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21 Days Later - Issue #6

23 days ago I began a journey to stop eating refined sugar. I've had a sweet tooth my whole life and
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21 Days Later - Issue #6
By Thabang Tseboho • Issue #6 • View online
23 days ago I began a journey to stop eating refined sugar. I’ve had a sweet tooth my whole life and have tried and failed multiple times to stop eating candy by the handful, so I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.
I’ve tried shaming myself, using willpower, “eating less” of it or flat out scaring myself with thoughts of diabetes and hacked off limbs, but none of it has worked. This was the fuel I used for the first 2 days, and that is why there’s a discrepancy between the title and the first line of this post. After experiencing same results as before within 2 days, I realised that I had to do thing differently this time, so I went into my workshop and took out the same tools I normally use when I’m installing a new habit — environment design, habit tracking & identity affirming statements.
Here’s how that it looked:
  1. I packed all the candy in house into a container and removed it from the kitchen.
  2. I added “No Sugar” as a new habit in my tracking app.
  3. I went from saying, “I’m trying to quit eating sugar.” to instead saying, “I don’t eat refined sugar.”
Moving the candy out of sight made it easy to avoid triggers, so I no longer had to rely on willpower. Tracking the days I went without eating sugar gave me a daily sense of progress and accountability, and changing how I spoke changed it from a goal that was far in the future and instead into an identity I could affirm today.
Quitting habits that negatively impact us is super difficult — I went from routinely inhaling half a kilo of sour worms in a single sitting after experiencing a bad day, to being able to pick a banana over a glorious pack of speckled eggs — but with honesty, patience and commitment to change, it can be done.

Quotes of the week
Archilochus, Poet
Archilochus, Poet
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” ― Archilochus
Yoda, Jedi
Yoda, Jedi
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
Finds of the week
Time to add more tools and systems to your workshop. Here are some things that inspired me this week:
  1. If you’re finding it difficult to identify which of your habits are leading you astray, you can use the “Habit Scorecard” method to do habit audit. (It wouldn’t be my newsletter if I went 2 whole weeks without mentioning James Clear)
  2. Silence can be a gift or a curse. Leo wrote a short piece on how and why to steer towards the former result.
  3. I’ve fallen into the trap of using self-improvement as a distraction in the past and this video by Joey Schweitzer was great reminder of just that.

Thanks for reading — See you next week; Be you, be great!
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