No Donuts

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This essay may seem naive and mundane, but trust me it is important!! 

I have a love/hate relationship with donuts. The positive side is that, in the moment, donuts are one of my favorite treats. The dark side? They make me feel terrible after I eat them. I know they are unhealthy. 

But they are so good! And accessible! 

We have this absolutely incredible donut place – called John’s Donuts – just 10 minutes from where I live. They only cost a dollar or two each! 

The other unique thing about donuts is that people always seem to be giving them away for free. Someone tends to bring a box to the office or in the classroom, and it is often so so easy to grab one. 

But here is my promise to myself…no more donuts. 

This is about more than donuts. It is about discipline and understanding forever consequences of impulsive actions. 

To me, donuts represent short term rewards that have long term negative impact.

When I say donuts, I mean really most “unmemorable” unhealthy foods. Sure, a cheeseburger tastes great in the moment – perhaps it really does – but how do I feel afterwards? 

“No Donuts” is an idea I am implementing today – it is the concept that I am stopping eating garbage food for the short term endorphin rush. 

I am not going to grab a donut. I am not going to eat useless carbs (like bread at restaurants before the food comes out). I am not going to snack on garbage foods. 

I am reprogramming my habits to become a healthier person, and starts by giving up donuts. It shows discipline and character. 

I know how important it is to be healthy. Perhaps I always have, but never prioritized it. 

Today, and forever, I am going to. 

I know that most changes are not extreme. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes discipline and likely failure.

Great things happen slowly and simply – one step at a time. 

Also published on Medium.