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Building Willpower Muscles

Monday, July 08, 2013

I have a hard time telling myself that i can no longer eat a certain food at all. I usually avoid doing that. In the past it has often led to my bingeing on that very food after some time of feeling 'deprived.' I would feel very self-righteous about having gone without - and would reward myself with the binge.

Things are a little different now, though, I'm happy to say.
I did begin this summer by telling myself that I would not have ANY crumb cake at the beach. And that is serving me well.
And, surprisingly, it has helped me quite a bit. I no longer had to argue with myself about whether or not I would have a piece this morning - and later in the afternoon, if I would have some of the leftover piece.
It was NONE. NO pieces at all.
I know that I will not be bingeing on crumb cake any time this summer.
I actually feel better not any of eating it. It really is way too many carbohydrates for me, and not much nutritional value.

And it is good to be able to refrain from eating something on a long term basis for a good reason. I want to build on that skill.

So I am practicing this skill by banning something important to me -- for just a week.
Yesterday I decided I would not eat any nuts for a week.
They are one of my favorite foods-- and I tend to eat too many of them.
Nuts have so many calories in them that it is easy to go over my limit for the day.

Because the time period is only a week, I won't have any trouble staying with it.

I am performing this as an exercise in self-discipline. I want to be able to feel more in control than I have been in the past.
I guess you could say I'm working on building up my willpower muscles with an exercise like this.

And that's a good thing!

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CMRAND54 7/9/2013 7:19PM

    Good plan!

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/9/2013 8:47AM

    Sounds like a great plan. And you are right, not much nutrition in crumb cake and that's just crummy!

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KANOE10 7/9/2013 8:28AM

    Good luck on staying away from nuts for awhile to gain control. I need to stay away from my trigger foods as i lose control of them.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/9/2013 6:24AM

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I like your strategy. Good luck with your goals.

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DEBRITA01 7/8/2013 9:59PM

    Great job avoiding the crumb cake. For me, I find I feel less deprived if I tell myself "I DON'T eat____(whatever)" instead of I CAN'T....less restrictive and makes me feel in control. Oh, the mind games but, whatever works, right? Stay strong and keep flexing those muscles...you can do it! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2013 9:49PM

    That is a Good Thing. emoticon

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LGAR519 7/8/2013 4:09PM

    Sounds like a good plan but I don't think I could do it. I don't eat so many in the Summer but look out come Winter time! I admire you for your resolution!

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KRISSYDUNN 7/8/2013 2:48PM

    Good plan! The more we exercise our will power, the stronger it gets.
Just Say No to Nuts!
(At least for a week) emoticon

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 7/8/2013 2:02PM

    Work it! Work it! Sounds like you're getting strong! And Planning ahead really helps!! emoticon

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VINGRAM 7/8/2013 12:49PM

    Good job! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/8/2013 12:27PM

    Good luck with your latest goal. I buy nuts in individual packages to keep from over eating them.

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 11:25AM

    emoticon Here's to 'exercising' that willpower!

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VALERIEMAHA 7/8/2013 9:31AM

    INDUBITABLY the hardest muscles of all to develop...and they atrophy SO quickly! Your methodology seems very sound to me!

Keep up the good work -- you're absolutely INSPIRING!!!
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Maha

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GUDDIGO 7/8/2013 9:01AM

  I am not sure...how this works...but good luck

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