Bit by bit, day by day

Ivy says:

It’s been a recurring theme in my life lately- making changes in your life bit by bit instead of making a major change that may not stick. It really does work. I think we all have areas in our lives that we would like to change. Instead of a big sweeping change, work on those areas a little at a time.

Here’s an example- I drink way too much Dr. Pepper. Awhile back, I had someone suggest that instead of just quitting drinking Dr. Pepper altogether, to wean myself off of it slowly. Before having another Dr. Pepper, I have to drink at least that much water. Once I did that for a little while, I doubled the amount of water I needed to drink before having another. I have not yet decided how far I am going to take this- Dr. Pepper is unhealthy and expensive, but it seems to me that a life without Dr. Pepper is a very sad life indeed. I’m thinking about going to the point of only having 1 or 2 a week- I’m not sure yet.

What small changes could you start making today? What areas of your life are you working on? We’re here to help.


  1. Susie on April 22, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I hear ya on the Dr. Pepper addiction. I’ve been trying to break from drinking Dr. Pepper as well. I went from 1-2 a day to 1 a week.

    It seems like I don’t crave it until I have it, and then when I have it, I want more. It makes me wonder if it is all in my mind or if there is something in the ingredients (beyond the caffiene).

  2. Ms Meghan on April 21, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I’m trying to eat better, which requires an overall greater commitment on my part. I live at home, but in order to eat healthier the way I want to, I go grocery shopping 1x a week and pack my own lunch/dinner. As a time/cash-strapped college student its tough but I’m happier when I eat better.

    I recently cut out caffiene cold turkey, which took me about ~3 weeks to recover from, but I think I’m a lot healthier for it. Even if I’m sleeping way more than I should.

    My latest goal is sitting down to do something and not getting up until it’s done. At the moment I’m not so good with the staying on task and focusing part of life. But I can be! 🙂

  3. Mrs. Micah on April 21, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I had to do a month without any soda in college to break a Coca Cola addiction. Ever since it hasn’t had as much appeal for me…sometimes I feel like a flavored sugar rush, but most of the time I don’t want it.

    Incidentally, I wrote today about how I learned to love water. Wasn’t easy at first, but it worked. 🙂

  4. Pam on April 21, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    First let me say that I loved….yes LOVED diet coke……especailly the fountain diet coke. I gave up all…..ALL soda 13 months ago….it was very hard the first 6 weeks but now I’m sort of afraid to have even one for fear of totally falling off the wagon and drinking it toooooo much again……thank goodness I don’t drink alcohol either (smile). Pam, South Bend

  5. Gunner on April 21, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I keep carbonated drinks out of my house, but enjoy them to often when out. I decided about two weeks ago to either drink lemonade or water when out. So far so good.

  6. Courtney on April 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve quit drinking soft drinks by using a Stickk committment. It was difficult, but it worked. I think I blogged about it also. I’ll look and see. Yes, I did. It’s here .

  7. Bramble on April 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I’m a dr pepper junkie as well i try to limit it to once a month if possible.
    Right now I’m working on diminishing ym massive laundry pile. so far i’ve gotte it to where i can now see the wall and floor again in the laundry room so that’s a good start lol
    Also working on weight loss, following the little by little plan. Basically i’m trying to exercise 2-3 times a week and eat reasonably healthy. Seems to be working on the condition that I DON’T skimp on meals. Ah, breastfeeding and the metabolism.

  8. Renee P. on April 21, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Amen to this post, Ivy! My hilarious grandma still says “inch by inch, life’s a sinch, yard by yard it’s *&@# hard” and I agree! 🙂 I am taking steps to ensure that I don’t get the type 2 diabetes that runs in my family. I have lost 10 lbs in the past 4 months (5-8 to go!) and have found ways to reduce my sugar intake and added doses of apple cider vinegar and flax seed to my diet. One day at a time! I allow myself 1-2 diet cokes a week, having scaled back from about 2 a day, so you can do it!