Are you willing to give up?

sourdough bread

It’s a good thing I don’t date my blog posts or the whole world would know just how long it’s been since I last posted.

I’m ashamed to say it’s been a few months since I’ve written any content.

That gap wasn’t obvious at first because when I write a few articles within a short period of time, I schedule them to drip out onto the blog at a pace of once per week.

However, it’s been just over a month since anything new made it onto the site.

What happened?

Several different things contributed to this neglect but today I want to focus on just one of them.

I tried to change my diet by incorporating sourdough foods – sourdough that I fed and kneaded myself and attempted to make into the crust of Quiche, bread, pancakes, muffins, etc.

I failed. Again.

I say again, because this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get the hang of sourdough.

Why did I fail?

The title of my article today has a double meaning.

It asks the question, “Are you willing to give up?” And I decided for now, yes, I’m willing to give up trying to add sourdough foods into my family’s life.

However, I didn’t answer that question until I answered this one:

“What am I willing to give up to make this work?”

One reason I haven’t had time to create blog articles is because of the learning curve involved in creating sourdough foods. It takes time twice a day, every day to feed the starter culture and come up with creative ways to use the leftovers from feeding the culture.

In a way, the question “Are you willing to give up the blog you’ve spent over six months on” got answered for me. In order to do the one, I wasn’t getting to the other.

So I asked myself – Since I eat a relatively healthy diet now, do I absolutely need to include sourdough bread? Am I somehow unhealthy by not including it? Am I willing to give up my blog to focus on honing that skill?

The answer was no.

So often, we get caught up in a mindset of one particular thing defining if we’re a healthy eater. Or we think we’re a failure if we don’t succeed with a choice or a goal.

If you take anything away from this article, realize that life is all about choice, and healthy eating is what you define it to be most of the time.

Are you eating healthier now than you did a year ago or several years ago?

I know I am. There was a time in my life (over a decade ago when my children were toddlers) that we ate pierogi and tater tots almost every night for supper. Our healthy eating has come a LONG way from that!

Overall, I’m happy with how we eat.

  • Our foods are either unprocessed or minimally processed.
  • Most of the food we buy is organic
  • Some of our food we eat raw
  • We very rarely eat meat

What’s not to be happy about that?

So next time you find yourself wanting to make a change in your life or attempt to adopt a new habit, be sure to ask yourself:

“What am I willing to give up to make it happen?”

Only by making time for your new venture will you succeed.

Your Turn

Was there a time in your life when you had to give up one thing to make room for something new? Please share in the comments below!

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  1. Tammy R says:

    Hi Lori! I am so glad I checked over here. For some reason, I am not getting your new posts. I tried to Subscribe again, but it said I’m already subscribed. ???

    I really enjoyed this post because we just went through something very similar in that we didn’t post for a month, I believe, and it was because we decided to sell our house. We dropped nearly everything and put all our energies into getting the house ready and it really worked. By doing so, we got the house ready much faster than we would have if we tried to keep juggling everything. We had to prioritize, so we kept our exercise and healthy eating going, and of course work, but all else had to be put on hold.

    Now we have an offer and hope to be closing by mid January. Life is good!

    Hope you are all gearing up for a great 2014! Happy New Year!

    • Lori says:

      Tammy! So glad to see you!!! Happy New Year to you, too!

      It’s been a while since I sent out a newsletter. I got side tracked starting up a different website and the last few weeks I’ve been helping Caitlin with hers. She hoped to launch by New Year’s. I don’t think she’s gonna make it. But hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

      I’m so happy for you that your house sold so fast! That is so freaking awesome. Wow! Keeping fingers crossed that everything is smooth sailing. Be sure to keep up those healthy habits and routines as much as you can. Moving can be stressful even when it’s a desired move. Try to make time for some pampering!

      I can’t wait to hear more about your next adventure.