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So, first let me make it clear that I know that what is troubling me is not much at all compared to other people. I know it is unreasonable for this to put so much stress in me.

That said, I will be going an a whole foods, plant based vegan diet for health reasons in one week. My parents will be going on this diet as well, because we are all very unhealthy people. My parents went on this diet before several years ago, and it worked incredibly for both of them. Unfortunately, work got in their way and they have since relapsed into junk food again.

I was 11 when they last went on this diet, and they forced me to join them. I was on that diet with them for about 3 months, I want to say, and every waking moment was miserable. I seriously did not enjoy living at all during that time period. Part of this is because I did not enjoy any vegetables at all, the other part being that I was not able to cook for myself.

I was forced to eat microwaved boka burgers (Which no one should ever eat, ever) whenever my parents were at work, and even when they were home I only ate food they cooked for sustenance. School cafeteria lunches were the highlight of my day. It was that bad.

Now, everything is different. I am a capable cook to the point where I am the family's general chef. Some of them cook specific dishes better than I do, but I am the main cook. I am looking into taking a culinary class, and my appreciation for (well made) vegetable dishes has skyrocketed.

Good food (meat especially) has been the main source of joy in my life since I went off that diet. I am a dairy fiend. I actually watch cooking videos just for recreation, even with no intent to make the recipes.

I am absolutely terrified of going back on this diet. I have promised myself that I will give it a month (to allow my body to acclimate to the new foods and let myself start to feel the benefits,) but I still almost want to tear my hair out at the thought of it.

I feel sick when imagine adopting this as a permanent lifestyle. I almost tear up at the thought of never drinking a glass of milk again, or eating a steak. To me, it is seriously like the thought of a very close friend cutting you off.

I know I have control over what I eat. I know I could choose to not go on this diet with them, but I want to at least try to experience the miraculous changed they claim happen to the body.

I have panic attacks at night, thinking about feeling like I did when I was on the diet with them again. I love food, I know that. I am a foodie to my core. But they say that this is worth giving up the things that give me a good half of the pleasure in my life right now.

I don't know, this is probably just something people will roll their eyes at. I know it's not a big deal, that I'm making a mountain out of a molehill. But you guys are supposedly really good at making people feel better about things like this, so I figured I had to at least try.

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I've found this to be one of the biggest factors in helping me maintain & fuel my motivation this year! Anyone considered switching to a flip phone? Why/why not?

https://medium.com/@fredericlimon/why-i-switched-to-a-flip-phone-in-2018-and-never-looked-back-891e6a082385

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He is by far my favorite motivational speaker. I would like to get to know more about joining Breathe University before biting the bullet. My life is in a total chaos and the only way for things to change is for me to change. I wish I had it in me to go at it alone, but I really need some guidance from external sources. I see they offer coaching calls, videos, and other things. Have any of you enrolled into the program and have success that you would like to share? I look forward to hearing from you.

Here is a link to the site: https://www.etinspires.com/page/breathe_university

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I read this quote a while back in this article about a guy's failed tryout with the Suns basketball team and his life after with basketball. It really stuck with me. If I remember the article well, he says it to himself to motivate himself to push past his fears of being the one to make big plays, particularly in a pickup game with a famous basketball player who was on the Suns when he tried out. It becomes more meaningful if you read the article. To me it means that you've got to be your own self advocate and take every shot you can. You can't just pass the ball around if you want to succeed; sometimes you have to go get the ball and be the one to make the play.

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Did you know that most people are dead and you have never died?

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What if i told you that only YOU had the power to control how YOU feel not anybody else. How does that make you feel?

If you realize this consciously we would never feel bad because only we can control how we feel. You can instantly change your mood if you think about it.

If your parents shout at you, it is still YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to control how you will feel in that situation. You can either let it affect your day or just learn from those emotions and stay focused. Remember emotions come as a trigger of external factors but we control how we feel.

Nothing makes me more motivated and focused knowing that only i can control how i feel every single day. This feeling gives me belief in my abilities and keeps me motivated towards my goals.

Try this exercise tomorrow: If its your boss, partner, friend or anybody else who shows you negative emotions (shouting, angry). Just try imagining the feeling that those are just words and it won’t affect your emotional state because you control how you feel.

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Confession: I am not a regular of this subreddit. Aside from seeing the top posts show up in my feed. I do suffer from procrastination and I just spend time looking around trying to decide what to do next, even though I have a list of chores to get out of the way. Reddit being a chief distraction. (Especially on the porcelain throne.)

I stumbled across a ‘timer queue ‘ feature in the to-do app that I use. It has helped me focus and get things done. What I did is, setup a sequence of things that need doing. Several combinations tailored around variations in my schedule, since I tend to have fluctuating start times.

Let’s say I have 10 tasks a day. I might usually do eight in the morning and two after I get back from work. Those are my two default queues. Additionally it gives me the flexibility of a moving time window not tied to a reminder. For late starts, I have a second combination that breaks things up 5/5 or even 5/3 dropping a couple of lower priority chores.

This is showing a lot of promise, and I get a kick out of racing the clock. Thought I’d share. :)

Edit: I use alarmed.

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