On the Agony and Ecstasy of Making Good Choices

Right about three weeks ago, I started a very intense diet that consisted mostly of juicing. I’d been working on being more health-conscious in my choices for a few months already, and a couple of documentaries convinced me that I should jump in with a more fully-committed attitude. It has been at best a mixed success.

For one thing, it was a fairly radical shift for me. And for another, I have a spectacular ability to rationalize the occasional departure from the plan. It began innocently enough with me joining in on moderate portions of the evening meal; but there were some real jumps into outright defiance, like that great dinner at Pete’s Fish and Chips when we took a weekend trip to the Valley of the Sun.

It became easier and easier to veer away from my plan – realizing I did need more proteins and fats to operate was a part of that; having a nasty infection that weakened me pushed me further. And the net results of all the choices of the past three weeks are these: 1) I haven’t lost much weight; and 2) I realized that I absolutely have a renewed commitment to adhere to the plan I started – because I really have felt better, and have had more energy, and most of all, felt worse (far worse) when I partook of foods that fulfilled an emotional need but which were really, really bad for the state I was trying to keep my body in.

The latter was a lesson I would not have learned had I not started the ambitious program, and then veered from it. I needed to actually hit a wall to understand what the stakes actually were – and so this morning, when I headed for something for breakfast that would have skewed the day, I took one spoonful…then set it aside. Because now I really knew.

Sometimes we need to make our mistakes to understand why we are choosing a path – and if you learn from them, and those lessons make your course clearer, then they weren’t really mistakes at all.


About caveo

James has written and illustrated six books in the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here, There Be Dragons; The Search For The Red Dragon; The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons; The Dragon’s Apprentice; and The Dragons of Winter. The series is now being published in more than twenty languages. A seventh volume, The First Dragon, will conclude the series in November 2013.

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