A new day, a new year and a new life!

“One year from this very day, your life is going to be better or worse than it is right now today; it won’t be the same.  And whether it’s worse, whether you made progress or fallen back is going to be a function of the choices you make between now and then.”  (Quote from Dr. Phil website)

Wow, my first post.  It took me a long time to decide how to start.  I saw this quote about two weeks ago and decided this was it!  Over a year ago, my life wasn’t exactly going how I wanted it to and I needed to make a drastic change.

August of 2014 was a challenging time because of some poor decisions I made.  January of 2015 became a year with positive self-growth and I am not done!  I want to share my journey with you, which is why I started this blog.

My goal for this blog is to help people work through and overcome obstacles they are facing with drinking and other challenges that might not be healthy.  I also want to educate the public about the importance of “know your number.” I learned just how many drinks I could have and how it affects my body.  I also learned a very important lesson about having a plan before I go out so that I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Addiction is a strong word.  I looked up a few definitions and thought long and hard about where I fall in the spectrum.  I was not diagnosed from a counselor as an alcoholic however; I was told by a counselor that I was borderline and could benefit from treatment.  That scared me so I decided to learn more about addiction.

Here are a few definitions of addiction that I found online:

Webster’s Dictionary-“The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.  Dependency, dependence, habit, problem.  Devotion, dedication to, obsession with, infatuation with, passion for, love of mania for.  A strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)”

Well, these definitions of addiction apply to several areas of my life including being a former addict to sugar, tanning and lip balm!  *Quick tip to naturally overcome addiction to lip balm.  Try olive oil.  Put a few drops of olive oil on your fingertip and massage it gently on and around your lips.  It might take a couple of days to get your lips to detox from lip balm but keep at it.  Take it with you in a small container and when you feel the urge, use the olive oil.  Remember to massage it in.  I had some dry skin on my lip, which naturally exfoliated when I massaged it in for a minute or two.

After limiting my drinking last year and working through my “addiction” to sugar, I am happy to report I lost 40 pounds.  My thinking is clearer, I have more energy and I just feel better all around.

Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy reading about my journey into a healthier lifestyle, body, mind and soul.