it is not making the resolution on Jan 1. I started on Nov 15, when no one was making those sorts of decisions. It meant that I had the full attention of the gym staff and didn't have to compete with everybody else who made the same resolution.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    I am a tortoise. I think that's why New YEars resolutions always bugged me. Well that and I figure why wait until New Years to change. LOL. But yeah, I am the same way.

  5. terri77 Says:

    I am definitely a tortoise. I am ever changing and growing. I tend to think that's a good thing.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    If memory serves me, it was the tortoise, not the hare, who won the race in the end. Smile

    As for me... hard to say. I think I have the unfortunate combination of a hare mind in a tortoise body. Big Grin (Or is it th

    Well, I'm simple minded anyway, so I think when you have too many resolutions or if they're too complicated, it's less likely to succeed.

    As such, I try to keep my affairs simple and workable. This year's resolution was my student loan.

    Nowadays, I'm actually very serious about my resolutions. I have found that it helps keep me focused and motivated. But again, that's just me.

    I also believe that everyone is different, and like so many other things in life, we should do what works best for us.

  7. princessperky Says:

    I did not intend to knock Hares, just never got it.

    As for simple minded, I totally agree, to many details and I get bogged down, not that I have never tried, just never succeeded!

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