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#222: Overcoming Temptations

Saturday, February 06, 2010

On my profile page last June 4th I wrote:

"Mental strength is necessary for physical strength."

"Carpe Diem -- Seize the Day. It has been made for you and will never be repeated. Tomorrow begins a new one full of opportunities and challenges."

"Be strong, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically."

"Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day anything can be overcome."

These beliefs were sorely tested lat night as food cravings of all kinds hit hard. I wrote about trying to stay mentally tough to overcome the temptations.

Today, after not giving in last night, I feel not only mentally stronger but physically stronger as well and finished more exercise than I had intended on doing. The endorphins are exhilarating.

But what is most satisfying is knowing that what I wrote to myself and those who would read my profile would be needed as much as it was needed last night.

I was mentally strong and remain so today. Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour the cravings were overcome. And I seized the night knowing that today would be a new beginning filled with new opportunities to progress on this weight loss journey.

When you are severely tempted, do you fight the temptation with all of your being? Or do you give in after a few minutes or even a few hours?

That, I believe, is a key to creating a successful new life. To recognize that forces will try to topple us but with the grace of God we can make it minute by minute and hour by hour and day by day until the new dawn.

Stay tough and strong. mentally and physically and spiritually and know that every time you are, that every time you overcome, you become a wiser and healthier person, one who is not prone to being wishy-washy when faced with a hurdle on the road to a successful weight loss journey.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKLOVE 2/7/2010 1:54PM

    When you are severely tempted, do you fight the temptation with all of your being? Or do you give in after a few minutes or even a few hours?

In answer to your question- it is more like a few seconds!

I am proud of you Lou, for sticking to your guns. We are really at balance when we say what we think and do what we say. We find peace with ourself. emoticon Joy

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KLASSIE 2/7/2010 7:00AM

    Lou, your blog was timely. I realize now that I'm not at home, and having no control over the food that is in this house, that I never learned to overcome temptation, rather I avoided it. I stocked my pantry with the types of food that facilitated the occasional overeating without breaking the bank. So it was a real awakening for me when I realized yesterday that I had overshot carbs and fat, the two items that I normally limit. But like you also said, tomorrow begins a new day filled with opportunities and challenges, and I thank God for that.

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YATMAMA 2/6/2010 11:23PM

    This newfound relationship we have with our bodies, choosing to deny things that harm it, deciding to engage in things that honor it and make it healthier, is like any other relationship. It takes work and commitment. Marriages are not always easy and do get tested. Because they are valuable, we work hard at honoring that relationship with honesty, avoiding what is damaging, instituting what is healthy. It's the same way with our devotion to our health. Great blog!

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    Lou, this was a really good blog! It is such a big choice, like you said, moment by moment. It's such a blessing that we're learning how to make the decisions that will benefit us, and to make them before the cravings come, too. emoticon I am really proud that you were successful last night! emoticon emoticon

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KATIE4KIDS 2/6/2010 8:14PM


Great job staying strong!

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GABY1948 2/6/2010 5:42PM

    GOOD for you, Lou. We all have to find that one thing that works for us. I am so happy that you are finding what works for you now that you have the medication thing under control! I am so very happy for you!

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WALNUT5612 2/6/2010 5:35PM

    ........"I was mentally strong and remain so today. Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour the cravings were overcome".....

Be careful not to let your guard down!

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2010 5:03PM

    "I can resist anything but temptation". For me it's key to AVOID temptation -- and the other side of that is I also BRIBE myself with "treats" that are low or no calorie (a bunch of yellow freesias, a new bar of milled lavender soap, one square of Lindt 85% cocoa chocolate 30 calories etc. etc.).

Works for me!

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