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Getting the hang of "will-power"

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"It's just mind over matter!"
Well... no.
It's not quite that easy.
It has taken me years to get to this point... and I think that maybe, just maybe, I have finally wrapped my mind around this whole will-power thing.
For me, It's about years of just giving in and then feeling badly.
It's about years of finally reaching the date I set for my goal and saying that if I had just stuck to my plan and not allowed those indulgences I would have been there by now.
I do NOT want to feel that way any more!
But let me say it once again....
It has taken me years of repeating this vicious cycle.
I am done.
I really believe it.
I have an event coming up in March and I want to reach my goal by that event.
I have chosen the type of clothing I want to wear at that event and keep motivation pictures on my phone. I will reward myself with that awesome expensive dress I am in LOVE with... and I will look FABULOUS!
So far, when I reach that moment during the day where I could easily say, "Oh come on... It's not like one (fill in the blank) is going to completely derail your plan!" I respond in my mind by saying, "That is true... but I really would prefer not to go there this time."
I then make myself a warm soothing drink. When I am really feeling on the edge I make some decaf chai tea with one pump of sugar free brown sugar & cinnamon syrup (ordered it from Torani. SO good) and some 1% milk. That is just so yummy to me and it makes me feel great about having refused my inner temptress.
Tell me how YOU manage to channel your inner supportive self!
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    This is all about small decisions that you make every day. Willpower is the key. emoticon
    1259 days ago
    I can't wait to read about you meeting your goal and wearing that outfit! You can do it!

    emoticon Your warm soothing drink sounds like a wonderful way to treat yourself in a healthy way. It reminds me that I used to make myself an herbal tea at bedtime. I want to get back into that habit.

    I have several different mantras / affirmations that I use when I want to channel my inner supportive self. The quickest and shortest is, "There's nothing I want now that I can't have later." This reminds me that not only can I work whatever I'm craving into a meal plan at some point if I really do want it, but it also reminds me that my goal weight is something I can have later if I really want it (and work at it). Often this is enough to quiet the craving. If not, it has at least summoned the determined me so I can continue battling the craving in an internal dialogue.
    1259 days ago
    Mental fortitude!
    1260 days ago
    You can do it! I am having trouble with motivation myself. I am getting there.. but I am not quite in a routine yet.
    1260 days ago
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