I lost count the number of times I said I would give up cupcakes. It’s my weakness. I mean think about it, they are small and so pretty. Some are so pretty that you do not want to eat it, okay that’s a lie. None of us are limited to just one weakness or temptation, and we know it’s bad for us, yet we still give in.
I decided that I would give up cupcakes and not because it is Lent season, but because it is something there are absolutely no health benefits what-so-ever. I admire the individuals that are able to give up things cold-turkey. “I can stop anytime” they say, well good for you. The rest of us have to constantly be aware of what we are doing, our trigger points, the environment that we are in that may lead to that temptation, I mean it is a lot of work.
The Next Steps:
When you decide to make a change in your life for the better, it takes work. It takes dedication, commitment to yourself and constant positive thinking that you are doing this to enhance your life, you are doing this to better your health, your lifestyle. When we give in to temptations, we get that good feeling for a moment. In that moment we are taken to this little place of happiness, but it’s when that moment has passed that you start to feel guilty and you realize exactly how bad it was for you.
It’s easy to make a decision, but to follow thru on it, is hard. When the temptation comes around the corner, the first few times it will be hard to say no.There will be inner conflict on what you should do, but be strong, and distract yourself and say “no”. Eventually it will become a part of you and you are slowly heading towards making your lifestyle better.
Clearly, I picked cupcakes to bring up the topic of temptations. No one will say it will be an easy journey when letting go of things that make us weak, but you will come out on top. If you fall, pick yourself back up, till you are able to maintain a steady pace towards true and healthy happiness. What works for me, is praying. Reaching out to a higher being, God, and asking for strength to get you through those times helps. You will find that sometimes all you really needed was a silent listener.
**Side note: I actually gave all 3 cupcakes away!