When I wrote about taking baby steps toward a goal last month, I was frustrated with the slow progress I’m making on Weight Watchers. I wish I could tell you things have changed in that arena, but they have not. I’m still lousy at making the right choices when it comes to food and exercise and not buying a package of S’mores Oreos and eating them all.
But I have made at last one more baby step toward my goal. Here it is: I’ve made the switch to unsweet tea.
[Let us all pause for a moment of silence - or, for my Southern friends, gasping in horror...]
If you don’t like sweet tea, this might not seem like a big deal to you. But, people? It IS A BIG DEAL. My Southern roots mean a few things – and one of them is that I love sweet tea. Unsweet tea is basically just dirty water. Or, at least that’s what I used to say.
Sigh. BIG SIGH. It really isn’t much more than lightly flavored water, you guys. That’s still what I think. But I also don’t like drinking my calories (or points, as the Weight Watchers case may be). And sometimes plain old water gets boring.
So, unsweet tea it is. (Or, to those of you living north of the Mason Dixon line [further north of it than I do], I suppose we can just call it “tea.”)
Aside from not wanting to spend my points or calories on delicious sweet tea, I’ve also just changed my perspective on this issue. I decided to stop thinking about unsweet tea as the sad version of sweet tea (ALTHOUGH IT IS) – and to think of it as a totally different drink entirely. You know, kind of like how Taco Bell is a completely kind of Mexican food than On the Border (which is a completely different kind of Mexican food than any local or authentic Mexican restaurant)?
Yep. That’s what I decided.
And I realize it’s all in my head and not that big of a deal (TO SOME PEOPLE), but to me? It’s making a difference. Before I had to choose between skipping [delicious sweet] tea and feeling deprived or drinking it and feeling guilty (plus moving further away from my weight-loss goals). But now I can drink something that’s [barely] not water and feel neither deprived nor guilty.
It’s the little things, people. The little things, the small changes, the baby steps. THAT is what will help me reach my goals. Small changes work for me. Perhaps a small change could work for you, too?
What small change could you make today that would help you reach your goals?
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