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8 Things I Gave Up That Changed My Life for the Better

Over the years, I've made some significant changes to my lifestyle by giving up habits that were holding me back. These changes have not only improved my physical health but also my mental and emotional well-being. Here are the eight worst habits I gave up and how they transformed my life:

1. Diet Cokes

I used to drink Diet Coke regularly, unaware of the damage it was causing. Diet sodas contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener linked to various health issues, including headaches, dizziness, and even potential long-term effects on the brain. Aspartame can disrupt neurotransmitter function, leading to mood swings and cognitive impairments. I quit Diet Cokes and all sodas on 2/12/12 and haven’t looked back since. This change has made me feel more energized and less bloated.

2. Alcohol

Quitting alcohol was one of the best decisions I ever made. On 9/14/17, I stopped drinking alcohol altogether. Alcohol negatively affects your liver, impairs judgment, and can lead to dependency. By giving it up, I noticed an immediate improvement in my sleep quality, mental clarity, and overall health. Now, the only time I have a sip of alcohol is for a celebratory toast, and even then, it's just a sip.

3. People Pleasing

People pleasing is the habit of constantly trying to satisfy others at the expense of your own needs and happiness. It often leads to burnout, stress, and resentment. I used to say yes to everything to avoid disappointing others, but it drained me. Learning to prioritize my needs and say no has been liberating and has allowed me to focus on what truly matters.

4. Not Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries is crucial for maintaining mental and emotional well-being. Without boundaries, people can easily take advantage of your time and energy, leading to exhaustion and frustration. I learned to establish clear limits on what I am willing to accept from others, which has helped me protect my peace and prioritize my well-being.

5. Not Making Time for Myself

For years, I neglected self-care and put everyone else's needs before my own. Now, I make my health and workouts a priority every day. This shift has become a daily habit that boosts my mood, energy levels, and overall health. Taking time for myself has allowed me to be more present and effective in all areas of my life.

6. Running the Hamster Race

I used to live without a clear plan or goals, just going through the motions each day. This "hamster race" left me feeling unfulfilled and aimless. Now, I set specific goals and create plans to achieve them. This approach has given my life direction and purpose, making each day more meaningful and productive.

7. Procrastinating

Procrastination is the thief of time. It leads to stress, missed opportunities, and subpar performance. Reading the book "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy helped me understand the importance of tackling the most challenging tasks first. By overcoming procrastination, I've become more efficient and productive, achieving my goals faster.

8. Overcoming the Initial Hard Week

For all these changes, the first week was the hardest. It required mindfulness and a strong commitment to push through the discomfort. However, once I got past that initial phase, these habits became easier to maintain and eventually second nature.

Giving up these eight bad habits has been a game-changer for me. It wasn't easy, but the benefits have been worth it. I encourage you to reflect on your habits and consider making changes that can lead to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Remember, you are worth the effort!


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