Doing well lately, when I see the scale down my willpower increases....didn't used to be that way, before when the scale was down it seemed like that was my key to eat more.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28
Defeated Been munching on some m&m's in class. My classmates are not helping by offering them to me, sigh...my willpower is hiding in the dark. I'm so stressed out right now, school, work, and finance do not go well together. Sigh! Been going to the gym before class to get destressed, but it's not working.
Pounds lost: 10.5
Fitness Minutes: (16,842) Posts: 1,602 10/17/12 10:25 P
I've shown more willpower than I ever thought was possible since I joined Spark. As I've said many times, potato chips are my weakness and I only gave in once when my Steelers lost to the Titans. Guess what, I really didn't enjoy them all that much.
Willpower, like most things, gets stronger the more you use it. Like a muscle, you need to exercise it. We're all here, I think, because of our weakness for sugar----I went off sugar for a month years ago and it did get easier; this time I'm shooting for longer than a month. I hear it takes about 3 months for your body to become accustomed to new habits so I'm curious what this will feel like. I'm on my second week so far and since I eat fruit it's not too bad. The worst thing is how automatic eating sugar is for me, I've bought sweets but so far have caught myself before I've eaten them!
For me, when I'm truly hungry, I do not reach for sweets. I want real food to fill my tummy when it's empty...eating sweets and junk is strictly because I love the taste of it...and it is a fight to stay away from it. I have to think about something else, leave the room or house, walk away and busy myself with something else. Will power? It comes and goes, depending on how my day(s) have been.
Everything we do in life is a choice...I choose to get fit & healthy.
Faith is taking the first step-even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,030) Posts: 12 4/5/12 9:12 A
I agree. Some days, so much of my life seems out of control that adding food to the list just overwhelms me. And brings me down, because I am not the person I want to be. But when I manage control in one area, the "discipline" or whatever it is that got me there, seems to mushroom into other areas. If I could just find a way to maintain it for longer periods of time...I am trying to be patient with myself. It's learning a new habit and that takes time. I didn't get to this weight in a month and it'll take more than a month to get it back off.
I am not sure I would classify it as getting more will power but there is a greater degree of happiness when you feel that the choices we make are based on what we really want VS. mindless snacking or eating. Maybe a journal that you write down why and what you are eating that makes you feel out of control might be useful.
current weight: 19.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (4,030) Posts: 12 4/4/12 11:35 P
I, for one, am RARELY actually hungry when I get into the sugar. I feel stupid admitting this, but after watching myself in action on this, I not ONLY eat when I am stressed, down, tired or angry, but ALSO...as a stall tactic when I am avoiding a job or unpleasant conversation I need to have with someone, etc. As if it takes me SO long to eat, that I will get out of what it is I don't want to face! I guess it's the whole package--the thinking about the food, getting the food, preparing AND eating, so that does take some amount of time, but STILL! How stupid is THAT?! I am attempting to combat this foolish thinking by facing the procrastination problem in small, controlled actions. That is, by using the Flylady approach and setting my timer for 15 minutes and tackling "the issue"--the overwhelming pile of ironing or whatnot--for that limited amount of time before I can actually eat anything. Of course, by the time it buzzes, I realize WHY I was rooting around in the pantry,(ie: no true hunger involved here!) I actually feel good, then, for having gotten a PORTION of the chore done, so WHEN I can get myself to take that first babystep in the right direction,success usually follows. Stepping away from the food and addressing the underlying cause is not an easy babystep, though....
Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (44) Posts: 1 4/4/12 11:19 P
We are going to believe we can do it. We are going to envision ourselves the way we want to look and feel, one small goal at a time. It helps to do a challenge. There are many here like substituting something sweet with something healthy 3 times a week. Have faith in yourself.
If I'm not home accepting things I cannot change, I'm out there changing the things I cannot accept.
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (92) Posts: 2 4/4/12 8:45 P
Help!! Is it possible to strengthen your will power? Especially will power for avoiding sugar? I feel like I have no will power at all, then when I give in (which happens all the time) I feel worse than when I started! I don't even think I'm hungry when I reach for sweets Does anyone else feel like this?
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